One year ago today I gave birth to my third child. Two weeks after he was born we would move to another state for my husband to start seminary. It would be six months still before my oldest would turn four. Life would be busy. Even crazy at times. I would have times of extreme loneliness in a new city and church. There would be financial pressures. But God was gracious. I loved it, and I love it still.
When we announced our third pregnancy I often heard comments like, “You won’t sleep again for five years,” “Don’t worry, this season will pass,” “You’re going to be so busy”. With the exception of a few, these comments were intended to be well-meaning and encouraging.
In the midst of the comments and knowing looks, I made a commitment to myself. I did not want to survive this season. I wanted to embrace it, love it, and thrive in it. I began making a lot of changes in preparation for it. Much of it involved simplifying my life. Everything from clutter, to schedules, to priorities were re-evaluated. In some sense, that was the start of this blog, though I would not publish my first post for another year.
In many ways, my life and home have been more peaceful with three children than it was with two. Oh, sure, there have been moments of complete chaos. But the reality is that the day in and day out of life has really been beautiful.
It has been a showering of God’s grace on my life. God has chipped away at my materialism, self-sufficiency, and self-absorption. He has, in His grace, allowed me to see areas I needed to change and pursue godliness. And he continues to do so.
Today we celebrate my son’s first birthday. For me this is more than just remembering his birth one year ago today. I look back on this year and remember with tears how much God has taught me and changed me. I am a different wife, mother, and person than I was a year ago. How grateful I am for that.
It has been a year of change in circumstances for sure. But more fundamentally, this has been a year of change and growth in me as a person.
When I share about simplifying and various other ideas, it is not from a textbook mindset. It is from a mom who has seen the significance of intentional living, and the direct impact it has on the function and peacefulness of my home. Thank you for reading along.
And to my sweet boy. Happy 1st Birthday. Your Mommy loves you more than you will ever know. Your birth launched me into a new season which I embraced with joy. Leaving babyhood behind and becoming a toddler launches me into yet another season. And I am embracing it.