Letters on Womanhood: Motherhood
(I) encourage you to not be so quick to categorize the crosses in your life as just suffering you’ll need to buckle up and deal with. Allow yourself the space in your spiritual imagination to envision how something really hard in your life could actually be a wildly massive gift.
The love I first felt pulling my son out of my womb, bringing him to my breast, singing him to sleep, it had been a mere taste of this heavenly love.
I want to share a snippet of this journey of overcoming self-doubt and embracing my role as an artist with you. I also want to encourage other women to recognize in themselves their creative capacity, and explore how spiritual and physical motherhood reflect the role of the Creator in the deepest way.
When I found out I was pregnant, I was ecstatic, however the realization that I didn’t know “how” to be a mother slowly set in.
"With each successive birth however, I struggled to bond with my babies, and I winced at the barrage of opinions coming from social media, 'experts,' and many well-meaning family and friends."
"But before she becomes a wife and mother, friend and sister, she is first a daughter... Everything she does stems from the truth that she is a daughter unconditionally loved and utterly delighted in."
“Is your life filled with unexpected twists and turns? Have you faced uncertainty in times of hardship when things did not go as planned? My dearest sister, I know this story too well.”
I grew up believing I was born to be a Mother. It was not a question or a wonder; it was something I was certain of. But the things I arrive at 46 years old, both with and without, surprising me.
Dear Sister, 'There’s nothing wrong with you. You are God’s beloved daughter.' The words hit me like a brick in my chest. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
Dearest Sisters in Christ, have you ever had one of those desperate cries to God? The type of desperate (literal) cry where you don’t even know what to say, you’re just pleading to feel something… hear something back from him.
"My Dear Sister, as the world turns the corner and steps into a New Year, it is a time-honored tradition to think about new beginnings. I don’t know about you but I find this to be somewhat challenging at times, especially if you.."
"To my sisters, carry a light, and bring along the oil, for you know not how long you will wait for Him. A mother, a wife, and a woman who has stood trembling at death’s door..."
"Dear sweet sisters, We are this, because of that. Sometimes when life sucker punches us, we lament about the suffering and the pain and the loss..."
"My name is Chelsea, I am 30 years old, mother to three little girls. As I write this I am watching my oldest play on the porch. It's a warm, spring day. She's singing and playing with sticks in the sunshine. It's a beautiful moment..."
"Dear sisters, it was the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. I was 20 weeks pregnant, working full time, my husband a masters student. We were preparing to enter the Church, and facing a lot of opposition to our decision..."
Let’s cut to the chase: I’ve found, in recent years, that being a wife and mother can be extremely lonely.
"Hi Ladies! 'I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,' Philippians 4:13. I have been reciting that verse since I was about 4 years old..."
"Dear Friends, I once thought I knew what it meant to be a Catholic woman. My impressions were shaped by growing up in a large Catholic family..."