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Ashlee Gadd  Wife and momma. Writer/photographer. I love sunshine, Jesus, and movie theater popcorn. Founder of @coffeeandcrumbs | Sacramento, CA ☀️

Talking about how I occasionally get my kiddos out of mismatched jammies and into real outfits on the blog today. Here’s to our sweet, adorable, opinionated kids. May we occasionally leave the house looking better than boxcar children. Thanks, @janieandjack! #linkinprofile

Thirty-one. 💫

"Do you think those birds are telling knock knock jokes? Because I just heard them laughing." - Everett, 4.5. #rememberthis

2.5 but still says, "hold me, momma?" 💙 #okay

They call it The Pink Tree and every time they walk by it, they pick two petals for me 💙 #rememberthis

Last year I heard a writer I admire speak on the topic of purpose and passion. She talked about using our gifts and said that sometimes, oftentimes, God will drop "breadcrumbs" along the way -- little clues to indicate we are on the right path.
As I sat there listening, I couldn't help but make a mental list of all the breadcrumbs God had dropped in front of me. I thought about the day the idea for Coffee + Crumbs flew into my brain while I was standing in the shower. I thought about the writers who took a chance on me, on all of this, and graciously donated their talent, time, ideas, and courage. I thought about the unexpected viral posts, the quick growth that nobody saw coming. I thought about Brittney and Meaghan and Jenn, women who practically fell in my lap with perfectly-timed offers to run the shop, manage Twitter, and create newsletters for free. I thought about all of the encouraging e-mails that popped up in my inbox on days when I felt insecure and overwhelmed. I thought of every "Keep going!" message that has come through our Facebook page. I thought of all the readers who have gone out of their way to leave kind comments and generously donate to our pledge drives and Patreon account.
How did this all even come to be?
It doesn't feel that long ago that I was six months pregnant with my second baby hitting "publish" on the first C+C post. Despite the doubt, stress, and imposter syndrome that I've battled every week for the past 2.5 years, a greater force has undoubtedly been at work -- a collection of voices and answered prayers and tiny clues reaffirming over and over again: this is your passion, this is your purpose, here's another breadcrumb, you belong right here.
And today, I get to share with you the biggest breadcrumb of all -- our first book. This is not a drill. This is not a dream. This is one of the greatest opportunities that has ever been offered to us, and we did our absolute best to steward it with care. This is our love letter to mothers everywhere. We wrote it for you. Link in profile to view book trailer, get preorder goodies, and read what other people are saying about The Magic of Motherhood 💛

When your kid makes a heart out of magna tiles. Just for you. #onegoodthing 💛

Just God and His paintbrush 💫 #lookup

Last night 10 people from different political, religious, and ethnic backgrounds gathered around this backyard table to break bread and discover common ground. I was only there to take pictures, but what an amazing concept ❤ Reminded me of this quote by @sniequist - "We don't come to the table to fight or to defend. We don't come to prove or to conquer, to draw lines in the sand or to stir up trouble. We come to the table because our hunger brings us there. We come with a need, with fragility, with an admission of our humanity. The table is the great equalizer, the level playing field many of us have been looking everywhere for. The table is the place where the doing stops, the trying stops, the masks are removed, and we allow ourselves to be nourished, like children. We allow someone else to meet our need. In a world that prides people on not having needs, on going longer and faster, on going without, on powering through, the table is a place of safety and rest and humanity, where we are allowed to be as fragile as we feel."

When your skirt matches your front yard 🌺

This is a story about young love, a first crush, hair gel, and one very special valentine. ❤ Link in profile.

Attn: new moms of two who feel like they may never be alone again. These are my kids. Every morning they play together for 45-60 minutes while I get dressed and check my email. They don't even talk to me anymore other than occasionally asking for snacks. Once upon a time I could not take a 5 minute shower without both kids crying. I know. Someday, this will be you. Just chillin in the bathroom drinking hot coffee applying mascara and Instagramming like it ain't no thing. Stay the course my friend. YOU GOT THIS. 😘

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