Welcome To Best Mommy Life
We’ve reached the eye of the storm. A perfect storm, nonetheless, but… still a storm.
Our boys have finally reached the age of moderate independence. Eight and (almost) seven. I had to say almost because, for the past 74 days, we’ve had to acknowledge the countdown. Every.Single.Day.
It’s kind of hard to believe we made it here without loosing at least a few fingers or toes along the way. Our story is one of remarkable determination, ample grace, and never-ending love. This is why we wanted to embark upon a new journey… creating a blog. We honestly felt from the bottom of our hearts that we had something to share with the world… our voice in the wilderness, our slice of the social pie, and so… here we go. We hope you take away something useful that you can apply to your life for better and do some laughing along the way.
I’m Candice. Working mom of two awesome boys and wife to my wonderful husband Josh.
So, where was I… oh, yes… the eye of the storm.
" I kind of look at life in stages. Every seven years, they say, our bodies regenerate themselves... developing a completely new set of cells. Although I'm not sure how that works for brain cells. "
I kind of look at life in stages. Every seven years, they say, our bodies regenerate themselves… developing a completely new sets of cells. Although I’m not sure how that works with brain cells. For humanity’s sake, we will pretend that those are exempt from the regenerating process and somehow kept safe and sound. (I’m an accountant, not a doctor.) But keeping on with this concept (truth or myth) seven seems pretty accurate. The first seven years are the nurturing phase. Obvious right? Well the second is what I call the exploration phase. And I’m the exploration guide… taking kids to practices, making sure their homework is done, cooking dinner… it never ends. And there’s not that much time for me, ever. The mother’s job navigating these little explorers is one worth six-figures. At fourteen, the establishment phase begins. Then the venture phase. Then the purpose phase… and there are MANY more that I will get into later. But for now, we are in the exploration phase. What a great phase to be in! It’s exhausting but well worth it. This is a really fun phase, too, which is why I’m referring to it as the eye of the storm. We are past the nurturing phase with its diapers and bottles, and we haven’t yet hit establishment phase with puberty and all its glory… so I’m soaking up every second that I can to see the world through their eyes and explore the world with them. And of course, for me, it’s sometimes like being a kid all over again.
So here we go! Let’s do life together, because in community we can survive. Alone it’s nearly impossible. We get to bear each other’s burdens and give abundantly. While it’s great to exist, the best return on our investment of giving is seeing the joy that giving produces and to witness its magic. Being a safe haven for each other is so much more prolific than judging and mistreating. That’s what this blog is about. Providing an environment where women can be women, no matter where they come from or what walk of life they’ve taken.
So, let’s journey together… shall we?