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One Thing I Can Do

May 11, 2018

One Thing I Can Do

We have five kids.
 
Now, before you get all I-don’t-know-how-you-do-it on me, I should tell you that I got this big family the easy way. I went from being a single woman to married with three sweet children overnight. 
 
Then along came Ruby and Dane...
 
She is Love. 

That’s the name of the song that played in the hospital room after Ruby was born. She was my first. My baby. I was finally a mom. I wanted to be a mom since I was three. THREE!
 
This petite little thing, with wavy hair and ruby red lips, was a dream come true. She cried. I cried. I was IN LOVE at first sight. I was overwhelmed with a desire to protect this little piece of us. She was absolutely perfect, and I knew within an instant that I’d lay down my life for her. 

Two years later came her brother. It was Simple Man this time, “And don't forget, son, there is someone up above. Be a simple kind of man. Be something you love and understand.” 

Dane was long with dark hair. He was so handsome and followed the rules, eating and sleeping as prescribed. I simply adored him. He was perfect, and I pitied the one who messed with my little man. 

Fast-forward yet another 2 years...

…To the year that brought us a Celiac diagnosis for Ruby and an ambulance ride to the ER with Dane for an undiagnosed nut allergy. Damn. 

I couldn’t protect them from everything. That realization hit me like a ton of bricks. 

My husband Tim & I became professional label-readers overnight. We stripped our kitchen of everything that threatened our kiddos, and as we looked at other products — hair care, skin care, sunscreens, soaps — it occurred to us that we had a lot of work to do. 

But work is what we do. Entrepreneurs at heart, we took a step back and asked, “Why not us?” And so with my husband's support, I created Story Skin Care. It’s the one thing I can do to make sure my family always has something safe for their skin. This one thing means I don’t have to hesitate when we need lotions or cleansers, or when some of us need something to stave off the wrinkles. 

And it’s a good thing, because as it turns out, I’m not the perfect parent I always dreamed I’d be. On a good day, my kids survive on granola bars and salami. And I’ve learned that that’s ok. I’ve learned over and over that I can’t protect my kids from everything — BFF heartbreak, monkey bars, and walls that jump out of nowhere. And I’ve learned to (kind of) let go and pray. PRAY HARD.

Being a mom drives me, fuels me, inspires me, and just plain wears me out. And I simply can’t imagine anything better. 

Happy Mother’s Day!
 
Carmen




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