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September 05, 2019
Being a mom is hard. Yup - the cats out of the bag! Sometimes this mama doesn't know how to keep it together while managing "all the things." To be honest, parenting is not exactly what I expected. I thought it was going to be this beautiful and amazing experience of snuggles, sunshine, and rainbows. HA! Was I ever wrong. Of course there's all of those things and more. Dirty diapers, screaming kids, broken lamps, injuries, 45 minute screaming fits, post-partum depression, vomit in all the places, messes like you've never seen before, and I probably don't need to go on. You've been there!
As summer comes to a close and I send Annabelle off on her second year of kindergarten, I have started to reflect on all of the memories that we have made over the summer. We have done a lot of fun things in our new town and after two years we are starting to feel "at home." But, trying to juggle my business while my girl was home has definitely been a struggle at times. Sometimes mom-guilt takes over and I feel like the most terrible mom ever.
But, everyday Annabelle teaches me something. She teaches me about freedom in love. She teaches me to cherish the beauty in our surroundings. She teaches me to slow down (I'm not very good at that). She teaches me to feel how smooth the rocks are. She teaches me to watch how the bumble bee gathers pollen out of our flowers. She teaches me to balance on wobbly surfaces - just for fun. She teaches me that worms are sooooo cute. She teaches me to listen to how loud the leaves are in the wind. She teaches me to jump from the couch to the chair to avoid the hot lava. She teaches me to just sit and get lost in colouring.
SHE teaches ME all the things. Well all of the most valuable things anyways. This Tom Petty quote, "You Belong Among the Wildflowers" is my girl in a nutshell. The resilience of her love and how she loves EVERYTHING so freely and unconditionally. She teaches me that love, just like wildflowers, should grow freely and we should sow it everywhere we go. I hope she always keeps this sweet wildflower kind of love.
Here is my girl walking among the sunflowers at Rounds Ranch. This sign was inspired by her, the quote pulls at my Mama heart strings.
Isn't she beautiful?
Happy September to all of you mamas out there. I hope to see you soon.
September 26, 2020
September 05, 2019
So beautiful Quinnny. Your doing a fantastic job doing and managing all the things and raising a few little sweethearts 💕
You hit the Mamma in me on the head – or is it the nail on the head….both hard knocks – LOL! Made my day and will drive safely to Baltimore tonight….I promise….XO
Beautiful and insightful post Quinn. No one knows Annabelle better than you and you captured her spirit so perfectly. She is a joy and such a love. It’s a privilege to be her Grandma!
I just loved reading your blog. You certainly nailed it in the Mom department about what we as parents deal with every day. Cherish these hard years when the kids are young as this time in your life will pass by so quickly and before you know it your helping your kids travel this crazy world of life with your grandchildren. I cherish each day and attempt to help someone in some small way each and every day. I do this because I have been so very blessed in this life with great family and friends who helped me when life got tough. Keep writing our blogs Quinn!
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