eanfe eanfe

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eanfe  Vermont housewife. Down syndrome advocate. Writer. Mothering with grace. Laugh rather than cry. 4 kids in 6 years.

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I just made two stops with all four kids. In the second store, it was quite crowded. And I kid you not, every other person we passed audibly gasped and said, clearly impressed, "WOW she's got them ALL under control!!!" And I just smiled and kept pushing. Because while on the outside I got lauded as a super mom by a store full of people, on the inside I knew the truth. I was stressed and bought myself an easy trip by offering to buy them donuts on the way out of the store if they sat still and were super SUPER (with sprinkles on top) quiet. Things are not always as they seem. Same as last week when I was the mom stuck in the mall with two phone exchanges and four exploding children. I was parenting my heart out in that moment but on the outside I looked like a complete failure. Things are not always as they seem. Especially when it comes to behavior of kiddos in relation to the quality of parenting in those moments. Give the parents you see out and about a break. A smile. An enthusiastic, "you're doing a fantastic job!!" especially if the scene is pure struggle. Because chances are-- they are. #momlife #keepingitreal

When only one outfit in the entire world will do for today (all other outfits are DEAD to you) and mean ol' mom had the nerve to wash it (after you were intent on your four-day wear streak) and the dry cycle lasts another 30 minutes so you insist on waiting RIGHT HERE. #downsyndromefashionista πŸ’ƒπŸ» (please excuse the reflection disaster. This area is currently under construction.πŸ˜‰)

Let's talk favorite accounts for giving food/meal inspiration. Mine is hands down @jessicagfisher. She posts healthy, delicious recipes that can easily feed a large family (she has 6 kids). I have her freezer prep cookbook which I just love (was just thinking of this today as I prep meals to leave behind as I go on my trip) Her meal suggestions are creative and beautiful yet doable. Her post style is fun and casual, yet right down to business. If you don't already follow her page, you should! She also runs @goodcheapeats. Warning: viewing her posts will make you immediately hungry. And full of ideas how to fix that in a guilt free way! 😜 We all have to feed our families (apparently...every day....who knew?) Might as well have some fun with it! πŸ˜‰πŸ˜ Tag your favorite food inspo account below. Mamas need ideas!!! #momlife #feedingkids #mealinspiration #mealprep

People are always telling me, "I don't understand. Just put stuff where your kids can't reach it and you'll avoid a lot of mischief." I present to you, Exhibit A. My kids are prime examples of "where there's a will, there's a way". (Also, I'm laughing because the sign his foot is on says, "I will listen. I will be kind".) πŸ˜‚ #momlife

Over the next two days I'm prepping to leave these guys for four days. FOUR DAYS. πŸ˜³πŸ˜–πŸ˜•πŸ˜ΆπŸ˜³ I'll share later where I'm going, but seriously...the thought of not being within hugging distance of my babies is killing me! #TakeAllThePictures (swipe left) #lovethiscrew #momlife #4kids #workingmom (I think the second pic is my favorite picture of all time😍)

Summer days are for swinging at the park, getting caught in the rain, long afternoon naps, loud dancing music while doing dishes, cuddles on the couch with the baby, reading lots of books, slowed-down time that makes room for innovative little minds, and late, simple dinner that lets you spend as much time possible NOT in the kitchen. People keep asking me what summer programs I'm putting the kids in. Well we did two weeks of swim lessons and then...we adventure. We summer. We practice being all together. One day at a time.πŸ˜‚#momlife #summerbreak

Life with Down syndrome (via my fb page). I'm so honored to get a front row seat to the learning, loving, and growing that happens to everyone in the family because of the presence of Down syndrome. Does Ds affect our family? You betcha. We're all better people for it.πŸ™ŒπŸ»

When you accidentally match the new paper... #ranoutofwallspace #jkπŸ˜‚ #lovestowrite πŸ“œπŸ–‹ (btw- she completely dressed herself. Not sure I would have picked tights for July, but apparently it completed her lookπŸ˜‰ #downsyndromefashionista)

This kid biked 10 miles on his little orange bike this morning (literally the entire, 10 mi Stowe bike path) and yet he's still not tired enough to take a nap. Not even a little bit. Someone needs to invent a way for parents to tap into the energy level of their kids. If for nothing else-- just be able to keep up with them.πŸ˜‚ #carterhenry #meanwhilecoffee #momlife β˜•οΈ

Sometimes you just gotta strap on your goggles and jump in. #lifelessons πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸŠπŸ»

He's such a big, capable 3, and yet there are still moments that he just wraps his arms around my neck and holds on tight. These moments are my favorite.😍 #momlife

This Thursday I'm throwing it back all the way to a month ago.πŸ˜‚ Partly because, well, I will never take a picture better than this one. Period. But also, this picture just really sums up this summer. So much mischief, so much cuteness, so many speechless mom moments. Today I'm praying for grace and patience and for the wisdom to be able to channel all of this mischief for good. To raise strong leaders. To lead them to Jesus. To model kindness and love so that they might too. To enjoy these moments even as I feel overwhelmed by it all. Or at least, survive them.πŸ˜‰ Love these kiddos. Unexpected fashion shows and all. 😜😍 #momlife #momof4

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