"I pray that these images come across even just one woman who has felt the unbearable ache of loss, and thought she couldn't get through one more day. I hope she sees these seven beautiful woman standing before her, proudly showing that they continued to go on, and never gave up on the dream that they had for their life. I hope she sees that she is SO not alone in her pain; she is not just #1in4 or some statistic - she is a woman standing side-by-side with millions of others - just like the beautiful mothers who stand before her in these portraits. And most of all, I want to showcase the absolute beauty, bravery and strength that can exist if you don't lose hope; that we each deserve happiness and it CAN happen again, after the pain."
"My main point is this: you don't need to be a devout Christian to respect and enjoy the holiday season. Just like you don't need to be Muslim to respect and appreciate those who are celebrating Ramadan. It's really not as complicated as people think it is when you live your life with an open mind, an even more open heart, step back and remember that 'we all come from the same root, but the leaves are all different' (John Fire Lame Deer)."
“Like I said before, as a mother the idea of having a warm drink or minute to myself to enjoy it has become a precious commodity. It's inevitable that we have those 'multiple cups of coffee necessary' kinds of days, so I was happy to have a little space to organize and enjoy it when they do occur.”
“I may have another baby someday (in a while guys - give my uterus a break!) but I won't be "trying for a girl" or "trying for a boy". I will merely be trying to hit the lottery again, and thank my lucky stars that God has blessed me with another miracle.”
"At the end of the day, it's not about what you have or even what you've accomplished. It's about what you've done with those accomplishments. Its about who you've lifted up, who you've made better. It about what you've given back."
"Just like other situations in my life from the past, I was holding on to a lot of things just because they were what I knew and felt comfortable being around - just in case. I was overwhelmed with the idea of going through them all, analyzing their uses and facing the idea of parting with them. But if I held on to these items I wouldn't have space for new, beautiful things to come in; there were so many objects from the past I was holding on to, physical things this time, that had absolutely no place in my life now."
“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.”
“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."
"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!)."