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“to the mother with only one child.”

the past year and a half has been the most rewarding yet difficult time in my life. sure, i have had hard times in my life….different circumstances have come and gone that were not at all comfortable. however, never was i quite prepared enough to the lessons i would learn becoming a mom :) along with the cuteness, the adorable nursery, the tiny clothes…also comes the great lesson of selflessness that i continue to learn. it has been a year of up and downs, of some loneliness, of confusion and letting go of expectations. it has been a year that i am thankful for. why? because it has shaped me and molded me even though it hasn’t been the easiest.  it has showed the not-so-pretty in my life and left me fighting against my own will. it has shaped me, but that is a beautiful thing.

the other day i found an article that ally had linked on her blog called “to the mother with only one child.” when i read the article (for moms with many kids as well) i was so thankful and automatically thought “hey!! thats me!”  i was reminded that this is a season…. “dear mother of only one child, don’t blame yourself for thinking that your life is hard.  you’re suffering now because you’re turning into a new woman, a woman who is never allowed to be alone.  for what?  only so that you can become strong enough to be a woman who will be left.”

so yes, this may have been a hard year for me adjusting to being a mom but it is in losing my life that i will gain it. it’s in giving my life that i will find the greatest joy.

be blessed today sweet friends!


That is beautiful! I hope to God that one day I become a mum too!

I had a couple hard mom moments this weekend []. This post is SO timely! Thanks for sharing!


Beautifully put Arielle….Love Terra

i love this! i love how we have walked through this at the same time and that i am not the only mama who stuggles. you have such a beautiful heart & i am so thankful to know you. so thankful.

what a sweet post. I like that quote because it is quite true. As moms eventually you will be left… Crazy how it all works. I pray I get to have a child someday. God is good and will not withhold anything that lets me become more like Him so I know if that He will provide or He won’t and either way it will be good. Blessings girl.

Someone posted this on Facebook the other day, and I think I read it about 3 times! Love love love it! xoxo

What a beautiful reminder, Arielle.

beautiful. That quote is very true

It’s been my first year as a mom too, and so rewarding- even though I seem to never sleep. Lovely post.
Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

What a beautiful quote, Arielle. I look forward to motherhood, but it also frightens me! I am sure that when Josh and I start a family in the next few years, I will be looking to you veteran mommas for advice!

Wow, just what I needed to hear. Thank you, sweet momma!

such a good article. and i’m right there with you on how tough it is to be a young mother. lately i’ve been wanting to just walk away in the middle of making dinner, put myself in a lovely hotel, and stay for about a month. <3

I saw on this article on FB and felt exactly the same way. It felt so nice to be validated like that!

Sounds like you are a truly selfless mother. I haven’t become a mother yet…so I don’t quite understand your words. But I’m sure I will very soon. :)

Alex from

this is a beautiful post! god bless. thanks for sharring! xxo em

ooops *sharing!

This post was encouraging to me today, more than you know! Thanks for sharing.


your not the only mother going thru hard kids are 21,19 then another girl whos 7( not ours, but were raising her) we go thru them as well.Its called LOVE.If you didnt feel the way you do then you couldn’t call yourself “A good mother’!! love comes with many aches and pains. I can see in your pictures how much Leland means to the both of you,the love is there,so be prepared sweet Arielle,its just starting. many years will come and go,and you will be overwhelmed with not knowing.Having the lord in your home and hearts is a great way to live.Your doing a fantastic job from what I can see on this end,KEEP IT UP!! :)

thank you for sharing that and I always enjoy your writing!

I read that article on facebook a couple days ago and just admired it!

Becoming a mother has been a real challenge for me as well. I used to think getting married was the ultimate in reflecting my selfishness and forcing me to deal with it. But being a mom is like that, times ten! It’s a clear lesson from God that MY LIFE IS NOT MY OWN. I thank the Lord for it daily, though it is a difficult refining.

Thank you for this. Such encouraging words that I needed to hear :)

I really needed to read this! Thanks for sharing! :)

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