Since becoming a mother (nearly a year ago), I feel as though my blogging has taken a hit. I once averaged three posts a week. Now, I feel fortunate if I do one a week. My time with my son is precious to me and I don’t want it spent on the computer, the phone, the iPad, a book, etc. When he is awake, I love playing with him, going on walks, reading books together and just being with him. Nap time is truly a gift to mother’s, aside from the fact that babies need the rest anyways. When Noah is napping, that is my “go time”! I have a to-do list a mile long that always involves cleaning. Sometimes I can be incredibly productive while Noah naps and I feel like I have truly accomplished things like, cleaning, devotions, blogging, answering my business e-mails, planning out my work schedule, prepping for dinner, etc. Other days I find I get nothing done and I am asking myself, “what in the world happened today” as I take a look around my apartment and wonder when the bomb went off and where was I when it happened? Those days, I have to just laugh and move on. I have a lot that I am responsible for and have some pretty significant roles to fulfill in my life as a wife, mother and artist. I love each of those roles that God has graciously blessed me with, even when they prove to be a challenge.
I just celebrated my first Mother’s Day last week and it was amazing! I didn’t do anything particularly special, other than using the blanket excuse “it’s Mother’s Day” and watching Downtown Abbey with my Mother-in-law, but it was truly a special day. I shared the day with my husband, son, and in-laws. There was a lot of eating, laughing, and playing with Noah. It was so special to look as Noah and think about all that has happened in this past year and how incredible it has been to watch him grow and explore. I thought about his future and the hopes I have for him and also thought about what future children the Lord may bless us with. For now it is just Noah and he is one incredible little boy, my baby.
Balancing being a wife and an artist was easy (for the most part). Add motherhood to the mix and it changes things…a lot! I want to raise Noah myself. I always knew that I wanted to be a stay-at-home-mom. I love it! I love that I am able to do so. I am still pursuing my artistic goals, but at a slower pace. I now work in the studio two mornings a week and if I am lucky perhaps a third time. In a lot of ways I feel I work harder on those two days and am even more productive in the studio than I was before becoming a mom. I don’t have plans to quit being a potter any time soon (hopefully never). My studio time will always come after my baby time. So I hope those of you who follow me will keep encouraging me. If you don’t see me on here over a course of days…I am still here. I am still working and producing – sharing on the blog just has to wait sometimes. A lot of sacrifice happens during my day and it is totally worth it. A tremendous thank you to my mom and all that she sacrificed to raise me and my brothers and love us so richly. I hope to follow in your amazing example. A belated Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there!