The Warrior Within

During night feedings, I often find myself perusing numerous mommy blog posts, and I’ve noticed a pattern of topics:

  • How hard motherhood is. And it is hard. SO HARD. Like the kind of hard that doesn’t feel fully explained unless you add some expletives in front of it.
  • We are all getting through this together. Solidarity sister.
  • How weak and broken the author feels.

It’s this third topic that I want to address. Momma, you are not broken.

We are currently in the throes of three-year-old temper tantrums, a tightly packed schedule, a self-dirtying house, and a teething baby who sleeps even less than normal. And, I am stressed and exhausted. Usually, this perfect storm brings on tears, a sense of guilt and failure, and feeling broken and alone. How? How?! How do all these other mommas get it done?!! However, this perfect storm also brings on something else—a cry so deep in my soul for the Lord that it cannot be contained. All of my cries out for him.

Romans 8:26 explains this type of prayer very well: “Likewise, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.”

Recently, as my weary soul was crying out, this passage came to me:

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you that that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have it’s full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

And, as I read this passage from James, I thought about other types of training that are hard. I’ve never personally been through basic training, but I assume that every soldier at some point, feels exhausted, broken, and not enough. And these men and women are being trusted to protect our country. They are not weak. They are being made into warriors!!

Momma friend. You may be exhausted. You may be at your wits end. You may feel beat down. But, lift your head up proudly. Scream out your prayerful battle cry. Because you are mighty. You are a force. You are a warrior. And, you are so important and loved.


Words of Encouragement: An Experiment

Words hold incredible power. They have the ability to build a person up or tear a person down. And, they can literally change the course of your life. Recently, I had the opportunity to share with someone how her words of encouragement 5 years ago had real and present affect in my life in a pretty powerful way. And, we chatted about how God uses the seeds others plant in our lives for years to come. The whole conversation left me ready to conquer the world via encouragement, and made me think back on something one of my favorite bloggers does. She sits down each month and writes others letters of encouragement. .

And, I would like to offer the same, not because I have it all figured out, but because sometimes it is just as fun to encourage others as it is to receive encouragement. So, I am introducing the monthly letter of encouragement club (the name still needs some work). Participants will receive from me one hand-written words of encouragement via snail mail each month (everyone loves fun mail, right?!) for 6 months.

If you would like to like to be a part of my first-ever monthly letter of encouragement, please send your name and address to! And, I thank you in advance for grace as I figure the details out as I go.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!



Obligatory, heart-melting photo of these precious two hearts I get to daily encourage.

Why I Exist: A Blog’s Perspective

Hi, friends! Have you ever wondered why there are so many words floating around on the internet? So many click-throughs and just pointless articles? Me, too. I hope that never happens here. I hope that your precious time spent perusing through my pages is not time wasted.

FullSizeRenderAs a blog, I am going through a transitional period. Most of my posts are dedicated to two adorable tiny humans, Lillian and Lucas, and the lessons that they help teach their mother, “Mom, Mom, Moooooom, Momma, Mommy” formerly known as Rachel. And, let’s face it, most of them will probably continue doing so, because those kiddos are just so adorable and motherhood is so ripe with lessons (for the adults, not just the kiddos).

But, I hope to grow past just showing off these two precious little souls, and provide a place of encouragement, laughter, and resource to others (even, gasp, non-parents). In the coming months, you will see new pages being added, which will include recipes, reviews, life hacks, and maybe even a (super duper tiny) online shop. I’m pretty excited about this next step, and I hope you will come along and join me as I grow.

It is my genuine hope that, as you glance through my posts, you are encouraged (or, at the very least humored). And, if that isn’t happening, then I am not serving my purpose.

All the Best,

H + P

(aka, Rachel)


My little blogger-in-training