HEY THERE! I’M EMILY.
And I believe connections are not a nice-to-have.
They’re a MUST-HAVE.
Have you ever felt…
Like everyone else has found their people, except you?
A bit lonely, despite the fact that you NEVER have a minute alone?
Content in your relationship with your family, but few friends you could call in a pinch?
Like the odd mom out. The only one without a village?
I’ve been there. It’s a hard place to be.
BUT (and this is a big but!), you don’t have to stay there. And you shouldn’t stay there.
We were made for connection. We were made to live in community.
The problem is, we’ve been assuming villages just happen. And, if you don’t have one, well, there must be something wrong with you.
Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. There is literally NOTHING wrong with you.
You are worthy of connection and community just like every other mom.
Unfortunately, we live in a culture that doesn’t lend itself well to living in community. If we want a village, we have to create it.
And here in this little space on the internet, I hope to cheer you on as you build and strengthen yours.
Because, we were not made to mom alone. So, let’s stop trying to, okay?
At the core of my village is my little family. Mike and I have been married 11 years and we have two sweet and silly boys – Robbie, our 6-year old and Sam, our just-turned 3-year old!
Today we live in McKinney, TX, but this is actually the third city we’ve lived in together. Just a few months after getting married, Mike suggested we leave Minnesota, the place where all of our friends and family lived, and move to Philadelphia – a city where we hardly knew anyone. So that’s what we did. We set out in our mid-20s to make new friends as adults. And we actually did it (without the help of a dog or a baby, too)!
So five years later, when it was suggested we move to Dallas (another city where we knew no one), we thought, why not? We’ve built a support system before, we can do it again – and we did, just this time with a baby in tow. Now, six years later, this is where our family calls home…at least for now!
Villages don’t just happen anymore.
We have to create them.
As a dual career couple living in a city without family nearby, we desperately need a village to make life work! From an army of babysitters, to colleagues, neighbors, church family, and friends. Logistically, we could not do life without them. And personally, I wouldn’t want to.
This village of people GIVES. ME. LIFE. Whether it’s the opportunity to have a date night with my hubby or hang out with neighbors in the driveway after the kids go to bed or have a friend to call when I’m in a pinch – my village is my not-so-secret weapon to a manageable, but most importantly, fulfilled life.