Инстаграм @mom2zep Donna Kislow
Things slow down here. I think that’s why we love it so much. I’m so thankful this morning that we get to wake up here. We get to wake up here because we worked hard and made sacrifices to make this little getaway place for our family possible. We talked about this for years, and it didn’t happen overnight. We live in a world of wanting it now, immediate gratification. Friends, if there’s something you want, work hard for it. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. With prayer and hard work, anything is possible.
Just a mama who can’t figure of a messy bun/ top knot. Are they the same? 🤷♀️🙈 Even with all my training, I mean YouTube videos, this is what happens 🤷♀️ all the hair shoots out! I’m determined if my 9 year old can do it, I can too! 😂😂 #momproblems. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . #momlife #momhair #messybun #topknot #slopknot #youtubefail #helpamamaout #maybeonedayillgetit #whatamidoingwrong #postpartumhairloss
Mornings. They are my favorite. That hasn’t always been the case, but for the past few years, I wake around 2 hours before the kids and enjoy my quiet time with Jesus, my coffee, get my workout in, and spend a little time working before the kiddos start their day. It helps set the tone for my entire day! So what about you? Are you a morning person ☀️ or a night owl 🌙 🦉?
It was time to retire the one and only pair of running shoes I have ever owned that were nearly 7 years old! I went to @rfylcharlotte and had the most incredible experience. Ask for Mark. He took the time to ensure my shoe was the right shoe for me, and said, “at the end of the process, your shoe will choose you!” I do have some tips especially for any mamas out there! 1. Wear a bra. 🙈 ladies your nursing tank just won’t cut it 😂😂 I did not know I would be running up and down the sidewalks! Bless y’all! Sports bra and comfortable clothes are recommended lol! Or you could run in the dangliest earrings and biggest necklace you own without a bra 🤷♀️ it can be done! 2. Make sure you have the time. I’m a mama of 4 so I am always in a hurry it seems. Don’t be in a hurry. It takes a little time for us newbies! They did have an area for the kids to play, but if you could manage to leave them somewhere else, your experience will probably be a little better, again if you are a newbie like me 🏃♀️ 🙋♀️ 👟 I also got socks, who knew they were important too?!🤷♀️ My next purchase will be running clothes... any recommendations?! Right now I run in regular workout clothes. Is there a difference?
I've shared this post for the past 3 years... as another year passes, I feel it's important to share Again. Today would have been my daddy's 62nd birthday. I often share things that most would never talk about publicly. But I think the things that we are often hesitant to disclose to others or maybe embarrassed by, are the things that make us who we are. This event definitely did that for me. As I sat this morning reading a book with my 9 year old, 4th grader, I couldn’t help but be consumed by emotions as I read about a little girl who’s life was changed when her daddy left. My dad died when I was 9 years old, I was in the 4th grade, and he was only 34 years old. I remember everything about this day... The smells, the crisp coolness in the air, the clouds in the sky, the confusion, the fear. Losing a parent under any circumstance is difficult. Losing a parent to suicide, well… I’m not sure if it’s harder, but there was definitely something “taboo” about the subject. When my father took his own life, a lot changed for my family and I. Relationships changed with our family and long time friends, moves occurred, and everyone processed their grief differently. Life was no longer as we knew it…in a matter of seconds, everything was different. As a child it didn’t make a lot of sense; and honestly there have been days as an adult that it doesn’t make a lot of sense. But nevertheless, this was the unfortunate hand we were dealt. I do believe this life event has lead me to my role as a “helper”, my previous social work role, to open my eyes to the population of folks that need extra support whatever the reason may be. Depression my friends is a scary thing. It is real, and dark, and scary. Many who battle this awful disease are good at hiding it. They cover it with the, “I’m fines” but deep inside are fighting demons some of us could never imagine, or maybe we have battled them… and won. I urge you to pay attention, to offer a listening ear, and if you aren’t sure what to do for that person there is help out there. I wanted to share the National suicide prevention hotline 18002738255 ❤️
These two... so different but yet so alike. One thing they have in common is that neither of these kiddos were “planned”. Adoption was never our “plan”. We just wanted to foster and provide a safe and loving home for children in need during an incredibly difficult time. We wanted to work with bio families, and when safe and deemed appropriate have those children return home to their families. But God’s plan was so much bigger. See that handsome guy in the pic? He will be 16 in a few short weeks. 😢😱 I never planned to be his mama, but that’s exactly what I was called to do. Some days are hard y’all. Parenting kids from hard places isn’t easy. Some of you will say, “yes girl I get you! “Others will have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about and say, “he’s a teenager.” I pray everyday that our relationship will be restored to that of the day we brought him “home”. My chosen baby. I hope one day you will know just how much i love you. And that sweet girl in this pic.... yet again, my God shows me that his plans are always much bigger and better than my own. For months i carried the guilt of not embracing the surprise of our “baby grape”. I wasn’t excited. I was barely keeping my head above water with 3, now there would be a 4th?! 😱 I didn’t talk about it because I was surrounded by women that so desperately wanted to have a baby of their own, and for whatever reason that had not yet happened. I didn’t want to find out the gender because that would make it real... so I would cry, and wonder everyday how is this going to work?!? But she’s here. She’s amazing and perfect and brings so much joy to us all. This thing we call life can take us on twists and turns that we never see coming. Buckle up friends and enjoy the adventure! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
This girl 💕💕💕 the kids were asked last week on our home study day to talk about joy. To describe it, when they’ve felt it, when they’ve seen it... both said, “Stevie” 💕 We love our joyful girl!
Are you at the top of your to-do list each day? Friends it doesn’t make you selfish. It doesn’t make you a bad mom. It doesn’t make you a bad partner. It doesn’t make you a bad employee. It makes you better. Self-care is a form of self-love. When you put yourself at the top of your to-do list the rest will fall into place. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ Happy Thursday friends! Make it a great day! #mom2zeps
Vacation I ❤️ you. I heart the opportunity to spend time with my family. Reconnect. To talk about our future and live in the moment. We need some Charleston recommendations! Favorite places and things that are kid friendly?!
I usually show pics of my adorable kiddos. The fun things they do. The cute crafts. Our adventures. Not the cries and whines that fill our day. The pink eye goo, the explosive diapers, the sleepless nights. The slammed doors. The backtalk. Y’all, I could go on and on. But mama, I know you feel me. I know you know this look. The look of Tired. The look of pure exhaustion. But friend. You are strong and capable of doing hard things. But it’s ok to feel defeated. To feel overwhelmed. Take a deep breath, tell yourself you are doing your best and carry on. Tomorrow is a new day! ❤️#momminainteasy
HELP!!!! I need a new planner. This was my son’s that he never used, so I was going to use it for the rest of the year. But i can’t 🙈, it doesn’t bring me joy 🤷♀️ I have used the Erin Condren planner and it was a little too bulky. Any favs for a busy mom Of 4 who runs her own business part time? Thanks!!!!!