We got this child settled in college today. I will miss seeing his smile for sure but so excited for this next chapter he has worked so hard for. #imfine #bigcandlittlec #bigbrother #littlebrother #milfamily #mississippicollege #firstbornisleavingme #newchapter #collegebound #dormroom #momlife #moveinday2020 #misshimalready 😢 #proudmama #isittoosoontocall #clintonmississippi
“You will never have this day with your children again. Tomorrow they will be a little older than they were today. This day is a gift. Just breathe. Notice. Study their faces and little feet. Pay attention. Relish the charms of the present. Enjoy today. It will be over before you know it.” - Anonymous . . My babies were so much work today! Ily is becoming a none day time napper , and it’s not even making her go to bed earlier either! Even if I start the bed time routine sooner. But some how with each trying day I remind myself to never forget the blessing of the memories we get to make and the experience of being their Mommy. 🥰 Love my babies 🥰❤️ . . . . . . #mylittlequeens #mamasprideandjoy #daughters #sistersquad #sisterhood #toddlerlife #toddlersofinstagram #cutebabiesofinstagram #cutebabies #mixedbabies #gerberbaby #matchymatchy #8monthsold #2yearsold #proudmama #motherhood #breastfedbaby #mamasmilk #mommy #mommyandme #mamaandme #mommyanddaughters #postpartum
Ivy and mama got a new apartment all on our own and tonight is the first night! I can’t believe my big girl is in her bed and not mine! New chapter starts today and I couldn’t be more blessed and grateful!
So we’re a little late to the party.. but HELLOO HARVEST! 🥒🍅🎉 🌱 My first organic container garden.. second organic garden attempt. ✌️Almost a total success!! 🤩 Probably what I spent most of my quarantine working on 😋 🌱 #ProudMama #Harvest #Garden #Veggies #Cucumber #Tomato #organic #gardening #raw #eats #worththework #worththewait #Growth #Fruits #hungry #hardwork #patience #Life #love #organicveggies
As parents, we know that nurturing a positive body image is crucial to helping our daughters become healthy, well-rounded adults. . But our society seems to be focused on youth and beauty. And beauty is, more than ever, defined as small. . There are so many girl who think they don't have the bodies they are "supposed to" have. Unfortunately, what they feel they are “supposed to” have is an idea they see in magazines and on television or the internet that isn’t attainable by 90% of women. . My daughter used to be one of these girls. She hated her body and consistently put herself down. But with lots of support, and guidance I think she finally got my message that ALL OF US ARE BEAUTIFUL IN OUR OWN UNIQUE WAY. . My beautiful friend @topnotchblog gifted Priscilla this diy shirt and this is the very first thing she wrote on it. When she came down to show me I was literally in tears. It was one of my happiest moments with her. To see that she finally accepted who and how she was. . I always tell her God doesn't make mistakes. She is made exactly the way she's supposed to be. ❤
I am a couple days late for World Breastfeeding Week, but I am still sharing my experience with Legend that will hopefully help another mom that might be in the same boat not feel alone. You know how you are taught breastfeeding is this natural occurrence that comes easily? Well for some that may be true but not for all of us. I struggled from the moment I first tried... The L.C. and I kept trying for him to latch but he just wouldn't. I had to use the silicone shield and even then he didn't want to latch. Those first couple weeks trying to breastfeed Legend were filled with tears and breakdowns. The first night we bought formula for him I couldn't stop sobbing because I felt like I failed as a mom. I tried so hard to get him to feed and I thought he was getting milk. After our week 1 check up we found out Legend had lost more of the birth weight than he should have. We went to meet another lactation consultant on week 2 and upon weighing him before/after feeding him we found out he was barely getting any milk. This is why he was up every hour crying those first 2 weeks. I was put on the 3 part system: breastfeed, pump and offer a bottle. This happened every 2 hours which meant that was all I was doing all day long. I tried so hard to keep up with that schedule but it was too much for me to handle. After a couple weeks doing this schedule I made the decision to exclusively pump. Planning out everything around a pumping schedule was hard enough on it's own. We did have to give him formula here and there to supplement but I finally wasn't as hard on myself. Those hormones in the beginning were intense as well as realizing not everybody can nurse. I was able to do this for Legend until he was 11 months old and had built up a freezer stash to keep going for a little while after. From these pictures I took you would not have had any idea the struggles that came with it. I am proud of my journey with Legend. We did what worked for us. Continued in comments.
