1. What a beautiful honoring post to your mother. I lost my father two years ago and it’s still hard when I think of what he’s missing (really me missing him) when my kids do something or when I just wish my dad was still here with me.

  2. Kayse,
    I wonder how many of us saw our dreams change once we started down this path. Having lost my father, I can appreciate your pain. I remember coming back to my parent’s house after dad’s service, and picking up the phone to call him.
    Bless you for pouring all that love into your own daughter.
    Peace and good to you.

  3. Kayse, I am right there with you friend. Feeling very quiet right now, very contemplative and introspective. Weighing out my dreams, my priorities, what really matters. Thank you for sharing your heart!

  4. Well said, Kayse. What a beautiful heart you have for your family and for God’s design for your life. The type of home your mom created is such a great example and challenge. Oh, how easily I lose sight of the goal! Thanks for the lovely reminder.

  5. Kayse, wow, what a beautiful tribute to your Mama and a beautiful dream that will bless generations to come!

  6. I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom, Kayse. It sounds like she was such a treasure of a person, and a wonderful catalyst and example for the dream you wrote about so eloquently today. May you find joy as you find new ways to balance your writing with pursuing this larger dream.

  7. I teared up reading this…and then went to give my daughter a hug. This is the most beautiful dream of all…and what an amazing example you had to follow. May our children be as blessed as you were and still are. I love this post and this piece of your heart. Beautiful, friend.

    1. Your words are so sweet, thank YOU! Daughters are a special gift, that’s for sure.

  8. Kayse, this is your best post yet! So beautifully written. My mother has not been in my life for a long time and as a first time mom of a one year old, I hear you. I just told my husband a few days ago how hard it is to not have that one person who’s always in your corner regarding motherhood. While the Lord is gracious to give us what we need, it is never easy living without a mom. Thank you for writing this!

    1. It’s so true. I’m sorry your mom isn’t around either – some days it does feel like you’re going at it alone without anyone in your corner. Some days are harder than others, and there are seasons where I feel her absence more acutely. I’m sure you get that. Praying for you right now, and thank you so much for your kind words about the post. 🙂

  9. There is so much truth here. I find that as seasons with our kids change so do our other dreams. I’m encouraged to see you embrace the change, trusting God along the way. There are so many temptations to do more and do it now, that I’m thankful there are people who whole-heartedly choose to serve their family first. Thanks for sharing your heart.

    1. SO many temptations to do more and do it now, you are so right! There’s this feeling that I’ll fall behind when I do this. But it does have to do with trust. God’s in control of my life and my blog, and I need to follow His plan for our family. 🙂 Thank you!

  10. What a beautiful post – it brought tears to my eyes. Honestly, you won’t regret the time you invest in your family. My boys are 11 and 14 and they are gone more than they are home anymore. Dreams don’t have to be either/or – sometimes, they are just look a little different or they incubate and wait for a different season.

    1. I think I’m still learning about seasons and dreams. Thank you for this reminder!

  11. Oh sweet friend how I love this post and your heart in all of it. A wise friend once told me that my first ministry will always be my family. To love on them first and best. So excited about all that God has in store for you in this. Lifting you up to Him this morning. Blessings.

    1. Yes, our first ministry. I’m realizing even my other dreams were there so that I’d be more available for my family. And now, hopefully, even more so. Thank you for your prayers, friend!

  12. Kayse, a beautifully written, honest post. Thank you for sharing your dream like that. It is changing for the better and emerging from the cocoon where it was all along. You made me smile this morning.

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