Hi friends! I absolutely cannot believe that it's NOVEMBER. This year-long Celebration Series project is nearing to a close and I feel so grateful to have been able to share so many inspiring stories with you. I'm already thinking about how this project will change and evolve next year so if you have any suggestions, I'm all ears! :)
Today I'm thrilled to be introducing you to one of my best friends from college, the lovely Callae Daily. Callae is a wife and mama to two adorable little boys. She and her husband Daniel live in the Oklahoma City area and are currently renovating a beautiful old home. In her free time, Callae nurtures her creative spirit as a seamstress for an adorable lifestyle brand called Love Well Handmade.
I've loved watching Callae become a mom (from afar, sadly) because I've always known that she would absolutely NAIL IT. :) Callae has always had such a selfless, nurturing spirit. She really listens, cares deeply, and sincerely desires to help her tribe of family and friends succeed. I've always admired her quiet confidence, tender heart, and natural ability to make anyone in her presence feel like the most important, cared-for person in the world.
Let's get into the interview!
Give us a quick background on who you are and how you got to where you are today.
Hi everyone! I’m Callae, wife to Daniel and mama to Benson (turning 2 next month) & baby boy #2 also coming next month! [note: since Callae answered these questions, sweet Bishop Cress Daily has made his way into the world and he's cute as can be!] Originally from Georgia, I followed my boyfriend to Oklahoma City after grad school and luckily for me it worked out ;) Daniel’s job as a filmmaker at Life.Church has kept us here in the Oklahoma City area for now, along with a genuine love for where we’re at and the people we are surrounded with. Pre-baby I had a super fun creative job at Hobby Lobby corporate, but I always knew I wanted to stay home when we had babies, so shortly before Benson was born I joined the team at Love Well Handmade, a local Oklahoma company that makes baby clothes, home accents, and prints. They brought me on as a work-from-home seamstress, and it is the perfect fit for me—I get to stay home with my babies yet still be creative and work on my own time after Benson has gone to bed, and being able to work for another mom/dad duo team is so much fun!
What about being a mother brings you the most joy and fulfillment?
Oh goodness…is it cheating if I say all of it?! Seriously. Becoming a mom has been something that I’ve dreamt about my whole life, and I find so much purpose in being a mom. Of course its not always easy to find joy when you’re covered in poop, spit up, or snot, or when your child won’t let you cook dinner or go to the bathroom in peace (I know, those are such cliche examples but it actually IS pretty annoying when you’re in the moment. Ha!).
But when Benson looks up at me and tells me he loves me, or when I find myself looking at pictures and watching videos of him over and over after he’s gone to bed at night (even after wishing bedtime would just HURRY UP), I know that this is what I’m meant to be doing. It is SO fun to see bits of Daniel or myself in Benson’s personality—to find something funny and look over and he’s laughing because he thinks its just as funny as I do, or to watch him perfectly mimic Daniel’s expressions and jokes. One of my most favorite things is introducing him to a new experience or a new place—to see it through his eyes and experience the wonder and curiosity that he is experiencing—its just the coolest!
So even though not every moment may be THE BEST MOMENT EVER, I can truly say that EVERY PART of being a mother is truly the best and I feel so lucky that God chose me to be their mama!
Who or what is inspiring you right now?
Other moms are so inspiring to me—as my due date inches closer and closer with baby boy #2, I find myself admiring and praying I can emulate those who have walked the multiple kid road ahead of me. It is super intimidating to think about splitting my time between the two boys, or balancing their sleep schedules, or even just feeling like I can love them both equally (I know I will be able to, but it's just so hard to imagine sometimes!). Seeing other moms that I love and admire handle the transition with grace and honesty has been very refreshing and reassuring to me, and I can't wait to walk that road alongside them.
What has been difficult lately?
So we just moved to a little town north of Oklahoma City called Guthrie...it is a super old and charming little town full of families who have lived here for generations and lots and lots of antique stores :) We absolutely love it. We bought a house that was built in 1902 (and Oklahoma wasn't even a state until 1907...crazy!) and has lots of room for our little family to grow, but as many people know with new (old) homes comes lots of projects. And with a baby deadline looming, it has been really difficult to balance wanting to get ALL THE THINGS done, and wanting to spend lots of family time together while we're still a family of 3. Every day it seems I either feel a panic to NEST NEST NEST or to just hang out with Daniel & Benson and soak up the time we have left with our little buddy being the only child. It's a tough balance to navigate (especially for my poor husband who has to always guess which mood I'm in that day, ha). But I do think it all comes down to a balance—I know there's a really good chance this baby won't have a completed nursery and we will probably still have shiny bright red walls and minty green carpet in our bedroom, but there's a 100% chance this baby will know he's loved and that's all that really matters, right?!
What makes you different from everyone else in the world and how does that uniqueness manifest itself in your life?
Oh wow. I’m not quite sure that I’m THAT unique from everyone else…I mean, I know I AM because God has created each person with their own unique set of gifts, talents, interests, and personality, but it's hard to really articulate on a specific level. But I DO know that God has chosen ME and MY own specific set of gifts, talents, interests, and personality to be these boys’ mama, and not anyone else in the world. That makes me feel pretty special, and I pinch myself all the time that I get to be the one to have a front row seat to their lives!
What's your Meyers-Briggs personality type?
So I'm kind of a Meyers-Briggs nerd, and it stems from the fact that our church/Daniel's work is really big on this—it is a prerequisite for hire to take the test, and everyone has their personality (along with their top 5 Strengths Finder strengths) on their nameplate at work. It's totally a huge part of personal development and everyday conversation there, and we even have gotten to take the Meyers-Briggs Type II test which was even MORE eye opening (and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in this type of stuff)! But anyways, all that said...I'm an ENFJ which basically means I'm an extroverted intuitive feeling judger ;)