How I Start My Morning Routine With Cold Coffee and Jesus

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I have two kids that are 22 months apart (the oldest just turned 2!). My days usually start with “mommmyyyy! It’s time to wake uppp!” …and then my morning routine begins. I make sure the littlest one is still asleep in her bassinet as I stumble to our bedroom door, yawning down the hall to grab my toddler from her room. She greets me happily, but it’s not yet 8am and my brain hasn’t quite woken up. I don’t smile as big as I should. I mumble something about changing her diaper and getting her dressed for the day.
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All I can really think about is getting her in her chair for breakfast, so I can have a few minutes to sit and drink my first cup of coffee. Hot or iced? Which pump flavor should I use today? My mind is caught up in a swirl of almond milk and bold roast as we both head to the kitchen (she runs, I lag behind).

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Finding Magic In Motherhood: How Becoming A Mom Gave Me A Fresh Start

This week’s feature is from Valeska, a mama blogger at Sincerely Vee Blog. On her blog, she shares inspiration, encouragement, and truth to mamas seeking to widen their community of support, deepen their faith, and find hope + strength throughout motherhood. Today, she is sharing her story on how she became a new person, inside and out, after she became a mama – despite her hard upbringing.

Movie you wish you could live out:Eat Pray Love. Okay, I read this book and saw the movie before I was married, but I still wish I had lived the adventures she did in this movie!”

Favorite Royal Couple: “Prince Harry and Meghan Markle duh! To be honest, before the royal wedding I really didn’t care about what was going on…but then I binged watched every royal documentary on Netflix after their wedding and loved the magic that royal weddings have! I still wish I could be a real life princess.”

Coffee or tea:  “Coffee coffee coffee. Need I say more?”

Thank you Valeska for being a part of our Real-Girls: Mothers community! Finding magic in the midst of motherhood + marriage is something  we are all doing, together. Read below for Valeska’s post on experiencing the healing love of Christ through motherhood, and how it shaped her perspective on being a mama. Continue reading

5 things every new mom needs to do during the first year

Finding support and community is an easy thing to do with all the resources new moms have access to these days! And I believe that it’s owed to the millennial mom — she’s tech savvy, educated, driven to find her place in the world, and lives for community. She’s heavily invested in the it-takes-a-village mindset, and has turned motherhood into a lifestyle. After becoming pregnant, it was as if I had been suddenly initiated into a secret club that I had no idea even existed — one that brings women of all walks of mothering together. One that supports, educates, enriches, and provides countless women to simply be there with you during this journey! Continue reading

A 6-month late surprise

Many of you already know this but I haven’t made it blog-official yet. So…surprise, we’re pregnant!…and almost due! 😀 I’ve been telling myself to do a post (or several) on a pregnancy announcement, updates and experiences, however I have not had a chance to just sit down and write for months now though I had every intention to do so. But there’s no time like the present! So I’m going to break this announcement up into a couple parts, so you can get the full scoop on how life has been since we found out we are expecting our f i r s t baby, coming to the world early July 2017 ❤

part one: finding out

This was seriously the best feeling. Besides how I felt on our wedding day, and before that, when John asked me to marry him, and before that, him telling me he was going to move down to CA with me so I could go to grad school….ahem, well, we’ve had a lot of “best feeling” moments together 😉 But finding out you’re pregnant introduces a whole new human into your party of two, so I’d have to say that finding out we would be starting that next chapter was pretty intense and exciting. Continue reading