I am her, she is me.

I started blogging over four years ago, right after Aidan was born. I was a young mom of 2 under 2, trying to find my own way as I followed my heart and my instincts in mothering and homemaking. My natural inclinations led me down the path of attachment parenting and natural living, so I blogged a lot about these sorts of things. I was also finding freedom in creativity, allowing myself to make lots of mistakes as I learned to knit and sew and try various DIY projects. And then I found myself a … [Read more...]

Stepping Out of the Dressing Room

I guess you could say that I've always been a window shopper of sorts. Not of brick and mortar stores in a quaint town square with an iced latte in hand, although I have done that and it is wonderful and needs to happen again very soon. But no, in this I am speaking metaphorically of those times in which my window shopping looked more like hands and face pressed up against the glass outside the shop of womanhood. Some little girls are intentionally raised to be strong women with a secure … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Having a Daughter

A few weeks ago, Phillip and I sat in a little booth at Chili’s for some late night appetizers and made some baby predictions. Ironically, each of us picked November 7th as our predicted birth date. Well, today is the 7th and if labor doesn't begin in the next few hours, he and I plan to go out on another little dinner date and make new predictions and relish this last bit of alone time we may get. Phillip has been so sweet over the last few weeks to take the boys along with him a little more … [Read more...]

When You Struggle To Find Your Niche

There are some high school graduates that walk off the stage, diploma in hand, knowing exactly what they want to do with their life. They enter college, declare their major, and go on to have the successful career of which they dreamed. That was not me. There are some bloggers who start a blog knowing exactly what they want to blog about and they go on to have the successful blog of which they dreamed. That was not me either. Join me over at Allume today where I share about my … [Read more...]

Quiet

I am feeling very quiet these days. Introspective. Contemplative. I am a person that very much needs to have a strong grasp on the who and the why. Who I am and why is it that I do the things I do? When life brings major changes as it has for me these past few months, I often feel the need to retreat, to pull back so that I can think and evaluate and make sure that I am not losing myself and sight of my priorities amidst the change. Right now, I don't feel that I have much to … [Read more...]

Be the Brand

If I had just waited 3 more days to post this, I could pretend that I am writing a 31 day series in November and that I am right on track. Except that November only has 30 days…so I guess I will just stick with the truth. I am going to complete my 31 days series on cultivating a life of intention with a measure of grace. It might extend on into 2013, but I will finish it. Before I jump into the topic of motherhood, I want to talk about one additional way that I try to be intentional in … [Read more...]

Know Yourself, Accept Yourself

As we leave the portion of this series focused on self-care, I would now like to spend the next few days talking about living with intentional and grace as it relates to personal growth. This past spring, I became good friends with Jen at our local home improvement store. Maybe not so much friends as I kind of stalked her. You see, this year I was bound and determined to have an amazing vegetable garden and she had the knowledge that I needed. I would march into the garden center armed … [Read more...]

Settling In

Every time I walk into my hair salon, I am armed with no less than five pictures. I prop them up against the mirror and tell my stylist to work her magic. She will do her best to tame the curly mop on my head, and with a lot of work, I can usually make it resemble the pictures for a couple of weeks. Then I get lazy and it goes back to being what it always has been. Big, blonde, and curly. It’s just me. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be someone else. As a teenager and on … [Read more...]

What Exactly Does a Godly Woman Look Like?

For as long as I can remember, I have prayed "Lord, make me into the woman that you want me to be." And for as long as I can remember, I have tried to make myself into the woman that I thought the Lord wanted me to be. And for as long as I can remember, I have felt like a failure at being the woman that He wants me to be. And I have recently figured out why that is. This "godly woman" image that I had in my head, wasn't based on the the Word of God as much as it was based on the … [Read more...]

Finding Your Identity as a Mother

In high school, most teens go through an identity crisis of sorts, and try out the different cliques until they find the best fit. There's the jocks, the preps, Goths, and skaters to name a few. Just about the time they get it figured out, they encounter a whole new set of stereotypes in college...the political activists, the philosophers, the party crowd, the hippies. Usually by the time a person finishes college and enters the workforce, they have a decent grasp of who they are. Then they … [Read more...]