I always thought being a Mom would be relatively easy. Actually, before I was a Mom, I thought that I had most of the answers. I thought I’d be really, really great at this taking care of little people thing. Turns out, being Mama to our little ones is the hardest thing I’ve ever done and yet, there’s nothing in my life that I’ve ever wanted to “get right” more than this. To me, children are fresh slates and I so desperately want to Mother them well. Staying home with them is my life long dream come true and also the hardest thing that I’ve ever done.
Daily I am humbled and broken, but I’ve never felt this overwhelmed with gratitude in my life. Even on the hardest of days, I often feel like I could just burst from the joy in simple, ordinary moments with my kids. I am a firm believer in trying to live life slowly and teaching our kids to enjoy the simple things. As the kids get older, I see how we’ll have to be more intentional about slowing down and not feeling the pressure to be that crazy busy American family.
Together with my husband of 6 years, we have three kids, ages 5, 3 and 1. When our oldest was just 4 months old, I started blogging, just to keep track of the daily details, like how he slept, what he ate and what made him laugh. I didn’t tell anyone about my blog, because I was sure that it was a super nerdy hobby for me to be jumping into. Later, I discovered that writing our story and sharing photographs is something that I really love and that I thrive in this creative outlet. I’m still trying to convince myself that it’s not nerdy, but I think I’m finally getting there….
One of my all-time favorite quotes is something that Anais Nin said, “We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection.” I’ve found that even on the hardest of days, when I sit down and look through photos from the day, I can see how incredibly good life is, even when it sometimes feels hard. I’m a big believer in living in a way that allows God work through our stories. I want to encourage other women to be bold and share their lives, too. None of us are perfect.
Besides changing diapers, putting kids down for naps or doing laundry, I can often be found gardening, or hanging outside with the kids and our backyard chickens. I’m a country girl, living in a small town, that I absolutely adore. I’ve discovered recently what a thrill it is to go out and harvest our own veggies for dinner, or go out with the kids in the morning and gather fresh eggs. My dream is to someday sell our little spot in the cul-de-sac and buy acreage, with an older farm house, oozing with character and enough property to have a huge garden.
For the past 5 years, MOPS has been a huge part of my life and I also love serving on our church’s Women’s Ministry team. My heart is for women, because being a woman is awesome and complicated, isn’t it? God created us to be amazing! We are truly unique and beautiful creations! When God made me a Mom, he handpicked the little ones that would call me Mama. It blows my mind that those kids were specifically designed for this family and that he gave me the privilege of being their Mama.
In my blogs I’ll be sharing a little bit of everything from my family’s favorite recipes, to great local hikes and activities, to bigger and deeper pieces of my heart. I can’t wait to become rooted with you all. If you have questions for me, please always feel free to ask! When I’m not writing here, you can find me over on my personal blog: www.angelastrand.com.