Raising 5 daughters w/ @nshaym From CA to ATX 8 kids (all girls!) live here 👱🏻♀️👩🏽👧🏼👧🏽👧🏼👶🏽👶🏽👶🏼 Pray • Dance • Laugh • Cry • Love 📝🍪☕️🍷🌲🌍🌎🌏🎶❤️
Took this one on a mini-date the other day during her sister's swim practice. She's my quality time & physical touch girl meaning, she feels most loved when I spend one on one time with her and give her lots of hugs and hold her hand while we stroll the streets drinking boba tea. Or something nearly close to that. She's my first born, my guinea pig (you know what I mean). She's my mini-me with a heavy dose of her dad. She likes details and specific notions and safe things. This teenager has a beautiful smile, a compassionate heart and a firm buck when I make her try new things (though less forceful than before). I love her. She loves me. Our hearts are unified though we fight and fuss and roll our eyes. We forgive and laugh and lean into love. We're learning. We're growing. And I'm so blessed to grow with this one 💖
I watched the sunrise this morning. Being a west coast girl I have seen many a sunset over the ocean horizon. This morning was special. It's been a while since I've witnessed the sun RISE over the ocean horizon. I'm choosing to let it signify the dawn of a new season of life for me. We head back into the storm today. As in literally, we're flying into Texas where Hurricane Harvey is still dumping rain. I'm hoping they let the plane land. It all feels pretty significant...
My guy turned 40 and we flew to Florida on gifted flights and gifted accommodations and then someone on the beach who was also turning forty gifted us this balloon (just for the photo; we gave it back). Other than the fact that Hurricane Harvey is hitting our current home state where our kids and family are and we're not 100% sure that we'll be able to fly home 😱 it's been a pretty spectacular celebration thus far. We're going to go have dinner and listen to some Cubano music 🎶❤️ #thisisforty #thisisflorida #thisisagiantballoon #hurricaneharveyiscoming #and #weresofaraway #prayformyfamily #mysisterhasmykids #mymotherinlawhassometoo
Spent the weekend away from home with these ones. These really are my people. I actually made five of them with some help from the tallest one. And we're still "making" them into the phenomenal people they're becoming. What a journey both delightful and unpleasant, joyful and miserable, blissful and wretched, all the highs and lows and in betweens.
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Three of them start school tomorrow. It's the first year that I'm not officially homeschooling anyone since 2008. There are so many things in our world that are about to be eclipsed at the start of this school year (and it isn't just the sun). Here's to another new, more change, extra stretching, growth and greatness for our treasured ones. Cheers to a new week! 🥂 #thesearemypeople #noreally #thosearemykids #andmyhusband #theyspottedsomefish #itwasagreatweekend #backtolife #backtoschool #ilovethem
Summer is coming to an end over here (my kids don't start school till next week) so we're documenting the last few moments. 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞
My husband took this photo of these eight treasures after he'd taken them swimming. This man of mine is so adventurous and fun. And maybe a little crazy (?!?!?) I mean... how many dads do you know that would take eight girls swimming BY HIMSELF? (we know quite a few actually, but still...) #summerdaze #hesmyhero #thesegirlsaretreasures #thetwinsstayedhome
AM ☕️ PM 🍷 I'm currently wishing I really had some vino in the house ~ heavy sigh, oh well. Okay so it's not every AM & PM which is a good thing actually. Let's all drink more water. Water and greens and kombucha and ginger... and more water 💦 and if someone local decides to bring a bottle of wine over... well, cheers!