Facing Fear In The New Year

Two Thousand and Eighteen… Last year my goal was to persist. To make progress with my dreams, no matter how small. And I did that- sort of. I took baby steps. Very, very small baby steps. It wouldn’t be visible to the naked eye, but I was writing and reading and planning and dreaming- all through 2018. Why haven’t you seen the fruit of my efforts, you ask? Because I’ve come to a wall. You know the one- fear.  He[Read more]

To My Husband, On Your 24th Birthday

Roc Elijah Cazden Gabrielse… Six years ago I had the privilege of celebrating your 18th birthday with you. We’d been friends for less than three months. If someone had told me back then that I’d be spending the next five birthdays and beyond with you, I’d smile and say “yeah, I know.” Because even then, when there was still so much to discover about one another, I knew. I always knew. We both did. I’m not completely convinced there is[Read more]

Six Questions To Ask Yourself Before Inviting Someone To Your Birth

  Hey, lovely mamas! Today I wanted to write to you about a very important part of the birth experience: choosing who should be in the room for your labor and delivery! While the obvious people include your OB/GYN or midwife (unless you choose to have an unassisted birth- kudos to you!), there are harder choices to make when it comes to deciding who else should be in the room. Birth is an intimate occasion and should be treated as[Read more]

A New Years Reminder

Hello, friends! I love New Years. I always have, and I likely always will. There is just something about the blank canvas of a new year that brings me so much hope. That empty calendar brimming with endless possibilities is something I look forward to with high expectations. A new year is the perfect time to create new goals, dream new dreams and turn plans into actions. But inevitably my “new year” high will begin to deteriorate. Months, weeks- and[Read more]

Why I Haven’t Written My Birth Story Yet

Nine months. It’s been nine whole months and I still struggle to bring myself to write out Winnie’s birth story, from start to finish. I have at least half a dozen drafts of her story. I’ve written it in positive light, in negative light, in every other kind of light and shadow it can be seen in seems. Some drafts are a few sentences, others a few paragraphs, but they all have one thing in common: none of them have[Read more]

You Should Throw Your Kid A Birthday Party

I’m a pretty practical person. Before having kids I was one of those people that thought first birthday parties were kind of dumb. Well I’m also a very sentimental person. So once I had Winnie, all that changed. To be 100% honest, ever since I found out I was pregnant I knew I wanted to throw her a first birthday party. It’s like a light switched and all of a sudden I was one of those first-birthday-party-throwing-parents I thought I’d[Read more]

Fun Things To Do This Fall

Fall is finally here!! And with it some of my favorite things- sweater weather and crunchy leaves. Although with Texas still being in the 90’s this week, it might be a bit longer before I can wear a sweater.. But I can dream, right? I always look forward to this time of year, but 2017 feels extra special because it’s our first fall with a baby! With that in mind, I plan on being intentional with my time and squeezing every[Read more]

To The Mama’s Who Fed My Baby

Dear Mamas.. Some of you I know. Some of you I don’t. You probably don’t know each other. But you all have at least one thing in common: you fed my baby when I couldn’t.  A few months back I wound up in the emergency room and received the news no new mom wants to hear.. “We need to keep you overnight.” That was the first night my six month old and I spent apart.. Then one night turned into[Read more]

What I Have Gained From Motherhood

January 15th 2017 at 7:13 AM. The moment a baby was born and an ordinary girl (spoiler alert: it was ME!) became a mom. I’ll be real with y’all. Since becoming a mother, I’ve gained a lot. Including, but not limited to: a muffin top, dark circles under my eyes, hairy-legs-I-never-have-time-to-shave, stretch marks on the majority of my body… I’ll spare you the rest of the details. But all of those things are more than worth it, and really not[Read more]