Mom’s lives matters, too, Dallas.

When you become a mom you have a new found love that you never knew existed until you bring this brand new life into the world, a baby, a miracle.

Yesterday when my husband came home from work, I woke up to Brian Williams reporting that there had been yet another shooting with five dead and several were injured. I really thought it was a dream, but sadly it wasn’t. 

Each of these victims had a mom, a woman who conceived a child, brought life into this world, and raised the child for the greater good. 

There are now five moms who are grieving right now, there are five mothers without their child, there are five mothers who are having to bury their child, there are five mothers who won’t have an opportunity to become a grandmother, and there are five mothers who aren’t able to continue on their child’s journey because their life was taken too soon.

Did these killers think about the mothers when he pulled the trigger? What about his/her own mother? I couldn’t imagine raising a killer, knowing my child that I raised consumed so much hate for people, put a plan into place to leave five mothers in his world to grieve for the rest of their lives each and everyday. 

As a mom, my heart has been broken. I couldn’t imagine raising a child to hate so much, nor could I be on the other end of the spectrum and become a mom in an instant who has to bury my child.

How do we go forward from this awful situation?

We go forward by showing our children, who are the future of our nation, love, peace, and respect. This is America, we live in the land of the free and by that we need to raise children who will live up to those expectations to follow rules, respect authority figure, and to raise a family in such a manner that it will continue to pass the positive morals, rituals, and honor to each generation to follow.

If you’re a mom, please stop for a second today and hug your babies, hug your children, and let them know how much they mean to you. Life is too short and you never know when it will be your last hug, kiss, or verbal goodbye. 

There are five mothers right now who were taken from this…

Mother’s lives matter, too, Dallas.

Independence Day🇺🇸

Ask your child what it means to be free….

Kaylee: (7)”That you can do whatever you want.”

Chelsea: (6)”You can do whatever you want in the country.”

Walker:(3)”A train”

These answers are appropriate for their ages in how their mind operates.

Do we as moms live like we are free, or are there things that we are slaves to? 

On this Independence Day, I’m thankful for the handful of opportunities I get on a daily basis to learn, love, and be free with my children. 

Yesterday we spent precious time with family, time that we will never have again  because time is limited and in that time we laughed, loved, and lived a little. Fireworks and sparklers entertained the adults and kids, while the endless amount of food and drinks seemed to entertain our bellies. 


It was nice sitting on the ground of the family farm with family, cousins, and in laws watching the fireworks go off all around us, and for the most part, right in front of us. 


On this Independence Day, I’m grateful for these slow rainy days enjoying the company of my children because when you’re a working mom, life is hectic.

Just like Christ, he set us moms free to enjoy his completed work on the cross. May the God of all comfort fill your heart with a renewed ability to enjoy your freedom.


Above: Cousins posing silly for a picture.


Above: My nephew and me getting ready to enjoy a firework show!

Daddy helping our kiddos play with sparklers!  

Lastly, to top it off, mom celebrated by herself with a nice mom-drink! 


I’m signing off now to watch the Macy’s 4th of July firework celebration on TV with My kiddos!
Happy 4th of July Moms!🇺🇸

Afraid of the ADHD Monster

As I woke up this morning to do my mom devotional, during the peace and quiet I endure by waking up very early, so that I can think and have God time to start my day, I was a bit overwhelmed with excitement because my devotional for today answered what I’ve been fearing for a while.

 

Here is the devotional I read:

“As children we were fearful of monsters under the bed, or we were frightened by the thought of what could be lurking in the dark corners of the room. As irrational as those fears were, they were real to us. We froze; dared not to breathe or cry out, shut our eyes tightly bidding sleep to come. The nights and the darkness they brought seemed endless.

 

As adults we still fear monsters; however, these days they take form of an irate boss, difficulty with a relationship, an unfavorable medical diagnosis, or a credit card bill. Fear grips us in a real and powerful way, immobilizing us. If we aren’t careful, fear can destroy our peace of mind.

