LIFE IN BARE FEET

The first thing I do when I get home is kick off my shoes before walking inside. Throughout the day, the worn and tattered soles of my shoes have collected some dirt that isn't welcome in my house. I leave the "dirt from my day" at the door so I can focus on what keeps me grounded – my family. There are tea parties to be held, belly laughs to enjoy, and bedtime prayers to be said. These precious moments are most comforting when I live life in bare feet.

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.

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.

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.

THE SPACE BETWEEN THE BOARD AND THE WATER.

Are you sitting in comfortable waters staring at the high dive wondering if you should jump? Do it. I promise, God will be with you from the first step on the ladder to the moment you hit the water, and all the space in between.

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.

HOLY GUACAMOLE.

The small talk that occurred when meeting new people during a girls’ trip last weekend went something like this: Kind stranger making small talk: A girls’ trip! How fun! So is this a reunion of college friends? Us: No. Kind stranger making more small talk: So, where are you from? We go around the group pointing […]

TWO PIECES OF PAPER AND A SHARPIE.

I grew up with “Arnie” as a household name. I witnessed his impressive swing far more times than I deserved. And even more impressive, I heard him greet my dad by name year after year. At the news of Arnold Palmer’s passing yesterday, texts and phone calls circulated between our family and friends as if […]

LET GO AND HAVE FUN.

The other day EC and I went to the lazy river pool at The University of Alabama. The first few times we went around the river, she kept grabbing the wall along the way. Although she usually swims floatie-free, she was wearing a puddle jumper because her tiny self is too small for the kids […]

LUNCH MONEY.

Mamas, you know those mornings where all the stars align and you get the lunches made, children dressed, bags packed and you actually leave the house on time? Yeah, me neither. Our mornings are usually complete chaos. No matter what time we get up, someone’s always gonna have a meltdown, lost shoe or diaper blowout. […]

THE DAYS ARE LONG BUT THE YEARS ARE SHORT.

In the chaos of life we tend to forget the details of our day and feel like we are in a race just to get the kids to bed. Often times after the girls are fast asleep, Chris and I watch videos together on our phones and relive precious moments spent with them—moments that got […]

MOMMIN’ AIN’T EASY.

I got to spend some time with my girls today while Chris was in Hattiesburg taking care of a few things. Here’s how I thought my day would go: I would take two very well-behaved children to go shopping at the kids shoe store and walk out with cute matching sandals for both girls. Then […]

THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE SECOND SUNDAY IN APRIL.

  There’s something about the second Sunday of April that brings my family together. Memories made at the Masters Tournament over the years bloom back to life as bright as the azaleas that surround the green on #12. Masters week has been a part of who I am for as long as I can remember, and […]

THE BIRTHDAY EVE STRUGGLE: PART II

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Birthday Eve struggle we face as mamas. You know, the one where we all of a sudden feel sad as we wish they would stay little forever? But when did we decide it was ok to feel sad about our kid’s birthday? Why do I […]

THE BIRTHDAY EVE STRUGGLE.

My heart isn’t ready for Ellie to turn one tomorrow. This year has flown by far too quickly, and I’m just not ready for my baby to not be a baby anymore. I remember feeling this way the night before EC’s first birthday—and every birthday since. Why is the Birthday Eve always so hard for me? I […]