Brown eyed beautiful six-year old,

Runs around her backyard out in the snow,

All bundled up, from head to toe.

She didn’t see the hole her puppy dug in the yard.

She tripped and fell face first and hit her head hard.

All she could do was scream

Helplessly.

Her daddy ran to her all the way from his car,

Didn’t even hesitate to take her in his arms.

He asked if she was okay,

And wiped her tears away.

He said, “Don’t you be afraid,

Daddy’s here to stay.

You know I’ll do anything

To make sure that you’re safe.

Remember when you’re in pain,

Just call my name

And I’ll come running.

‘Cause that’s just what daddies do.”

Brown eyed, beautiful teenage girl,

Trying to find her place in this great big world.

She acts so strong, and tries to hold on.

But sometimes life can be oh-so cruel.

She wonders what’s the point of following the rules.

Can’t I go make my own way?

Why do I have to stay?

Her daddy comes to talk to her in her room.

She knows that means more punishment is coming soon.

But this time he holds her hand,

Tries to help her understand.

He said, “I know it just seems

I’m being so unfair.

But I do everything I do

Just because I care

About my baby girl.

I don’t want this world

To ruin your future.

And that’s just what daddies do.”

The years had gone by as they tend to do.

Daddy found himself in bed, couldn’t even move.

Tears filled her eyes, she fell apart inside.

She said Daddy I don’t know if I can live without you.

And what about Momma? she just can’t lose

Her very best friend.

This can’t be the end.

Her daddy took her hand in his and held it tight.

His bright smile reached all the way to his eyes.

He felt such peace deep down,

Although there was no hope around.

He said, “It’s gonna be okay

Even if I have to go away.

And you know that none of us

Are here to stay.

We have a hope that someday

This pain will be erased.

Don’t forget that Jesus is holding you now,

Even if you can’t see past the clouds.

Just reach out to Him.

He’ll guide you to the end.

‘Cause He’s your daddy,

And that’s just what daddies do.”

Kelsi Curry (Morrell)| 1-28-2014

 

If I’ve learned anything in life, I’ve learned that family isn’t always blood.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I’ve got some awesome family. Despite what’s happened in the past, I’m grateful to say that I have good relationships with all my family members. 

But over the years, I’ve needed a lot of extra help. Anyone else?

Every time Mother’s Day rolls around, I can’t help but think of all the special women in my life that have helped to make up the difference in my life. From youth leaders, to teachers, there’s a long list of people that I take special care to honor on Mother’s Day.

So, to all the mamas, by birth or by choice, here’s a special shoutout just for you.

 

To All the Mamas, by Birth or by Choice

Mamas that carry and birth their babies are crazy strong. I’m just saying, because now I’ve done it, too. That process showed me that God created me to do something absolutely remarkable, even though it seemed impossible (…really). 

 

To The Biological Moms

Obviously, there is no bond quite like the bond of a mama and baby that have spent nine special months together, then continue to spend many developmental years growing and learning. It amazes me every day how “in tune” you become with your child when you are with them almost 24/7 from the time they are born. 

To all the mamas out there that carried, birthed, and are raising their babies – you are so strong, so amazing, and so vital to the continuation of society. Even in the midst of overwhelm, stress, and exhaustion unlike any other, remember that you are everything to that baby, and there is no one quite like you. You are doing awesome!

Yet, there are plenty of other circumstances that end with a baby / child to be raised by someone other than their bio mom. And guess what…

 

To The Adopted / Foster Moms

Can I just pause a moment and say… Wow. 

I have a friend that is a foster mom to three cute kiddos. Over the course of this fostering relationship, she has shared some of her struggles and frustrations with me, as well as her joys. I am in amazement every time she shares stories with me.

My precious friend goes through SO much emotional, mental and physical exhaustion to take care of these kids, which have become like her own, and yet with no promise that they will be hers.

If that doesn’t sound like a mama, then I don’t know what a mama is.

To all the mamas that are fostering, whether in the process of adoption of not, or have already adopted – you are so selfless, so giving, and so important to these kids in need. Even when they yell at you or treat you terribly, or when you’re so done with “the system” – just remember that you are doing an incredible work, bringing hope to a young heart.

 

To The Special Moms

Even with a wonderful bio, foster, or adopted mom, I think almost every child finds a “role model” at some point in life. Sometimes, especially if there are issues in the home, these role models become pillars of strength and virtue, especially for a young girl trying to find her way in this big world.

This was certainly the case for me.

For a long time, my “special mom” was Grandma Marie. When she passed away, there were many women that helped me in various ways throughout my teenagers years. 

There’s something about a person that has no good reason to care, but does anyway. There’s something about people that see a need in a broken life, and work hard to earn trust so they can help fill that need. 

To all the special moms out there, who unofficially take kids under your wings, who expend emotion and energy to build relationships with broken people – thank you. You are doing a work unlike any other, that may seem to go unnoticed the rest of your life. Remember that God is watching, and you will receive your reward. 


Well, now I need some tissue. 😏 I’m grateful for all the amazing women in my life, whether they are “officially” moms or not. 

Just for fun, I’ve created some Mother’s Day files that you can send to all the special women in your life! These are 7×5 inch, one-sided Mother’s Day cards that you can easily save to your phone and send via text or email. You can also download the PDF file of all 7 cards, which would be perfect for printing out at home!

I’ve created a card for everyone!

  • Mama
  • Mother-in-Law
  • Sister (one child)
  • Sister (multiple children)
  • Friend (one child)
  • Friend (multiple children)
  • Special Woman

Just enter your name and email below, and I’ll send them your way! 😄

 

If you’re already part of the email list, just go to the Freebies Page and use the code from my weekly emails!


