I admit I did not accept this calling enthusiastically. Even though I loved my daughter more than life the second she was born and I never would have been able to place her in anyone else's care so I could go to work every day, adjusting to the hidden life of a stay at home mom was hard. After being a full time college student, then a missionary in Haiti, then a preschool teacher, as a stay at home mom I constantly struggled with a feeling of worthlessness and shame, a feeling that I was wasting my life away and that I was a burden to my husband who was financially supporting me. The first few months of my daughter's life I was lonely, claustrophobic and depressed.
My daughter changed my heart. Falling more deeply in love with her all the time, I started to realize that she was worth changing my life for. With every smile, every giggle, every hug and every kiss, every time I held her in my arms or cuddled her to sleep, I realized that being the best mom I could for her, loving her with all my heart and giving her the best life I could possibly give her was more important to God than any of the plans I had made for myself.
God has called me to be the best wife and mom I can possibly be. To love my husband and my daughter unconditionally 100% of the time. And to raise my daughter to love God and love people. I want to give her every opportunity to learn and grow and I want to make the most of every single day that I spend with her.
I created this blog for several reasons. 1) To document all the fun activities, games, projects and special moments that I share with my daughter. Because I know that every day that passes I will never get back again. 2) So that my family and friends who live far away or for whatever reason are not able to be involved in my daughter's life can still get a tiny taste of what a beautiful little blessing and joy she is. And 3) To be an encouragement and inspiration to other moms out there who may be stuck in a rut, who are not sure how to make the most of their time with their children, who may be struggling with loneliness and depression, who count down the hours and minutes until their husbands get home from work every night...I hope to share new and exciting ideas about ways to make each day special for you and your precious children. I pray this blog makes a difference in your life.