Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Finding Beauty in the Ordinary [Guest Post]

Ever since I became a mom, I have been a sucker for reading stories about other women's pregnancies, birth experiences, adoption stories, and new-mommy-hood. There's a sense of camaraderie with other moms as they share their stories. I get all emotional as I hear about their experiences, remembering the day that I found out I was pregnant with Nicholas, or the night that he was born. In fact I'm getting a little teary right now!

A few months ago I stumbled onto Heather's blog, Finding Beauty in the Ordinary. She'll be a first time mama to a little girl in August, and I've loved following her and her husband Joshua's journey to becoming parents! I admire Heather's servant-heart, her desire to uplift those around her, and her honest faith. I was SO excited when she agreed to do a little interview with me about her life as a wife and mama-to-be! Reading her blog is always a source of encouragement for me and I know that you will benefit from hearing from her! (And because it brought me joy, here is the sweet and funny story of how Heather found out she was expecting!)

1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your blog. What is the heart behind "Finding Beauty in the Ordinary"?

Hi! My name is Heather and I blog over at Finding Beauty in the Ordinary. The real heart behind my blog is to find beauty in all of life's moments -- the ordinary and the extraordinary ones -- and document them. I love to share what's on my heart and what God is teaching me. I love to share some recipes, document glimpses of our new life in Arizona, also share the adventures of being new homeowners, and most excitingly, soon-to-be new parents!


2. In going with the heart behind your blog, what have you found to be beautiful through your pregnancy? Has anything surprised you about being pregnant?

Oh man! Everything! Pregnancy is an absolutely beautiful experience. Even all that morning sickness, goodness, I would do it all over again. I love feeling her kick inside me. I love how she reacts to cold drinks and loud music. I love planning her nursery, daydreaming about what she'll look like, all of it. I think the biggest thing that has surprised me about pregnancy is the horrible heartburn I've had -- why did no one warn me?!


3. What excites you about motherhood? What are you looking forward to?

I know it sounds redundant, but everything excites me. Even the sleepless nights and dirty diapers. I'm so excited to take her camping, on evening walks, and on trips back home to San Diego. I'm looking forward to all those milestones, but especially watching her become a daddy's girl, because we all know she'll be wrapped around Joshua's finger :)


4. What is the best pregnancy and/or parenting advice you've received?

Regarding both pregnancy and parenting -- it would be to just enjoy the moment and be present.

5. Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?

Thank you so much for having me here, Mackenzie! I'd love to have ya'll stop by my blog and visit me sometime. God bless! xoxo

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Thank you Heather, for sharing with us today! I'm so excited for her and Joshua to become parents! I encourage you to visit Heather's blog and see the beauty that she finds in everyday life! I know she'd love to hear from you.

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