I’m Gabby and I’m a mom to three little ones and one baby born in heaven. I quit my job as a high school English teacher to stay at home with my kids because it’s what I always wanted to do. And spit-up stains are more my style than dry cleaning anyway.
We started homeschooling a few years ago, which means I really have an excuse for my book and coffee habit now.
I started a website years ago as a way of sharing all this cool stuff I was learning about cloth diapers and breastfeeding, but then I realized that blogging was so more than a glorified parenting manual. And it’s a good thing too, because my kids don’t follow the rule books.
I spent five years involved in motherhood ministry face-to-face in MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers. I loved the way we encouraged one another as moms and in our relationships with Christ, and I began viewing this website as an extension of those types of relationships. You can read an article I wrote for the MOPS website here!
I loved MOPS and I quickly learned that the best friends to have are the ones who don’t mind if the house hasn’t been vacuumed and fish crackers are crunched into the carpet.
And that is my life.
Don’t get me wrong–I love a clean house and I thrive on a solid meal plan. But if you’re looking for perfection or a lifestyle blog where everything is neat and clean and the children only make adorably cute mistakes, then you’ll have to visit another blog. We’re too busy letting go of perfect over here.
A few years ago, all the readers at my MamaGab blog said that perfection is overrated, but we still struggle with it. Our solution? We spent an entire month letting go of perfect.
I can’t magically get your baby to sleep through the night and I sure can’t fix your kid in three easy steps. Life’s just not that simple and I’m not that kind of mom. In fact, I used to think it was that easy because my first baby did everything by the book, but I’ve had to seriously eat my words.
Every child I’ve given birth to has shown me just how little I know and how much I need to rely on Christ. He provides patience when I’m empty and rest when I’m weary. I’m holding fast to the Lord and His promises because He is faithful, even and especially when I’m not.
While I don’t mind sharing what works for my kids with potty training or my favorite homeschool curriculum choices, I really believe that each child and every family is different. We have to make the choices that work for us and that honor Christ. That won’t always be the same for every family or every child.
I’ve had the child with food allergies and a life-threatening condition called Congenital Lobar Emphysema. That baby taught me all about anxiety, fear, and trusting God with our babies.
And then we lost a baby midway through our pregnancy. We crossed the magical threshold when a baby loss is defined as stillbirth instead of miscarriage. After a few days of labor, we finally held our precious baby only to say good-bye. I still don’t know how I made that long walk out of the hospital.
I haven’t been the same since.
Hebrews 10:23 says “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
Friends, He is faithful.
He carries us in the hard seasons, the seasons of sleepless nights, tummy bugs, and deep grief.
And there is joy. There are sweet moments, silly moments, and teachable moments. This is motherhood and I love it.
I am passionate about serving Christ as we love our children and work in our homes, and these are the things we’ve talked about for years on this blog.
These articles might be a great place to start if you’re new to my blog.