Moms are in a season where life is hard…but not in a glorious kind of way. It’s hard because with the broken hours of sleep you can’t focus the way you used to. You’re never alone, but you’re often lonely.
Maybe you have big dreams, to make a difference with your life—one that honors God and is inspiring and helpful to others. But instead of “making a difference” or even being a decent friend, you’re stuck at home on a Sunday because your kid is oozing green out of his face. Or you’re so exhausted from sleepless nights with the baby or shuttling kids to soccer practice that you barely have energy to brush your teeth, let alone crack a Bible open or pray.
And you wrestle with impossible choices: should I spend more time with my kids, or should I take care of myself? Sleep in, or get up early to read my Bible? Connect with my husband, or tackle that never-ending pile of laundry?
When the kids are older, you think, I’ll be able to do more, be better. In this season, life is on hold.
I get it, friend. As a mom of three, I’ve been stressed out, overwhelmed and loaded down with guilt.
Mom life is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. Truthfully, I haven’t got it all figured out. But what I have discovered about motherhood is this: what we do matters. Our lives aren’t on hold; we are living fully now, in a world-changing way. Snotty noses, piles of laundry and all.
Wiping noses for Jesus is legit!!!
But don’t take my word for it. If you’re a Bible-believing person, it’s all in there (check out this post where I explain that in detail).
This blog is for all moms who are fighting the good fight: to live a full life in the grace of God and to raise kids who do the same. If you battle with stress, overwhelm and guilt but you know you want and deserve better, you’ve come to the right place. I am passionate about motivating and inspiring moms just like you.
And just who am I, you ask? Why should you care about what I have to say?
My name is Gina Poirier (I pronounce it “PORE-EE-ER”), and I’m a happily married mom of three monkey-like kiddos. I have frizzy hair, I cry when I get frustrated, we probably eat pizza too much, the TV stays on too long sometimes, I argue with my husband, I am awkward in heels, my house sometimes smells weird and I say stupid stuff. I’m 100% human and I find inspiration in this very real, very messy life.
And I am just crazy about Jesus.
If you had told me in early adulthood that I was going to be a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom, I would have laughed. I’ve always had a passion for “making a difference” in the world, and frankly…I thought I would do that through my ministry and my career. But here I am (you can read about my decision to stay at home with my kids here).
I had always been a high-achiever with my education and career and so I’ve wrestled with my identity as “just a mom” ever since. It has taken a serious mind battle for me to remember that wiping noses for Jesus is legit.
In 2011 I started this blog, originally called Holding the Distaff, as a hobby. For four years I posted about my life and the lessons I was learning as a new mom, although I wrote less consistently as I took on other work as a freelance copywriter. At the end of 2015 I decided to invest more of my time writing about the things I am truly excited about.
And that leads me to now.
I have learned so much (and continue to do so) as a mom and I’m passionate about sharing it with others. Some of the keys to not losing my mind are faith, home and family. This is becoming much more than just a blog: it’s a community, and it’s a hub of resources to help you thrive spiritually on your motherhood journey.
Some posts to get you started include:
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Finally, if you’re battling with excessive stress, please check out my free email course called StressLESS.
Can’t wait to get to know you!
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