 

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed. (Psalm 34:4-5)

 

What are the monsters that you fear? As a child of God, you can cry out to him, confident that he will help. You can shake fear and know that whatever monster you face, you don’t face it alone.”

 

What have I been fearful of and battling for a while now, you may ask? ADHD.

 

It’s something I have and have struggled with my whole life and while it wasn’t something that was popular while I was growing up, I’m so glad it’s something that is recognized these days.

 

Before I became a mom, I was one who always said my kids would never be medicated; I was so judgmental over mothers about EVERY SINGLE CHOICE moms made.

 

When Kaylee started first grade, we noticed behaviors that were out of the norm for her and it became difficult in school and at home to redirect her behaviors and attention multiple times. We decided to have Kaylee tested for ADHD.

 

In December 2015, Kaylee was officially diagnosed with ADHD and our world was turned upside down. (It’s funny looking back now how things just happen naturally, or how God puts things in our specific lives to help us understand how precious life can be as parents)

 

We discussed with Kaylee’s AMAZING doctor all of the options and since I was so against giving children a controlled substance, we decided not to give Kaylee medication and work hard on her behaviors with partnerships with her amazing teacher, who is also my best friend.

 

Our family worked extremely hard over the school year to promote redirection, focusing, paying attention, doing great work (Which, both of our kiddos are extremely smart) and staying on task.

 

Our hard work paid off by the end of the year because Kaylee became more focused in her studies and she continued to excel in her academics.

 

Something seemed to still not be so quite right and had us, as her parents, asking questions.

 

After many thoughts and prayers, this week we decided to give medication a chance. With the start of summer, it becomes a great opportunity to try medication out for Kaylee that will help her focus on one thing rather than many things at once.

 

Today is the day we are going to start her medication and our fears are drawing to a close. Is this going to work? Is this the right medication? What if it doesn’t work? Will this paralyze her? (These and many more questions are all thoughts we’ve had)

 

Please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers this summer as we embark on a new adventure together, figuring out if Kaylee is on the right medication for her ADHD, and that it helps her maintain her focus for future goals and academics and home life.

 

My devotion this morning spoke to me letting me know that God is with us through this new adventure and will always comfort us during these times. I was thankful to have this devotional time and appreciate all new adventures that come our way.

 

Lastly, I apologize to all moms I judged while I was a non-mom. As I’m learning, it truly is one of the worst things to do, while embarking on your life journey.

This is the face of my “ADHD Monster” receiving her Principal’s Award for academics and being an overall student in her class❤

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I should be Folding Laundry, but…

I should be folding laundry right now, but it’s already done.

As you can tell, it has been a busy end of school year for our family with field trips, new jobs, field days, t-ball games, and anything else that keeps us from doing our regularly scheduled “Mom” job.

For starters, I was able to go on a field trip with Chelsea, to a family pumpkin farm. There we rode cows, played on the playground, search for gold, and enjoy a hayride on the farm. I was thankful to have that time with her and attend her field trip experience with her on that day. This is why at this moment in time we were unable to fold the laundry and put it away.


Next, we attended a beautiful wedding, where my husband had the honor of singing for the bride and groom’s first dance. My husband does such a great job with his singing and I’m honored to be by his side each and every time that someone asks him to be part of their big day. Here are some pictures below! We had a blast with some pretty amazing and awesome people, who we will come to love and befriend. This is why at this moment we were unable to fold laundry and put it away.


Then, I had the opportunity to attend another field trip with my oldest daughter to the Booker T Washington National Monument. We had a blast learning and exploring the park where Booker T. Washington grew up. This is why at this moment we were unable to fold laundry and put it away.


Mother’s day came and gone in the blink of an eye, but like every year it was a day that we spent doing what mom likes to do-Hiking. The entire family went hiking at the Booker T. Washington National Monument. They had an amazing trail for visitors and we had the opportunity to play in the water, reflecting, and spending quality family time together. Happy Mother’s Day to me🙂 This is why at this moment in time we were unable to fold laundry and put it away.


