Music to a Mama’s Ears

I’m a word person, no surprise there. But even if affirming words aren’t your “love language,” everyone can use an uplifting word now and then. And I’ve found that sometimes all it takes is a small piece of encouragement to refocus my perspective on how this whole motherhood thing is going.

So many times I feel ill-equipped for this huge task of raising a daughter, but thankfully this truth never changes: when I am weak, HE is strong in me. 

That’s some good news. 

So we can rest in the fact that we were perfectly chosen and have been perfectly positioned to raise our babies. Enough of this doubting and guilt and worrying. 

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So, two things I’d like for you to do:

  1. Find the phrase below that means the most to you. Write it somewhere you’ll see it today – your hand, your phone, your kid’s chalkboard…whatever works.
  2. Find a mom to pass them on to. Send out a quick text, comment on an Instagram photo, or tell them to your friend at the playdate today. Be the one singing the praises of moms in your circle, or the moms you pass in the grocery store. 

“You’re a good mom.”

“You are doing immeasurably better than you give yourself credit for.”

“You’re not in this alone.” (*Catch – you have to help them not be in this alone.)

“Motherhood looks good on you.”

“You were made to mother.”

“You inspire me.”

“You’re doing a great job.”

“Wanna make a Target run?…By yourself?” (*Must be prepared to catch baby mid air as mom makes a mad dash for the car)

“Hey, I could use some parenting advice… “

“Your babies are blessed to have you.”

“Tomorrow’s a new day!”

“___ year old’s are hard. But you’ve got this.”

“You are SUPERMOM.”

I sincerely pray some of these words put a smile on your face, hope in your heart, and buoy you up today as you walk confidently in your ability to mother well.

Moms: you are needed, cherished, loved, seen, and so so appreciated. Parenting is challenging, but no doubt – you can handle it.

So let this music of encouragement play in your ears over and over, until it sinks deep into your heart like a song you can’t stop singing. ❤

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Dear Mama in the Making

Hi!

I just wanted to let you know I have a short piece published over on the Good Mother Project today! I love the encouraging and honest community they’ve built over there.

I would be honored for you to take a minute to read about a few things I’d like all soon-to-be and new moms to know:

“Dear Mama in the Making,

I want you to know that you’re my person. You’re my person, and I’m going to tell you why.”

….{ click here to keep reading }….

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Talk soon!
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What’s new?

Hey friends!

Over the last week I’ve been working hard to get my new site up and running! My sweet techie husband migrated my blog to WordPress (if I could insert the praise hands emoji here, I would), which doesn’t mean anything for you except that my url has changed to shannaleighwrites.com instead of belovednest.blogspot.com.

The purpose of this blog hasn’t changed: I hope you always leave here feeling encouraged, freed up, knowing you’re not alone, and with a new glimpse into God’s Glory through my story and hopefully, your own. And sometimes, we just need to laugh together at the crazy shenanigans life brings to our doorstep. Yes?

Whether you are someone who reads my words on a regular basis, sporadically, or if this is you’re first visit, I am truly SO glad you’re here. So grateful.

Please reach out anytime – if I can give you a pep talk or say a prayer, anything – it would be my honor.

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Talk soon, friends!

 

 

The Motherhood Spectrum


It was around 1:00 a.m., and I had been called into work for an exam. Still trying to wake up, I grabbed my badge and my keys and headed to the hospital.
 
After asking the standard questions while I set up my ultrasound machine, I wasn’t especially concerned. But as soon as I put the probe down, everything changed. Even at first glance I knew it wasn’t good, and that night I had the unfortunate duty of confirming to a hopeful mama that yet another one of her babies wasn’t going to make it. 
 
It’s the worst. The absolute hardest part of my job.
 
I left her room quickly, wanting to give her some privacy, but not before hugging her. As I pushed my machine down the ER hallway, I could feel the tears stinging my eyes just thinking about her broken mama heart. 
 
Before becoming a mom myself, I may have thought or even told this woman, “you’ll make a great mother some day.” But now I recognize her spirit and know for certain, she already is one. I saw it in her eyes. She already knows the fierce love, the ache, and the yearning to protect – all familiar ground for a mother. She already has that uncanny maternal instinct of knowing something is wrong, despite prior reassurance from medical professionals. She might not have any babies on this side of heaven, but she is no less a mother than I am. 
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Rather than a binary system – you are or you’re not – I’m finding that motherhood is really more of a spectrum. 

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my journaling Bible + my first G I V E A W A Y !

Back in January I received my first journaling Bible for my birthday from my sweet friend Shelby. I fell in love immediately.

I have since learned that Bible journaling is a whole thing — who knew? You can use the margins for basic written notes, or you can get super creative with illustrations and pretty script inspired by what you’ve studied. It’s a new way to dive into truths you come across, and really commit them to memory. 

I definitely haven’t used my new Bible to it’s full potential yet, but I’m excited to see those margins fill up over the years.

And can you believe how pretty that outer cover is?? Just picture like 16 heart eye emojis here. 

 



I have two other Bibles that I’ve been using recently: the NIV Women’s Bible and the Beautiful Word Bible. 

The NIV Women’s Bible features devotions throughout from women like Shauna Niequist, a favorite author of mine. And since I love words, I’m all about getting extra insight as I read certain passages. This makes a great study Bible for digging a little deeper. 


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My first Fix

I have been hearing about Stitch Fix for a while now, and after planning a girls’ trip to Nashville to see my girl Anjelah Johnson, a.k.a. Bon Qui Qui (whoop whoop!), I thought now was a good time to try my first Fix!

*Two things you should know: 1) I am not a girl who loves to shop for clothes. I could hit up antique shops all day long, but clothing? One store and I’m over it. 2) I’m pretty cheap. Most of my current wardrobe is from Target or affordable online shops. So just keep those points in mind as you read over my SF experience. Oh, and Stitch Fix did not provide this for review. It’s just something I genuinely wanted to try and tell you about! 🙂