“If you've taken nothing else from this post - chose happiness. Chose to see the good in today. Choose positivity; even if you see the glass half empty, there is still time to fill it back up. All I want for my birthday this year is for you to make the choice to live your life to the fullest, no matter what your age, and live with a grateful heart. And chocolate. I never turn down chocolate.”
“If you're are struggling with anything in your life, not just parenthood - please read these words and repeat them if necessary: you are not alone.”
"Modesty isn't about covering up our bodies because they're bad; modesty isn't about hiding ourselves...it's about revealing our dignity."
“This experience taught me that regardless of how I behaved or tried to act, there could or would always be someone who could spin or change it to be the way they wanted to perceive me, possibly in a very negative way. So I decided to start being myself, and accept that those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind. Becoming a more real and honest version of yourself isn't always going to be popular; but what's popular isn't always going to be real.”
"Saddle up, hold on tight, grab some strong ass coffee and most of all remember that becoming a parent isn't about what we gave up to have these kids - its about what we are gaining from having them. You've got this."
"In case you need to hear these words today: It's ok if you aren't where you want to be quite yet - because nothing worth having comes easy, or is built overnight. In life, whether it be your career, education, a relationship; building a house or building a family, losing weight/getting healthy, raising your children etc. there will be highs and lows, mountains and valleys, in the journey to get to your destination. How much more do you appreciate the hill you're proudly standing on if you've sat in the valley below, staring up and dreaming of being up there, after all the hard work of the climb?"
"These are my deepest feelings about the little boy who stole my heart, and I wasn't sure if I could share them with the world. But then I decided I wanted to - for every parent who feels spread thin; those of us struggling to keep it all together, and wish they could say the words and communicate to their little ones who can't understand them yet, that our intentions are good and we will always be there for them - always. "
"A little bit of work yes, but I love not only a mom hack but also a challenge. The coolest part is that you have a piece that is 100%, without a doubt unique and yours, and that your hard work and effort created it! Kind of like your kid, but without all the whining (jokes people, jokes!)."
"Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful."
"When these very rare and quick moments do occur it is an amazing bonus to not only enjoy them at the time, but also have them encapsulated in a picture. Who doesn't want photographic proof and reminders that these moments actually do exist?"