Field day is one of the most exciting times in an elementary school in our county. It is a huge water event, where we are expected to get wet. I’m like a big kid when it comes to these events and so thankful I’m able to be part of the day. I think I got more soaked than some of the kiddos! This is why at this moment in time we were unable to fold laundry and put it away.


Little man started playing wiffle ball to prepare him for tball and I couldn’t be more proud of him. Walker is a true boy of character and happiness. He gets so excited about seeing his friends and not to mention, I feel like he has an amazing coach that will be such a positive influence on him as he grows. While we have only been to one practice so far with how our schedules have worked, this is why at this moment in time we have been unable to fold laundry and put it away.

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The last day of school happened and Kaylee was honored to receive the Principal’s award for overall student on everything that included academics, behavior, attendance, etc. What a proud mom moment to have witnessed and be there for my daughter. This is another reason why at the moment we were unable to fold the laundry and put it away.


I took a couple of hours on the last day of school to enjoy time with my children before they left for their first family vacation with their grandmother, great aunt, and great grandmother. We played on the farm, looked at the cows, played in the rain, and waited for trains to sound it’s horn. It was a great family day, which is another reason why we were unable to at the moment fold the laundry and put it away.


The kids left Friday with my mom to go on vacation. This time, we had plenty of time to clean, and by clean I mean, throw a ton of things away. I had time to fold laundry, clean every single room in this house with every spec of detail possible. Chris and I also had time to go to two get togethers this weekend which turned out to be completely amazing and had such a great time. I’m sincerely thankful and grateful for good friends!

  

Mother’s Day, Hiking Adventures, and New beginnings. 

Mother’s Day was yesterday and from one mama to another, I hope you enjoyed your day as much as we did.


Hiking and Kayaking are my two favorite hobbies! What better way to spend Mother’s Day than to do one of my favorite hobbies together with my family. We had a blast! We took a nice hike at the Booker T Washington Park, such a great hike for beginners. 

Daddy & Son talking about the different kinds of trees, talking about the streams and of course, trains. 

The kids were able to stop by the stables and visit with all of the animals. 

My babies, heading out on our family hike.

Dads and the kiddos In front of the monument.


Hiking is such a personal experience, especially when done with loved ones. It gives you time to enjoy the outdoors, see new creatures, new bugs, new flowers, go off the hike, and lastly, we are all unplugged together as a family. 

Thank you Family for the fun filled day yesterday.

Afterwards, we decided to stop by and see our family. This picture was taken of the kids by my sister in law. Such cuties. 


The kids made these Mother’s Day gifts for Mother’s Day! They planted sunflowers, roses, and morning glories. Thank you, Pinterest:)


I purchased one of these Catchie concepts a while back and had the chance to clean out the car and finally put in the product! I have a minivan with three kids and this is by far one of the best inventions Mothers need for their vehicles. Look at that pile of trash and toys that would have landed up on the floor. Amazing! Visit Catchie Concepts on Facebook & Instagram for more information!

I’m super excited about this new adventure in my life! I’ve never been so nervous about a job before in my life. I’ll be a Daycare Director starting tomorrow!! Well, training anyway. I believe this will be my forever job. The new owners are amazing and I’m ecstatic to engage in this adventure with them!

Please send prayers, well wishes, and thoughts my way as I embark on this new adventure.
Have a great day!

Mother’s Day Challenge: A Mother’s Bragging Right

I decided to blog about my Mother’s Day Facebook challenge instead of posting the pictures on Facebook. All of us moms have a story and its unique. Mine is just as unique as the next mom in line, so allow me to blog about my challenge. 


Chris and I married September 23, 2006. It was the best day of our lives. Things seemed to be perfect, things seemed like I was in a dream. How was it that I was chosen to spend the rest of my life with THIS man. We said our vows, danced the night away and life began. 


