Beautiful Ice Cream Themed Baby Shower for Twins! | Carrollton, TX

I was so excited and happy to be a part of the Twins’s Ice Cream themed baby shower (Megan Meyer is the expectant and radiant momma). This party was crafted and thrown by my incredible sister-in-law Maddie Smith. She’s got an incredible eye for detail and put all of these elements together—yall, she hand-painted the “Two Scoops” letters completely on her own.

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Noah & Jude's Apex Fun Run Promo Video - Made by Them

Jude and Noah spent all week brainstorming, story-boarding, and finally filming this little promo video nearly completely by themselves (I only filmed the intro and ending for them). They are trying to raise support for the Fun Run this Thursday. I'm so proud of these two!

Oh, and the ending is priceless. Noah was inspired by an idea from Justin, but this just seems a bit too familiar compared to last year's video . . .

You can support their run here: https://myapexevent.com/aej42y

PS: Contrary to what they say in the video, the funds just go to the school and not to clean water. I'm not sure where they got that from but they insisted on leaving it in, so I didn't mess with it. #funrun #apex #apexfundraiser

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The single largest demographic risk factor for early death... & parenting

“Being male is now the single largest demographic risk factor for early mortality in developed countries. “ - Dr. DJ Kruger, ‘Sexual selection and the male:female mortality ratio.” (2014)

Like all of you moms out there with special need kiddos, I spend a lot of time thinking, researching strategies, and praying over my boys. I worry about their ability to launch, fear their failure as adults, and continually berate myself over my poor parenting choices and anger flashes. We’ve tried to create an ongoing life skills conversation with our boys every day at dinner as a means by which to speak to their hearts and hear their thoughts, ambitions, and concerns. Last night we talked about popularity and why some kids attract friends and others don’t. Both of my older boys lamented that they wished they were popular because then, in the words of Jude, “everyone likes you.”

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Love God with your muchness 🌿

 "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one, and as for you, you shall Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength [mo’ed]."🌿

“‘Me'od.’ Interestingly, this is the only place in the Bible "Me'od" is translated as strength. Everywhere else, it means "very" or "much." It's an adverb that intensifies the meanings of other words. While it may sound funny, to love God with all your strength "Me'od" is to love him with all your "Muchness." It means to love God with everything you have, devoting every possibility, opportunity, and capacity to honor God and to love your neighbor as yourself.” - The Bible Project

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Baby Susanna’s Newborn Session 🌿

Rachel and Jake just added to their beautiful family and baby Susanna Ray is simply stunning! You can see how smitten we all are with her! Her big brother Miles and sisters Scarlet and Millie spent our entire session giggling and cooing at her, holding her hand, and telling me how much fun she is. Believe me, this little lady is incredibly loved! I adored every minute of our session. There’s nothing quite like a newborn baby to cheer the soul.

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What’s it like parenting an autistic son?

What’s it like parenting an autistic son?

It’s throwing spaghetti at the wall and see what’s sticks; experimenting with meds, dosages, time of day and hoping your living guinea pig won’t be adversely affected; it’s Friday nights leaving the boys unattended for a quick, 10 minute shower only to discover in that time they decided to “finger paint” the entire upstairs, dirty laundry, walls, furniture, and floors...

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Three things I’ve lost

1) A vintage brass Chinese lantern necklace from my Aunt living in Japan.
This necklace was one of my favorite pieces of jewelry, and I wore it from age 9 through 21 (when I lost it—maybe at a hotel—at my dear friend @alanafrihana’s awesome wedding). I do still have a photo of me wearing it, though, huddled close to three of my favorite people in the world: @jennakthom @dollydelong @alanafrihana ). We were “studying” at the Midnight oil and you can instantly tell how much I adore these ladies by the way my face is radiant with joy. It’s been a decade since I saw them last (at my wedding, actually) but I still love them and pray God gives them happy, full, joyous lives. All of us are mommas now, and, though we may not be roommates or study buddies any longer, we share that beautiful mutual thread of shepherding our little ones in obedience and love of God. Every time I think of that necklace I lost, I think of this photo and these friends, and God’s meta-narrative of grace and redemption.

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