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My baby girl is gonna be 5 on Tuesday. Someday I’ll share the story of how she saved me from myself. How she flew over 100 times before she turned 1. How she lived in Minnesota, Arizona, California and New York before she was 3. How she recalibrated my life and reconnected me with the little girl I once was. But, for NOW, I was wondering if y’all could do me a favor. I decided when I had her that I would share our lives together as long as it brought joy to others and no insecurity/unnecessary pain or comparison to her. That means that I won’t be posting her life much longer. She still has no clue what Instagram is or that she had a few hundred thousand people cheering her on since birth. That being said, I’ve gotten countless DMs from y’all telling me how she’s brightened your day, made you want kids... shoot some of y’all even named your girls after her 😭😭😭. Would you mind leaving a comment here about what she has meant to you, done for you, helped you through? I know it sounds silly and it can be the tiniest thing, but as a part of her 5th birthday, I wanted to print this out for her scrapbook and someday show her the difference she made in the world simply by being herself. The joyful, courageous, hilarious, kind, intelligent and beautiful girl God loaned out to me for a while. Thank y’all for loving my Scout. ❤️

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Summer ❤️

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Other than the fact that so far she mostly leads him through puddles of dog pee & trash, I feel pretty good about him following & learning from this girl for a lifetime ❤️❤️ #citykids

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Kid 1: “we don’t really do tv with our kid” Kid 2: “we only do tv when we travel” Kid 3: “meet my nannies, Ryder and Dora.”

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She was whispering in my ear “leave me alone” so don’t let this cute pic fool you 😂😏🤷🏼‍♀️

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It takes a small miracle to get us to go to midtown, but hearing @stevencurtischapman play our wedding song was totally worth it. #IWillBeHere ❤️

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“Mom where should we go next?” Hope she’s my traveling sister for life. ❤️

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“We could live here, Mom. But sorry, Truey can’t come because no babies allowed.” -Scout Ponder in Paris, age 4❤️

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Mother’s Day in Paris has been a lot like my experience of being a mom... I feel lucky, excited, exhausted, surrounded by beauty, confused by what everyone is saying, broke and a little lost. 😂 But most of all, grateful. Happy Mother’s Day to all, but especially the one I call mine, @bubbesworld ❤️

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Posting an Easter pic in May because that’s a good summary of how things have been the last few weeks. Our transition back to NYC has been full of sickness, frustration & exhaustion. 3 kids under 5 in small spaces... I’ve never wanted to say BRUHHH more than right now. All that to say, thanks to our friends @tohawi_official for making the sweetest special occasion clothes for siblings. These were their amazing Easter outfits that they didn’t even get to wear outside because the last picture is a picture of how our day went. 😫😂 Life is hard but life is good. ❤️

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This was my 2nd NFL Draft. I was 19 years old the 1st time, interning for ABC Sports Radio in NYC. I remember feeling really small. Not a worthless, invisible small. Just a “the world is so big and there are so many incredible people and I can’t believe I get to be a tiny part of this” kinda small. I was mostly just getting people coffee and aggressively smiling at everyone, but I loved it. While I was waiting to interview Roger Goodell before the draft Thursday night, I think God reminded me that I was on to something back then (even in my ignorance). We’re all small. There’s temptation around people with lots of money or titles to puff ourselves up in an effort to match their perceived “bigness” (if you will). But then I started to think about what Roger might be thinkin. Maybe not wanting to say something wrong, maybe nervous to answer questions about Tyreek Hill and Robert Kraft. Maybe just not wanting to trip. Probably not excited to get booed. Seeing people as “just people” has been both freeing and empowering. The older I get, the more I love feeling small. Just like everybody else. ❤️ Anyway, 😂I had so much fun at the draft and Nashville was awesome. 🙌🏼👏🏼

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Spent more time getting there than I actually spent there, but man was it worth it to catch up with some of my favorite women in the world. Women are so powerful when we leave the insecurity and comparisons behind and just build each other up. 💪🏼🙌🏼#espnwsummit

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Week one ✔️

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Thanks so much for all the feedback on my chat with @anniefdowns ... talking about what happened with Price was hard but I’m so glad so many of you felt that you weren’t alone anymore because of our shared nightmare. You’re never alone in your pain. ❤️

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Saying goodbye to our Senator. 😢❤️🇺🇸

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I head back to work in 2 days. Until then, I’ll be buried under tiny people I co-created. 😍

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Congrats to my teammate @randygmoss (now there’s somethin I never thought I’d get to say! 😂😂) on his @profootballhof induction tonight. There will never be another like you, on or off the field. Soak up all the love, we are all so proud of you!! I’ve got a lot of fav Randy quotes but tonight I just keep hearin “they can’t jump with me GAH-LEE!!” Wish I could be there but we’ll see ya in a few weeks! #fromRandtoCanton

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I often struggle with social media. How do I accurately show what my life off of TV is like without appearing to either complain when reality is hard or brag when reality is pleasant? How can I simultaneously be compassionate and relatable to the hurting, but also encouraging and hopeful to people looking for positivity? My tendency to over analyze these decisions makes this post a little scary for me. I know I risk looking like I’m asking for sympathy or even pity. I’m abundantly aware of the undeserved goodness of God I’ve experienced early in life. Especially when it comes to the health of my children and loved ones. Last week, that changed in an instant. Through a series of terrifying and sudden events, our sweet newborn baby Price ended up in emergency surgery in the middle of the night. We were short on time and frankly, in shock. Thanks to the incredible surgical team @mountsinainyc and their skill and decisiveness, our precious girl made it. They treated her like their own, and answered all our blubbering fearful questions. Her recovery in the #NICU was nothing short of miraculous for a tiny body that had just undergone such trauma. I cannot thank the women who cared for her day and night enough. We are home now, still recovering, but overwhelmed with thankfulness for a God who provided real peace and comfort in the midst of our worst nightmare, incredible surgeons, doctors and nurses, parents who didn’t hesitate to jump on a plane and help and the prayers of friends and family who believed for her healing. Oh and thank you to my sweet friend @ellieholcomb for your song “Find You Here”... it got me through hours of waiting room anxiety and fear that I didn’t think I’d be able to bear. Now, back to holding and singing (terribly) to this special girl. Thanks for loving and supporting our family in the good times and bad. ❤️

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Meet Price. Our prayer is that she always knows her worth. ❤️ “For God bought you with a high price. So honor Him with your body and spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:20

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So thankful. 🎀

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Thanks so much @abtofficial for having us today! My little ballerina had a hard time understanding why Mom couldn’t do any of the moves/she couldn’t go on the stage and I thought I was going into labor at intermission but an incredible show nonetheless! ❤️❤️

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A day that summed her up pretty well: 5 outfit changes, tennis camp domination, tons of laughs, a few fights, all the Mexican food, a unicorn cake and family movie night on a “magical bed” (aka air mattress). Happy 4th Birthday little world changer... loving you is an incredible adventure. ❤️

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Every time we go somewhere these days, I say “can you imagine if I went into labor here”... usually Christian just laughs. Last night he got really serious and said “um, please don’t” 😂😩

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You love them so well, @cpseven. Thanks for embracing the hard stuff and showing our kids a glimpse of the unconditional love of their heavenly father. So grateful to get to be your partner in parenthood and legacy. ❤️