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Today was one of THOOOOOOOSEEEE Days of motherhood!
The kind where your kids wake up fighting, nobody’s sleeping, and you are literally counting down the minutes until bedtime because it seems like every stinkin’ one of them has lost their stinkin’ minds!
But then this happened…
My 5 year old hit her sister… AGAIN… for like the 2385273504th time today!
It took every ounce of self-control in my being not to scream at her. Seriously, SHE KNOWS BETTER! But instead I sighed (one of those “better get right with Jesus before I kill my kid sighs…”) and I sent her up to her room. I waited until her wailing, stomping and fit throwing stopped and I went upstairs to chat.
Instead of finding her in her own room, I found her in mine. Because kids… 😬
She was sprawled out on the bed, all teary-eyed and red-faced, holding a picture of my husband and I. Not sure what was going on with the picture, lol, the last couple of weeks I’ve found her after moments like this, holding it. But I ignored it and I scooped her up in my arms and I patiently talked to her about the importance of how we treat others, why she got in trouble, and what we should do differently next time.
As we were leaving my room, she placed the picture of my husband and I back up on our dresser. Curiously, I asked her, “How come you always grab this picture when I send you upstairs to calm down?” Her response was incredible... she said, “Because, mama, when I’m in trouble and feel sad and mad… this picture reminds me of how much you love me.”
Talk about heart-melting. I think I had to literally pick my jaw up off the floor as I wiped my sobbing tears from my eyes…
It was one of those mom moments where you go from irritated and exhausted, to, I love you so much I could die in like 5 seconds flat.
You guys… my 5 year old just described the importance of pictures better than I ever could. As a photographer, I always hope that people know that pictures are not JUST for social media. No, they are SO MUCH MORE important than that!
They remind us that no matter how alone we feel in the world, there is a community of people that love us and cherish us and will always support us.
Pictures remind us where we come from. They tell a story. They have the ability to make us laugh and make us think. They trigger emotions and inspire actions. Pictures can indeed, change the world we live in because they change people.
I just had to share this amazing mom moment with you guys!
I hope you have a good day with a little bit (or a lot) of Rest & Relaxation *just* for you mama!
20 Gift Ideas
just for dads
So, I don’t know if any of you have heard of Gary Chapmans, “The Five Love Languages,” but its basically a book talking about how there are five basic ways people communicate and like to receive love. Well, long story short. One of my main love language’s is GIFTS! I LOVE giving gifts to those I love. But not just any gift, the PERFECT gift. Like when you see an ad for it online or in a store and your just like OMG this would be perfect for this person! :) However, not all people love gifts. My husband for example always says that the best gift I could give him is not spending money on a gift…. BLAHHHHH…. #nofun! :)
Anyway, because of my love of gifts! I have created yet another gift-giving blog post but this time… just for dads! Click the buttons below each photo to learn more about each item or purchase it! Enjoy!
For the Dad who loves coffee
Driftaway Coffee Subscription- 3 months only $50!
for the dad who can grill
this deluxe grill set for only $32
for the dad who can rock
the rise & fall of rockstars only $15
For the dad who loves to camp
This amazing hammock only $25-35 (pending on color)
for the dad who’s always tinkering with things
this tool is a spork, knife, fire flint, peeler, can opener, bottle opener, pry bar, box cutter, cord cutter, and flathead screwdriver and only $50
for the dad who’s a health nut
no blender in the world can stand against this one only $68
for the diy dad
this magnetic wristband allows him to keep those tools at his fingertips for only $10
for the budget-minded dad
this nest smart thermostat will keep his money right where he likes it, in his pocket! Only $200
for the dad who likes travel
get this airbnb giftcard on amazon- range $25+
this cork globe to mark his travels only $30
FOR THE DAD WHO LOVES CARS
driveshare.com allows you to rent a car for a day! Amazing opportunity to drive those cars he dreams of owning!
for the dad who loves his facial hair
beard shampoo and conditioner
for the dad who loves video games
He’ll love this vintage Atari Shirt
for the dad who loves the finer things
He will definitely fancy these scotch infused toothpicks
for the dad who loves beer
need I say more!?!
for the dad who loves to read
these book darts are great for keeping his place in all the different books he is reading! Plus they can be used to mark important thoughts that he can come back to later!
for the dads who love board games
Start with Settlers of Catan and then move your way to Scythe if you have a REAL board game enthusiast!
for the hipster dad
this foodie cook book is something he will surely love
for the dad who loves jokes
For the musical Dad
Today we celebrate this amazing man and my husband! The reason we moved to Illinois is so he could get his masters from Lincoln Christian university. And today he graduates with a Masters of Divinity in the New Testament. The thing about time is that when you look at it in hindsight it all sounds so simple. He graduated with a bachelors we moved to Illinois, got his masters, etc. but that’s not how it works. In reality, There has been blood, sweat and tears pursuing this degree. There were good times and bad times. Financially, emotionally, and spiritually. It takes dedication, commitment, passion, drive, a humble spirit and an eagerness to learn when pursuing higher education and even MORE SO when you do it with a full time job, a wife with a business and three young kids. But the really amazing thing about Chase is his integrity and his humility. He always does the right thing even when no one is watching and see’s himself not as one to be served but as a servant to all!
So today I take a break from everything to celebrate him and the amazing human being, husband, friend, and brother in Christ this man is. He is everything I’m not and everything I want to be! I love you chase and I’m so incredibly proud to be with you on this journey! Can’t wait to see where life takes us!
20 Last-Minute Gifts
For Mother’s Day
Hey… procrastination is a thing… I totally get it! But mother’s day is THIS SUNDAY… so I decided to make you this list of the BEST last-minute gift ideas for Mother’s Day. Because whether its your own mama, your mother-in-law, your bff on their first mother’s day, or your wife… we ALL know a mama who deserves to be spoiled!
For the Mama who loves to cook: This Kate Spade Recipe Box! ($30)
or this one ($16)
For the Mama who loves alone time: Okay, lets face it, that’s ALL Mama’s! Pay for her a night alone (or with a friend) in a hotel or airbnb. Stock it with pizza, wine, and her favorite chocolate!!!! Trust me, it’ll be THE BEST GIFT EVER!
For the mama with a green thumb: Succulents!!!! ($15)
For the Mama who loves to read: This Bookmark’s are for Quitters T-Shirt ($16)
Or A Kindle Paper White (Reg. $129 on sale for $89)
For the Instagram Mama: Double-Sided Letter Felt Board ($20)
For the Mom who Loves Coffee: ($11)
OR these “If you can read this, bring me coffee…” socks ($11)
For the Mom-Boss: This Mom-Hustle T-shirt ($17)
OR this watercolor mouse pad: $6
For the mom who LOVES pictures: Floral Camera Strap ($15)
OR one of these camera bodies with this lens…
Canon rebel t5i