Mom Win Wednesday: laurelbox

Michelle
Michelle

Hi Ladies!  This is a Texting the Truth first– we are featuring two moms at the same time!  Welcome Johanna and Denise! 🤗  We are so happy to feature you here.  Can you tell us a little about this cute picture?

Michelle
Denise

The photo is one of our favorites of both of us!  We are best friends and this picture sums up our love for each other!

Michelle
Michelle

You guys are so cute!  And I love that I have a personal connection to both of you beautiful ladies. 💗Do you wear any other hats in addition to your [big, gigantic, hugely significant] Mom Hats?

Michelle
Johanna

We are co-owners of laurelbox, a gift box company with hand curated gifts to nourish aching hearts. (You can find us on Instagram: @laurelbox or Facebook: @laurelboxgifts/)

Michelle
Michelle

What a wonderful idea!  I loved looking through your website and seeing all of the beautiful gifts to give to those who need it. I’m sure many have been blessed in the midst of their pain by your amazing company.  Please tell us about your kids.

Michelle
Denise

I have two girls, ages 4 and 5, and mother to two teens that my husband pre-made before we met.

Johanna

I am a bona fide BOY MOM!  I have two boys, ages 3 and 4, and my third boy was born in October.

Michelle
Michelle

What a good team you must make!  And I’m sure when you work with the kids around it’s as loud and crazy as when our blog team meets together!  😉Denise, can you tell us a recent mom win that took time and perseverance to accomplish?

Michelle
Denise

Building laurelbox was also a huge mom win for me because it grew sensitivity in my own heart, which carries over into how I parent. I wanted to help women have the boldness and words to be able to reach out to a hurting friend. For me through laurelbox, that looked like a lot of prayer and talking about loss with those who have experienced hurt. That carries over into my motherhood in a huge way, because it inspires me to intentionally teach my girls empathy, faith, and care for others. Hearing my girls pray for others unprompted and showing care and concern for others is such a huge win. Cultivating caring hearts in my kids is so important.

Michelle
Michelle

YES! I love that. And I so agree. There’s nothing better than seeing God at work in your kids, is there?  And Johanna, how about you?

Michelle
Johanna

Building laurelbox from scratch, while also being a mother, often feels like a huge challenge. There have been a lot of days when it’s been really hard to balance it all, but laurelbox is more than just a small business. It is also a missional way for me to love on other women and remind them that someone sees their struggles. I have definitely gotten better over the years at managing my time, prioritizing what should be at the top of my list, and outsourcing things that make balancing my schedule more realistic so I can pursue both my role as mom and as business owner.

Michelle
Michelle

That balance is so hard to find sometimes!  I am right there with you. But what a big mom win that you and Denise have built laurelbox into what it is today while juggling young kiddos. What is a mom win you would text to each other?

Michelle
Johanna

Denise is not only my business partner and cousin, she is also my bestie and she can attest to the truth of this… I legit send pictures of my casserole dishes to her on the regular. I love embracing my Midwestern roots with a good make-ahead casserole. Plus, as a working from home mom, it really helps my schedule to be able to make dishes ahead of time.  I also pack those casseroles with chopped veggies. Anytime I can sneak veggies past my kids it is a MOM WIN!

Michelle
Michelle

Absolutely!! 🍅🍆🍇🍎  Denise?

Michelle
Denise

I feel like a champion when I get my kiddos into bed successfully and get to enjoy a glass of wine and some quiet time with my hubby!  You can also count on me to snap a pic and send it to my Joanna after a long nail polish session with my girls (complete with bedazzling accents and lotssss of patience on my part). You gotta document those jazzy nails!

Michelle
Michelle

For sure. You can’t let that moment go undocumented!!💅 So last question, what are you learning as a mom right now?

Michelle
Denise

Being a mom is about progress and not perfection. When you have a mom fail (we all do!), it is ok to acknowledge your mistake to your children. I keep my heart open to apologizing to my kids, because I am human and sometimes make mistakes. I think it’s really powerful for kids to see parents humbly asking for forgiveness when the need arises.

Johanna

Remember to keep your friends close in this season of life. It’s ok if your circle of friends gets smaller as the demands on your time get bigger. But be sure that your circle of girlfriends knows your heart. Living intentionally in community makes such a difference during the peaks and valleys of life.

Michelle
Michelle

Yes to both of those! We just wrote this week on the blog about reaching our to the friends in our lives even in this busy season of mothering littles and using our gifts. I am taking all of your words to heart today and so appreciate you sharing  a little slice of your hearts with us. 💕

Michelle

 

About Michelle Warner

The truth about me is that I love spending time with people–whether it be with moms in MOPS, students in writing camps, friends in my supper club, or family on our patio. And if you combine people and words, I am definitely in my happy place. One of my most favorite moments is sitting around a table with the people I love sharing deep conversations about life. Inviting people into our home and pulling out my fancy dishes invigorates me, though tackling the hand-wash pile in my sink does quite the opposite. (Sorry, Hubby. I’ll get to those soon!) I’m learning to enjoy the people in my life without feeling the need to prove myself or always make them happy. God continues to teach me that when I find what I need in Him rather than the perfectly-cooked chicken or the perfectly-timed word, I have a security that can’t be shaken. And that’s a good thing since my hard-working husband and I have two very determined little girls who keep us on our toes!

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