A Call from Heaven

This evening Charley excitedly – & almost frantically – called to me through the kitchen window. I had just stepped inside for a moment to water some freshly potted sunflower seeds, but it sounded urgent. Through the glass, she pointed to the old rotary phone affixed to our fence and yelled, “Mommy! Hurry! Come quick!…

Hawk of the Battle

Gavin Michael Judah. Tonight while putting you and Charley to bed I noticed your full name on the canvas I painted when I was pregnant with you. Gavin – Hawk of the Battle Michael – Gift from God Judah – One who brings praise My eyes lingered on these words, and suddenly they felt so…

18 years, 1 Wedding Dress, 1 Beautiful Girl – One More Year

Another birthday gone by, another year with my treasure! Each year, I have so much fun celebrating Charley, whether it’s on a trip across the country or a simple party at home. When the suitcases are unpacked and gift bags are put away, my next favorite tradition is getting out my wedding gown like I…

We Got Rid of Our TV: The First Week and Beyond

If you haven’t heard, we ditched our TV. Crazy? Maybe. But we’ll all find out together. We have a 2 and a 3-year-old that I noticed were relying too heavily on the TV to get through the day.  We also have tired mid-thirties parents who were relying too heavily on the TV to get through…

We Got Rid of Our TV: Day 3&4

If you haven’t heard, we ditched our TV. Crazy? Maybe. But we’ll all find out together. We have a 2 and a 3-year-old that I noticed were relying too heavily on the TV to get through the day.  We also have tired mid-thirties parents who were relying too heavily on the TV to get through…

We Got Rid of Our TV: A Battle Against the Habit of Screens

When Charley was born, I fiercely protected her. I don’t think I’m different from any other mother in this… it’s simply a mother’s instinct to give your child the best chance at life. My drive to protect her included her health, her mind, and her development. I was so convicted that I didn’t want my…

Raising World-Changers: An Interview With Tracy

Do you ever wish you could sit down with a parent who is more experienced than you… and ask the hard questions? Take in their wisdom? Learn from their mistakes? Soak up their encouragement? Charley’s Circus was born alongside the beginning of our family as we set out to document our journey of intentional parenthood….

Prettier Than the Other Girls

Please stop telling my daughter she’s prettier than other girls. When you do this, you’re teaching her that beauty is on some sort of competitive scale… a concept that doesn’t even exist in her mind right now – –  – – unless you teach her. Isn’t there enough jealousy, bitterness, and envy in the world…

18 years, 1 Wedding Dress, 1 Beautiful Girl

If you’ve followed me for any amount of time or know me in real life, you’re probably already aware of how sentimental I can be. In my house are shadowboxes of the kids’ coming-home-from-the-hospital outfits,  teddy bears made from my late grandparents’ clothes, bouquets from my wedding that are made from fabric from clothing items…

Raising World Changers: An Interview with Nichole

Do you ever wish you could sit down with a parent who is more experienced than you… and ask the hard questions? Take in their wisdom? Learn from their mistakes? Soak up their encouragement? Charley’s Circus was born alongside the beginning of our family as we set out to document our journey of intentional parenthood….

Cupcakes Fit for a Princess

Gluten & Dairy Free Cupcakes and Icing Ingredients CUPCAKE: ½ C coconut oil ¾ C granulated sugar 2 large eggs, room temp 1 ¼ C All-Purpose GF flour blend (we used Bob’s Red Mill All-Purpose) ¼ tsp salt 1 ¾ tsp baking powder ½ C dairy-free milk (we used almond but l love coconut milk…

Raising World-Changers: An Interview with Dorie

Do you ever wish you could sit down with a parent who is more experienced than you… and ask the hard questions? Take in their wisdom? Learn from their mistakes? Soak up their encouragement? Charley’s Circus was born alongside the beginning of our family as we set out to document our journey of intentional parenthood….