First day of school for my babies today! First grade for Zander and Kindergarden for my baby Bentley!!! Omg, can't believe they're both in school all day now😭! Good luck to their teacher who gets to have them both in the same class 😁😂 #doubletrouble#irishtwins#brothers#bestfriends
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We had some drive through time and and Netflix but those don't make for as nice pictures🤣 (the elderberries finally came in! We almost lost them with the dry spell)
The secret isn’t in dieting, spendings hours working out, or getting smaller. It’s about HONORING YOUR HEALTH. It is about showing up and taking care of yourself so you can move through life with grace and self love. Because there isn’t anything more beautiful or perfect than a woman who knows their worth is more than number and who sees their infinite wealth in taking care of herself.
These two little best friends bring so much joy to my heart. Having them 13 months apart might sound crazy to some people... this is what makes it so awesome 💕 #irishtwins#mynoobs#instantbestfriends
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My sweet sunshine baby has had the toughest last couple of weeks. He’s cut EIGHT teeth. My usually perfect kid has had a lot of meltdowns and a short fuse. It’s been rough on us all. I haven’t even been able to make it to church with him the last two weeks. The teeth have all broken the surface now though, so we’re hoping for a better second half of the week. In the meantime, it’s more Tylenol, popsicles, and soft foods for this guy and more coffee and hot, relaxing showers at the end of the day for me 😴. #thistooshallpass#teethingisthedevil#18monthsold
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“Since you’ve been in there, I’ve changed 6 diapers, filled 4 sippy cups, and diffused a meltdown.”
Then ⏩ Now 😍 I can hardly believe I’m a mom of two high schoolers 😭 Something about the first day of school will always ground me in a way I can’t explain - it’s like flipping through the pages of a book you can’t stop reading, but you’re scared to finish too soon. Can any of your parents relate?
Today my beautiful Caroline started high school at Pleasant Valley, and my oldest Janes is entering his sophomore year there. These two are only 14 months apart - I call them my Irish twins ☘️👫 Fun fact: @aaronrodgers12 is from Chico too and set football records at Pleasant Valley HS before going on to become a NFL star. I always tell my kids, all things are possible (through Christ) - even in this small town.
I am so proud of the young adults Caroline & James have become, but it honestly scares me how fast time is moving. I’m still finding the balance between being present in this important stage of their lives while running a business that has taken off faster than I could have ever imagined. All this while trying to prioritize my own health this year and launch a cookbook has my head spinning at times!
What helps me focus is remembering to prioritize the right things. Faith and family always come first ☝🏻>> then health >> and lastly work. Without a strong faith, a happy family, and a healthy and able body, work is a moot point. My faith and family are what gives all of this meaning. 🙏🏻
If today was your kids’ first day of school, I’d love to hear how it went! ❤️
Sometimes I absolutely love to hear what these two talk about when they are in their own world, in the quiet moments between the storms that make up sibling relationships. Other times, I absolutely love that they have a bond belonging only to them. There are stories and memories that will be theirs alone, shared as brothers as they grow up and figure life out. Hopefully, along the way, they learn that they can always count on each other and think back to moments like these when they were each other's biggest fans.
I adore this photo. You may be about a foot taller than me now with hair longer than I could ever grow mine and a beard that would put a Viking to shame, but you’ll always be my baby brother! Even if we are the same age for 27 days every year 🙄🙄🙄
Happy Birthday little bro. Love you 💚
These #IrishTwins start school tomorrow! Sad I can't be with them their last summer night, but I'm sure they're having a blast with dad 😍 can't believe Lylas in first grade and Liam is doing his second year of prek!
