The Only Silver Lining

The other night I was sitting on top of an Avengers comforter with tears streaming down my face as my three year old son wept in my arms.  I felt like my heart had been ripped out of my chest.  I knew he was grieving deeply in his tiny little heart.  From his limited toddler…

A Red Lipstick Resolution

When asked what it was like having a fourth kid, Jim Gaffigan responded: “Imagine you’re drowning.  Then someone hands you a baby.” Jordan and I often quote that to each other and laugh together.  We need laughter in this phase of life, especially when we are trying to get our Maroon 5 circus out the…

In Defense of the Working Mom

I have been a Stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) for 6 years now.  When I first became a mother, we lived in an area that was highly academic and career oriented.  I didn’t know many other SAHMs and I  always dreaded the question, “So, what do you do?” whenever I was out in public.  People often had no…

My Mom

This past weekend we celebrated my mom’s 61st birthday.  I’ve been thinking about her a lot lately, now that I am a mother of three.  She also had three kids and my mom was my inspiration in becoming a stay-at-home mom.  Now that I’m on the other side of it, I understand that motherhood is…

The Mom Workout

At some point in our childless first year of marriage (the “childless” part didn’t last long… oops), I remember asking someone, “How do moms ever find time to workout?”.  As someone who has always valued exercise, this question really plagued me. Then one day Jordan and I babysat for a friend’s 5 year old son….

Piper Joy

On Monday, August 28th, Piper Joy Maroon was born at 1:16pm!  Her entrance into the world was fast and easy (initially), and our world was forever changed, for the better :). Here are some details about the arrival of our sweet baby girl: The L&D: My pregnancy with Piper was the easiest (apart from some…

7th Anniversary Staycation

Early on in our marriage, Jordan and I decided that we wanted trips together to be something that we prioritized.  We have always found a trip away, however small or big, to be re-energizing for us as people and invigorating for our marriage.  There is something about getting away to disconnect from the daily responsibilities…

It Hasn’t All Been Roses

An apartment fire.   Living in hotels for over a month.   Panic attacks.   Health issues.   Learning each other’s quirks.   Learning the balance of spending time together and time alone, as introverts.   An unexpected pregnancy.   The death of the ministry I led.   A job change.   2 different moves….

For the Unseen Mamas

The night before Mother’s Day I sat in my bed with my phone, scrolling through pictures of my children and re-watching recent videos of them.  I felt the smile spread across my face as I looked upon their sweetness and their joy.  I felt enveloped in the gift of motherhood and completely blown away that…

Storage Full

The other day I pulled out my phone to take a picture of my kids but my to my dismay, I could not take a picture. My phone storage was full. At capacity. No room for any more pictures. I can relate to my phone. Lately I feel like I am always at full storage….

The Only Lullaby

I was recently watching the movie Philomena, when I felt it. The sadness boiling up again, threatening to spill over and burn every part of me. In the movie (spoiler alert), Philomena’s 3 year old son is taken away from her, against her will. She watches as he is crying and fighting and driving away…

Newborn Photo Shoot

It is hard to believe our little boy is almost 1 month old!  Time really has been flying by.  Shortly after we had returned home from the hospital, a good friend of ours (and amazing photographer – check out her website!) came to our place to do a newborn photo shoot.  Carolyn is so talented…