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….

Intentional Parenting – Dinner Conversations

Sometimes being an intentional parent means asking questions that spark conversations while you’re sitting around the dinner table. Yes, our littles are currently both two and under, but even if they don’t fully understand, they are listening. Furthermore, we are setting healthy habits that we can continue for years to come. Afterall, when is the…

Halloween and the Celebration of Evil

  “I don’t like that, Mommy!” Charley looked up at me, pointing uncomfortably at the store’s Halloween display. Witches, zombies, skeletons. “I don’t either, baby.” I explained to her that if she sees anything that makes her feel uncomfortable or scared, that she can choose to look away to protect her heart and mind. Since…

Too Short to Ride? Think Again! Disney for Toddlers & Babies

A lot of people assume they have to wait until their kids are older before they can ride rides and enjoy a place like Disneyland. (If you maintain the belief that “they won’t remember anyway,” please click HERE.) The ability of your child to enjoy a magical place like Disneyland doesn’t begin at a particular age….

How We Ditched the Paci in One Day

Childhood can be hard. Just as we as adults sometimes have to go through painful seasons of letting go in order to grow, children also sometimes have to learn to let go as they grow through life. I’d venture to say that watching our children go through difficult seasons of growth can sometimes be harder…

Give Me Hope : The Story of Gavin’s Birth

Isn’t it amazing how a particular feeling can have such power over your thoughts and even behaviors? Some feelings have the potential to be destructive to our lives. Despair, loneliness, and grief for example all have the potential to give us terrible thoughts that sometimes drive us to make terrible decisions. Others however, like excitement,…

Surviving Two Under Two: The First Month

#TwoUnderTwo. Is it a curse word? A blessing? The title of a horror movie? Perhaps a survival reality show. Regardless, it’s HARD. You are now the parent of not one, but two little human beings who are not only still very needy, but each have their own unique set of needs. While I’m no expert…

Charley and the Sweet Tea

My Charley is hilarious. She is full of joy, she’s animated, and since the day she was born, she has been vocal. This all adds up to daily life moments that leave me tickled as I watch my little tot grow and explore the world. Recently that exploration included a few sips of her parents’ sweet tea. As…

Peach.

Peach-fuzz skin. Tiny wrinkled toes. Remnants of an umbilical cord. There’s nothing like a newborn baby. My husband and I are fortunate to have a large number of friends who are creatives (thanks, in part, to our ministry, which celebrates creative arts as forms of worship and has brought together a unique collective of talented…

Powerful Words

Words. We teach our babies how to say them, starting with simple sounds, like da-da-da and ma-ma-ma. Our babies watch us as we make silly faces and move our lips and tongues. They try to imitate us. We wait for our babies to say their first words. And when they do, it’s powerful. Words. We speak…

Diapers and Hanes

As any expectant momma nearing her due date, I have been chipping away at the last-minute preparations before my little one arrives. First, it was the daunting task of preparing her nursery (in our 107 year old house currently undergoing renovations)! Thank goodness for a handy husband and the help of our parents, who transformed…