This post means so much to me. It’s a testimony of answered prayers, a journey of waiting, and hope in the world. I met Betsy through a mutual friend. She leads a local infertility support group I joined a few months ago. She is so kind, speaks truth, and is becoming a dear friend of mine. Enjoy her story on motherhood…
What is your full time occupation?
Currently, I’m a full-time nanny. For the past 6 years, I’ve been taking care of a family with four children all day Monday-Friday. At the start of this school year, I’ll focus on being a full-time mom, with plans of working part-time as a childcare provider and part-time as a writer.
Tell us about your family.
I’m mom to Rachel, who was born in the spring of this year. She was a gift from God after 7 years of infertility, and we hope God will give us more children. I’m the oldest of four children and I love the large family dynamics. My sibling and I are like stairsteps, born every two years. Well, we used to look like stairsteps when we lined up, but I’m one of the shorter ones now!
What are your “must-haves” as a mom?
In these early months, a hot shower, coffee, and as much sleep as possible. I realize that new babies almost always disrupt their parents sleep, but I hope for the best and take all that I can get! Most of my other “self-care” routines don’t happen much these days, so I savor my coffee and my shower.
What is something you are talented with or passionate about?
I’m passionate about writing. I’m also passionate about helping others birth their dreams – especially woman desiring motherhood, and people who want to write books. Those are two topics I’ve written about – I wrote a book called When Infertility Books Are Not Enough: Embracing Hope During Infertility and another called Write Your Story: Straightforward Steps for (Finally) Writing and Publishing Your Book. I hope that my words speak to my readers by saying “you can have hope while you ask God for children…” and “you can write and publish that book you’ve dreamed about…”
Any advice for new mothers?
While you’re taking care of your new baby, also make efforts to take care of yourself (go get a hot shower!) but don’t forget to put effort and care into your marriage as well.
Where do you call home?
The DC vicinity has been home for 6 years, and we love living in this area. We hope to call it home for years to come. I grew up in a small town in West Virginia, and now most of my family and my in-laws live in North Carolina, so both of those states are also “home” in one way or another.
What is your favorite quote about motherhood?
Psalm 113:9 is not a promise, but it’s a reminder of what God can do – and I’m seeing Him do it in my life. “He settles the barren woman in her home as the happy mother of children. Praise the Lord!” This year is my year to see that scripture come to life – God allowed me to give birth to my miracle baby much later than I anticipated, and we’re about to move into a home I love. I look forward to this season of focusing on marriage, family, and home life as a joyful mother of my baby girl.