Friday, September 26, 2014

SIBLINGS

My favorite activity is to watch them love each other when they don't realize anyone's watching. The other day, they were playing together and suddenly Reef puckered up and without any hesitation, quickly smooched his brother. Then they just continued doing whatever it was they were doing. i just happened to look up and catch that little moment and my heart almost leaped out of my chest.

Watching their big-brother, little-brother relationship blossom is so amazing. They always say that giving your  baby a sibling is the greatest gift you can give them. Recently, I get it on the very deepest level  – and every single day i thank my lucky stars that they get each other





Friday, September 19, 2014

MUDPIE PHOTOGRAPHY TX

I am so missing this little space on the Internet, but my time has been spent lately nurturing and starting and chasing one of my biggest dreams – running a successful photography business.

More to come as I will share a blog post all about it very soon. In the interim, here’s some of my very favorite shots.







Monday, September 15, 2014

STORIES OF FRIENDSHIPS


The bonds of women’s friendship can be more intimate than marriage, and just as essential to our emotional health. From the childhood friend who broke your heart to the college roommate who witnessed you at your highest and lowest, from the lost friendship that ended bitterly to the devoted companion who is still in your life, from the bond that was forged due to shared grief to the shaky connection born with new motherhood, all women have stories to tell about their friendships.

We would love to hear your story, should you have one to tell. Please contact me at mandi.hulse2@gmail.com and send me your post. And yes, it's free. And yes, you may link back to your blog.





Wednesday, September 10, 2014

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Monday, September 8, 2014

JUST WRITING

 

There is a kind of tired that feels so good while it also hurts to not be able to move your legs from having walked so much over the weekend. The kind that comes after being busy. Togetherness. After having accomplished a fulfilling weekend. It’s hard to wake up and everything is screaming that I’m OLD, but it’s worth it.

Then this morning it was time to get the kids to school for week #3, and just like always, it hurts. It hurts to let them go in there and deal, you know? Just…deal. To learn to grow up with confidence and to navigate relationships on their own, finding their way around, feeling the nervous feelings, and doing stuff like, I don’t know…math. I mean, how did these babies grow to be kids who can learn to add and multiply? How do they even know their ABC’s. I was there for it all and now I can’t wrap my non-mathematical mind around the number of days and months and years.

I don’t have hours and hours at the moment, and I need more quiet for my soul. I don’t have time for a lot of quiet right now, and at the end of the day, we’ll be together again and that’s what I need most.

I’m going to go to work, walk through this day, telling myself all the good things we have, in each other, in the way their Daddy and I love them and work together to serve them. In the way they love each other. We just keep going, like we do. Just like you and you and you, we do the best we can in this moment. I’m out here doing that with you.

It’s the first day of the rest of our lives. It’s a gift, no? I think it is.





Thursday, September 4, 2014

HAPPY __TH BIRTHDAY


When I met him at 34, there were a lot of things I was attracted to – his intuition, his kind heart, his ability to read my mind and finish my thoughts, his confidence, his ability to love without reservation, and how much fun I had when I was with him. 
Even when I married him at 37, I thought I had a pretty good idea of who he was - three years can tell you a lot about a person, but it can’t begin to predict how the lessons ahead will mold and shape them. 
Only two years have passed since our wedding day and while all those traits that drew me to him remain, it’s the man he has become that I most admire. I knew he was capable, but to what extent, I had no idea. He still amazes me, how much he teaches me about love, faith, being fearless, and living each day as though it’s the last.
Pete loves not only me, his children, and parents with abandon - but our friends, neighbors, and community. He rarely has a bad word to speak of anyone. He jumps at the chance to be of assistance to others. He holds doors and says hello and waves to strangers and offers to help carry groceries or lift a box so often that now I just smile when they sometimes eye him suspiciously. 

And every day, he is the person who is showing our children how to interact with the world around them. A teacher. 

We are so grateful for him. For his dedication to us and to goodness in general. Happy birthday, Pete – thank you for giving us the opportunity to celebrate with you year after year.





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