Motherhood

I Was Never Meant to Be a Mother

Sitting in the waiting area of my daughter’s pediatrician’s office, I was surrounded by two mothers who were breastfeeding their babies. I reflected on my own breastfeeding experiences and was reminded that if formula, bottles, and sanitary water hadn’t been developed, both my girls might have died in infancy. I was also reminded of my… Read More I Was Never Meant to Be a Mother

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Muddling Through Motherhood: Tips from the Trenches

Every mother has felt inadequate at some point in time. We muddle along in a half daze improvising and making due with what we know and have learned along the way. Sometimes it feels as if we are making a bigger mess of things, but the truth is there is no prescribed way of parenting that fits every child. Within the trenches of parenting, it always helped me to get another mom’s perspective.… Read More Muddling Through Motherhood: Tips from the Trenches

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How to Talk to Your Daughter About Puberty and Sex: A Christian Perspective

With Elle entering 5th grade, we knew it was time to have “the talk” with her. We wanted her to have correct, complete information from trustworthy sources before she started learning about puberty and sex from her classmates. She learned about several of the female reproductive organs as well as the need to have a cell from the wife and a cell from the husband to make a baby during our IVF journey. However, it was time to give her a more in-depth and comprehensive understanding of the male and female reproductive systems and how they work together to create life.… Read More How to Talk to Your Daughter About Puberty and Sex: A Christian Perspective

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Learning Motherhood and Performing Motherhood

One of my goals this year is to explore, expand, and love my motherhood. I have never felt confident as a mother – I usually feel restless, depressed, and insignificant as I often lose the eternal perspective of one of the most eternally significant roles. This year I am actively striving to overcome that lack of perspective and fully embrace my motherhood in 2017 and beyond. To that end, I’ve been filtering everything I read, see, and hear through a motherhood-lens.… Read More Learning Motherhood and Performing Motherhood

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Summer Break and Mom Guilt

I don’t know about you, but summer break with kids can feel like a never-ending performance act. After 8 years of mounting anxiety, something my husband said finally sank in. It helped lessen the load of mom guilt I had over making sure Elle had the “best day ever” of every single summer vacation. In… Read More Summer Break and Mom Guilt