I’m *that* mom. In my very first post, I explained my choice to embrace my *that mom*-ness while refusing to compare myself to any other *that* moms. Some things are different than they were in 2009, others are the same.
I’m still *that* mom and I own it. I’m a truth-teller. For years, I’ve been getting emails that say, I didn’t want to comment publicly, but ohmygoodness thank you for your honesty, thank you for keeping it real, thank you for telling my story even though you didn’t know it was. For a long time, I brushed it off. But now, I’ve realized the importance of truth-telling.
Motherhood is Hard. Life is Hard. When we believe it’s not supposed to be hard or when we believe that we are alone in the Hard, it gets harder. I am not alone, and neither are you.
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I’m married to the love of my life and incredibly grateful for that. He is a Lutheran pastor. That makes me a pastor’s wife which is still funny to me. Anyway, if I am *that* mom, he is totally *that* pastor, and of course a little *that* dad, too.
I am also a seminary-educated church professional. What I do with that varies, but I am active in youth, family, and outdoor ministries.
I have depression and anxiety. I used to think it was mild. It’s not. I live and learn with it. I truth-tell about it. I repeat, I am not alone and neither are you.
I run. I get injured. I run some more. Running saved me in so many ways. I’m working hard to get back at it full-strength. It’s a body, mind, and spirit thing for me. It has taught me that I am stronger than I thought.
I strive to live and parent with love, grace, and courage. My children have taught me empathy and compassion beyond what I was capable. I live in this beautiful place, and I’m a bit of a hippie. Empathy and compassion have led me to a holistic approach to parenting, health, homemaking, and life.
I write about everything. I try to tell it like it is, and sometimes I might be too honest. In the end, I want others to know they are not alone.
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