How about you? What special women are you honoring this Mother’s Day?

 

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Learning is a major part of anyone’s life, whether they are school-lovers like me, or play-lovers like my husband. 😄 At the job, at home, at play, at school… everywhere, there is something to learn.

You learn lessons all throughout life from a variety of sources. For the first few years of life, you learn most of your lessons from your parents, siblings, and other family members.

Once you hit about five or six years old, you still learn lessons at home, but you add on another dimensional of learning called formal education. 🥳 

Then, once you land your first job, you start yet another form of learning. And I could go on and on.

But, what about when you become a parent?

Goodness knows that parenthood is an entirely new level of learning. You may scour to internet for advice, devour parenting books like candy, ask tons of questions at the doctor’s office, or interrogate others that have conquered this mountain ahead of you.

I know. I’ve been there. Even better, I was there during lockdowns and stay-at-home orders due to the novel coronavirus that swept through the US during 2020.

Sure, there’s plenty of information to be read, heard, etc. out there. But when it comes right down to it, you and your spouse have a crazy journey ahead. Regardless of the “lessons” you learn from others, there will be plenty of lessons you will need to learn for yourself. 

What has amazed me the most over the past six months of my daughter’s precious, new life is how much she has taught me already.

>> insert plot twist <<

That’s right! My baby girl teaches me things all. the. time. 

I was considering that just yesterday, and I felt compelled to share it with you all. So, here are some things my daughter has taught me thus far.

 

 

7 Things My Daughter Has Taught Me

 

Ask for Help When Needed

Ouch! What a big lesson that I still seem to be learning after all this time of living.

Of course, little Annie doesn’t have the ability to verbally ask for help yet. However, she has her ways, and she knows how to request help when she needs it!

For example, she’s currently trying to figure out how to stand on her own. She uses anything she can to pull herself up. When she needs a little extra support, she reaches for my hand to steady herself.

 

Be Independent

Wait… didn’t you just say ask for help?

Right. When needed.

But it’s also important to learn a little independence. There’s nothing like seeing her face light up when she accomplishes something on her own. 

 

Try New (and Hard!) Things

One of the rewards of gaining independence is feeling the gratification of accomplishment. As a brand new human, everything we take for granted is also brand new to these tiny humans! Things probably look so big, scary and difficult to their eyes. 

Yet they have a drive deep down inside of them to learn all of these new, “hard” things. It’s honestly so inspiring to watch as Annie tries something new, fails, and tries again… over and over… until she gets it! 

If a little baby can, so can I.

 

 

Smile at Everyone, Even Strangers

Wow.

It’s easy to just take care of business, go through the motions, and get things done throughout our day. We can see 10, 20, even 50 or more people in a single day, and possibly not even make eye contact with them. 

But once a baby learns to smile, you know what they want to do?

Smile.

It’s so neat to watch Annie’s face light up with recognition at friends and family. Sometimes it’s even more amazing to watch her light up at a total stranger. And you know how that makes them feel?

Amazing.

(By the way, people can tell if you’re really smiling, even with a mask on. Give it a shot. 😉)

 

Have Fun

…with anything! 

Annie  loves to play and have fun. We’ve got plenty of “fancy” toys made just for babies, but you know what? She doesn’t even need all of those to have a great time.

One of her favorite things to do right now is play peek-a-boo with the mirror, or find something I hid under a bowl or pillow. Having fun with her is so simple and so rewarding.

 

 

Enjoy the Little Things

(This might be one of my favorite things my daughter has taught me.)

It doesn’t take a whole lot to get my baby girl to smile.

One of her favorite things is to walk outside and feel the spring breeze and sunshine on her face. She gets the biggest grin when we step outdoors. I can’t help but smile with her. 

As a matter of fact, I actually love being outdoors even more now that she’s around. She’s showing me how.

 

Never Give Up

It doesn’t matter how many times Annie falls down after trying to stand up. Guess what? She’s going to grab onto something and try one more time until she masters it. Even when that fall brings tears, you can count on it that she will try again.

What an awesome reminder to never, ever give up.

 

 

Those are just a handful of the things my daughter has taught me. What about you? Have you learned any great lessons from unexpected places? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

I like dates. Not nights out, but actual dates on the calendar. Dates are significant because they hold moments that are significant.

I could list a multitude of dates that are significant to me, and they may or may not be significant to you. To name a few, just for fun…

January 6, every year.

March 2, 2005.

August 4, 2010.

February 28, 2011.

March 4, 2011.

October 19, 2011. 

April 19, 2012.

May 20, 2014.

October 19, 2014.

January 8, 2016.

April 6, 2019.

Recently, I added a new significant date to my list.

October 1, 2020.

On this date, I became a mother.

Some may argue that I was already a mother, as I was carrying and giving life to the unborn baby inside of me. However, I did not feel like a mother then, so I didn’t really consider myself such. But at 10:33pm on October 1st, there was no denying that I was a mother.

A tiny (ha) nine-pound-eight-ounce human was placed in my arms, and my life was forever changed.

This may shock many, but I did not instantly fall in love. It was not a powerfully overwhelming and unforgettable moment. As a matter of fact, I don’t remember the feelings of the moment all that well. Except…

relief.

Maybe more on that another time.

Today, 7 weeks and 2 days later, I am happy to report that I do have an overwhelming love for this now 13+ pound (but still tiny) human.

Annie is the sunshine of my life.

She has rearranged my schedule, my priorities, my outlook on life – just to name a few things. She is my whole world.

And I’d have it no other way.