Grace…

Sometimes, we all feel like chickens running around. Right? Yes, absolutely! Sometimes, I feel exhausted and have brain fog. I disappoint myself with my silly moments. We have to learn to have grace for ourselves and for others. I’ve been eating healthier, which has helped the brain fog, but sometimes, we’re just human! Let yourself be human, and let others be human, too. Mamas, especially. We are so quick to judge each other by how they fall short from being super woman. That’s not realistic, and it’s not fair to put that kind of pressure on each other. I’ve learned a lot in the last couple of years about the realities of motherhood, and just how thankless a job it is! I know some AMAZING mothers who give it their all, and who are just absolutely exhausted. It doesn’t have to be Mother’s Day for you to show a woman in your life: who’s raising babies, supporting college kids, and giving their heart and soul just how much they matter! Choose kind. Give freely. Love hard.

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This summer…

This summer has been full of a lot of ups and downs, and life lessons. God has opened my eyes to what matters most: time. Not just sitting around and being on a technology device while in the same room as others. That’s not spending time. Looking at my niece and nephew in the eyes while they speak to me. Reading with them, to them, and beside them. Singing silly songs, watching their fashion shows, playing outside, as well as, doing chores with them. I learned that barking orders is much different than showing them how to do things well, and it helps to have more hands working on the same task. I enjoyed cooking with them, playing with them, and spending time that I haven’t spent in months with them. I enjoyed times with my dog, doing things I would usually say no to, gaining confidence in myself, and having meaningful talks with my brother and sister in law. I have learned to let go of my worries and leave things in God’s hands. Y’all, I thought I was going to lose Callie: my buddy, my furry BFF, but I didn’t. It wasn’t her time, yet. I’ve learned to be more patient, calm, at peace, to work harder, to express more, and to soak up the good things and banish the bad. I’ve learned to close my mouth and open my ears. I’ve learned so much this Summer, and I’m so thankful. This time last year, I was in a very bad place. I didn’t know what was going to happen with my life, but God has blessed me ten- fold with the job I have, and the people I’ve connected with through it. I’m so thankful for the past year at Millsap, the amazing kiddos that I will always have room in my heart for, the parents that will do anything for their children, and my co-workers who will do anything for each other. I’ve learned a lot this summer…