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Motherhood - Where My Unbecoming Becomes Something Beautiful

Motherhood - Where My Unbecoming Becomes Something Beautiful

The space in between who I am and who I'm becoming.That's where you enter in.With your tiny fingers and bite sized toesand a presence that sends waves through the atmosphere.There's talk of losing yourself in motherhood, and I know that's real.But can we talk of finding yourself?Let's look to the layers shed - the unraveling of what never was.Superficiality has no room here - there is simply no space for it.So we shed what we never really were, and we step, fully and boldly into what we were always to become.There is fullness here. There is exhaustion.There is passion and...

A Letter to My Daughter Before Your Sister Arrives

A Letter to My Daughter Before Your Sister Arrives

I'm going to miss this. This time where it was just you, your dad, and I. This time where I could fully take in your face without making room for another. Where we could be selfish with our time - fully dedicated to one. Sweet girl, please know that my heart expands. The space that you occupy doesn't need to be shared, it will simply open up. Maybe it will feel like you are losing something, like you need to hold tight with an unfailing grasp. But know, I am holding you. I am holding you now and I will...

How to Cultivate Joy + Why it Matters

How to Cultivate Joy + Why it Matters

Abundance. Fullness. Life.These are all ways of being that, to me, stem from joy. How do you put a finger on joy though? How do you know what it is? I think too often joy gets lumped in with happiness and for me, the two are not synonymous. Joy feels more grounded, more steadfast, while happiness is situational and fleeting. Maybe you're like, okay Kelley, isn't that just a bit of semantics? I actually think this is an incredibly important distinction to make.Joy comes from rejoicing. Rejoicing and feeling the subsequent joy is a choice. It's a mindset shift. It's the...

The Dawnland Quilt Pattern | Joyful Modern Quilts

The Dawnland Quilt Pattern | Joyful Modern Quilts

The Dawnland Quilt sprang up from the need for something simple and joyful. I had just finished piecing and quilting a quilt that was a bit more intricate and I wanted something bold, loud, and easy to piece. I actually think that's been more than 6 months ago now! Time is crazy and pregnancy is crazier. I actually haven't been able to quilt lately at all. My pregnancy has had some complications leaving me posted up on the couch most of the day. So thinking back to the start of Dawnland is giving me all the feels! The original quilt...

To All the Women, Mothers, and Soccer Moms

To All the Women, Mothers, and Soccer Moms

If I am to have life... then I will run wildly toward the light.I will dig deep and allow all that I'm feeling without fear.I will not turn my back on what is real and tender.I will allow myself to do more than just survive.I will honor what's mine to share with the world.I will not dim my light for fear of rejection.I will create and believe that I am worthy of doing so.If I am to have life then I will have it in full.Today, and every day, I want to shout out the worth of the women in...

The Pruning + The Growing

The Pruning + The Growing

I know that your inboxes and reading lists are likely filled with countless people reflecting on this past year, and looking toward the coming decade with plans filled with hope. I can't say my reflections and hopes are any more important, inspiring, or ground-breaking. But I hope that if you do choose to read on, you'll get a clearer picture of my heart, my intentions, and my plans for the future of Wandering Bison. 2019 was a year of pruning for us. The year consisted of hardship and hard choices, of bad choices, and plenty of waiting. To be honest, I've...

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