How has motherhood impacted your faith?
Motherhood has definitely made my faith stronger. I believe it is a true miracle to have a child and I know God blessed me with two healthy girls at the exact time in my life that he chose for me. Although my sweet Gracie girl was a “surprise,” I know God had a plan for my girls to be so close and I wouldn’t change a thing.
How has motherhood impacted your marriage?
My marriage went from good to great in so many different aspects. It is amazing to see what traits your children possess and where they get certain things from. When my husband interacts with our girls, I look at him in awe. You don’t think you can love someone more than when you get married. Then you have children and love them in a completely new way. When raising children together, it forces you to communicate and be on the same page so you can share the same values with your children. It’s no secret, we are tested at times, but at the end of it all, it is these little lives we will leave behind and I believe they are the greatest gifts we’ve been given in our marriage.
How has motherhood impacted your self image?
After having my first child, my post baby body was discouraging. It was also hard to see friends that had a baby around the same time as me fitting into their “skinny jeans” much sooner than I did. Social media puts so much pressure on new moms to give in to superficial visions of how life should be. I learned so much about myself during this time and after having my second child, I was much more confident. You quickly learn that you can’t be something you are not and to just love the body you’re in. It also helps when you have your better half to encourage you and tell you that you look pretty on a regular basis.
How has motherhood impacted your work?
I work at whatever time I’m able to, whether it be 9:00 p.m. after my girls are sleeping or 5:00 a.m., before they wake up. When they are home sick, I work when they nap. Sleep is something I quickly grew used to NOT getting and my motto is, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead.” Life has so much to offer and I try not to miss out on anything if I can help it. I also feel that motherhood has made me work harder to provide for my family. They motivate me to do better every day in everything I do. I want to set an example to my girls of what a working mommy can do or be. Nothing holds me back from going after my dreams and I hope they will always reach for their own dreams, whatever that may be.
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