why small fry?

There are images from history books that stay with us: a group of women washing clothes together in the stream, a line of mothers walking with tall pitchers of well-water perched on their heads, babies wrapped tightly to their backs. Painting their faces and dancing around a fire. Gray haired women in rocking chairs sitting around a bucket shelling peas, shucking corn. Praying together, reading together, cooking together.

Living in a modern culture that builds walls and fences around our kitchens and laundry rooms can make motherhood feel intensely isolating. So we reach out to see ourselves in others, to extend our view and break past the walls we build. To spend time outside ourselves, for us, and most importantly, for our children.

Small Fry is a declaration to ourselves and to our boys that every moment with them is a gift and also a choice. A choice to let the magic of childhood find us, and to look for it in everything we do. That the world is ours and there is adventure around every corner. To make the daily decision to look past the things we did not check off the list, but focus on the simple things we can do to illuminate our lives. To let the hard moments, minutes, phases, heartaches come when they may, but not break our stride or our desire to live vibrantly.

We’ve been told this season of our lives is fleeting. What if we could say that we soaked it all in, let it envelope us, looked into those big beautiful eyes of our children every morning and said “let me show you something amazing today.”

What if?
Welcome to Small Fry.

89 thoughts on “why small fry?”

  1. What an amazing idea! I love it! I’m sitting here wishing I would’ve thought of something to blog about that revolves around family time. Truly, truly amazing idea, ladies! No blogging guilt here. Your kids will look back and be so grateful for their wonderful mothers!

  2. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on of taking down the fences and being mothers of the moment. It makes the job so less daunting and enjoyable when you think of it that way. Excited for what’s to come!

  3. wow ladies! that made me cry. living in a brownstone in brooklyn makes those walls seem even higher. can we all just live in a commune somewhere and hang our laundry on clotheslines while eating farm-fresh veggies?

    1. Should have just replied to all your comments at once, but oh well now you have a full inbox!
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  4. “What if?” I love that! I’m obsessed with your motivation behind this blog. Something so good will change the lives of many mothers and their little tykes. Love to be acquainted with such brilliant women! Congrats it’s awesome.

  5. This site has touched me. In today’s time all I hear about pregnancy and motherhood are the hardships and struggles of what it takes to be a mother. You beauties have shown me a different light and excite me for the beauty and simplicity of being a mother. I cannot wait for my time. Thank you. Xoxo

    1. Tori! So happy you’re here. Of course motherhood is challenging, but like in all things, it’s all about your attitude. We’re happy we’re showing it in a new light for you. You’ll make the most amazing mother when you’re ready!

  6. Girls, y’all just made me cry sitting here in the pick up line infront of all these nice people! Love you guys and cheers to being mamas and all our little lovers!

  7. So lovely! Being the best Mom I can be is what my entire world is about. It will be so great to get ideas from your site and feel part of a group where other Moms feel the same! You guys are awesome, thank you!

  8. i’m so glad i found you guys! i know i’ve been lacking in the awesome mother department- i want to be better and NEED to be better and this site is exactly what i need! 🙂 you mommas are beautiful inside and out. thank you so much for starting this!!

  9. Such a great and inspiring blog!! It is so easy to get wrapped up in the everyday nonsense-I’m off the do the footprint ghosts with my boys!!

  10. It’s so wonderful to see a group of women supporting and encouraging one another, in such a world where it’s easy to judge and defeat others, especially during such a tender time of life as early parenthood. Cheers to you and yours. May blessings continue to flow your way and to the lives you may touch along the journey.

  11. I hadn’t read this until today. Wow. It’s so beautifully written and such a reminder to live each day with the intention of savoring those little faces and those large eyes. I needed to read this today. Thank you and thank you for this rock star blog.

  12. Just found your site today and looking forward to following! About to become a mama myself and feeling quite lucky in our culture’s access to many amazing women to be inspired by and connect with. xx

  13. what a beautiful tribute this writing is to mothers all over the globe. i have followed you on instagram for a bit and this is my first time looking onto your blog. it is such a cheery place! as a mother of all boys this blog makes me especially happy to see other fun, stylish women raising wonderful little adventurers!

  14. Just discovered your blog and as a mom living in an apartment in Jerusalem, Israel with no family right near by, your words really struck a chord. Excited to explore your blog!! xx

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