Guest Post – Joy Will Come Again

I can’t believe the “I Have Something to Say” series ends tonight. Back in July I never could have dreamed how much it could have touched me. It has been such a blessing. And not only to me! I have had so many people reach out to me about the pieces these amazing women have shared. I am so proud to call them friends and family of mine. And I am SO blown away by their abilities as writers. I have been drawn to my computer writing so many of the pieces again and again and again. So without further ado, here is this week’s piece and the final piece in this series – Joy Will Come Again, a post by my best friend, Cara. 


My husband and I met, dated, got engaged and married within a year. Like many couples, we thought we’d start a family when we were ready and when it made sense. Growing up I never saw myself as a career woman. I wanted to have babies and be a stay-at-home mom. I’m the youngest of four kids and I’ve watched 8 (soon to be 9) children, over the past 13 years, be brought into this world through my siblings. So, when my husband and I started trying and got a positive pregnancy test within a couple months, I was thrilled! Continue reading

11 Carry-On Must Haves for Moms

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Today I’m rounding up a list of goodies I couldn’t have lived without on our trip half way across the country…and some I wish I’d thought of!

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As many of you know, back in May my one year old daughter and I flew to Continue reading

Guest Post: Transitions

The “I Have Something to Say” series continues this week with a post from none other than my birth doula, Amara. 


Life is full of transitions. I have watched transitions for years in my work as a doula, serving women as they move from one stage of labor to the next, transitioning from woman to mother. But the notion of transition has been all the more clear to me in recent days as a mother myself, who also happens to be tripping her way through a nest that is emptying. Continue reading

Guest Post: The Crooked Path to Faith

The “I Have Something to Say” series continues today with a story that had me in tears. Sometimes we have to walk through grief to see the beauty on the other side!


I was always the type of person who had every little detail of my life planned. Meals were written down, I knew what I was going to do each weekend as predefined on my calendar, and I had the typical 5 year plan after my husband and I were married. We both wanted to start a family immediately after we got married and we were fortunate to have our first daughter 10 months after our wedding. Life was perfect, or so I thought. Continue reading

What It’s Really Like Being a Working Mom

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Photo by Jad Limcaco on Unsplash

I have now been a working mom for a little over a month. I have woken up and showed up for work for 33 days. And I have gone into work not seeing my daughter beforehand every single day (well, minus two weeks when my husband was out of town). I have also gone 48 hours without seeing her at all, due to meetings I had after work.

And I’m exhausted. Mentally, physically, and emotionally. Continue reading

Guest Post: My Momma Always Said…

Woo hoo! The “I Have Something to Say” series continues this week! Tonight you’re hearing from Sarah. 


“But we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope.” Romans 5:3-4. We all go through seasons of affliction, big or small, and I’m thankful we have HOPE through it all. (Ya like that rhyme? Hahaha)

I also believe challenges & afflictions change our perspectives Continue reading

Guest Post: To the One Still Waiting

“I Have Something to Say” is live again this week! Today you’re hearing from Stephanie with letter talking about relying on God when our plans for motherhood don’t go as we thought they would:

To the one still waiting:

Pregnancy and new life was once a hard and touchy subject for me. I have pictured myself being a mom since my earliest memories as a child. When my husband and I started trying to get pregnant I was shocked when we didn’t conceive right away. My mother never had Continue reading

5 Ways to Prepare Your Dog for Baby

This post was originally written for and published on Spencer Unlimited

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My dogs were my life. Literally. And it saddens me a tad to say “was,” but nothing comes close to my love for my child. Obviously.

I thought our dogs were perfect in every way and truthfully they were, at least for the life we had pre-baby.  I composed this list shortly after our daughter Adalynn was born because our dogs were driving me CRAZY! Continue reading

Guest Post: Finding Myself All Over Again

The “I Have Something to Say” series continues! Today we are hearing from Kristin:

Being a stay-at-home mom was something that I never knew I wanted. It was something that had never crossed my mind when I was in college or even after I had gotten married to my husband.

We lived in Hawaii, where my husband was stationed, for a little over three years. We were married for a year when we became pregnant with our first child – a beautiful, healthy baby girl! She was everything and more Continue reading

Baby Shower Gift Guide

The following items were gifted to me from the companies listed. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Last weekend I threw one of my best friend’s a baby shower. While I touched on pretty much every aspect of her party in the post I did about it, I didn’t speak much on the gifts. Why? They need a blog post all their own, obviously! 😉

When I was planning out the gift I had a few things in mind. First of all, this is her third child. While she has most of the items she needs, I still wanted to give those fun, cute first time mom gifts! Continue reading