My name is Laura and I am a working mama of three, teacher, writer, and coffee lover. Sometimes I can be found hiding on the front porch with a good book or gardening in my backyard. Thanks so much for popping by my corner of the internet for encouragement, grace and some fun resources!!
Let me introduce you to my people….
Hubs: A crazy science teacher and full of fun and home hacks. This guy can get the job done and probably has the tools to do it. He listens to me ramble and makes me laugh at all his crazy inventions and latest fixes!!
Princess: A mini me who is headed to the world of high school. How is that possible? This girl has creativity down to an art. An avid ballerina and so talented in music, drawing, and painting. I can not wait to see where she will go. You will find her beautiful photography all over this site!!
Big Boy: My little man. He is headed into the land of jr high. Legos are his jam. The kid can build and is so spatially gifted I don’t even bother anymore at figuring things out. He can do it like a whiz. He and his brother are thick as thieves.
Little Bro: This kid is the life of the family. His quirky sense of humor and his deep love for animals add depth and delight to our five. He is entering his upper elementary years and I am sure will be taller than me before the year is over!
My Working Story:
I have been in both public and private education for the past 22 years, working with kids from preschool-high school. Despite the job I love, there is a constant pull of what we love and feel called to and what we have waiting for us when we drop our purses each evening on the kitchen counter.
Working, whether outside the home, or running a business from inside brings with it a unique set of challenges. I have experienced these as I have navigated this path I never expected to walk.
I have gone through deep seasons of guilt and shame and depression over my choice to continue working while raising a family. The need to work has come out of necessity. Necessity to provide basics for my family, the call to obey the voice of God, and the reality that my kids are built to have a mom who works outside of our home.
I have wrestled with feeling inadequate at doing anything, as the laundry has piled, the fridge has been unorganized, and we have dived for socks on the couch on our way out the door.
I have fought the feelings of “less than” as I have been unable to attend park dates, field trips, and women’s events at church.
As I have checked my emotions, I have realized that God has a story for each of us and His kindness and grace doesn’t stop because I am a mom who works. His blessings are available to everyone and we don’t need to let what others “think” we should do be a block to our thriving.
If you are still reading, I would bet this resonates with you. There is a lot to be said for a woman who is strong in her ability to balance both work and family and to do it with grace, kindness, and love. We learn so many lesson during these seasons of life and this is where we get the opportunity to share them with our children and others.
So I want to say to you, dear sister–don’t let shame or guilt over being a working mom hold you back from loving your family, career, and home. We are in this together and we are here to support each other.
Come join the community of other working moms!!
We are going to be good friends!
Love to you –Laura