How has motherhood changed you as a woman?
I’m not quite sure what it hasn’t changed. Here’s where I’ve grown, sometimes painfully, as motherhood is a bizarre mix of beauty & terror.The love is overflowing; a love that can’t be explained unless you’re a mom. The patience is growing; and will be greatly tested far beyond baby years! 😉 Selfishness. Something you’re exposed to in marriage & are even more aware of in parenthood. Mundane. Monotony. Two “M” words that go with the other “M” word (Motherhood). It is serious regimented monotony, but there’s nothing of greater importance on this earth! How could something so boring (most days) be so incredibly life changing at the same time?! Long days, quick years! God has gifted me this little human that I get to raise… A both petrifying & honoring thought. Strength. Aside from the physical preparation your body goes through (requiring crazy strength to carry & deliver this tiny life), there’s this mama bear strength that roars when there’s even the smallest affliction to your sweet kiddo. Lastly, being a mom has taught me to depend heavily on Jesus. For me, I’m not a good mom if I’m only relying on me or my husband. I need Jesus… I’m not a good mom if I don’t pray for my boy and the man he’ll one day become.
Tell us a little about your family?
My husband Jake & I get the honor of serving a mission & nonprofit we adore, Youth for Christ. The hope of seeing kids learn & fall in love with Jesus fuels us, and as a result, much of the travel & experiences we’ve had has been because of serving our God in this capacity. Six years into marriage & it’s already been a wild adventure! Serving Youth for Christ is also what brought us to colorful Colorado. We love to explore beautiful Colorado mountain towns, snowshoe sweet trails & enjoy a lazy Saturday watching Netflix. We have a spastic Schnoodle named Oscar & our latest adventure, 8 month old Silas, is dipping his toes in the crawling world. Here we go! 😉 I am so grateful for the gift of this sweet family.
What is one family tradition you have raised your children with?
Too early to say, but we hope to instill a love for people, authentic conversation, gut hurting laughter, acting goofy, breakfast food, serving others, family, friends, travel, bonfires & learning to value experiences more than things … We’ll no doubt have breakfast for dinner one night a week, & attend Zoo Lights every Christmas.
Favorite family vacation?
Since Silas is still tiny, we haven’t done a true “vacation” yet, but I’d say our first visit back to the Midwest (to see family) is high on the list! We don’t see them often, so getting to introduce Silas to some people that love him big time – pretty special.
What advice would you give new mothers about raising children?
In this Google search day & age, you’ll be tempted to look up every. little. thing. DON’T! You’ll walk away thinking your little one has every form of cancer! Follow your mom intuition & follow your son or daughter’s lead, especially early on as the development stages constantly change. You may know a baby a month younger than yours, who’s already crawling & think, “Oh no! Is he behind?” Nope. Just operating on his own time frame. For all the moms thinking, “I’ll never be that anxious.” Yes you will 😉
What are your beauty must-haves as a mom?
The Mia exfoliater brush is the skincare must have! If I do nothing else at night, this is it! It’s easy to use in the shower too. I’m a fan of Benefit foundation & mascara for a quick touch up before heading out the door! And let’s not forget dry shampoo or a fabulous sea salt spray to give your dirty mom hair extra oomph! 😉
Kind words about your photographer?
I love every chance to take pictures with Meredith! She makes it FUN, even when the weather is 90 degrees & crazy humid. Her laid back style makes a sometimes awkward photo shoot SO comfortable, while always helping you know how to pose… And the edited photos? Breathtaking! Meredith is family, a close friend & an incredible talent!