Oh, mother.


noun |  moth·er \ ˈmə-t͟hər \

  1. A female parent
  2. a woman in authority
  3. something that is an extreme or ultimate example of its kind especially in terms of scale

even Webster realizes you don’t have to have carried a baby, birthed a baby, held a baby, or even regularly cared for kids to be a mother.

“extreme example of its kind”

Mother Theresa is a perfect example of this.

to every kind of mother-

to all those mammas who have a million kids or even just one

to all those mammas who have Kids on earth and in heaven

to all those mammas dreaming of the day they fill their wombs and feel like they’re playing the eternal waiting game

to all those mammas who are caring for a baby originally born to another mamma

to all those mammas who just care for others




and to all the mammas just trying to get through this day with an ounce of their sanity and the realization that Mother’s Day should be on a weekday when we can drop our kids off at school and go get a massage - ✊🏼 #solidarity

and to my neighbors who heard me verbally threatening my kids this morning - just know that I had warned them 4 times prior, I haven’t finished my coffee, and they deserved it.




to the Mothers

I was vacuuming the living room and moved a chair.
Stella found a cookie + proceeded to eat it standing on the carpet I was actively vacuuming. #motherhood #literallycanneverkeepup
Happy Mother's Day!
There are literally DOZENS of women in my life who have been incredible role models as perfectly imperfect Mothers. People are constantly commenting to me that when they're having a rough day, they think "Shannon has to do this x3 (or x4 or x5) and I feel so much better."
At first I took that as slightly rude.
When you have a bad day, you think of how bad MY life is and then you feel better? GREAT. 
And then I realized, it's the biggest compliment of them all. and the ONLY way I'm able to get through everyday with this brood of children is because of the incredible examples I've been given throughout my life. I think back to every single mom who has been a pseudo mom to me, my Mom -- who is literally the unicorn of Mothers, I seriously have no idea how she accomplished what she did when we were growing up now that I'm attempting to do it, my Mother in Law who has come to our rescue too many times to count, and every single friend I watch being the most patient and kind and exemplary mom to their sweet babes. I think of my sister who walked me patiently through #allofthebabythings while I was on bedrest with the triplets and did every bit of research to come up with the highest functioning nursery for three there ever was. I think of my Sister in law who raised two kids in another country while my Brother was constantly deploying to war.
I've literally been given the most amazing examples of Motherhood that could ever exist. If someone wants to think of me in their time of trouble or need or panic or worry or anger or frustration-- I'm fine with that. I'm fine with them using me as the example. Because the Mothers I've used as examples are freaking Saints. 
There are just a few things I want every Mom who watches me on social media, or in real life, to remember: + Everyone posts the glimmers of beauty because it's easier for them to get through the day-to-day. Nothing you see on Instagram or Facebook is ever exactly how it seems. + We all have our meltdowns. I've spanked kids and cried about it afterwards with regret. I've screamed too loud. I've given up endless times. + We all have to find what works for us. Some moms shower every day, some moms thrive on dry shampoo and a prayer. You figure out what works with your life, and you run with it. + I go to bed every day thinking I could have definitely been a better mom. #youwinsomeyoulosesome

The most helpful advice I've ever been given as a Mother is to always give yourself some grace. Nothing is perfect, and Motherhood is far from it. <3Happy Mothers Day!

Muttertag Volksmarch

Happy Mother's Day!We spent the daying Volksmarching from town to town drinking beer & wine and eating bratwurst & brotchen. It was amazing.

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We started in the little town of Glan-Münchweiler, walked two towns down eating and drinking our way through each one, ended at an awesome park that served wine and beer, and then took the train back to our car--the kids' first ride on the train!

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We enjoyed dinner at Berg Nanstein (Landstuhl Castle) overlooking Landstuhl and the surrounding towns. We are JUST hitting that age where before and after dinner the trips can play (still mostly supervised--someday we can just let them roam!) It was an amazingly relaxing day.

IMG_4773 IMG_4776 IMG_4778Liv's CHEESE face

IMG_4779Jack's CHEESE face

IMG_4781Clara saying "NO CHEESE NO CHEESE"

IMG_4785Sitting at dinner with the three who made me a Mom! (With my super annoyed fake smile since the people behind us wouldn't stop talking about how they couldn't believe they are triplets and taking pictures of them.)

IMG_4788 IMG_4789 IMG_4796And this is how everyone enjoyed their water tonight

Overall, it was more than I could have asked for on a day to celebrate my favorite accomplishment thus far. Hoping everyone has just as amazing of a day! <3 Schönen Muttertag!!

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