A little motherly advice for my darlings. My girlfriends are some of my greatest blessings. And many are some of my oldest (blessings). I cannot stress enough how important and how significant they are in my life…to my life. Most of my girlfriends knew me when I wasn’t “Mommy” or “Wife”, but just Tessa (or … 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

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

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

The Me of 2013

Cheers to 2013, another blessed year!! The past twelve months have been happy (est) months. Healthy months. Busy months. We celebrated Harper’s 3rd birthday and Aniston’s 1st. We’ve had dreams come true and experienced the magic of Disney. I left the comfort of my job after seven years and began a new chapter in my … Continue reading

To Change…

Change. I am a creature of habit. I get emotionally attached. I don’t like surprises. Having a routine doesn’t bore me, I actually prefer it. I am in my comfort zone. Have been for awhile. All of which makes change a very difficult process. But, after literally years (told ya, comfort zone) of contemplating, agonizing, … Continue reading

2012 Girls Trip

I. Hate. The. Sun. Okay, not literally. I understand that it is necessary for sustaining our livelihood. But man did it wreak havoc on my body. Probably because since being diagnosed with melanoma in 2009 and basil cell carcinoma in 2010, me and the sun have barely been acquaintances. Yes, I wore sunscreen, everywhere, but … Continue reading

Babies’ First Fireworks

The Fourth of July. Squeals and Shrieks and Yummy Treats! For the third consecutive year we celebrated July Fourth with our Friends Who Are More Like Family, The Newton’s. Emily (referred to as ‘My Emme’ by Harper) is just two weeks younger than Harper. These two bring out something special in each other…Hysteria! Hence the … Continue reading