We’re well aware that, aside from Christmas, summer is the season for gifting. With all its weddings, birthdays, baby showers, and graduation parties, summer can get quite pricey. Since David and I are in a season of budgeting and general financial messiness, I thought I’d put together a list of cheap gift ideas for those of you who might also be in a money in-between. These are ideas we’ve used ourselves as well as links to other sites with tons of awesome options.
I constantly feel in between staying at home and working. It’s terrible. It’s like I still haven’t given myself permission to be at home, not to work, to raise my babies. It feels selfish, somehow, when David’s killing himself to provide for us. I know being a stay-at-home mom is a job and a sacrifice, too. But, in my brain, it feels like the opposite for some reason.
We all know momming is NOT easy. It’s an endless sea of worries and in-betweens and joys and routines. It’s a privilege that carries great power and responsibility. Think about all of the things you teach your kids. At birth, they literally know nothing besides their most basic instincts. We teach them everything – what things are, what feelings are, how to love, how to learn, who to trust – the list is endless. It’s a little scary, honestly. But it’s also pretty awesome.
In honor of my mama’s birthday, I thought I’d share some of the things she’s taught me.
I don’t know about you, but I often feel stuck when it comes to ideas for summer activities. I get caught in between all the busyness and our regular routines. I went to Pinterest for some brainstorming and found 10 great sites and ideas that I wanted to share with you!
I find traveling with littles to be a bit tricky. It requires planning and frequent breaks and a lot of stuff. Oh, the stuff. I always feel like I have to bring half the house with me when we take a trip, especially now that there are two babies.
I have been avoiding writing about the battle in my brain. Just thinking about it ALMOST turns me into a raving lunatic. And I want to be honest here but also positive and encouraging, so I haven’t written about it. But it’s such a huge in-between for me and for my family right now. Also, I’m sure everyone can relate on some level.
This past year, Lily fell in love with Sesame Street. She loves all the characters, stories, and songs. She has learned so much from that show. It brings her such joy that it seemed the perfect theme for her second birthday party.
When Lily and I are looking for books, I try to keep a few things in mind: Is the story cute? Can she learn something? Can we talk about the pictures together? These books for 2-year-olds have much to offer. She has learned something from each one, and she keeps going back for more. You can probably find most of these at your local library. I have linked them to Amazon, though, in case you’re looking to buy! (These are affiliate links.)
I think it’s easy to forget about the other half of the equation when dealing with pregnancy loss and infertility. It happens to the mama’s body, so it’s easy to assume your partner isn’t feeling the same emotions or doesn’t (or couldn’t) understand.
David absorbed all of the impact during our years of miscarriages and unsuccessful fertility treatments. He bore the brunt of all my anger and fear and frustration. He held onto hope when I no longer could. He grabbed my hand when I was numb and didn’t even know who I was anymore.