Becoming a Mommy – Part 3

Baby boy, you were a big surprise. Your sister was only 8 months old when we found out your were on your way, and you’ve been surprising us ever since! Your due date was January 5th, and my goal was getting through the holidays with you still in my belly. I was sure you’d be…

Becoming a Mommy – Part 2

Sweet girl, you came early! Your due date was July 9th—the last day of the Young Life Portugal Surf Camp I was directing. My doctor warned me that you could make an earlier arrival than the 9th, but I was sure that as long as I was relaxed and calm and resting, you’d stay in…

Becoming a Mommy – Part 1

Sunday, the 5th of May was Mother’s Day in Portugal, and on Sunday, the 12th of May, it will be Mother’s Day in America. And so, I’ve decided to post three times this week — the three birth stories of the the three little people who made me a Mommy. xx Ariel Around 10 am…

A Mermaid Party!

Friends, I’ve mentioned before that I’ve got a Pinterest problem. I love it. I pin like crazy. I aspire to create pinterest parties for everyone around me. Even for those who hate parties. Sorry not sorry. So in celebration of the lovely and the happy moments of life, here’s a flashback to last July when…

Every Day I’m Hustling

I know that song is in your head now. You’re welcome. For real though, this is what life has been like lately. We are hustling. Getting up way too early. Scheduling and organizing every tiny bit of our time. My “Happy Planner” is finally getting the use it should. (If you don’t have one, you…

The Expat Life

I sort of moved to Portugal on a whim. I mean, looking back, I definitely see how God brought me to this place, for a reason, but at the time, I was 23 and looking for an adventure. I’d just graduated from University with a degree in Education and had moved back to my home…

I Slept in a Lidl Parking Lot

Long ago, in a memory so faint, I’m not sure if it’s real or if it’s imaginary, I remember being well- rested. Then, I had children. Two of them. Two sticky, adorable blonde things that bring me so much joy, I cannot even express it; but at the same time, the two most sadistic little…