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facts.
There are so many things that you have to deal with - your own thoughts, dreams dashed, logistics, other's opinions, financial stuff, kids whose hearts ache - that the best thing anyone not in the middle of it can do for another is to love them. I cannot even begin to emphasize how much love is needed during those initial days. Just love - not judging, not solutions, not expecting them to be better immediately, but simply just love.
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Yep. It's all in the title.
oftentimes I'll wonder - Why in the world is this so hard? But I'll forget that I'm not raising little people without wills that can be programmed. Even though I'd love to program in bedtime, because seriously, if only bedtime were always easy I think the road to being happy just might be quite a bit faster. Do you know why it's hard? Because I'm being a mom.
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#motherhood  

It's a journey of not only losing self but finding self again. 
No one told me that could happen. I think back to all the birthing classes and books and early busy busy years of motherhood and I don't think that I ever had anyone tell me that it's easy to lose me in the motherhood story. In fact, I think I was led to believe that the more I gave and the more that I said no and worked and achieved that the better mom I would become and that was the right and noble thing to do. I get being a good mom.
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Motherhood memories.
I knew it would be short. Remember. Remember him. Remember him now. Little, in my arms, rocking away. Wanting to be with me. And then it was done. Soon these rocking days will be done.
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I finally found the courage to write.
It's easy to judge from the outside. It's easy to say that you always look sad or that the person messed up or all of that. Don't judge. Please please please don't judge. Judging doesn't make us stronger as a human culture. Judging divides. Instead love. Give. Listen. Have empathy. Give a hand. Take the kids at times. But really really just love and be there.
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These are the things that we need to remember in this journey. Or at least ten of them. 
But, we as women need to learn to support each other in their journeys. Some of us stay home, some work, some homeschool, some send their kids to school, some are married, some are single, some only eat organic, some vaccine, some breastfeed, and on and on and on. Those externals shouldn't cloud our vision so that we forget the heart of the individual sitting across the table from us. And if you feel judged? If there's something to learn - learn ...
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Don't go away from this effort. Your voice is needed and powerful out here. Keep doing it. You make an amazing contribution to us all. 
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truth.
I'd like a break, but when you have a world of plates you're supposed to keep spinning while you hang on and do yoga and cross fit you can't let any drop or they all come tumbling down and we're supposed to be purging our houses of extra stuff because that's the trend so we can't have anything mess that system. And while you're spinning them all someone is tugging on your leg or relationships are crumbling or you're just stuck in the monotony of ...
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Such words of encouragement for all of us who, at times, are weary moms!!
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This. Not perfect moms. Just okay moms.
My kids need an okay mom. Your kids need an okay mom. We do amazing things. Awesome okay mom things that are tucked in our days that sometimes we miss in the busy. A mom that looks in the mirror and is happy to be a mom and that is happy to be her too.
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You finish.

That's what matters most.

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You're not failing. Not one bit. You may stumble or trip or have bad days in motherhood. We all do. Every single one of us. All of us. And those bad days as much as we'd like to stick labels on us letting them define us they simply don't. They don't have any bearing on you right now. Bad days don't equal not finishing. Or getting second. Because in the race of your motherhood journey you are the perfect mom for your kids. Yes, you, the one who...
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We just cannot get sick.

No options.

Hahah! 
1. It's an unwritten rule that moms can't get sick. Somewhere in the Rules of Motherhood is a chapter titled Moms Don't Get Sick. Now, we all know this is a fallacy, and if you're like me you've searched for this chapter, but it's hidden but still applicable. No getting sick. It's not in the plans.
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1. Expect that it will take time. I'm the gal that wants everything perfect before I start. Life is a journey, and in the journey things change. If everything was exactly the way we wanted it today then we'd have no goals to strive for. So we need to expect that change will take time. And with that we need tenacity and persistence. Keep going, keep going, keep going. Often we want to quit too soon and don't realize the strength we have within. (B...
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I was reminded of this today. About the need for gratitude. And less focus on self and more focus on others and how we as a community can work together for the greater good.
(If you share one post from my Haiti journey – this is the one. My yesterday changed my life.) I didn’t even like typing day five in my title. My heart has fallen in love with Haiti and this amazing culture. And yesterday? Yesterday was perhaps one of the best days of my life. Words […]
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