So many hard questions lately... ..why can’t I have white skin?
...why doesn’t my older sister’s dad or my brothers’ mom live with us?
....why is my hair so curly?
...why don’t more kids look like me?
From the beginning I know being a blended, mixed race couple and family would have some struggles and questions but I know all families are faced with some type of questions.
But I didn’t necessarily think these questions would come from my toddlers.
I have always tried to point out their special differences but also their similarities. Unfortunately I suspect these questions will only get harder as they get older.
Please god grant me the ability to teach my kiddos tolerance, strength, perseverance, and self love. May our home be a place of comfort, love, and truth. May we as parents model behaviors of honesty, determination, and respect.
Happy Saturday friends! I have something really special to share with you! I am partnering with an inspiring young entrepreneur who is on a mission to make the world a kinder place.
Jaiden is the founder and creative mind behind Epic Threads - a t-shirt company with a special purpose. Each of Jaiden's shirts carry a message of strength and empowerment for people who are differently abled.
I am so excited to work with him in reminding people that we all have value, that we are all deserving of love and kindness, and that what makes us different makes us awesome.
For the next 48 hours you can use my code: WithLoveAndOil to get 20% off your purchase! By buying one of these shirts, you are supporting a young man's dream and helping to change the world by spreading kindness and love.
“That’s awesome.” “Lookin good.” “YOU ARE BEYONCÉ.” .
I swear it was the “you are Beyoncé” that got me every time 🤣.....but...why is it that a comment like that makes me or anyone laugh?! Sure, it’s funny to think about, but after reflecting upon it, I think we all need to become one with our inner Beyoncé and own it! Thanks for this awesome reminder @natsweetpea and for taking me out of my comfort zone, the place where growth happens 💜
“When you love and accept yourself, when you know who really loves and cares about you, and when you learn from your mistakes, then you stop caring about what people who don’t know you think.” - Beyoncé Knowles #beyonce#youdoyou#differentisbeautiful#loveyourself#growth#progressnotperfection#ownit
As a new parent with a baby in the hospital, it's hard not to feel like you were robbed of many of the "normal" new baby experiences. For me, as Malachi's mom, I so wanted a chance at a newborn photo shoot. All my friends had their "Milestone Sessions," and I wanted that too for Malachi. He was just never in a stable enough place health wise to have that done, and we had way more important things on our minds at the time.
But, now, as we prepare for our first discharge, I REALLY wanted nice photos of him at the hospital, to commemorate his stay and all the struggles he's faced and the challenges he's overcome. I asked our nurse last week if she could recommend any photographers near the hospital that might have the ability to schedule short-notice sessions. Instead, she put me in contact with this amazing group called @soulumination, a non-profit coalition of photographers, who offer their services to those families staying at Seattle Children's. As stated on their website, the organization's mission is to 'celebrate the lives of children and parents facing life-threatening conditions by providing professional photographs of these special individuals and their families, free of charge.'
Today, thanks to Soulumination, Malachi had his first professional photo session with Photographer Martha. She was wonderful, and I can't wait to see how her shots turned out. I also cannot tell you how much this meant to me and my husband. I am absolutely blown away by the generosity and the compassion of this group. (Please, check out their work on IG or FB.) Thank you, Soulumination, for this opportunity. We are so very grateful.
This week was very eye opening for me! I found something I love and I don’t want to stop! I have found I love working out and I love how strong I’ve become! Change isn’t easy but I don’t want to go back!!