Category Archives: Letter to my girls

6 month mushiness


Today, I felt like I didn’t get nearly enough awake time with you and as I sit here in your dimly lit bedroom, looking down at you sleeping in my arms, I am overwhelmed with love.

I say it a lot but where does the time go. I desperately want time to slow down, but I know that can’t happen. Maybe it’s because I know just how fast years can fly by, or maybe it’s knowing we’re done having kids, but I’m trying to soak up every last second. I don’t want to miss a thing. I never want to forget.


Sometimes, if you wake up just a little too early, I’ll scoop you up, bring you back to my bed and snuggle you back you sleep. The quiet moments alone with you are some if my favorites.

You’re a mama’s girl. And I kind of love it.

You cut your first tooth last Friday night. This weekend you’ll be starting solids. You’re trying desperately to crawl. You can sit up on your own for short periods of time.

You, my sweet girl, will be 6 months old on Saturday.

I have no words that can adequately describe the love I have for you and the joy you bring to this family. Your entire face lights up each time you smile. Your eyes sparkle. People can’t help but smile back at you. You are a little charmer.

You have this face you make…you purse your lips and kind of crinkle your nose. It’s a half smile smirk and your eyes are fiery. You are so full of spirit I have no doubt you’ll be keeping me on my toes as you get older.


I hope you never lose the sparkle in your eyes, even if it does make my hair turn grey prematurely.

These last six months have been some of my best. I am blessed to be you mom. Never doubt my love for you.




4 point 5 and 4 months

Girls…my sweet girls.

Please do your mama a favor. Just stop.

Please stop growing. My mama heart can’t take it.

Rylee…you are so excited to be 4 and a half that you’re telling just about everyone you come in contact with. You even wondered why we didn’t throw a party to celebrate. The other night you chose steamed cauliflower over steamed broccoli. Your favorite meat is still venison, though you love a good steak. You’re a sensitive one…most recently, you cried at the end of Free Willy because you were so happy he was free, but sad that his friend wouldn’t get to see him anymore. Art is still one of your favorite past times and lately you’re really into “making books” and “filling our paperwork”. You’ve started writing just “Ry” on the pictures you color. You’re in the “green group” at school…that means you know all your letters and numbers and can write them well. You’re getting pretty good at holding your sister and you love doing it. You love the Beach Boys. I joke with you at least a few times a week about putting a book on your head to make you stop growing. You giggle every time. You adore your pink sparkly shoes. You’re a little firecracker and you’ve got sass to spare. One of your favorite things to do is take selfies with my phone. The faces you make are priceless. You have become fast friends with the little girl down the driveway, Ruby. You were playing over at her house the other night when her dad called us asking if you could stay for dinner. Your dad & I didn’t know what to do…we weren’t ready for that {especially your dad}. I have a feeling slumber parties are just around the bend.

Reese…4 months. I can’t believe it. You complete this family and we all love you so, so much. The week before last you rolled over…you’d been oh-so-close for week or two and you finally got that arm out of the way. You recently found your thumb. Just last weekend we bought some pacifiers…you’ve been doing pretty well with those. Any time you’re lying on your back you’re grabbing your feet and trying to get your toes in your mouth. You’ve been sleeping through the night since the beginning of October. Your bedtime is about 7:30 PM these days…give or take a 1/2 hour. You just graduated to the “big bottles”. Just last weekend I had to break out the 3-6 month clothes…and I’ve officially packed up your newborn clothes. Girl, you love your groceries! You rarely cry. You are such a happy girl…and so talkative! I jokingly called you a screaming banshee the other night…lucky for you the nickname “banshee” doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. You adore your big sister. You’re getting pretty good at reaching for toys and they instantly go straight to your mouth. You’re quite the drool-bug latetly…I hope you’re not teething already. I’m trying to savor every last second with you as a baby because I know just how fast it goes and, unless by some divine intervention, you will be our last baby.

