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 […]

WHEN THE ORDINARY BECOMES EXTRAORDINARY.

Last May I wrote a blog post about how hard parenting became when baby #2 came along. For the first several months, it was complete chaos at our house. But finally, we found our rhythm in the chaos…and then God changed the beat of our song. It was like going from a soft ballad to […]

THE GLORIOUS UNFOLDING OF OUR NEXT ADVENTURE.

After a rainy day yesterday, God painted the most amazing masterpiece in the sky at sunset. Just another sign from Him that if we can endure the rain, beautiful things are to come. WARNING: This post is long—but it is a story worth telling. “God is in control.” “You just have to have faith.” “Everything […]

THE SPARKLE OF SISTERHOOD.

  It’s 6:30 a.m. as I wash my tired face and pat cream over the bags under my eyes. I’m tiptoeing around the sink, trying not to wake the two tiny princesses sleeping on the other side of the curtain in our resort room. As I peek my head around the corner, I see an […]

LIFE HAPPENS.

When my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning, I seriously contemplated shutting if off and staying in bed. I was tired—so very tired. “Maybe I’ll just run tomorrow,” I thought. But then I realized it is the last day of the year. My last chance to log miles in 2015. And I needed this. […]

FAMILY IS EVERYTHING.

Today was one of those days where everything overwhelmed me. I was so busy at the office this morning that when I finally took a break thinking it would soon be time to go to the gym during lunch, I looked at the clock and realized it was 2 p.m. As I sat in awful […]

SOMETIMES I FORGET.

Sometimes I forget. Sometimes I forget how much she needs me. I forget that SHE made me a mom. I forget that baby face, those mispronounced words and that imagination. I forget that all my time belonged to her. I forget that before the second, there was the first. That before I needed her help […]

A BREATH OF FRESH AIR.

Since Ellie was born I have really struggled with running. I have given it my best effort, but have felt like I’ve fallen short compared to where I used to be. I know it takes time to get back the groove of running after having a baby. But I felt defeated after every run. I […]

Once Upon a Time…

It’s hard to believe it’s been nine years since I walked down the aisle on my daddy’s arm to marry this man. We were so young, so in love and so excited to begin our journey together. If I could go back and tell these two lovebirds anything, it would be this: You have no […]

SNUGABUNNY SWING, YOU’RE THE ONE FOR ME.

Dear Fisher Price Snugabunny Swing, Let me profess my undying love for you. We had some good times back in 2011 with child #1. You let me push your buttons and never gave up on me. It was a sad day when she outgrew your snug little bunny cradle. You endured three years in a […]

TEN THINGS THAT HAPPEN WHEN YOU BECOME A PARENT OF TWO.

There’s no denying that being a parent is hard work. Yes, it is the most rewarding job you will ever have, but let’s admit it – raising tiny humans is down right exhausting. Having a baby rocked my world. I remember the sleepless nights, the countless feedings, recording all the milestones and trying to follow […]

THE DAY YOU WERE BORN.

Dear Ellie Katherine, The day you were born was filled with celebration. Waiting 39 weeks to see your precious face had seemed like an eternity, and the day your birth day was finally here! Your Daddy and I arrived at the hospital at 6 a.m. where our dear friend Kelly was waiting to join us […]

THREE DAYS.

Three days. That’s all we have left as a family of three. And I think for the very first time in my pregnancy, I am able to sit down and let that sink in. It is a surprisingly quiet moment in my house this morning. Chris is out running errands and Emma Claire is next […]

A LOOK BACK AT 2014: WORRY LESS. LIVE MORE.

  Wait – 2014 is over already?! As I look back on 2014, the year seems like a big blur between running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January and moving into our new house in December. But as I reflect on the events that fell between those two milestones, I am reminded that […]

BABY LOVE: PART II

There’s always an announcement protocol parents-to-be go through once they find out they are pregnant. Here’s rundown of how we announced the news: TO THE GRANDPARENTS: Our parents were the first to know, and of course they were thrilled! They were sworn to secrecy for several weeks. TO THE AUNTS AND UNCLES:  We told Chris’ […]

BABY LOVE: PART I

I had forgotten what it felt like to be pregnant. I am pretty sure God does that intentionally; otherwise every mother would shut down the baby-making factory after having one kid. I remember all the joys of pregnancy – the feeling of those tiny feet kicking, the excitement of picking out a name and preparing […]

IT RUNS IN THE FAMILY.

I still remember my first “race day” experience – I was ten years old. As the theme song from “Rocky” blasted across the entire house, I stumbled into the kitchen rubbing my eyes to find my dad doing his best Rocky Balboa impersonation as he threw his fists filled with victory into the air. After […]

MAKEUP DOESN’T MAKE YOU BEAUTIFUL.

Nothing is more beautiful than the dancing light of innocence in the eyes of a child. But as children grow and are exposed to the cruelty of our culture, that light slowly fades away. While the light of innocence is still brightly shining in my daughter’s big brown eyes, I recently saw a tiny glimmer […]

A WEEKEND WORTH CELEBRATING.

Two weeks ago I had one of the most memorable trips of my life, and I owe it all to my family. In 65 hours, we celebrated Father’s Day, my brother’s promotion to major, the milestone of my dad’s 70th birthday and our first time being together as a family since January 2013. My family […]

SUPERWOMAN. SUPERMOM. SUPER TIRED.

Most nights I wonder how I will make it. Tonight was an exception. Tonight, I felt like Superwoman. On my way to get EC from school I decided to take action to avoid the daily question of “What’s for dinner?” I ran into the grocery store, grabbed ingredients for chicken spaghetti, and managed to make […]