HIS TIMING IS NO COINCIDENCE.

Last night we celebrated an answered prayer that was two years in the making, and it was a reminder that God’s timing is always perfect. For two years, we have carried the weight of owning two houses. We felt so defeated when our house in Hattiesburg didn’t sell when we moved to Tuscaloosa. But God […]

THREE YEARS OF SUNSHINE.

Oh my sweet Ellie Bug, you bring so much sunshine into our lives! I have no doubt that God made you fierce and full of spunk for a reason. I can’t wait to see what He has planned for that BIG personality of yours. Happy birthday to you, my sweet girl. We love you more […]

YOU DO YOU.

As parents, sometimes we get it wrong. When you’re charged with raising tiny humans, you second-guess every decision. But God entrusted these little ones to you, and so you pray for guidance and hope that you’re making the right choice. Sometimes you do, and it feels like a parenting win. And sometimes you don’t, and […]

DEAR MAMAS WITH NEW KINDERGARTENERS.

Dear Mamas with New Kindergarteners: It’s time. This date has been circled on the calendar for months. And no matter how much you wished time would slow down, reality stole your summer faster than ever and it is finally here—the first day of kindergarten. You’ve checked all the boxes on your prep list. You tackled […]

DEAR DADDY, I LOVE YOU.

As someone who writes for a living, you wouldn’t think that I would be unable to find adequate words to describe something or someone I am so passionate about. Yet here I am trying to find the words to describe the immense love I have for the man who has been in my corner for […]

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?

What do you want to be when you grow up? It’s a question we are asked as early as our preschool years. a firefighter a doctor a teacher a pilot A kid’s response usually changes a dozen times as they get older. But my answer was always the same: a mom. I knew I would […]

WHY I BRING MY KIDS TO THE MASTERS.

In a crowd of thousands of patrons at the Masters, I stood out from the rest. I was wearing something that unintentionally drew lots of attention. No, it wasn’t an obnoxiously-patterned pair of Loud Mouth Golf pants. I was donning something that is rarely seen on tournament days — a toddler. With Ellie strapped to […]

MY WILD CHILD.

Happy birthday to this precious wild child of mine who lives life out loud. She is ridiculously hilarious, full of personality, and a self-proclaimed hot mess. She keeps me on my toes and in fits of laughter as I chase her nonstop. I hope she is always this confident in who God made her be. […]

THE SPACE BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE WATER.

Growing up in Mobile, Alabama, I spent most of my summer days at the swim club with friends. The pool had two diving boards — a regular diving board and THE HIGH DIVE. Man, that thing was tall. I loved jumping from the regular board, but was always so afraid of the high dive. But […]

2016: THE HIGHLIGHT REEL.

It goes without saying that 2016 was a big year for Team Martin. At this time last year, we were preparing for our biggest adventure yet, and we had no clue what we were in for. With one decision, everything changed. Our routine. Our priorities. Our license plates. It was a bit of a whirlwind…and […]