FRYday: nicole


I’m not a competitive person. I rarely compare myself to others, and I know better than to compare my children to other kids… I thought. But, last week I noticed something Dash’s friends could do, and at three years old, all his peers seemed to have it down to an art. It was a moment as a mother where you feel like you’ve failed. It was the first time (of many, I’m sure) where I’ve felt that way. I felt sad for Dash, I felt unsuccessful as a mother, and I wanted to change it immediately. I spent the entire week with this as my focus. I didn’t want Dash to be missing out on this for another moment. Last night he knelt down to say his prayers. With no one guiding him, he prayed for things that he really needed, and gave thanks for things he was truly grateful for. Afterward he gave me a hug and a kiss on my forehead. I sat there in awe at him, at his sincerity, and at his reverence, and I remembered, this boy is everything. Then it was like a punch in the stomach. Who cares what his friends can do, what other kids his age know?  I couldn’t believe I had spent a single moment even slightly disappointed in this incredible little human. I felt especially grateful for him and for his unique talents and personality, for the way he treats me, his lucky mom. I want to remember this, each and every day. And I hope that I do, always. Happiest FRYday everyone!



We caught wind of this awesome family craft weekend in Palm Springs, California and our so impressed. We wanted to share it with you readers, because it truly looks like an incredible weekend. Put on by the Crafting Community, with more than twenty workshops available, food and sunrise yoga, and bike rentals, it all sounds so amazing, and we’re jealous of anyone who gets to attend! Check out a video about the weekend here and Babble is even giving away a trip for a family of four here.



  1. on August 9, 2013 at 8:53 am said:

    What a truly great reminder. It is so easy to compare (as women) and then to do it with our kids as well. A direct route to stealing joy in what we have right in front of us. What encouragement you provided on this Friday! Thank you.

    • Small Fry:
      on August 14, 2013 at 12:42 am said:

      Absolutely true.


  2. on August 9, 2013 at 9:59 am said:

    Nicole, what a great post. My little one is due any day now and this is something I always want to keep in mind. I see mothers comparing their children all the time, but we all learn at different speeds. As long as they are healthy and happy that’s all that matters!

  3. on August 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm said:

    So lovely and true! It’s so easy to compare, and often we are around others who encourage it. Every single person is unique and given certain strengths and weaknesses. And sometimes our weakness are the most beautiful things. Such a great reminder!

    • Small Fry:
      on August 14, 2013 at 12:42 am said:

      So true!!


  4. on August 10, 2013 at 4:42 pm said:

    Simply beautiful!

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