The Birth Story of Baby #4 {Part One}

To begin this story I guess I'll have to take you back to the Spring of 2015. (if you want to skip all of the pre-story, scroll down to where it says Coby's Birth Story)  We were busy with life, work, kids' school, a 1 year old running around and our "husband and wife" time had been lacking. So I was trying to be more intentional to make time for that! ;)  We weren't sure about having any more kids but I certainly had caught the baby bug. I just count imagine that we were … [Read more...]

Natural Labor And Delivery Plans

Written by Courtney @ A + Life (originally published in April of 2015) My Natural Birth Plans I don't have plans to take these to the hospital with me. I'm not going to be the girl who shows up with a bullet point, high lighted, step by step birth plan..... mostly because my plans are "hands off, please". But, that's easy enough to say, and not necessary to be printed out on a piece of paper. I remember when I got pregnant with my first daughter, Abigail. Even though it had taken us a … [Read more...]

How to be less busy

Written by Lydia @ Frugal Debt Free Life, Contributing Writer Do you ever feel like you’re long on to do and short on time? I have spent so many months, years even, feeling that way. It wasn’t until recently that I came to fully understand the amount of control I actually did have over my time and how I spent it. In fact, it seems like that is one of the things that I do have near-complete control over. Sure, I have small children and a husband, a business, and obligations. There is a … [Read more...]

You’re more than “just a mom” + four ways to spark creativity

Written by Lydia @ Frugal Debt Free Life, Contributing Writer I don’t think she meant anything by it. This woman standing in front of me at the preschool Halloween party. “Do you work or are you just a mom?” I know she didn’t mean anything by it. It was a more a reflection she saw of herself than of me. See, she had labeled herself as “just a mom.” She told me she quit her job after her daughter was born. “I don’t regret is for a minute, but I miss the creativity,” she … [Read more...]

What To Do When You Pretty Much Blow It With Your Children

    Written by Karen @To Work With My Hands, Contributing Writer It was one of those Friday afternoons. School should have been finished early on that day. We worked hard all week to plan it that way - and that would have pleased me. But, one distraction after another, and there we were, wrapping things up at nearly 4:00. Those days happen. The swirling list of what I had hoped to accomplish during that "extra" afternoon was crashing hard against the clock and the … [Read more...]

A Need for Relationship with Other Moms

This may be surprising if you knew me five+ years ago, but over the past 3 to 4 years, since around the time we moved from one to town to another, I have went back to my introverted self. I'm not sure if introverted self explains it, but the comparison trap, am I good enough, I'm too shy, have so much to do at home, whatever the excuse is. Holding back, not taking a risk.  We were busy, starting a business, kids starting preschool, then on into elementary school. Encountering … [Read more...]

Over the Rainbow {First Birthday Theme}

I cannot believe we actually have a ONE year old! Granted she's the 3rd baby, but only a few short years ago, I didn't know if we would have any more babies, then I got pregnant and after 40+ weeks she was welcomed into the world at home on March 5, 2014.  London is a vibrant little lady. She's full of life!  She adores her big brother and sister, she's into everything. Her laugh is contagious and only smiles when she feels like it (Hum, wonder what kind of teenager she'll be) … [Read more...]

1st Birthday Canvas

I absolutely love getting crafty.  Between part-time homeschooling, activities, and the regular day to day tasks I feel as though getting crafty has been put on the back burner. I have been more focused on getting the chores done, working around naptime, and so much more that I have forgotten to have a little fun.  So my mission as we enter Spring and on into Summer, is to have more fun!  And getting crafty is so much fun to me and my kids love it as well. So I … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of London Everleigh {Part Three}

In parts one and two, I shared how London Everleigh arrived via planned homebirth with a midwife. It's an amazing story (to me) of waiting on God, learning to trust Him more and more and having the courage to bring her into this world the way I had planned and get to experience it. Although I know that's not always the case even if you had planned a homebirth, like my friend Sarah, but not matter what, a baby's birth is a miraculous thing.  In honor of London's 1st … [Read more...]

The Birth Story of London Everleigh {Part Two}

I know, I know, I am very "fashionably late" with the 2nd part of London's birth story. But better late then never right?? London is only 8 months as of today :) If you haven't read part 1 yet, click on over to read the first part.  Now back to the birth story:  A little bit before my "Yes come!" text to my midwife that I told you about in part one of this story was when I realized this baby IS coming today, I could not wait to meet him or her. We never found out the gender … [Read more...]