I often think back to when I quit my 20 year career in commercial real estate to be a stay at home mom. I was the person who herded all of the crazy buyers, sellers, lawyers, lenders and investors to the closing table of multi-million dollar deals with a great deal of skill and aplomb. And then, after 16 years of DINK life, I found out I was pregnant. I worked right up to Sam’s birth, then never went back after my maternity leave. I was one lost puppy…and overwhelmed with the infant hanging off of my body and a hubby who came home, looked around and sighed. (He only did that once, BTW.) I did not know who I was apart from my career. Finding out who I really was is a story for another time.
For now, my name is Rachel and I live in coastal Georgia with my husband of 19 years, my son of 3 years and Thing 1 and Thing 2. I am a Christian, crunchy stay at home mother with a passion for good books, beautiful music, fine art, nourishing foods and natural/alternative medicine. This blog will be about about Jesus, marriage, parenting, real food, helpful books, natural health and wellness and everything in between.
One of the most divisive and destructive things we do as women and mothers is compare ourselves to other women and moms. Pressure to be perfect, pressure to keep up. Velveteen Mom came about as a response to a blog post by one of my favorite authors, Ann Voskamp, and because I am part of a community of women who support and encourage each other in their journeys to become REAL moms.
There is grace and mercy for all of the detours we take in our daily lives as mothers. I know this much…I cannot do it on my own. I have come to realize that my mission field is at home. I also realize that my perspective has changed over the years, and that God is using my marriage and motherhood to change ME. As long as I remember who I am in Christ, and focus on my own stuff, I feel no pressure to measure up to the standards of others.
There is no pressure here, and no condemnation. ♥