Girls…you continue to amaze me with the way you’re growing and learning. You’re both happy, intelligent, loving girls. I hope that never, ever changes.

I love you both more than words could describe.



Life Lesson #472


Look, there’s things in life that school and books won’t teach you. And common sense just really isn’t all that common anymore. Lucky for you? I’ve lived through a lot of those “things” and I’m here to share my wisdom with you. What can I say? I’m a giver.

{Plus, I carried you in my uterus for 9+ months and grew your from nothing, let weird/nasty things happen to my body in the name of procreation, then solely provided the nutrition that sustained your life for umpteen months after that, so the least you can do is humor me here. Deal?}

And yes. The answer to your question is yes, I just randomly chose 472 out of my butt the air. Starting out with 1 just doesn’t sound cool.
Hopefully this life lesson will save some of your favorite clothing items, and your car interior. Oh who am I kidding, I’m really hoping it saves MY car interior.

Life Lessons & Family Rules


Turns out, while this blog isn’t about writing you letters, I kinda like it. I’ve found that taking the time to write my words specifically to you, helps me collect my thoughts better and shows that I feel like what I’m saying here is important so I want you to listen up.

While I was driving home from the grocery store the other day I was thinking about our family rules that we have hanging up next to the front door for all to see. Your father & I try to live by these rules on a daily basis and we hope that you’ll learn them by our actions.

You see, these rules are important to your father & I and we want to make sure the expectations are clear. Just because they’re hanging up in our living room, doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll notice them. By the time you’re old enough to read these words, that handmade canvas will likely just blend into the wall and you’ll walk past it like it’s not even there.

I’ve decided that for future reference, I’ll highlight one family rule at a time and explain to you why it is important to our family. That way, if you ever wonder, you can always come back here for a refresher.

Even though I’m constantly wanting time to just slow down, I am really looking forward to seeing the women you two will become. If your personalities now are any indication of 20 years from now, I couldn’t be more proud of you.

You two are my whole world.


Your Mama

For my girls, for now and for future reference

In about ten or so years, you may read this and roll your eyes and think “yea right, Mom”. And that’s ok, you two won’t always get along. It happens.

But in another ten or so years after that, you’ll be sitting together, drinking some wine, read this and you’ll give each other a knowing smile. Because at that point, you two will be the best of friends and you’ll just know that it was like that from day one.

You two amaze me on a daily basis. From the day Reese was born, Rylee you’ve such a proud big sister. You beam with pride whenever someone asks you about your little sister. You would do anything to make her smile. And Reese? At not even 2 months old, it is amazing to me how much you already adore your big sister. You look at Rylee with such awe and wonder.

The other day, I had Reese with me at work for most of the day. Rylee, you had spent the day with Grammy. On the drive from my work to pick you up Reese had had enough and cried the majority of the way. Even walking into Grammy’s house she was still fussy. But Reese, the instant you heard your sister’s voice you stopped fussing. Once I got Reese out of her car seat we sat down in the living room. Ry, you came up next to us and you two did nothing but stare and smile at each other for the next 5 minutes.

This kind of thing happens a lot.

The bond you two share is so strong.

Your love for one another is already immeasurable.

Whether you realize it or not, you two are connected in a way that no one else will ever come close to.

You won’t always get along. Through the years your relationship will wax and wane like the moon. It’s natural and like I said, that’s ok.

But despite your disagreements and through your frustrations and tears, I hope and I pray that you are always the others #1 fan, biggest advocate and always have the others best interest at heart.

Only God knows what your futures hold, but I like to think that no matter what that may be, you two would move mountains to make one another’s dreams come true.

There is something so special about not only being sisters, but best friends. I hope you always know how blessed your two are to have one another.

I am so looking forward to watching you grow together. You two already make me so proud. I can’t tell you how many times I just get lost watching you two together and wonder how I got lucky enough to be your mom. You make my heart smile.

I love you both beyond measure.