“I don’t know how you do it! I feel like I’m drowning with two kids, how do you handle four?!” “I could never do what you do! You’re like a Super-Mom!” I hear phrases like this quite often from family and friends. I’m never sure how to respond. It’s like people hear that I’ve chosen to … Continue reading How Do You Do It?
Today I took 5 kids to the zoo. By myself. I was babysitting for a friend and decided to get the kids out of the house for a fun outing at the zoo. I snapped some pictures of the kids at the zoo and shared them on social media. Immediately I was seeing comments like, … Continue reading Don’t Believe Everything You See on Social Media
Birth stories are a funny thing. So much emotion is felt during labor and immediately after birth, that it can be hard to even find the words to describe it. Giving birth is this amazing miracle that changes you in every way possible. Simple words just can’t do it justice. April 20th was a Friday. … Continue reading Rafe’s Home-Birth Story
If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I’m an introvert. I NEED to be alone. The thought of making small talk in a group setting is enough to make me break out in hives. If you wonder why you can never get ahold of me on the phone, it’s because when I see your … Continue reading Running On Empty
I am currently in the play room, typing this on my son's computer while sitting precariously on the toy box that I've turned into a make-shift chair. The same computer he built with his dad, and that his 2 year old sister then proceeded to draw all over the monitor with crayon. Gunnar is watching … Continue reading How Did I Get Here?
Hands up if you’ve ever had a complete mom fail! Yep, my hand is raised right alongside yours. Jana is my fashion-loving, princess dress wearing, tea party planning girl. So I decided to plan a fancy mother-daughter outing with her. I had heard of a restaurant in a neighboring town called Miss Molly’s Tea Room … Continue reading Mom Fail and Chocolate Cake
Yesterday was a great day. I’m talking the kind of day where everything seems to go perfectly, and you end the day feeling victorious and like you’ve got this whole parenting thing figured out. Today, was not that day. Screaming, fighting, talking back...and that was all before 9 a.m! My kids lost both playground and … Continue reading TGIF
“What’s it like having four? Just imagine you’re drowning....and somebody hands you a baby.” ~ Jim Gaffigan The comedy sketch by comedian Jim Gaffigan rings true for so many parents, but is especially relatable for those with large families. Because when it comes to sleepless nights, potty training, messes and spills, bickering, and those annoying … Continue reading What It’s Really Like Having Four Kids
My family is now on our fourth month of using essential oils. I wanted to share a little about why we chose to add essential oils into our daily routine, and our experience with them thus far. After my miscarriage in June, I was in need of emotional and physical support. I first started with … Continue reading Essential Oils: Our Family’s Experience
If you regularly read this blog, then you may remember that I suffered through my second miscarriage back in June. Well, six weeks later I got the surprise of my life: a positive pregnancy test! Even though I was thrilled to once again be expecting, I emotionally did not feel ready. I was still trying … Continue reading Pregnancy After Loss: Overcoming Anxiety