Community, Happy Mama, Mom Life

I Get It.

Just the other day I had a conversation with a friend who’s also a mom. After chatting for a while we both walked away saying we enjoyed our talk and that we felt a little bit better for it.

What did we talk about? Being a mom. And that mom life is hard.

Did we offer each other magical solutions to make our lives easier? No.

Did we tell each other how to fix our problems or how to magically have a clean house every day? Absolutely not.

So what was it that made a difference. Three little words, (that are really huge): I get it.

I do! I get it! I understand when you tell me that the laundry is never ending. I am right there with you when you say that that you’re worn out and exhausted at the end of the day. I have lived through it when you say that your kids whine and complain about helping out around the house.

I get it.

Dear friend, mom life is hard. Even if it’s been your dream your whole life to be a mom. Even when you love your kids so much and you really want to do everything for them. But you just can’t.

Yes, there are snuggles and kisses, and there are a million joyful moments of watching them grow up. (And, of course, that’s why we actually do it.) But there are hard days where no one listens and there is so much to be done.

So I’m just here to say, I get it. Maybe I don’t have the same kids or the same life situation, but I get it. And really, most of the time, I think that’s the best encouragement we can give to each other. You’re not alone. I’m here walking that road with you. And in a time of “perfect” social media posts, I want you to know that I don’t have it all together. I’m still figuring this thing out too.

So momma, go hug your kids. Tell them you love them (even if they’re dirty or whining about something). It’s a season and it won’t last forever.

And go text your mom friends. Tell them you get it too.

Happy Mama, Lunch, Meal Prep, Mom Life, Preschool, Simplify


Do you ever find yourself staring into the fridge around noon while your kids are climbing the walls and declaring that they are starving just hoping that some prepared meal is going to suddenly appear for you to take out and serve for lunch?

Me too!

Lunch is one of those things that use to stress me out. I would try every day to come up with some grand meal for my kids that wasn’t the same thing they had eaten yesterday. But I finally figured something out: my kids don’t care if they ate it yesterday! They don’t care if they have the same meal every day for lunch all the time. So I stopped trying to be super creative and decided to be super simple instead. I do have a few different options that I pull out, but for the most part lunch for kids is pretty much the same things. Here’s what we do:

Protein Choices: Cheese and Turkey cut up into bites (or something fun shapes if I’m being really fun), yogurt, peanut butter sandwich, or peanut butter spread on crackers, or a spoonful of peanut butter

Grain Choices: Whole wheat crackers, pretzels, cheese crackers

Fruit Choices: grapes, bananas, apple sauce, or oranges. (I’ll pick one or two that they have all week)

That’s it! Super simple, super quick, super happy kids, non-stressed mama.


Part two of how this works really well for us is this: Make lunches for the whole week!

Since I’m a stay-at-home-mom and we homeschool, we are home for lunch most days. But I figured out it was still easier to pack a bunch of lunches at the start of the week and then when my kids are unable to live without food a second longer ready for lunch I can just grab the containers from the fridge and set them on the table. It also works great for days that we have co op or head out for a playdate or even need to run errands during lunch time. I don’t have to even think about it, I just throw the containers in a bag and we’re ready to go. I like these Bento Divided Lunch Containers the best, especially since they have different colored lids for each kid.


Do your kids have a favorite lunch?



Community, friends, Happy Mama, Mom Life, Stay-at-home-mom


I have a passion for building community and living and sharing life with the people around us.  But as a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM) it can be a real challenge to find community and build solid relationships in between diaper changes and nap times.  Here are a few suggestions for building community as a SAHM:

  • Attend or start a playgroup – Playgroup can be so simple if you just get started. All you need are some moms, some kids, and a place to meet.  A group of moms from our church gets together every other week.  We take turns hosting at different houses so no one person feels overwhelmed, and whoever shows up, shows up.  It’s not a big commitment, and it just works as an automatic plan.  See if there are playgroups already going on in your church or neighborhood, and if not, start one!

  • Meet new people – Kids are a GREAT way to meet new people and make friends because it is SO easy to start a conversation about your kids.  Take your kids to the park or indoor playground and just start making conversation with other moms.
  • Video chat for Coffee – Let’s face it, some days it’s just too much to get out of the house.  Schedules might be crazy and getting everybody dressed and ready to get out the door can be a lot of work.  So once your kiddos are down for a nap or having quiet play time (or a movie!), grab a cup of coffee and “meet” a friend over a video chat.  Be sure to schedule it ahead of time, and be and mindful of each other’s time, but this can be a great way to sit down for a conversation without leaving the house.

  • Make friends in your neighborhood – There’s nothing better than having a friend next door or just down the street! Start building relationships with the people around you by inviting a neighbor over for coffee or to take your kids for a walk in the neighborhood.
  • Communicate frequently – It’s hard to build relationships when you only see someone once a week or a couple of times a month.  Make it a habit to communicate frequently with your friends, whether that means getting together, talking on the phone, or just sending a “How are you this week?” text once in a while.

Having children is a true blessing, but the time when they are little can be difficult to build and maintain relationships.  Take the time to make friends and invite people into your life where you are and walk through the childhood years in real community.

What are some other ways you can live in community as a busy SAHM??