Welcome!

“Go out more, keep cheerful as well as busy, for you are the sunshine-maker of the family, and if you get dismal there is no fair weather.”

~Louisa May Alcott

Welcome to The Sunshine Maker! If you are not familiar with the quote above, it comes from the novel, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. One of these “little women”, Meg, is a new mom with young twins and is overwhelmed in all the familiar and relatable ways moms are today. Her sweet mother offers these words of encouragement.  I read this book just a few years ago and immediately wished I had read it sooner.  At the time, I was in complete baby survival mode. My goal was to simply get through one more day with both my young boys still breathing. If I managed to finished any chores, that was only a bonus. The impact of this quote was enormous. I felt like I had an opportunity to re-focus on my true calling, Motherhood. I did not want to merely survive, but to thrive as a mother and build an atmosphere where my family could flourish as well.

If you are a new mother, an overwhelmed parent, or someone looking for anything to cling to in order to survive this phase of life, BE ENCOURAGED! You have been trusted with the privilege of bringing up the most precious creatures on the planet, your children.

It is a huge job and an even bigger responsibility, but that does not mean it has to be all doom and gloom. I want to support you wherever you are on this journey. Check out my Tips and Tidbits for things that I have tried out and what I have learned.  The Honest Truth posts are about all the things of motherhood and pregnancy that may not be the most glamorous of topics. These posts will give some answers to the embarrassing question of “Is this normal?”.  In Thoughts and Reveries, you will find what is really going on in my head at the moment.  Current struggles with no answers and my attempts at goals that have yet to be reached. Something from Nothing is my space to post crafts and projects I am working on.  Lastly, if you are just having a day where you feel like the worst mother ever, check out my Mommy Mishaps. As I bear all and tell you about how quickly things can go wrong in my house, you will surely feel better about yourself, at my expense, of course.

 I am still at the beginning of this crazy journey and have so much to learn.  For our own sanity and for our precious families, let’s learn together as we go along becoming true Sunshine Makers.

About Me

Processed with VSCO with m5 presetI am just a real-life mom with real life challenges, successes, and failures. My day to day consists of tending to my precious toddlers, running a functional household, and trying to accomplish all the miscellaneous tasks that are thrown on to my plate. Most days, I wear no make up and have some sort of wet spot on my shirt (fingers cross its just water!). I do not have an endless bank account and I do not have a five hour block of time every day for completing my many pins on pinterest. My work is not glamorous or lucrative.  But my work as a mother is precious, influential, and crucial to the ones I love, my family.

After getting married in 2007, my sweet husband and I wasted no time chasing after our dreams and our wildest adventures. From living overseas in the UK to living in Missouri with our best friends, we have finally settled back home in Texas to raise our family. We have worked so many different jobs as servers, as church youth workers, as attempting self-sufficient farmers, we have worked in retail, for a non-profit, and even owned a business.  We have lived in many different kinds of dwelling places from apartments in a complex or over a garage, with generous family members, in an English bungalow, in a rent house, to the recent purchase of our first home.  We have  traveled by plane, train, bus, and bicycle cross country and across town.

But our nomadic life-style began to slow down in 2012. The real journey began early that year when our first child was born. We have had many highs, a few lows, and learned a good deal of lessons along the way. After 9 years of marriage, 11 moves (no joke), 4 kids in a little over 5 years, I have learned how to be flexible and how to adapt in many different situations.  It seems like we tackle obstacles in very unconventional ways. But a good attitude goes a long way. And learning a well-needed lesson has tremendous value.  I certainly don’t know everything about parenting and children, as I am reminded with each new phase my kids enter.  Most days, I struggle to just keep my nostrils above water. But I recognize how blessed I am and I desire to deepen my understanding of motherhood. I want to embrace every facet of this all encompassing role so I can focus my heart on these sweet little souls that have been so graciously placed in my care.