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January Mama Spotlight

Lauren Taylor

Once upon a time, I peed on a stick……life was never the same.   I have been on this mothering journey for almost 13 years with the love of my life.  We have been blessed to have been married for 17 years and have had 4 kids along the way. Motherhood has always been a part of me, knowing from a young age that I wanted to be a stay at home mom. During career day at school, I could have cared less, I knew I just wanted to be a mom.

Our first 3 children came within 5 years. When our oldest began kindergarten, that lasted about 3 months before we decided to take the crazy up a notch. That’s right….we decided to homeschool.  The journey to that decision is quite long and in depth, so I’ll spare you the details. But it was a journey we felt called to take.  When our oldest was 2, we knew a couple homeschool families through our church. I began  to talk to the mothers about homeschooling and LOVED everything I heard. Over the course of the next couple years, homeschooling kept finding ways to get in front of me. Meeting other parents, books I would happen to see, new friends we’d meet to happen to do it as well. My husband took a little longer to convince, but after 3 months of kindergarten he wasn’t impressed and agreed to try it for a year. She will be 13 in a couple weeks and about to finish 8th grade, with a 4th grader, a 2nd grader and a toddler there to keep it real.  Homeschooling for us has been such a huge blessing with loads of challenges but as the saying goes, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
“How do you do it all?” A question I am asked a lot, my reply is simply “I don’t”. It’s impossible!  That’s why for Christmasy husband is gifting me with a once a month house cleaner.  And that is motherhood. We can’t do it all, there will be days the laundry won’t get done, in my house that’s everyday.  There will be many days dishes don’t get done, or the floors mopped or that school project done. Let’s not even talk about the last time I put on make up or something that doesn’t have an elastic waist.  At the end of the looong exhausting day, I have little faces that look at me in adoration…….maybe they just want food?
Stay strong mama’s! Someday they will be out in the world, and out of your house!

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