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The actual biggest loss would be a ton of creatives who are burnt out and don’t love their lives or businesses anymore because the priorities got out of whack. I think we should CHANGE the industry by changing the way we approach it and interact with it. I had a brief chat with a friend […]

It’s hard not to turn most family get-togethers into mini-sessions when your brother and sister-in-law are so photogenic. I’m particularly missing these two today, so I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a few photos I snapped when we were all together in Michigan during Thanksgiving. I love seeing my brother as […]

My baby boy is just getting more and more fun with each month that passes! This has been a really great month and particularly encouraging to me because we FINALLY made it past our sleeping difficulties! It’s truly amazing how much better life feels when you’re not perpetually exhausted. So here are the highlights: SLEEPING […]

  • Ervina Yoder - Your little man is just ridiculously darling! At times I feel myself wanting to mourn Harrison outgrowing the baby stage, but Kenny and I both agree he gets more fun all the time and each new stage is our favorite. What a gift these precious little lives are.ReplyCancel

  • Marirosa - He is just darling!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Bradshaw - He’s just SO beautiful!!ReplyCancel

  • Lelia Marie - OMG he does get cuter every month! And hooray for sleeping! He is perfect and I love these photos, especially the B&W of him looking up at your with those big eyes. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

Before having Llewyn, I had a pretty good daily routine. Woke up, exercised, did my Bible reading, and then sat down for the various tasks of work (which I also scheduled out based on what needed to be done). But for the last 7 months, I’ve gone through different phases of what worked and what […]

  • Karen - I LOVED this blog post! It’s so encouraging to be reminded other moms go through the same “how do I squeeze it all in AND find the appropriate balance” thing. Since I went straight from FT outside the home working to mom, I have always struggled with finding my routine. Just as I get one I like, Wyatt grows and changes and I have to adjust again…but he’s worth every little adjustment! I’ve never actually sat down to write my “ideal day” and I think you’ve encouraged me to do it! Just as everything is about to change yet again with baby #2. :-)ReplyCancel

The truth is, I’ve been struggling a lot the last couple of weeks. As any other new moms understand, your body goes through a lot of changes after having a baby. But, I didn’t expect my hair to be one of the biggest things affected. Friends, today’s post is honest and vulnerable. I don’t have […]

  • Jen - Girl, I hear you. My hair fell out in massive quantities so now I have all these patches of baby hair – large whispy clumps that wont go with the rest of my hair. I hate it. And – none of my clothes fit. At all.

    So, maybe all this is superficial, but that doesn’t make it irrelevant or unimportant. I’m with you.ReplyCancel

    • Tori - Yeeeeah. In addition to the curl and texture changing, I lost a lot of hair, too. :-/ReplyCancel

  • Nicki - I can’t imagine what you are going through. Hair is something that means a lot to us as ladies. But I do know something about you Tori, no matter tight ringlet curls or loose waves you will ALWAYS be ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!ReplyCancel

    • Tori - You are so sweet, Nicki. Thanks for the encouragement. <3ReplyCancel

    • Bethany - Amen to that Nicki!ReplyCancel

  • Marybeth - I totally understand! When my body didn’t bounce right back after my first I was really surprised how insecure that made me feel, I had more of my identity wrapped up in being skinny than I realized. God is kind to show us our false refuges and help us wrestle through finding our identity in only him. All the same, I will miss your ringlets! (And I have no doubt that you’re going to rock this new wavy look like no other!)ReplyCancel

    • Tori - I’m glad I’m not alone in the struggle. Thanks so much for the kind encouragement. <3ReplyCancel

  • Hope Helms - My hair changing was really difficult for me too! It’s sad when the curls change and seem droopy.ReplyCancel

  • Elena - Thank you for sharing these thoughts!! I can definitely relate to losing curl and losing the amount of hair I had before! Now that I’m pregnant again, I can tell that I have the volume back but sadly not the curl. Still working through how I want to deal with that in a natural, realistic way (I don’t see that I’ll have very much time for hair in the future!).
    As for change in my body, that was something I certainly struggled through. For me, I noticed a difference in my milk supply when I dipped below a certain weight so while nursing I stayed about 5-8 pounds above what I would have preferred (I’m nearly 5’3 so for me that’s quite a bit!), but as I see more nursing in my near future, I wouldn’t have it any other way; I loved being able to nurse my baby well and in the end, the only person who minded the extra weight was me! I’m praying for the Lord to prepare me for that time again and that He would give me the strength to give of myself in those ways again, as you said, with j o y. A joy filled mama is so much better. :)ReplyCancel