Honest conversations are invaluable. Women must always choose to cheer one another on, to encourage, and to share their best ideas in a culture that seems to beckon us to compete. When we share our hearts and open our hearts to the ideas from one another, we choose the opposite of competition.
I would know. As a young mom, (younger than I am now), I struggled with my own expectations for myself, battled feelings of inadequacy, and waged wars with other moms in my heart that never truly existed. I just wanted to be enough. I was believing the lie that I was less than moms who did it differently.
My hope for every interview in this series is that it will encourage your heart, but most importantly, that it would facilitate conversations between women in different seasons. Each of the 31 interviews will give us a peak into the life of another: a woman in a different season or perhaps one who does it “differently.”
I cannot even begin to tell you how much this specific interview means to me.
I’ll sum it up. Today’s guest is my cousin. She is seven years older than me. For the entirety of my childhood, teen, and college years–she was a season ahead of me. It was easy to follow along in the footsteps of the closest person I ever had to a big sister. Those of you without big sisters understand, yes? I blame it on the shows of the eighties and nineties. Here’s looking at you, Full House and 7th Heaven. I digress.
Do you know which season of life is longer than elementary school, the teen years, and the college years? Motherhood. As women, we often find ourselves sharing this season of motherhood. Motherhood. It can look so different from family to family and home to home.
Friends, I am not a homeschooling mom. I love the idea of it and admire it almost to an obsession, but we’ve found that a different path suits our crew in this season. We all have to choose paths to disciple the children that God has entrusted us with, amen? This may look different from my home to yours.
Sweet readers, I bet many of you are homeschooling moms indeed! Yes? Well, I’ve found just the mom to encourage your heart. This particular mom is full of wisdom and grace in the path of homeschooling. You won’t want to miss a minute of my interview with a mom who’s rocking out motherhood in a slightly different way than I am (hopefully) rocking it out myself.
It is with great joy that I invite my childhood role-model to my little blog home today. Actually, this was filmed on our family camping trip. I think you’ll dig our trout-fishing fashions, sisters.
You can watch the interview with Rhianna by clicking here, friend!
May we always strive to cheer another on in her path! May we listen and learn from her wisdom in her season. May real talk be the cure to the old-school Mommy Wars. May we be women and mothers who champion one another to run the race He has placed before us.
From my heart to yours,