Yesterday, I published a post that was primarily an update on how the kids are adjusting to Faustina’s arrival. This morning, I felt inspired to share a few thoughts about how I am adjusting and trying to let go of my desires to be a perfect mother for my children. My parish is offering a mom’s book study and we are reading the book Momnipotent by Danielle Bean. The chapter that I read this morning, while sipping coffee and holding my two youngest at 5:30 a.m., was all about perfectionism.


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4 times the fun

It’s funny, three weeks ago I was impatiently waiting for Faustina to arrive, feeling very confidant as a mother and not worried about the transition from having three at home to suddenly having four.  I wasn’t expecting all of the growing that would take place during Faustina’s first two weeks at home- and by growing, I don’t just mean our sweet newborn. Dan was able to work from home the entire first week, which was an incredible gift.  He took over all of the errands, school drop offs and pick ups, and chores around the house. Needless to say, I shed a few tears when he actually had to go back to the office. He still found ways to spoil and encourage me by bringing me specialty coffees throughout the second week and he tried to be home whenever he could. Love that man.


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Faustina Marie

It is September, the month that we expected to celebrate the birth of our fourth child, but instead we are happily cuddling her in our arms.  On Thursday afternoon, August 28, my Braxton-Hicks contractions began to pick up a little.  It was almost time to go pick up Emma from school and the boys were begging me to let them go play outside.  I know that sounds so sad, but it was the end of August in Alabama, and being over 38 weeks pregnant, I was trying to avoid the heat at all costs. Then Kolbe turned on the charm and said, “But mommy, I just want to go outside and pick some flowers for you.” Smart, little boy and I have no idea where he got that from…


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