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. 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 […]

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 […]

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. […]