I want to be like this cool kid when I grow up. . When looking for volunteers for our children's church, Aaron and I decided never to ask our kids to fill those positions. I don't say that to brag on us, it's to let you know her heart. . When she saw the volunteer request list last year, the first thing she did was ask where she could help out. She's not an adult and there are a lot of things she can't do, but in the Kingdom of God, there is always work for everyone! . Today is second Sunday, and it's usually Kalei's week to help out in nursery... however someone else was taking this week than who she usually works with, so I told her that maybe she would be able to be in "big" church. Instead, she said she'd like to help out in one of our other kid's classes. . It challenged my heart. I mean, I do a LOT at church. Today was my first Sunday in "big" church since before March - but while I am busy, where is my heart? Would I CHOOSE to do this all over again. And do I do it with joy? . We should all be doing something to serve in the kingdom of heaven. If Jesus, the Son of the One true God came to serve, how much more should we? But He also served with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. . I've got some heartwork to do. . . . #volunteerwork #volunteersrock #ministrylife #ministrywife #ministry #kidsministry #daughter #daughterlove #proudmama #proudmom #momlife #mumlife #serveothers #servant #pastorswife #churchgirl #churchlife #love #joy #peace #patience #kindness #goodness #faithfulness #gentleness #selfcontrol #fruitofthespirit #jesuslovesyou #jesuslover #choosejoy
This handsome guy has been on my mind a lot lately... 5 days before I’m about to give birth probably has something to do with it.🤔🤰🏻 . He and I have been through so much #momandson . I had him when I was 20. Best decision of my life. Despite all my imperfections as a mother & how much I wish I did things differently as a mother, he turned out pretty good 💖 . I’m so proud of him. The person he’s become. The success he’s already achieved & will continue to achieve. The life he’s building. The way he loves , guides & takes care of his little brother. How hard he works. His determination, financial wisdom, environmentalism advocacy. His brilliance and how bright he shines in the world unapologetically. One of the most incredible qualities is his resilience. It’s not an easy quality or one everyone has. But he has it. He’s such a special Human being. His soul is so beautiful. I’ve often found myself asking what I did to deserve to have this amazing soul as my son. . People always say he is who he is because of what I gave him.... but I really believe that this was who he was always meant to be. Being his mom has been so easy. Loving him with all my heart has been so easy. Supporting him and cheering him on in life has been incredibly easy. Even when we had nothing, lived in an abused women’s shelter, on social assistance, used the food bank.... we had each other and I knew everything would be ok. ✨❤️✨ We don’t always see eye to eye. But what mom and son do? But one thing I know for sure is we have a love that’s really special and God has blessed me with this relationship. I’m so grateful because I know what a great big brother he’ll be to his little sister... even with 24 years difference. (She’ll just think he’s old the same way he thinks I’m old. 🤣🤣🤣 ) . I’ll love you forever I’ll like you for always As long as I’m living My baby you’ll be ✨💖✨ . . . #momlife #memories #family #38weekspregnant #momofboys #proudmom #proudmama #ily #ill #iloveyou #loveyouforever #exceptionallivingwithkathie
The Art of Letting Go⠀ I actually can’t believe I’m putting this here for everyone to see since this is my biggest insecurity but I also want to encourage all the mamas out there to let y’all know it’s okay. It’s okay to not bounce right back after having your baby, it’s okay to have loose skin, it’s okay to be covered in stretch marks. This is real. This is raw. This is postpartum. But let me tell you, I fight the pressure to “bounce back” after pregnancy Every. Single. Day. The same pressure almost every mom feels whether you want to admit it or not. ⠀ The pressure is always there but your ability to fight it gets better and better with practice. ⠀ ⠀ So what is this art of letting it go?⠀ Letting it all hang out. ⠀ Letting go of the pressure to look a certain way.⠀ Letting go of being the perfect mother. ⠀ Letting go of your ideal weight. ⠀ Letting go of the tight reins you hold on your diet. ⠀ Letting go of guilt over “bad” food. ⠀ Letting go of guilt over an imperfect day/week. ⠀ Letting go of all the rules you hear about ‘eating right’ and exercise. ⠀ ⠀ Learning to actually listen and TRUST what your body is telling you. ⠀ Because mama, it’s talking and you’ve just forgotten what your body’s voice sounds like.⠀ ⠀ The art of letting go is releasing the tight control you have over trying to be and look a certain way while learning to understand the cues your body is giving you to start living, eating and moving freely!⠀ ⠀ When you let go of that wheel trying to force your way into a perfect world, you finally start moving in the right direction. ⠀ The path to YOUR ideal and perfect world can finally reveal itself. ⠀ If you know fellow mamas struggling to love themselves and their bodies, please share this with them!⠀ ⠀ We gotta hold each other up and stay strong. ❤️💪🏽 #wfabb #bwoc #bosswomenofcolor #proudmama #postpartumjourney #embracechange #mompreneur #csectionmama
Best Kids Ever! Thank You Kuya For Back Massage And Thank You Bunso For Helping Kuya!❤☺️ #holtsincredibleworld #kuya #bunso #kuyaandbunso #brothersforlife #bestkidsever #bestkuya #bestmassage #massage #goodkids #lovingkids #pinoy #pusongpinoy #pinoysaamerika #filam #filamkids #filamfamily #filipinoamerican #happyfamily #proudamerican #proudmama #proudparents
three moods for yah. side note: almost didn’t make it back up after this 😂🤫 legs are done, DONE.
