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I started blogging about 4 years ago with more of a family blog. At the beginning of 2013, I became far more intentional with my blog and it’s been fun to watch it grow. I switched from Blogger to WordPress (self-hosted) last fall, which was the best move ever. If you’ve been thinking about it for your blog, just do it. Yesterday.
I come from a big family, which gives me a different perspective on a lot of things, including motherhood. Twelve years ago, I married my college sweetheart. Now we have three kids who are 5, 3, and 1.
After having 3 kids in 3 1/2 years, I am pooped! But it’s been getting easier around here, so I’ve been challenging myself to grow. I’m focusing on exercise and I even became a runner last year!! The most I have ever run is a 10K, which is 6.2 miles. It was incredible. If you’re interested in trying out a Couch to 5k program, be sure to check out all that I’ve written about it. I recently wrote about breastfeeding and running. Yep, it’s possible to do those two things, though I’m not sure I would do them simultaneously!
I used to teach 9th grade English but now I teach my own children, which is both rewarding and incredibly challenging. This was our first year of homeschooling, and I’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be. But it has been so worth it to watch my daughter become an excellent little reader.
I love moms. I love learning from my mom friends and getting the chance to encourage one another. In my day-to-day life, I coordinate my local MOPS group (Mothers of Preschoolers) where I love to connect with other moms about everything from potty training to breastfeeding and everything in the middle. I love getting real with each other about the messy floors and messy lives that God redeems.
I’ll be the first to admit that motherhood is hard, but it’s also the best thing ever. And often, there’s only a span of five minutes between those tough and sweet moments.
Three years ago, my newborn was diagnosed with a rare lung defect called Congenital Lobar Emphysema. We were flown immediately to a children’s hospital where half of his lung was removed to save his life. It was completely terrifying but also amazing to experience peace that only comes from God.
That trial frames a lot of where I am coming from in my blog now. I learned how to lean on God during a trial and how to trust Him with my children. It wasn’t easy and in the aftermath, I even experienced depression for a time. But by learning how to renew my mind with scripture, God actually pulled me out of that. I know it’s not that simple for so many, but that’s how it worked for me. It’s a huge reason why I want to be authentic in my day-to-day life and on my blog. I’m so far from perfect, but Christ is perfect for me. He enables me to get up out of bed each and every morning to love and care for my kids. Even on the days when I just want to pull the blanket over my head.
But surely no one else knows what that’s like.
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