Happy birthday, Braedy! Mothering special needs + typically developing kids

Almost three years ago, Jonny and I took a little anniversary trip to Nashville. As country music lovers, it was on our list of places to experience together. We had an AMAZING experience and cannot wait till we can fly back and soak it up again. We lived it up in the city that week, […]

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If there is a theme that unites us most in 2020, one message that everyone has mumbled under their breath while staring at empty shelves or while logging on to another Zoom call, it’s this: 2020 is the worst year ever. And I get it. I’ve had my moments for SURE… like having to teach […]

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Best 2020 Moments

If there is a theme that unites us most in 2020, one message that everyone has mumbled under their breath while staring at empty shelves or while logging on to another Zoom call, it’s this: 2020 is the worst year ever. And I get it. I’ve had my moments for SURE… like having to teach […]

Clean Living, Family, Special Needs

Best 2020 Moments

5 simple ways for busy moms to not go insane

I was supposed to have an office.  Yep, when we moved into our house, I was going to have this gorgeous boho-themed office where I was going to move mountains and handle client work for hours, and then shimmy back into the living room to play with the girls and get dinner prepped. Ahhhh, wouldn’t […]

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Emily Barton Busy Mom Tips

Jonny and I both grew up in big families. So when we first got married and dreamed of what our family would look like, we wanted that big family feel– lots of kids at the dinner table and siblings to both get annoyed with and be protective over.  After Jaxlee was born, there was a […]

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Our growing family!

Jonny and I both grew up in big families. So when we first got married and dreamed of what our family would look like, we wanted that big family feel– lots of kids at the dinner table and siblings to both get annoyed with and be protective over.  After Jaxlee was born, there was a […]

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Our growing family!

How my daughter speaks: tips for SLPs supporting parents

*This blog post is a follow up to last week’s blog on Jaxlee’s journey to communicate with us. If you haven’t read it, start here! Most of my readers know this but in case you are new here, let me introduce you to my girl Jax. She is our amazing firstborn daughter. She’s beautiful and […]

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As a mom to a child who is nonverbal, I’ve felt so heavy for what life was supposed to be like. When I pictured having a baby, I pictured a typical developing child. I anticipated hearing “mama” as her first word and melting at the sound of her sweet little voice. This wasn’t the case […]

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How my daughter speaks: the story of how my nonverbal child learned to communicate

Jaxlee and AAC Tablet

As a mom to a child who is nonverbal, I’ve felt so heavy for what life was supposed to be like. When I pictured having a baby, I pictured a typical developing child. I anticipated hearing “mama” as her first word and melting at the sound of her sweet little voice. This wasn’t the case […]

Family, Special Needs

How my daughter speaks: the story of how my nonverbal child learned to communicate

Jaxlee and AAC Tablet

Our NICU story

When I held my second child in my arms for the first time, I experienced something new. Feeling her nurse, spending our first night together, and taking her home with me from the hospital felt like small miracles over and over again. It was a deep reflection of God’s grace, and I’m so grateful that […]

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Most likely you were sitting in some sort of medical facility with a doctor or professional in the field. Maybe you instinctively grabbed for something– your growing belly, your spouse’s hand, the edge of the chair– holding on tightly in hopes the news you sense is coming might be staved off if you just hang […]

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A letter to the mom who just got hard news

Clean living mom hacks

Most likely you were sitting in some sort of medical facility with a doctor or professional in the field. Maybe you instinctively grabbed for something– your growing belly, your spouse’s hand, the edge of the chair– holding on tightly in hopes the news you sense is coming might be staved off if you just hang […]

Family, Special Needs

A letter to the mom who just got hard news

Clean living mom hacks

Friendship and connection as a special needs mom

The other night I was sitting around a dinner table with a couple of new mom friends. We were taking care of ourselves– out at a rooftop restaurant, sipping on drinks, and talking without interruption. It was everything we all needed: the food, the drinks, and the connection.  But as we kept talking and getting […]

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