The Long Version
How do you even begin to share all of your experiences in 800 words or less? You can't ... which is why I'm writing a book. 😏
Suffice it to say, I've lived a lot of life. I've done some crazy awesome things and I've endured a lot of pain. Looking back on my life I can see how God was there for ALL of it -- the mountain and the valley moments -- even though for most of my life, I wasn't seeking him.
Motherhood is what brought me closer to God.
I had my first daughter at the ripe age of 30, and while nursing her one night in the wee hours of the morning, I felt God's love for ME for the first time. It was so palpable -- how had I missed it before?! -- yet as I sat there loving my own child, I finally realized how much I was adored from above.
This is why I feel so passionate about supporting moms. Motherhood is a critical time of life -- for us and for our kids -- but because it's a grueling and often thankless job, we often become bogged down by the demands of life and start to begrudge the journey. This, unfortunately, causes us to miss the many spiritual moments God is trying to teach us!
That said, everyone's life journey is different.
You can't visit the inner jungles of Tana Toraja without realizing how seemingly different yet serendipitously connected we all are. All mothers everywhere have a unique quality they add to their parenting; however, if the sum total of all our efforts will is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control then there's actually a lot more uniting us than separating us, regardless of whether you live in Indonesia, the USA, the inner city or the suburbs!
So wherever you're at today, welcome.
This is a safe space for you, and I'm so glad you're here. I sincerely hope we get to know each other as we adventure on this crazy journey of motherhood, life, and faith.