I’ve had this series on my heart for a while now, but wasn’t quite sure I was brave enough to bring it to fruition. As a blogger, and someone who’s poured out their personal life on the interwebs for nearly 6 years now, it’s sometimes hard to come up with new, or fresh content. Now don’t get me wrong, I can always come up with content. But I guess I should say, content that inspires me, or content that leaves me feeling fulfilled. My blog has grown and evolved a lot over the years, as it has mirrored my own growth and journey from being a newlywed to becoming a mom and now a mom times two. I’ve loved documenting our life, and everything from the mundane weekend recap, to a silly recipe, to a roundup of Amazon finds, to a kid’s growth update, to a workout idea or a race recap, has always come from a place of joy and creativity. I sometimes find myself feeling like I wish I could dive a bit deeper on the blog, though. I’ve received countless messages from readers over the years thanking me for my honesty, and for keeping it real, and for blogging with a sense of transparency. And that is how I’ve always tried to approach this little space of mine. But, a huge part of my life, and a huge motivation for nearly everything I do, has been my faith, and I think I’m finally ready to share that a bit more. I’m ready to share more of the type of content that leaves me feeling like my blog is serving a purpose, and inspiring others, rather than just becoming a habitual visit I happen to be bookmarked in your browser. And I think, and I could be wrong, but I THINK you are probably craving the same thing, especially if you are in the thick of motherhood like I am. The internet needs more realness.
When it comes to the influencer world, and the world of sponsored content, and monetization, and brand partnerships, there are some things you just don’t post about. Certain topics that are, off the table, so to speak. And you guys, one of those topics is anything dealing with religion. And that’s sad. It’s sad to me that in this day and age, and in a country that prides itself on more freedom and acceptance and tolerance than ever, that sharing one’s faith can be seen as a blogging crime. A total no-no.
But guys, how are we supposed to get through this crazy ride called motherhood and inspire and support and encourage and understand and teach one another, if we can’t even talk about something as real and as raw as our faith? Our faith not just as mothers, but as human beings living in a broken, and imperfect world. Something that, to some people, is like the cornerstone of their very being. I would imagine at some point in your life, either while being a mother or on your way to becoming a mother, you were tested, and came out on the other side of that trial either stronger, or weaker than before. You either emerged victorious, or slightly shattered. If you’re a person of faith, I would imagine your faith played a fairly large role in that experience. I would imagine it directed your steps, guided your grief, or gave you a sense of security and hope. It may have left you questioning your faith all together and regularly asking God, “why?”. No matter what kind of faith you exhibit, or claim to have, or to have had, I can bet there is at least one other person out there who is in the same boat, or who has ridden the same wave. I bet there is someone out there who can relate, and who can say, “been there, sister.”
I don’t know about you, but misery loves company, right? After our miscarriage in the fall of 2017, I googled just about every miscarriage blog post I could find just so I could read about someone else’s experience and not feel like such a unicorn. There was something therapeutic about reading not just the words of other people’s sorrow and pain, but the words about their healing, and how they weathered the storm. As soon as I was ready, I too shared about it, and have since had several sweet souls say they read it after they went through something similar and that it was helpful in one way or another. I think as women, and mothers especially, we are meant to share these stories. Not just for ourselves, but for our sisters! Our sisters in Christ who are all daughters of the same King and who just want some semblance of knowing they will get through it. I want this series to be a breathe of fresh air for anyone who maybe just needs a reminder that you are strong, and God’s got you, girl. Being a mom is hard enough, and add in internal struggles with guilt and fear and shame and sadness and all of the above that comes alongside our faith, and things can get REAL, real fast. But, hopefully someone else’s experience will leave you feeling encouraged, or at the very least, not alone.
My goal with this series is not to alienate people of faith versus people who want nothing to do with faith. But rather, to find a positive, albeit faith-based, way to share maybe not so positive experiences, as they pertain to motherhood. This is a judgement free zone, and just like I would never want to be judged for my faith, I would never want to judge someone’s lack of faith. We are all on different paths, and at different stages, and my hope is that this series will encourage all of us moms, or moms-to-be, or want-to-be-moms, that we can do hard things. And that those hard things, have probably already been done by someone else who, thankfully, lived to tell about it.
I’ve created a google form where you can submit your own story, with several “interview” type questions. No story is too big, too small, too sad, too scary. If you choose to share anonymously, I will absolutely honor that request and not identify you. I’ve included questions that are more vague, more specific, as well as asked for songs or scriptures that you found encouraging. Or maybe still do!
I hope the stories that are shared are received with openness, and kindness, and respect. If the idea of faith-based content scares you away, please know this – I’m not here to convert you, or preach to you, or shame you for not being of a certain denomination or affiliation. My faith plays a very large part in my, and my family’s life, and I would be lacking in authenticity if I hid that. We are choosing to raise our children in a faith-based home, and if you are not choosing the same for your children, that is fine too. Either way, I hope that by sharing these stories of faith during hard times, it will strike a chord, and encourage you in some small way.
If you, or someone you know, would like to submit their own story, feel free to submit it through THIS FORM or pass along the link. And, as always, always happy to chat over email – firstname.lastname@example.org