Blessings in Our Messiness

Happy to wake up to a new week! ☀️ Still thinking about everything the pastor said yesterday – when it comes to parenting, the days are long but the years are short, and if we’re not careful, we miss the blessings in our messy lives.
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Our children are created on purpose and for a purpose. By fixing our eyes on the unseen, through eyes of faith, we begin to see the eternal possibilities.
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Here is to being more intentional and present in my kids’ lives this week, and keeping my eyes on God first and foremost! .

20 Months Old

How are you 20 months today already?! It felt like only yesterday that we were celebrating you turning 1 on the Disney Wonder. The image of you smearing chocolate cake all over your little face and tiny chubby hand (and got some on me too 😆) is still so vivid I can almost smell the chocolate!
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Since you’re our last baby, I know I’m more emotional celebrating every milestone and birthday 😭😘 Cherishing every day, hour, minute, second with your chubby thighs, adorable giggles and baby cuddles. I now know just HOW quickly it all goes by! 😔
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Note to self: Awwww remember Lynn from the background? It was so nice to make friends with other families on the Disney Cruise! They were such a sweet family! .

Friends since I was 6

I got to hang out with my best friends since FIRST grade!!! It’s amazing we’ve kept in touch thanks to social media, and more awesome that we’re all moms of multiples!
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I became a Texan right after elementary school. The mama in the blue dress lives with her family in Silicon Valley. The one in white shirt went to Singapore as a teenager, and the last one studied and worked in Norway! It’s always so fun to be in the same city again for a brief second, and meet up for dim sum and catch up.

It’s My Birthday!

I’m another year older!! 🥂 Every year on my birthday I become extra reflective, and feel some level of existential crisis as well. I realize it’s the never ending chasing of something that robs my joy. So my resolution for the 33rd year is to count my blessings every morning when I wake up, and to thank God every night before I sleep! What better way to fight for joy than to stay grateful?
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To be honest I felt kind of negative all day. For whatever reason I was reflecting over the failures I had in life – the times I lost my temper as a mom, the times I was misunderstood by a friend and lost a friendship, the times I felt betrayed by someone I trusted, the times I felt I wasn’t good enough just being me, or worried about people’s opinions more than God’s approval.
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I know I am blessed beyond measures – a fairytale marriage, 3 beautiful and healthy children, amazing family and friends, the privilege to stay home etc, so I shouldn’t dwell on those negative experiences, but rather focus on the blessings, and learn from my difficult experiences. It takes conscious effort to stay present and choose joy, and I want to do just that! 😊

No Mommy Guilt

I need my alone time Every. Single. Day! I no longer feel any mommy guilt after 3 kids, because I know I simply function better and have a lot more patience when I’ve had my alone time. .
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Even at the most magical place on earth recently, my patience by the end of day was at a minimum, having carried around a sleeping baby and whiny middle child (you would think kids don’t whine at Disneyland heh? Lol what did I say about expectations? 😂), having to step in when the girls fought over stickers and who got to sit in the stroller, I was exhausted.
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The kids were at the beach with grandparents this afternoon, and I chose not to go for my sanity. Not exercising for a month is already driving me a bit nuts (I need you in life @lorifraze!), I had to get some peace and quiet so I could be a better mom!
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Needless to say, the kids were so excited to see me after being separated for 2.5 hours, and vice versa when they got back – “mommy look at the hermit crab we got! And the seashells!” 🦀🌴☀️ I gave them my full attention for the rest of the night! As a stay at home mom, it is so important to find this balance 💕 If you’re a #stayathomemom may you find some quiet and alone time to recharge today, and every day!

Traveling with 3 kids

No they aren’t always this nice to each other! But when they are, I feel like the best mom in the world! We have really enjoyed traveling with our 3 littles this summer. When traveling gets difficult – long flights, jet lag, being out of routine, convincing them to try new food (that part has been ok thank God, everything here is so delicious 😋) etc, I think about how @thebucketlistfamily would handle it, and feel more encouraged. Tomorrow we fly to Hong Kong! Can’t wait to check off our 4th Disney park around the world, and enjoy the beautiful beach and more delicious food! ✈️🏖🎠