Reflections, Corrections, and Perceptions


I am SO ready for 2019! Anyone else? This year has been incredible, difficult, amazing and challenging–one of reflections, corrections and perceptions.

From the birth of our son to watching the little town where I lived and worked burn nearly completely away, this year has been a mind boggling twist of emotions.

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Kai Was Born

This is the year that sweet Baby Kai was born. Our little miracle baby, our sweet, bright, playful boy who is changing every day. This is the year I left my job, stopped working and altered my mind to fit the life of our little one.

I’ve been working since I was fifteen years old, volunteering before that. I was applying at jobs when I was thirteen in the hopes someone would hire me. To become a stay-at-home mom was a big shift. It was like taking on every job I’ve ever worked combined without bringing home the paycheck. But we did it and we are paving our path.

Kai’s birth was a whirlwind. My pregnancy was a journey like no other.

And I Changed

In 2018, I became a mother. All the sayings like, “you can’t understand until you become a mom,” took on life. They used to irritate me, honestly, but I’ve since learned what they mean.

Of all the things I learned, one of the biggest was that I was capable.

I learned that I had been created with the ability to do this. I discovered a doubt I didn’t even know existed, gained confidence I didn’t know I needed, and accomplished what is nothing short of a miracle. Also, I learned that fear has no place in the journey of giving life.

You Are Incredible

If this is you, too, you have so much to be grateful for at the end of 2018. You are amazing and incredible.

If this is you in years past, I salute you! You are what we all strive to be, and you are the one we newbies are watching as we create our own mommy story.

If this is not you yet, just know that everything in your life is leading up to this and when the time is right, you will be here too. And when you get here, you will see that it was all worth the wait.

Fearless Pregnancy

Reflections, Corrections, and Perceptions

There are, of course, things I wish I could go back and do differently. The closest we can get to that is to look at the fresh set of dates on our calendars and see that we have 365 days to do this again, and apply all of our wishes, dreams, experiences, and goals.

Trust me, the tapestry can only get more beautiful.

I want to encourage every mama out there, whether you’re already a mama, a mama-to-be, or working toward that end, that you have everything it takes. You weren’t created incompletely. Instead, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, created with the utmost care and love by a Masterful Artist.

You’re a precious work of art with a mind, a heart, a will, and strength to do incredible things. It’s not easy and it’s not perfect. It’s a learning thing. That’s the beauty of it, though. Everyone is learning and growing.

If there is any doubt or fear about your abilities and cares for this upcoming year, take your cup of coffee, set your shoulders, take your slippered feet and stomp those fears beneath them. You have SO got this.

2019 is yours, fearless mama!

Be Fearless, Mama!
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