Lawson: "Maybe if I just keep grinning, people won't notice Sophia having a mental breakdown because I said she was a girl...I mean, I thought she knew..🤷🏼♂️🤦🏼♂️
Today marks exactly 1 year since my baby Hazel was born. 1 year of learning, giving my all, teaching, caring and loving. 1 year since God sent this surprise baby into our lives to teach us that we are not in control of anything, that He knows what we need, and indeed we needed her. Her bright smile makes everything better. Her existence made me a more compassionate and understanding person. Her sleepless nights have made me stronger. She is smart, strong, and she will effect positive change in the word in a wonderful way one day, because her life has a purpose. If you’re caught in the same situation of a surprise pregnancy and have no idea what to do, let me tell you this: you’ve got this. You will be able to love a second, third, fourth child and be able to care and nurture them just as much as you did and do with your first. Happy first birthday, Hazel. You and Zoey are the light of my life and the reason I exist. Thank you for making me a better person, and for allowing me the honor of being your mother 💛 #ICantBelieveImStillBreastfeeding#WhenWillThisEnd#HahaButReallyThoImKindaDone#ButSheIsNotSoIllKeepDoingIt
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My Irish twins. 👼🏼👶🏻💙💙 Raising Hudson makes me realize everything I’ve missed out on with Hunter. It breaks me all over again that he’s not here. I should have two little boys. Brothers, to grow up together. Infant loss robs everyone. 💔
At the fair the other day I saw a blue balloon float up to the sky. At first it made me smile to think that at least Hunter gets a balloon from the fair too. Then I lost it realizing “omg I have a child in heaven” This just never gets easier. 😔 #irishtwins#hunterandhudson#littlebrother#lifeafterloss#parentingafterloss
8 1164:52 PM Aug 2, 2018
I’ve had one of the worst weeks of my life: both kids with worst case scenario HFM, double ear infection, Husband rushed to the ER for other reasons, bad news after bad news coming from everywhere. I wanted to punch a wall to let out all my anger and frustration at seeing my babies burning up, simultaneously sobbing in pain, breaking out in blood blisters, and my husband so debilitated. When Tim went to the ER, Jesus was strong through my weakness. I DIDNT HAVE A SINGLE PANIC ATTACK. I didn’t catch the viruses. I was still strong. I have been able to nurture, love and care for my family on almost no sleep. This is me right now: no make up, kids still in pjs, Tim still recovering, but it is the first day that my kids woke up with a smile on their faces in a whole week. I couldn’t not register this moment.
Now the only thing I am afraid of is opening my washer with 5 day old wet laundry 🤦🏻♀️🤣 #IHopeThereIsNoMold#IfThereIsIllJustGoShoppingBecauseIDeserveToTreatMyself#IHaveSeenTrollsOver20TimesThisWeek
Anyone else with Irish twins?
I always wanted twins, but I got Irish Twins instead. 🤷🏻♀️ Well, soon. This soon to be 10 month old (on the 18th) is going to be a big sister in a couple of weeks. 💕
IT’S REALLY HAPPENING! We are on our way to our FIRST DATE in 22 MONTHS!!!! We had been looking forward to this moment for so long, that we even made up today after a fight that happened last night that neither of us wanted to give in on!!! I shaved above my knees. I am wearing heels. Mom guilt is consuming me and I want to cry BUT our marriage needs tonight. I need tonight. He needs tonight. I’ll update you guys in my stories, pray for my sanity and please, please pray for my mom, who is probably already performing cirque du soleil moves whilst belting out Moana songs. YAAAAAAAY!!
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I don’t always go to the beach, but when I do, both my kids nap and I enjoy quiet time! JUST KIDDING! This is my bed, my husband’s arms are shaking from holding a heavy light above us, but hey.... it’s worth it because @PinkDesert and I are GIVING AWAY a pair of swimsuit of choice to 3 of you guys! To enter the giveaway, please do the following: CLOSED🙌🏼 winners: @firstname.lastname@example.org & @emilymaeshea 💛 Congratulations! Please DM @pinkdesert your suite choice and address!
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3. Tag a friend (more tags, more entries!) the 3 WINNERS will be announced on Saturday 6/30, good luck my sweet friends!!! 💛