Tiny Tales Thursday...

Once upon a time there was a mom that "had it all together".

Or so people thought.

She had three darling, children that "always" smiled for pictures. A super hot husband that just gets cuter every single year. A house in a nice neighborhood. Doting parents. Amazing friends. And a cool job that kept her young.

Her children were polite and well behaved. Her house was always clean and organized. She worked full-time, volunteered at the kids' school and set aside devoted time to God. Oh, and her hair was basically perfect.

She was living a real life fairytale.

Except... not.

Y'all. Yesterday I realized that I was supposed to be a work retreat that I thought was scheduled for today (Thursday). I made this connection when I sat down at a staff meeting that I "popped" into while my kids were stationed in my office with the ever maternal, "do NOT make a noise or I will never feed you again" exit. I really only noticed my HUGE oversight when our Director wasn't at the staff meeting.

Me: Is Luke sick?
DL: No?
Me: Where is he?
DL: At the VP retreat.
Me: Is it two days?
DL: Nooooo sees fear in my eyes and talks fast Why? Areyousupposedtobethere?Areyoupresenting?SHouldyoubewearingsomethingelse?
Me: Panic. Fear. HOLY CRAPNESS spread across my face.

I exit the meeting, grab the kids with a, "y'all we have to go because I made a huge mistake and I'm supposed to be somewhere in one hour and have no idea what to do with you."

Call Ryan.
No Answer.
Call Ryan.
No Answer.
Call Ryan.
No Answer.
Call Ryan.
No Answer.


And y'all... HE REPLIED.

"I'm training a driver but I'll get off the car and come get the kids. Don't worry."


Moral of the story.

That girl that you think has it all together all the time? Doesn't.

She struggles. She worries. She yells. She doesn't wash her hair for days at time. She feeds her kids weird food. She cries. She stresses. She forgets things. She makes mistakes. She prays. She forgives. She yells some more. She eats weird food. She totally drinks too much coffee. She still hasn't washed her hair.

And sometimes, she just needs saving.

Don't forget that part.

We all need saving. And by the grace of God... we already are.


What I learned from a day at the waterpark...

We5Kings spent the day at Schlitterbahn Galveston this weekend and had the best time cruising the lazy rivers, navigating the white rapids and picking our bathing suit bottoms from our booties after every single slide. We picked Radley up from a week at Sea Camp that morning and headed straight for the park. Seven hours later and we had all the fun that we could take and as we headed back to College Station, I kind of reflected on our day and realized that I learned five valuable lessons that day.

Talking to strangers isn't always bad. 

It drives my kids crazy that I talk to strangers. The whole "danger" thing. They've finally figured out that adults can talk to strangers. We set our stuff down at the first shaded table we could find when we walked in the park - mostly because we had never been there and didn't know which area we wanted to hang out in. Cut to one ride around the lazy river and the discovery of a kid's area and we knew we wanted to move.

I had zero things to hold a table with while Ryan and Radley moved our things and the girls swam. So... I asked some strangers if we could borrow a couple of their bags to hold a table and we are now best friends. The end.

When people are rude... just be nice. 

There was an area of the park that was built for younger kids. Emmy and Landry had the best time going down the same three slides. Up and down... up and down... up and down. At one point Emmy and I made our way up the stairs to wait in the short line and a little girl popped right in front of Emmy.

Emmy looked up at me with that, "Mom... she TOTALLY just cut" look in her eyes. I gently held her back and reassured her that she'd get her turn soon enough.

And then the mom of the little girl appeared. With two more kids. That she promptly plopped in front of Emersyn.

And I didn't want to be nice. I really didn't. Because, well... that's just rude. But I kept my hands rested on Emmy's shoulder and offered some grace. Even if the person didn't deserve it, because the same is offered to me every single day.

Food out of a cooler just tastes better. 

Maybe it's the sun. Maybe it's because we were starving. Or dying of thirst. But isn't "cooler" food just the best?

Being brave can help you discover new things. 

Emmy and Landry had decided before we walked in that they were only riding "small and medium" slides. We convinced them to try a bigger slide "just once" and through some fake tears and drama they walked up those 1035 flights of stairs to the top, got in their tubes, and declared it THE BEST DAY EVER!

We had to ride that thing four times in a row before we finally called it quits. I took the opportunity to remind them that being brave is one of the best gifts we can give to ourselves. Otherwise, we may miss out on a million different discoveries of things we love.

I want as much confidence as a granny in a bikini. 

It's a well-known fact that we are not all created the same. God made us different and equally beautiful. And fashion people designed bathing suits for all shapes and purposes. And waterpark inventors created crazy rides so that people wearing strange bathing suits could give us all a giggle when they are walking out a ride pulling at all the parts.

Me included.

But y'all. Just one day of my life I want as much confidence as a granny in a bikini. Because oh my word. They owned the day.


Girls Just Wanna Have... Cute shoes...

A couple of weeks ago, I polled my Instafriends regarding a fabulous pair of shoes. 

Clearly I the vote was going to be in my favor (77% to 23%)... but if we're honest, I was going to get them regardless. Because, they are DARLING and they were only $24. I'm not much of a jewelry person... my ears aren't pierced, I don't change up my rings and I never wear bracelets. I really only wear necklaces so a fun pair of shoes to add some color to an outfit is a win! 

And because all of us appreciate a cute shoe... here's some others that I found and loved! 

**note this is a kid's shoe**
(yes, I wear kids shoes)

Also kids shoes but I LOVE them!

These would be PERFECT for any Aggie gameday! And they also come in blue!

These Boden beauties are amazing and currently on sale!! 

These KS sandals are simply precious. They also come in solid blue and mustard yellow which means I clearly need them!

Happy shopping, friends! 

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I can't believe how long it's been since I've seen this view. I haven't been consistently writing all year and I haven't even opened this space since my last post which stresses me out a little.

But honestly... this break has been rejuvenating. I got to a place where I no longer felt like I was writing for me. I was writing to meet some unwritten checklist that I had created. I started competing against myself to make sure I was blogging "enough". I abandoned something I once loved and became motivated to write to (sadly) gain attention. I was discouraged when I didn't get comments or people didn't respond. I didn't live up to some fake expectations that I created.

So I took a break.

And some days it was hard because I wanted to be here... but I couldn't really find the words. They felt forced and untrue and more than anything I want to be honest. I never want to misrepresent my thoughts and feelings.

So I'm back here, hopefully more regularly. Hopefully with stories of our day mixed with lessons I'm learning along the way.

But most importantly, committed and happy and ready to share.

Glad to have you here with me.