September 29, 2014

week 31

Mornings at home. I've been realizing lately how much of a blessing it is to have most days spent right here, with my girls. I've been able to be there for every minute, every milestone (and every tantrum and spilt glass of milk). Don't get me wrong, some days I feel like running back to my 9-to-5 job, but then moments like this happen; watching the two of them dance and jump and sing in their ridiculous princess nighties and all is well in my heart.
Young friendship x

September 22, 2014

week 30

My constant companion.
He loves to dress himself. The boxer shorts Parker is wearing hold many memories. All of our babes have worn them.
A necklace made of wooden toy cars.

September 15, 2014

week twenty-nine

And just like that, she completes her very first trip around the Sun.
Kisses for Evie as cousins meet for the first time.
Makeshift baby-wearing.
We made these beings. Utterly in love x

September 09, 2014

week twenty-eight: and an update

The four of us (and a cheeky little boy, too!) 

As the days have ebbed and flowed, so to has the Wholehearted space. We have been wowed by your brave and thoughtful writing submissions and floored by the 12,000+ images tagged on Instagram. We have been filled to the brim in gratitude for the women that have opened their hearts through interviews, dedicating and sharing their time and stories with us. This once tiny passion project has expanded into a blossoming community of lovers and dreamers, realists and advocates. It's inspired others from around the world to start their own communities sharing more honestly, more wholeheartedly. We've leaned on each other for advice and we've chimed in with agreement, nodding along at our own desks, coffee in hand. Our humble home on the web has grown immensely, and it wouldn't have even been remotely possible without the love and support from all of you. The readers, the parents, the mothers just like us. Our sisterhood.

We are learning, together.

We are honest.

We are (im)perfectly perfect.

You may have noticed some changes over the last few weeks as we've pared down to simple, weekly photo entries and a loss in contributing authors. We wanted to take a moment to thank the original group of women that helped kick-off the vision of Wholehearted with tremendous vigor, and those that have moved on to new chapters their lives had called upon them:

Jodi, Amelia, and Ali... thank you x

. . . . .

We are treading forward with a renewed spirit, and ever-growing inspiration: a brand new site to call home, a call for additional contributing photographers and authors, the return of the beloved heart-to-heart interviews and Instagram features, as well as some exciting new content we're still dreaming up. 

Wholehearted has always been more than just a blog, it's been about the incredible community, the collective undertaking of sharing stories and giving advice. Wading through the mud of mommy-blogs can often feel overwhelming: buy, buy, buy! or... pin this perfect home! wear these perfect clothes! raise your child this way! feed your child this way! 

Our goal is not to re-invent the wheel that is motherhood, nor define it. We'll never sell you on a product, nor claim to know all that there is to know about parenting. Because guess what - we don't know!

None of us do.

We appreciate and are so incredibly grateful for your patience as things shift and change and get migrated to our new site. In the meantime, if you feel called to help write, administrate, or photograph for the upcoming re-launch of our site - please, send us an email to with "Contributor Search" as the subject. Tell us a bit about yourself. We're listening.

We are so happy to keep your company here.

Thank you endlessly!

Love always,
The Wholehearted Team
(Tam, Kate, Belinda, and Claire) xx

September 01, 2014

week twenty-seven

There's so much I miss about city living... but scenes like this make me so grateful that my children are growing up in a place where space, fresh air and warm sunny days are abundant.
Spending scared time with my gorgeous friend cleansing our home, exchanging stories and relishing in each others company.
Fleeting summer evening walks... soon the days will become shorter, the breeze will turn cool and the colors of the setting sun will melt their way onto the falling leaves.

August 25, 2014

week twenty-six

Bookworm in the making.
Sometimes I don't bathe him and instead I just sit back and marvel in our creation.

August 18, 2014

week twenty-five

It's been two years, but now I can safely say I am back to a dedicated practice. Time for myself. Nourishment to the soul and to the body. A self-portrait to celebrate.


