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A M A N D A C R U S E  Lover of all the pretty things & holiday eves, with Jesus in our hearts + oils on our feet: @gritsgraceco 🌿 Shop the f e e d 👇🏻

Hanging on to these beautiful Spring days before this season is gone. 🌿Current favorite things include all the fresh blooms, afternoon hangs outside with the crew and Sophia’s sassy little self in her new favorite one-piece suit. Oh, and #topknot goals.

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To my daughter,

You're strong-willed, confident, and bold. You have never stood on the sidelines, but are always running head-first into the spotlight, ready to take on whatever may come. I love watching your free-spirited personality unfold before our eyes, while your interests and preference may change many times over the years to come, I cannot wait to experience every exciting stage with you along the way!

I pray you forever remain so very sure of yourself. But I once was young, and I know that sometimes the world can be so cruel. Don't let it be. If you are wearing something you love, don't change for someone else. If you have the desire for something new, dive right in.  I pray when the world gets complicated & the answers become unclear, you don't waste your time canvassing others for their opinions, but instead be your own guide. Listen to your own heart. If there is one thing I can promise you, mistakes will come. But the important part is embracing them, forgiving yourself & moving on.

Now this part is very important, so please listen carefully: Your body is and always will be perfect. You are enough. That body runs, walks, gives great big bear-hugs & has learned to dance like no one is watching. I want you to wear things that make you feel good about yourself & do all the things that make you feel even better. Explore your passions. I will always be right here cheering you on, no matter what those passions may be.

I pray you don't fall victim to the ridiculous, punishing standards of beauty to shamefully exist today. Your mother spent years listening to mainstream media, convincing herself that happiness was a pair of size-zero jeans. Someone's opinion of you is not your business. Others will be intimidated, will try to bring you down. Don't let them. Misery loves company.

I pray you are grateful, grateful that you're here & you're beautiful as you are. You're enough & always will be. Don't try and change for anyone else. Most importantly, I pray you love yourself. Love yourself like I love you. Cherish your precious heart, strong-mind & beautiful soul. Be who you are on the inside, all the time & don't get that its okay to change.
Love, Mom.

This one. ❤️ Always copin’ a feel... 🤦🏼‍♀️ #myperson # a<3s

This might completely AGE me but does anyone else remember when sunflowers were all the rage?! 😂 Like on my clothes, my skorts, hats, blankets, pillows, anything I could get my freakin hands on. I’m not sure how flowers had a moment but they sure did in my world and they’re having it again🌻 90s forever, baby!

Oh, the places you will go 🎓 We officially have a Kindergartner! It’s such a bittersweet, huge milestone for all of us and we are proud of our loving, silly & BRAVE little boy! Knowing that he will be so excited to meet his new teacher, make so many new friends and learn about all the things (learning is his favorite) will make it so much easier on all of us! This will definitely be the hardest milestone yet, sending my baby out into the big world, but I hope that no matter what may ever come his way— he will always know that he is SO loved! Congratulations, Jax Jax! We love you SO much, sweet boy!!

When it’s one of those days where ya just want to toss in the white flag 🏳️ Last night, Sophia out of nowhere came down with a horrible stomach bug 🤮 (ie. puked all over herself, her bed, the bathroom, etc.) so naturally I had to keep her home from school today which also meant no work (which also means a full days work at home: laundry, sanitizing, cleaning, bedsheets & blankets, etc!) and the really shitty part is that it’s Pre-K graduation tonight (she was also supposed to perform in the ceremony) and now she isn’t even allowed to attend. (@!?&!) So, yeah let that all just sink right in. 🙇🏼‍♀️ When it rains, it pours, #literally. Just trying to find the 🌈 in all the madness of this entire circus but having a really hard time. Please, send help (& lots of 🍷) #SOS!! 👨🏼‍🎓🎓👱🏻‍♀️

"Stop thinking that if you only have the right job, the right man, the right house, the right car, the right whatever that your life will become what you've always dreamed of." Have you ever read a book, listened to a podcast or watched something on TV that literally made you stop in your tracks, drop everything else you're doing and just listen or read because it pulls you in, in such a profoundly "rock my damn world & give me all the truth bomb" kinda way? Well "Girl Wash Your Face" is all of that and so much more! And by more I am talking about all the hard truths of marriage, sex, struggles as a mother, tendency to judge other women, tendency to work too much, drink too much and let anxiety rule your life and MORE!

So, if  you wanna get challenged and encouraged then dude, pay the $16 for the book or have a girlfriend loan you a copy. Read THIS book! 🖤🖤🖤 Not to mention, @msrachelhollis is a total girl crush.

#GirlWashYourFace
#RachXWalmart
#Walmartfinds

I pray that every mother feels loved and cherished today — the mamas with many children, the mothers who are both mama/daddy, the mothers to one, the mothers carrying their precious gifts safely in their bellies, the mothers that are mothers to the children of others, the mothers who have lost, the mothers who on this day are filled with joy and to the mothers who are filled with heartache. What ever this day looks like for you, I pray you remember how loved you are! Your strength inspires many and your love is like no other x may this day and every day remind you that you are more then enough! ❤️ #happymothersday

When my children remember their childhood, I want only for them to remember that their mama gave it her all. She worried too much, she failed at times & she did not always get it right, but she tried her hardest to teach them about kindness, love, compassion & honesty. Even if she had to learn it from her own mistakes she loved them enough to keep going, even when things seems hopeless, even when life knocked her down. I want them to remember me as the woman who always got back up and loved them more than life. #motherhoodunplugged

💛🧡 | Feeling like the hot mess express with all the emotions right now as one of my babes graduates pre-K next week and the other begins. Where does time go? Feels just like yesterday, we were bringing them home from the hospital, so itty bitty and innocent, but here we are... the summer before Kindergarten. Such an exciting, yet bittersweet milestone (not that it make it any easier, nonetheless). I know it will only get harder from here— between the big ol’ world, these surprisingly independent & growing babes and this mama who just isn’t ready to let them go... hoping they will never be afraid to always speak up, include everyone, be themselves and know they are SO loved. #thesearethedays

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