Motherhood means love. It means sacrifice. It means strength. It means quiet heartbreak. It means profound joy. Motherhood means becoming the ultimate role model. It means letting your greatest love, sometimes struggle, so they can overcome challenges. Motherhood is simply magic. It truly means a million different feelings, that are so difficult to put into words. Every day as a mother is filled with immense pride as you see your child learning and growing. Their victories, are victories in your heart. Their struggles, are fought within your own heart. Motherhood means becoming the best version of yourself, to help your children grow into the best version of themselves.
If you get any “me time”, how do you wind down or spend it?
I enjoy sinking into the couch with a glass of wine, and giving my husband puppy dog eyes until I get a back rub. It’s the little things!
Has your style changed since becoming a mom?
While I hate to admit it, yes! I constantly wore skinnies or a great dress, paired with flats before baby, but not I find myself constantly in athletic wear and nursing clothes.
How has motherhood changed you?
My heart and capacity for love grew in ways I never knew were possible. Growing up, my mother frequently cried at the smallest emotional moments. I never understood what overwhelmed her so much. Now as I write this, I am tearing up myself. Life means so much more, and every moment feels all the more significant.
What would you say is the greatest challenge of being a working mom or stay at home mom?
I am currently doing both, so it can be a circus! The greatest challenge is prioritizing daily tasks of work, and home, appropriately. Staying focused on the task you are trying to accomplish, whether it be feeding your baby, or writing a contract, can be a frequent struggle.
How do you manage to keep all of the plates spinning? What helps you juggle motherhood, marriage/relationship, and career?
My faith, and my husband are the glue to everything. I’m truly blessed with the partner, and father my husband is. He recognizes when I need to sleep in a little more, or when I need to shower with zero interruptions.
What is your greatest joy of motherhood?
Watching our girls grow every day, and reveling in every moment through their eyes.
What has been your greatest challenge in motherhood?
Learning how to function without sleep. Isn’t this used as a form of torture?!
What most surprised you about motherhood?
What surprised me most about motherhood is learning to let go of total control, while coping with constant worry.
Tell us a little about your child(ren) what each of them taught you about being a mother?
Adelynn, our 7-year-old, taught me to have confidence in my parenting skills, and the beauty of earning a child’s love and trust. I am constantly amazed at the things she is capable of, and how optimistically she sees the world. She has shown me the world would be a much better place if we had the hearts of children. I have learned that as a mother, you often need to put your heart in their place to gain perspective on any given situation. It has truly made me a more effective communicator, and parent to her.
Charlotte, our 10-month-old, taught me that life is beautiful and joyous in the most simple of moments. Her laugh can turn the most horrendous day into a blissful one. It taught me to revel in the simple wonder of my children; to cherish the smallest moments.
Do you have a family tradition that you are passing onto your child(ren)?
We always cut down our family Christmas tree, and listen to The Cinnamon Bear during the Christmas season. It’s an old radio program from the 30’s that our entire family loves. We also decorate the entire house for each person’s birthday. As kids we loved waking up to the balloons, streamers, and banners. It was such an exciting way to wake up on your birthday, and now we love doing it for our girls. We are pretty nostalgic, so the list of continued traditions is constantly growing!
As a couple, how do you keep your relationship alive after having children?
We tease each other a lot, and often joke in front of the kids. It keeps our interactions consistent, even through family time, so we aren’t just tuning each other out until the girls are in bed. That maintains the foundation of our relationship with each other, as husband and wife, not just parents.
If you could give your child(ren) one piece of advice what would it be?
If only there was simply one perfect piece of advice, to encompass everything you want your children to know! I would tell them to never lose their integrity or their faith. We have an impact on those around us, and our lasting legacy should be bringing others to joy, and leading by example. Even in the most difficult of times. Being honest, kind, and courageous can have a profound impact on your life, as well as those you encounter.
Motherhood Musings and a Beautiful Spring Family Photography BY Courtney Tompson Photography
” Hi I’m Courtney!
From wedding planner to archaeologist—I imagined so many futures when asking myself the question “What do I want to be when I grow up?” Who would have thought the final answer would be photographer? But that’s what I am…and I couldn’t be happier!
I was born and raised in mid-missouri which is where I still call home. I obtained my degree in photography from the University of Central Missouri and after I graduated opened my photography business.
When I’m not photographing I love to travel and I’m a dog mom to my amazing pup, Maddie. ”