August 11, 2014

week twenty-four

Little girls: fearless, adventurous, wild.
The language he speaks is magical.
"Cedar! Don't touch water...never mind." Our little animal lover met a new friend today, and it was mutual love at first sight!
She grabs her hand as she says, "Come here, Alba! You have to see this!" Learning together and making memories in the secret language of sisterly love.

August 04, 2014

week twenty-three

Wholehearted message on a plate.
"Skinnie-Minnie." "Chicken-Legs." "Oh, she's so tiny!" - just a few of the comments I've gotten over the course of fifteen beautiful months with my daughter. My firstborn was a HAM and as chunky as can be, so it only goes to show how each child can be completely different. The offhanded remarks used to bother me, as if they were somehow directed at my breastfeeding or parenting choices. I've since outgrown that, because honestly... how can you not love that long and lean deliciousness! I love each of my children for all of the ways they're alike, but more for all of the beautiful qualities that make them unique.
Very special first-time snuggles with Zia.
Love, Beauty, Friendship, Grace, Nourishment and Contemplation.  Gratitude. x

July 30, 2014

#wholeheartedjournal collective: 22

When I stop to realize there isn't a right or wrong way to be a mother-- that there is no particular definition I need to fall in line with-- I am able to fully surrender into a blissful (yet momentary) parental peace. Ahhhh. I'm only human though, what can I say. Sometimes I slip up and need a good 'ol reality check. Luckily for me, life gave me a prime example of that just this week...

There I was, finding myself challenged yet again; life speeding past like lightning while the monotony of daily work drags on. I've pushed myself too hard this time and have the self-depreciating internal chatter to prove it: you're too distracted. put away your phone. no need to yell, just be calm. get back to work. make time for your friends. why is the house a mess? No doubt becoming a mother is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me. In truth, however, learning how to parent, to discipline, to push through in the face of toddler adversity has been a tad more difficult. Just when I begin to feel overwhelmed I remember a quote that helps put things into perspective - these beautiful greyscale images from our growing #wholeheartedjournal tag were the perfect accompaniment:

“When I was a little girl, everything in the world fell into either of these two categories: wrong or right. Black or white. Now that I am an adult, I have put childish things aside and now I know that some things fall into wrong and some things fall into right. Some things are categorized as black and some things are categorized as white. But most things in the world aren't either! Most things in the world aren't black, aren't white, aren't wrong, aren't right, but most of everything is just different. And now I know that there's nothing wrong with different, and that we can let things be different, we don't have to try and make them black or white, we can just let them be grey. And when I was a child, I thought that God was the God who only saw black and white. Now that I am no longer a child, I can see, that God is the God who can see the black and the white and the grey, too, and He dances on the grey! Grey is okay.” ― C. JoyBell C.

I'm making it a point to 'embrace my grey'.


All images selected via the #wholeheartedjournal tag on Instagram. Thank you for your beautiful submissions. 

July 28, 2014

week twenty two

Baking with a whole lotta love.
From grubs to hugs in a matter of minutes.
What big sister carefully constructs, baby brother gleefully destroys. One by one the animals were dropped to the floor, accompanied by his attempts at their respective noises...Most of them just said "rah"!
Making a game of hopscotch in her room... with books.
Amidst all the chaos of daily life… I'm always watching you. x

July 24, 2014

wholehearted wisdom: enjoy today


By: Jen Hatmaker


You will never have this day with your children again
Tomorrow they will be a be a little older than they were today
This day is a gift
Just breathe and notice
Smell and touch them
Study their faces and little feet
Pay attention
Relish the charms of the present
Enjoy today

Images: Louise Buma

July 23, 2014

#wholeheartedjournal collective: 21

There's something magical about the sibling connection. I see it in my own children and I feel it between my sisters and I. I can't quite describe it in words, but I know now, as a mother looking in, that bond is like a secret club. I won't know everything said between them, I won't know every was this intangible bond between brothers and sisters that caught my eye this week.

"To the outside world, we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each others hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time."- Clara Ortega


All photos were selected via the #wholeheartedjournal tag on Instagram.