being their mom.

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While the house was still dark and everyone was still sleeping, my oldest kiddos snuck into the kitchen and whipped up a plate of pancakes for mother’s day. They brought the surprise into my bed where I was snuggled between my baby girls who’d found their way to mama’s bed in the early hours of the morning and as my five babies and I sat in a circle on my bed around a pile of pancakes drenched in syrup, I felt so loved....

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making time for the impromptu fun.

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I don’t know if anything has ever “popped” for me the way these tiny pink flower pedals did as we drove by. Just propped so casually cool along the side of a big brown storage warehouse, they almost felt out of place making me do a double take from the passenger seat of the car as we drove by....

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a surprise for mama!

As a mother, what makes you happy?

If you were to ask me this question… well, shoot! Like, how much time do you have?! ;)

Obviously there’s the basic things– dirty clothes IN the hamper, tiny helpers IN the kitchen, kind words and affection shared between my littles and quick apologies voiced within our family unit when appropriate....

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eleanor interviews me all about my book!

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Quite possibly one of my favorite experiences ever took place a few months ago in a recording studio in downtown Phoenix when my nine-year-old daughter Eleanor (though she’s ten now!), interviewed me all about my book, A Coat of Yellow Paint! When I first asked Eleanor if she might want to do something like this, she cut me off as before I even finished asking with an emphatic, “YES!...

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A Coat of Yellow Paint is HERE!

Roughly 24 hours ago, my first book, A Coat of Yellow Paint, officially released into the world! Physical hardcopies left warehouses en route to front porches and mailboxes across the country (and a few across oceans!) as many of you generously preordered in the weeks leading up to this day.   Audio files of me narrating my book found their way to many of your tablets, too — marking April 6th as the birth of my book and a day my online community showed up for me and lended support....

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