Adoption, Motherhood, Parenting

Understanding Respectful Adoption Language | November is Adoption Awareness Month

“My son Wyatt (her adopted son) is all mine. Little souls find their way to you whether it’s through your womb or someone else’s.”-singer Cheryl Crow November is a special month for my (Becky’s) family in many ways. Thanksgiving, deer hunting opener and my birthday are all crammed into an already hectic month. But another… Read More Understanding Respectful Adoption Language | November is Adoption Awareness Month

Business, Motherhood, Parenting

Full Time to Staying at Home: Navigating the Transition to Stay at Home Mom

I (Laura) graduated with a nursing bachelors degree in 2008, and then started my own photography business on a wish and a prayer in 2009. I built it from scratch; living and breathing photography and all things business-related until 2014. In 2014, I had some sudden and debilitating health issues which served as a wakeup… Read More Full Time to Staying at Home: Navigating the Transition to Stay at Home Mom

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting

For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

The Bible tells us that for everything there is a season. This holds true for the climate, plants, crops, sports, school and life in general. It applies in particular to motherhood. Everything is a season in motherhood. (Parenthood, actually, but I (Laura) am speaking from a mother’s perspective). The newborn days, infant months, toddler years. Considering when… Read More For Everything There is a Season, Especially in Motherhood

Back to School, Kids, Motherhood, Parenting

Back To School Nostalgia | Stay Little, Just a Bit Longer

There’s something about the back-to-school season that makes me (Laura) feel a bit like a giddy kid again. Maybe it’s the aisles full of school supplies, the blank notebooks just waiting to be filled, or the sea of backpacks offering an option in every color and pattern. (I almost wrote, “Or maybe it’s the section… Read More Back To School Nostalgia | Stay Little, Just a Bit Longer

Kids, Motherhood, Parenting, Summer

Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Once upon a time, I thought going to the beach was a relaxing, restful way to spend the day. And then I had a baby. Now, a trip to the beach is mostly filled with trying to keep my son Raleigh from stealing other kids’ toys. It doesn’t matter that we brought an entire bag… Read More Going to the Beach with Kids | 12 Summer Must Haves to Make Beach Trips a Success

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting

Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight

Parenting is tough. Many moons ago I heard another mom liken parenthood to trying to peel an orange with a screwdriver. It’s super messy and someone is bound to get hurt. But being a parent is filled with many heart-warming moments too. Raising children is an amazing experience, and one that will fill your heart… Read More Extreme Parenting Moments That Are Funny Only in Hindsight

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting, Self Care + Wellness

Parents Need Time Outs Too | Knowing When to Step Back

There are a wide range of memorable moments in parenting ranging from the warm and emotional moments, to the ones when you want to throw an adult tantrum. You know, lay down of the floor and pitch a big, loud, messy FIT. If you have those types of “moments”…no worries; you are NORMAL. All parents… Read More Parents Need Time Outs Too | Knowing When to Step Back

Fatherhood, Motherhood, Parenting

The Dichotomy of Parenthood | How is it so GOOD and HARD at the same time?

I am in the thick of motherhood right now. Some people call it being “in the trenches.” Whatever name you give it, I’m in the middle of it: the blessedly good but completely exhausting days of raising a young toddler. It’s mind-boggling to me how in the span of a single day, my thoughts and… Read More The Dichotomy of Parenthood | How is it so GOOD and HARD at the same time?