February 7, 2009, we brought our first child into the world. We didn’t know a thing about parenting, actually took one of those lame parenting courses at the hospital, which, we look back now and that did NOT prepare us for parenthood. It was February and all I had for Kaylee were onesies-HAHA! No coat, a light blankie, and a light hat-My mother in law has to go get things for me to bring her home in. We were clueless. I bet those nurses wonder how KK turned out when she stepped foot out of the hospital and out of their care. Kaylee has become the most loving, patient, caring, well mannered, and smart Jesus loving girl. She’s currently reading on a high second grade level, almost third grade! She is friends with all of the kids in her class and her teacher knows she struggles with the more difficult kiddos, but remains friendly. We are SO blessed and thankful for her love and compassion. She wants to grow up and be a vet!


July 31, 2010 we welcomed our Cheekies!!! Mother hood surely opened up our busy schedule as we welcomed another sweet baby. This time we were a bit more prepared as far as clothing🙂 Chelsea is just as smart as her sister, loves animals, and Jesus and wants to be a farmer. Chelsea has been known to read to first and second graders at school to motivate them! Wow!! What a proud parent accomplishment..Now if I can just sign her agenda and homework folder every night, life would be grand. 


December 18, 2012, we welcomed our first mama’s boy, who stole my heart. Walker is such a friendly boy, it’s scary. He is very trusting, polite, and respectful. We are still learning and figuring him out. We have adjusted well and have managed to be able to stay home with each child. Having that third child was a challenge. The kids now outnumbered the parents. Hopefully, he is out last boy, sadly, due to my heart issues, but he doesn’t want anymore babies, since he is mama’s baby boy💚


May 2013, I graduated from college! We got married, purchased a home, had three kids, worked full time at times, and I still managed to graduate college with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology.


Now our life is complete and I’m in a happy place. Life will continue to be hectic, but as a mom my number one priority is these three kiddos who I never imagined would make my whole world complete and heart filled with so much joy and happiness. 

This is my Mother’s Day Challenge!
What’s yours?

Kindergarten, Farm field trip, and Happiness

When I woke up this morning, it was cold and rainy. Of course it was raining, we have an outdoor field trip today. Instead of thinking, “Oh, I don’t think I’m going to go today because I don’t want to get wet, walk through wet grass, and look like something that was dragged out of the sewer” I got dressed in my favorite water shoes, put my favorite purple shirt on and told myself I was going to embrace the day, whatever was thrown at me; no umbrella included. Loaded up the minivan and off to school we went- with big smiles on our faces:)

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The kiddos were so ready for their field trip, but not before a couple of errands that needed to be completed for the teacher, which I was excited to help out.

Chelsea was star today which made it even more special. Each kid was given a piece of paper that had “Chelsea is_______” and the kids had to draw a picture and fill in the words. Some of these kids were pretty creative. Below are some of the examples they had written for her in her book. So sweet❤

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We arrived at the farm for our field trip and to our surprise, while other schools canceled, we were 1 of 3 classes that were there today and guess what-NO RAIN! How exciting! Life is so much better when you’re embracing and chasing it.

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We had a great time swinging on the tire swings, riding in the cows that were pulled by a tractor, playing in corn, and riding on a hay ride! Kindergarten is so much fun! A farm is even better! I decided to take the bus to embrace the full scope of a field trip and it’s so much fun with the kiddos! Brings back a ton of memories.

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These kiddos pressured me into going down the huge slide today and like an even bigger kid- I stepped up to the challenge and went down the slide, but not before taking this selfie with them🙂

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Another mama stepped up to the challenge and slide down the slide🙂 This is our girl scout leader-she is wonderful🙂 A great leader she is and fun!

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Of course all good things must come to an end and after we got home, Chelsea and I were exhausted!!!

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This is my happiness post. This picture was also taken back around Christmas time and we are ALWAYS excited about Christmas…just as right now..I’m super ecstatic to start my forever career as a Daycare director! It has been so nice with friends, family, and school employees congratulating me. I’m just as happy right now about my new position as I was at this moment when I took this picture- Oh, and that man standing with me- yeah, he was the one who told me to never give up and keep trying and one day you’ll get to where you want to be:)

 

Ok, that’s enough blogging for tonight.

Good Night:)

Moms, Minivans, & Messes