Katelyn’s Welcome

My name is Katelyn, and I do not feel qualified to write for a blog about motherhood.

I suppose I should have been expecting this. While I have five younger siblings and have grown up around children my whole life, I still know next to nothing about what it’s really like to be a mother. The more I think about the moms who will be reading this blog, the ones who live every day in the arena, with faces “marred with dust and sweat and blood,” the more I wonder, “What do I know that they don’t?”

So maybe my audience isn’t mothers. (At least not supermoms with seven kids, like my mom. If you are one of those supermoms and something I write inspires you, I’m glad to have been able to help.) I think that maybe my audience is new mothers and girls who, like me, are preparing to become moms. So if you’re a young mother, or a young woman preparing for marriage and motherhood — hi, we’re in this boat together.

It used to surprise me how much I want to be a mom. I was never the sort of girl who liked babysitting or playing with children. I was (and still am) an ambitious, independent woman who liked to read and focus on self-improvement. Though competent in many mothering skills such as cooking, cleaning, and changing diapers, I didn’t have a lot of patience for children. However, the closer I’ve come to the day that I will become a mother, the more I’ve realized that it’s what my heart and soul longs for. I sincerely believe that to nurture children, to raise them up in the way they should go, is my calling.

If you’re also feeling a little intimidated at pending motherhood, I hope you won’t worry. It’s the biggest adventure that you will ever embark on, and it’s okay to be a little scared. You were born to do this, and you have God on your side. As Paul wrote in Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Katelyn

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