Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Just because I'm a mother...

...doesn't mean that I don't desire to emanate beauty
- from the inside out -

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"She is clothed with strength and dignity..."
Proverbs 31:25

It doesn't mean that I have to cut my hair, throw away my make-up
and don the dreaded "mom jeans".

It doesn't mean that I don't want to have a good time, go out with the girls,
laugh til it hurts, or sleep until noon.

Just because I'm a mother doesn't mean I can't have a coffee break, paint my nails,
"get away" with my husband, or follow the dreams I've been chasing all these years.

Motherhood is what you make it.

"A mother is the one who understands everything and embraces each of us with her heart.
Today the world is hungrier and thirstier than ever for that motherhood
which physically and spiritually is woman's vocation..."

Blessed Pope John Paul II

I'm trying to wear it well.

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"Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her..."

Proverbs 31:28

My husband and children are not "baggage" that I lug around in life.
I did not trade in my college degree, ideal job, or future plans for them.

I chose them. God chose them for me...

To be BEAUTIFUL extensions of my person.
To be the recipients of the gifts HE has given me.

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They love, move, and grow with me.

They encourage, empower, and inspire me to go deeper,
climb higher, live with more laughter, share without holding back,
sacrifice like God is watching, and pour out all the beauty I've been given
- from the inside out -

And just because I'm a mother...

...I get to enjoy all of that!

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"Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised."

Proverbs 31:30

God gave me a style and it's called {motherhood}.
I enjoy wearing {it} EVERY moment of EVERY day.

black leggings & scarf TARGET // darling knit sweater, cream leg warmers, & bracelet KOHLS
// jean jacket JCPENNEY // brown leather boots L.L. BEAN {ALL similar} // the children are from GOD

::: linking up with Lindsey from The Pleated Poppy //
Sarah from Tucker Up // Alisa from All Things Alisa :::

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  1. Yet again you blow me away with your wonderful writing and how you share your blessings! I so wish your attitude existed in me when I was raising children! Kimberly Blackwell

    1. happy to "reach" you Kimberly!!! thanks for following along! XO

  2. what a wonderful post!! i love what you said about mom jeans and don't succumbing to the idea that you need to turn your hair and your wardrobe into motherhood, your children will be better off if you stay true to the wonderful and beautiful woman that God created and that doesn't mean wearing mom jeans

    1. yea - that's totally it, Meg! staying TRUE to yourself and what GOD created you to be!!! XO

  3. What a great post...I loved it! Thank you for sharing that. I feel the same way..being a mom doesn't mean dressing like an old school marm!

  4. love this post, glad I got to read it. stopping by from WIWW

    1. thanks for stopping by, Sarah!!! hope your day is blessed!! <3

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous post, my friend!

    I think my favorite part is the bit about not settling, or trading in your education to become a mom. As a graduate-level educated SAHM, it always boggles my mind when people bring this up to me. "Don't you feel like you're wasting your education?"

    On raising a new generation in, and for Jesus? Not for a second!


    1. Thanks, miss Katie! YES - raising a new generation of Jesus! It is sad that it seems to trivial in the eyes of the world. But we know, right?!?! My husband and I were JUST talking about this last night... effecting our children for GOD is EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING. We're not wasting our education, but pouring it out and into the most IMPORTANT job :: "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world" :: - William Ross Wallace. Keep up the good work!!!

  6. What a cute little momma you are :) I love your outfit and your cute kids - love that you love Jesus and love that you linked to "What I Wore Wednesday" - so fun. Have a blessed day :)

    1. thanks, Sheri!! i'm glad you came over!!! hope your day is blessed too! XO

  7. I adore this post! So happy I finally got around to reading it! You're precious, and so is your family!

    1. awww haha thanks for coming over, Sarah!!! i love reading your posts too! very inspiring :-) XO


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