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Mothering in Moderation

Mothering in Moderation

If you’re new here, it’s likely you’ll start with the first post trying to figure out who I am–and whether I’m worth reading. You may have found me through my other blog. For nearly six years now, I’ve written about all things interior design and how to make your home a more beautiful place to live. However, I’ve come to learn that most readers who are looking for home ideas are looking for lots of pretty pictures and not a lot of words.

Besides being an interior design junkie, I also happen to be a wife, a mom of five, and a girl who likes to write. But, writing too much about your parenting woes, your deep convictions or your favorite mascara is kind of frowned upon if you’re in a very specific niche of blogging already. Thus, came the idea for starting a separate place on the web to write about whatever I want. There’s something freeing about that.

Mothering in ModerationDeciding on the name of a new blog–or business, or kid (for that matter)–can often trip you up. I didn’t spend more than 15 minutes pondering the name of this one, but here’s the general thought behind Moderate Motherhood: I’m 38 years old and have been a mom for the last decade. If I’m honest, I often feel like I’m going against the grain. And, that’s not a terrible thing. Maybe it’s the wisdom that comes with no longer being a new mom. Or, maybe I’m just getting older and more tired. Either way, I’ve come to learn that a lot of things that many young (and some older) moms spend their time valuing and striving for, really don’t make a hill of beans difference in the long run. Trying to be the best “this” or most “that” usually doesn’t matter to anyone besides you. In fact, there’s a good chance it doesn’t even matter to your kids. And, I’m willing to guess most of it sure doesn’t matter for eternity.

So, I’m approaching this new blog as a place of comfort and encouragement for me–and hopefully for you, too. A reminder that mothering in moderation is okayif your heart is in the right place. You don’t have to make a homemade birthday cake, or send in the best “Pinterest-y” Valentine’s cards, or even have the most heartfelt Facebook posts about how blessed you are by your family. I hope this blog serves as a reminder that it’s a day-by-day process. And, that His mercies are new each morning. Think of it as me offering you a friendly dose of a great big chill pill.