this is motherhood {too}

September 1, 2011, Michaela Evanow, 0 Comments

Logo_04_21_2014_102726AMYour testimonies are my heritage forever,
    for they are the joy of my heart.

Psalm 119:111


This is a place where mama’s share stories. The ones that have shaped them, changed them, moved them, broken them.

This is where we strip back the layers. It’s where we glean from one another, and we learn to give thanks, each and every day for all the gifts we have. Sometimes writing the story is the hardest, holiest part. But we begin anew when we plant our words in the hopes that someone else will see clearly, love fiercely, breathe deeply.

Motherhood, to me, has become something incredibly beautiful, but far more challenging than I was expecting.

No one tells you, hey, you might give birth to a sick baby, and she won’t reach a single physical milestone. You’ll be up late at night scanning through “4 month old milestones” and torturing yourself because your little one does not fit onto the list.
When did she start crawling? Does she eat solids yet? She will be walking before you know it! Has she sped through all of the baby steps that make her a “normal” child?
No?
Oh.

I know I’m not alone. This is just part of my story, but yours might look really different.

I want to hear your story, your little or big, beautiful story of motherhood.

But the one that’s different.

It’s the one that maybe has made you feel left out, hurt, isolated, broken, free, full of life, or just different—like your motherhood experience is just not what you thought it would be. It’s not quite like the picture perfect, happy go lucky journey that we assume motherhood will be. But, it’s still beautiful.

Or maybe it’s not coupled with a pregnancy, but rather overseas visits, loads of paper work and an adopted or fostered child.

I would love to hear from you, dear one! And so would everyone else. Your story has value.

thisisyourmotherhoodstory

SUBMISSIONS:

Email me your story {michaelaevanow@gmail.com}

Guidelines:

  • Fresh content please, not published on your blog or another site.
  • Word count doesn’t matter!
  • I will edit your piece for you, so don’t worry about perfection.
  • Write from the viewpoint that motherhood looks like “this” too.
  • Please include: your name (or if you prefer to be anonymous), a short biography, website if applicable, and a few pictures relevant to your post.

Need some help? Here are some questions to get the juices flowing:

  • Was there a specific grief that you have gone through, that has radically shaped your motherhood journey?
  • Why does motherhood look different than you expected? What do you feel you miss out on?
  • Have you had a whole new outlook on what motherhood means?
  • Did you ever feel that you couldn’t be the mama you wanted to be?
  • Do you ever feel like you “can’t do this”, but have learned that you can and you are a mother, no matter what?

Sharing your story encourages other mothers to share their stories. Time and time again I have had mamas say they never would have shared their story, until they read a similar one. How amazing and encouraging is your story?

Catch up on previous stories from this is motherhood {too} below.

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