I am a mom

Hope all of you mamas felt especially loved last weekend. I did.


In today’s mama digs piece, I write about all the pieces of mamahood that make me whole from celebrating and learning from my tribe of inspiring mamas to being entirely present with my kids…they rely on each other.

And the whole Mother’s Day thing was punctuated with an exclamation point because of some amazing people/person who expressed love to all of Missoula by hiking the 620 vertical feet and spelling out “mom” on a hillside.


Sunday morning the sun rose behind Mom, it slowly illuminated her message. And then, all day, people journeyed up the zig zag path to visit her meaning and people traveled all over town in the shadow of her guidance. Mom was everywhere, visible from downtown, Reserve Street, Blue Mountain, Kim Williams Trail. Even when you couldn’t see her, Mom stood strong and steady. The light changed, it rained, there was a rainbow. Mom was there through all of it….click here to read MOM.


15 Responses to I am a mom

  1. Paige says:

    Oh, I see it, I see it… I see you in Ruby. Her little chin, her eyebrows, the shape of her face, hidden under those cheeks… do you see it? Is it true?

  2. Pam says:

    You know, Paige – I see it in this pic as well. I love that the little gem is learning how to work that eyebrow. And, given that it frames those giant mesmerizing blue eyes – it is working to great effect…

  3. Kelle says:

    Aw, Nic…Love this. Had to laugh…my first thought when I saw that on the mountain was “Mount Jumbo Poop.” Sorry. Very un-mom like.

    But your description of all those women and what they come together for had me smiling and loving.
    And you look beautiful and happy with those girls.

    xoxo Happy Mother’s Day, inspiring Friend.

  4. Dana says:

    Love the skirt! Happy mothers day!

  5. jen says:

    my favorite thing ever was when stella realized that mom upside-down is wow.
    and from that moment on … i found the word “mom” written EVERYWHERE.
    no matter how many times i chanted “paper is for writing paper is for writing” … i still find the word mom on things.
    someday … maybe i’ll find it on a mountain. or in mn here … probably on a lake or in a tree. but still.

  6. Katie says:

    The good ol’ Missoula M. What a cool thing for someone to do! Nice shots of you and the babes.

  7. Melissa says:

    go mom in your hot skirt!

    glad you had such a joyful day . . .and i couldn’t agree more about not being held hostage by motherhood, but rather dancing through it (forgive my bad paraphrasing but you know).

  8. Malissa says:

    I LOVE the pictures of you and your girls. I also love your big earrings and your cute skirt. Homemade quiche! You lucky duck. Looks like you had a great day!

  9. TRB Holt says:

    My 3 beautiful gals…..love you all!


  10. Sage says:

    hey you, got your email. Thanks for the sweet reply.

    On saturday we were driving south to see family in Utah Valley. I glanced out the window, and there on the side of the road, were three tree pruning trucks parked with their cranes bent to spell out MOM… made me smile. Funny how little things like that mean so much, and validate this mama thing in ways not expected. It is such a special gift we all share, and so much more so because of your sweet documentation of it. xo to you.

  11. CIndy S. says:

    Very cool. And beautifully said.

  12. Molly B. says:

    Awesome article- it is so very true! thanks

  13. This was really beautiful Nici.
    That kid-free Mama time was missing from my weekend. I was like: yay, a day all about me! Except, oh, I’m a Mom so it’s really about my kids, like every other day. Whoops.
    That Ruby sure is turning into a little person.

  14. Heidi says:

    what, a post i’ve missed! love the altered ‘m’ made into mom. i can see why that would make you feel good. it’s like some mystic, maybe higher power…LOL, i went to the moon and now i’ll come back…!

    love the photos of you and your girls. beautiful indeed.
    wow, the three of you will be amazing together when you’re all grown up…creating and making and just being cool.

    can’t wait to see your face in real life!

    happy mother’s day!

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