Almost done with the #blacksmithforge ! Still need to finish the trim and the doors. We think we picked out the #forge today and will likely get a #welder so we can make the stand for the forge and anvil. Super #proudmama of my #kidpreneur . . . #livethedream #workforwhatyouwant #keepgoing #learnsomethingnew #learntoblacksmith #blacksmith
Darling, you were created to move mountains with your fingertips, and to be that wild, fearless girl with a big heart and fiery soul. You were created to laugh too loud, share too much, and dance with whimsy, curls bouncing in the breeze, feet barefoot in the mud. Above all, you were made to ignore the hollow standards of this world and shatter them to pieces. To inspire others to do the same, and let them know they were created for so much more, just like you. . #myminime #mydaughter #daughter #momlife #panda #mypandabear #mommysgirl #proudmama #minime #myworld #mylove #faith #courage #strength
So, today is Gianna’s 13th birthday!! OMG my first born is now a teenager!!! . . We celebrated with family a couple days ago but since her birthday is actually today I wanted to post the most adorable picture of her and she said ... “Mommy NO!” She is the exact opposite of my little one ... she is more reserved and shy! All of you reading this that know her are probably laughing because you know exactly what I’m talking about!! 🤣🤣 . . I’m honoring her wishes about the picture so instead I’m posting her favorite cake ... but she’s not getting out of the proud mama post!! . . My beautiful little G you are the absolute sweetest🧡 I don’t know what I ever did to deserve you in my life but I thank god everyday!! No one could have ever prepared me for how much I would love you! (Why am I crying! ) You are my heart, my soul and my world ... you make me a better person! I’m so proud of you and the young lady you’re becoming ... growing up isn’t easy but remember I’ll be right here whenever you need me! I love you more than life 🧡 . . Happy Birthday Gianna 🎂🎉✨ . . . . . . #proudmama #amotherslove #daughters #momlife #myworld #love #myfirstborn #myheart #teenagers #happybirthday
I love you my little nugget 🥺💕 #proudmama
“we hadda baby, issa girl” ☎️ checking in from our 3am feeding to thank you all for your sweet messages and abundance of prayers! she’s here and i am just overwhelmed with joy soaking in all the fresh baby moments and thanking God for giving us this sweet 7lb 15oz bundle of goodness. #thankyoujesus #freshbaby #worldbreastfeedingweek #sheshere
💐 I am SO proud of this girl! We have been working on potty training and while she was not interested, she has been trying anyways and is doing a great job! It feels so weird to be potty training for the last time. This is something I’ve always struggled with as a mom, not sure why. None of my kids were excited about it. But it’s time and we will work together. As a reward for her progress this morning, she asked to take a bath in my bathroom with her fishies from @goldfish_lakewoodranch ! So of course I said yes! We are currently using @tubbytodd bath products they gifted her and we really love them! Her hair always smells so good after a fresh wash! After bath, she decided it would be a good day for a nap! So here I am getting caught up on laundry, emails, and more grown up things so I can enjoy my time with her when she wakes up. . . 🌿 Things have been a little stressful here lately with everything going on, so I’m trying to breathe slow and take it one day at a time. Somedays all we can do is survive and put on a smile and laugh with our kids even when things are overwhelming in the background. . . 🌹 Hope you are all hanging in there okay! If anyone feels like me, know my inbox is always open and judgement free. It’s always better when you know you aren’t in it alone. Check in on your friends and do your best. 2020 brought a lot of uncertainty but hopefully this will be over sooner than later and we will all come out stronger on the other side! ❤️ . . 🌻 How do you cope with stress?
WHEN MAMA’S HAPPY, EVERYONE’S HAPPY 😊 Isn’t that the truth? I do love having my kiddos around. We were able to have our daughter ( @haileyostrom ) home for a nice long visit. I don’t know about all you mama’s out there but I cry every time one of my kids leave. If I could just keep them here with me ❤️ (I still have one at home 🙌🏼 ) Hailey is wearing her Ochoco Name Necklace, Shevlin Shark Tooth and Lava Butte Bead Bracelets. Mama’s wearing String of Pearls and Secret Key Necklace. #TeamTLC #mamasgirl #missmygirl #proudmama #handmade #handcrafted #wirewrappedjewelry #chokernecklace #charmchoker #pearlchoker #beadbracelets #14kgokdfilled #sterlingsilver #shopsmallbusiness #bendoregonlife #oregongrown
Not sure what is happening, but somehow Noie is already 4 months old 😩 As much as I love the sweet newborn smell and nuggetness, I think these next few months will be my favorite. He’s laughing, dimple-ing (it’s a thing ), rolling, sleepinggg and telling us all kinds of stories lately. The level of chunk and cuteness is getting to be too much, actually. We love you, littlest boy. Stay Wavey. ✨ . . Thanks for the outfit Aunt @emstarr54 and my new fav toy Aunt @kalianne_5 @adenandanais @cuddleandkind #proudmama #worldbreastfeedingweek #chunkoflove #noahwaves #combovervibes #babyboy