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  • Mom on a Mission

    My mission is to live by example for my girls a healthy life. A happy life. An active life. To teach them that excuses are for the birds. To love myself, so that they learn to love themselves. And if I happen to inspire another Momma out there to do the same…even better!
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(Almost) Happily Ever After

I met my husband in Kindergarten. I have one of his school pictures dated 1986, the backside reads- To Tessa, From Aaron- written in his five year old scribble. We began dating when we were children. Yes, children. An unlikely couple not considering… We’ve been married now for nearly seven years and as strange as it … Continue reading

I Don’t Always Smile

I don’t always smile… My smile is not the result of a perfect life, but a blessed life. Aaron woke me in a frantic this morning…”Tess-its 7:10am!” 7:10am?!? 7:10am. That left me exactly 20 minutes to dress myself, and two girls, pack a breakfast, lunch, and two snacks, give medicine, and get out the door. … Continue reading

Raising Our Celiac Kid

We have officially been gluten-free for a week now. That’s it??? The good news is that we are already seeing improvement in Harper’s symptoms. Her tummy troubles have all but disappeared. And she is once again sleeping through the night. Poor thing was waking up nearly every hour crying, moaning, saying her body hurt…something hurt. … Continue reading

Disease is a Scary Word

Disease is a scary word. Especially when attached to your four year old daughter. My baby, my BABY, has Celiac Disease. That word. I hate it! Harper has been having some health issues. Nothing that seemed detrimental. Symptoms so random that I would have never put them together. Chronic diarrhea (causing accidents in my potty … Continue reading

New Obsession: MINTED

Simple. Stunning. Classic. Elegant. Whimsical. MINTED. It’s Baby Season and some of my greatest girlfriends are brand new members of The Mommahood. Eeek! Few things make me happier than witnessing a new Momma fall in to a love like no other. I recently purchased a gift for one of those new inductees and in doing … Continue reading

Praying for Babies…and College

I have a four year old who is strangely (or maybe not so strangely) obsessed with pregnancy, nursing, and all things baby. I’ve heard of this type- the woman who knew from day one that they wanted nothing more than to be a Momma. I was not that woman.  For me, that desire came like … Continue reading

The End of an Era- My Baby Turns Two

Today, my Forever Baby turns two. Which means that technically, I no longer have a “baby”.  And that’s a tough pill to swallow. Two years ago, Aaron and I welcomed our second sweet girl into this big, crazy world. We had no idea the impact that little soul would have on us all, how she … Continue reading

Renewing the Spirit When Your Hanging on by a Thread

Confession: Last week (the entire week) was one BIG Momma fail. I don’t know if it was lack of sleep, because for some unknown reason my toddler decided that waking up at 5am in party-mode for several consecutive days seemed like fun, or because I’ve yet to have a second to recover from the holiday … Continue reading

Another Mommy Fail

As I am frantically throwing the kids in the car this morning in an effort to get to work on time, Harper stops me, whining a little (who has time for whining I the morning?), “Momma, my black thing is gone”, referring to the soft pad that fits in the seat of her chair (aka … Continue reading

The Girl Who Made Me a Momma- 4 Years Later

It’s January 15th again. And once again, I am a filled with raw emotion. I can’t believe it’s been four years. I remember the day like it was yesterday. Every thought. Every fear. Every tear. How my heart nearly exploded when I first laid eyes on my daughter. I wasn’t suppose to meet her for … Continue reading


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