With You Every Step + Giveaway!

Monday, October 24, 2016

I remember vividly the first time I felt inclined to protect and be there for my daughter.
Obviously those instincts came right from the start, literally the moment I saw her sweet face... but it wasn't until later that I realized just how strong those mama bear instincts are. 
As you may already know, Oaklyn has an eye issue.
We caught it very quick and have been working with a specialist to figure it all out since she was 9 months old... so for more than half her life.
The first time I ever noticed was when she was 5 months old.
I had posted a picture of her and saw that one of her eyes wasn't really looking at the camera the way the other was.
Long story short, we found out she has Brown's syndrome and the specialist is watching her closely to decide if we'll need to fix it with surgery.
Around the time we started meeting with the eye specialist, I started receiving some rude comments about her eye.
That's just what happens when you put your family out there on the internet, but it really got to me.
There were a few DM's, snapchats, emails, and even comments on Instagram posts with rude remarks about her eye.
I felt like a monster was going to unleash every time I read them and after that fiery mean side of me thought up every crazy thing I could do to defend her, the only thing I really did was snuggle my baby girl and let her know that she is absolutely perfect.
Because she is, she is beautifully created and means everything to me.

From that moment forward, I made sure to let her know that mama would always be there for her, no matter what life may throw at us.
With every literal step she took and every figurative new step in life, I would be right there with her supporting and encouraging her. 
It warms my heart when she turns and looks for me because she knows I'm not too far away in case she needs me.
She's starting to play at the park without me right next to her and as much as I'm loving watching her grow up, I also love that she still looks towards me until our eyes meet so she knows it's all okay.

I remember when Oaklyn started to walk on her own, and I also remember tearing up when I noticed my baby was growing up right before my eyes.
When she got going on her own two feet, she really took off.
But, who did she look for when she needed an extra hand to hold?
Her mama of course :)
I loved holding her hand and watching her take those first steps in her Freshly Picked Moccs.
I wanted to ensure her feet were covered and protected while also comfortable.
We chose Freshly Picked for those reasons alone, but the style factor happened to make it the easiest choice for me on my motherhood journey ;)
The color and pattern options Freshly Picked offers will suit any mama's wants and needs.
 I also assure you that the quality will win you over in a heart beat.
Not to mention, they stay on the absolute best! There is an elastic band around the ankle that keeps them from slipping off.
Just as I strive to always be there for her, I know that Freshly Picked will be too.
They helped her when learning to walk, protected her feet from the hot ground during summer, kept her warm during the frigid winter, and they were the perfect accessory during her first birthday.
I'm so glad Freshly Picked has their "Next Step" option of hard sole moccs so they will literally be with her every step of the way.

So Oaklyn Joy, I'll be there for you through every walk of life, and I'll strive to always be there when you need someone to turn to.
I'll be right there waiting for the day to end when we part for your first day of school, I'll be there when the girls at school act like anything but your friend, I'll be there when you score your first goal or stick your first backhandspring, I'll be there watching during your first school play, I'll be the first hug when you get hurt, I'll help you choose your prom dress, I'll drop you off at college, I'll help you plan your dream wedding, and I'll love your future kids as much as I love you.
There's so much you have yet to experience and I want you to know, I'll be there with you through every single step.

All my love,

Because we love Freshly Picked SO much, we have teamed up with them to give away a pair of moccs! This is a company I fully support and believe in and I know you will too! To enter head to my instagram and follow the simple steps :)


  1. WOW.

    It's heartbreaking that people would be so cruel that they felt the need to speak negatively. Infuriating.

    It speaks volumes to who they are as people.

    She is absolutely beautiful & those moccasins are adorable!

    1. Thank you for your sweet compliments Charlotte! It was definitely hard for me to process, but I'm thankful I've been able to move past those remarks. Thanks for reading <3