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Real Life Mama: Glass half full — how fast nine years go by

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Half way. Cue the tears. I think age 9 may be the worst age. Okay, maybe not worse than the terrible 3s – which were actually way worse than the terrible 2s. Ha. I mean, actually, 9 is pretty great when it comes to most things – way past diapers and not quite to the attitude of pre-teen/teenage years. But age 9, that means that my baby girl, Reagan, is half -way through her childhood. And that almost breaks me.

Real Life Mama: The highs and lows of being a mom

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This whole motherhood thing is such a roller coaster. There is literally nothing else in my life that has ever brought me such high highs and such low lows. Seriously, it feels like every single time I think I may actually be crushing it as a Mama, something completely unexpected happens and brings me to my knees.

Real Life Mama: Mothers often ask, ‘What were you thinking?’

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As a mother, I cannot tell you how many times I have questioned an action of one of my kids. Why did you write all over yourself with permanent marker? Why did you lick the mirror? (Reagan – age 2)

Real Life Mama: End of the school year is chaos, but fun

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It is so close I can almost feel it – the shackles of early bedtimes and even earlier morning alarms coming off, full evenings free from doing homework and nagging about homework and checking homework, sun-kissed skin and floating around in swimming pools, water balloon fights and bike riding until the sun goes down – summer. It is so close. All we have to do is make it through May.

Real Life Mama: Our value and worth come from Jesus

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Two days before she turned 11, Miss Maylie cooked us all dinner. She has really gotten into doing things like that. In fact, she called me on my way home and asked if she could get it started. She knew exactly how to prepare it as she had watched me do it numerous times.

Real Life Mama: Keep your eyes on Jesus when life gets hard

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I didn’t want to write about this this week. In fact, I was just going to skip writing at all. But, sometimes writing is therapeutic for me – and even if I didn’t turn this in, at least I got it out.

Real Life Mama: Praying for my purpose

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Last Sunday, I got baptized. Immediately following, my daughter got baptized. Right after that, my bonus daughter got baptized. And by the end of the service, my other daughter felt God nudging at her heart and was at the alter proclaiming her salvation.

Real Life Mama: Seven years of sharing our crazy with you all

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This week, a memory popped up on my timeline reminding me that I started writing this column seven years ago this month. Seven years. So much has changed in seven years.

Real Life Mama: While you’re waiting, don’t let doubt creep in

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I am in a season of waiting right now, and I can tell you one thing, I am not very good at it. Patience may be a virtue (my mom preached that to me over and over again as a kid), but it is certainly one that is still under construction for me.

Real Life Mama: Vacation was exactly what the family needed

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Instead of a big, far away vacation this year, Lee and I decided that we would do some smaller 2-3 day trips closer to home — spread them out a bit and give us more glimpses to look forward to. Up first, was an indoor waterpark.