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Free Cloth Diapering & Babywearing Workshop

8 Jan

Elegant Mommy is having another free cloth diapering & babywearing workshop on Saturday at 11:00 am at the store!   If you haven’t been there before and are interested in attending, they are located on 49th St, near the corner of 49th and Western.  I have been to one of their cloth diapering workshops and found it to be very helpful!  I haven’t been to a babywearing workshop yet.   I definitely will attend one during my next pregnancy.  I used a Moby wrap with Zoe for several months but after she was about 6 months old I found it too difficult to use.  I always wrapped it too tightly or too loose.  The fabric was also thicker than I’d like.  I believe they make them now with more “breathable” fabric.  I also only ever learned one way to wrap it so that’s another goal of mine with the next baby is learning how to use the Moby wrap in more ways than one.   I’ll probably look into other wraps/carriers as well.

Encouraging Sermons for Mothers

8 Nov

It is my prayer that these sermons and messages would be as much of an encouragement to you as they have been to me.  Each of these sermons/messages are 45 minutes – 1 hour long.   These are just a few that I’ve come across in the past several months.  I’m sure I will add to this list as time goes on.

Honoring the Biblical call of Motherhood – John Piper

A Woman who Fears the Lord is to be Praised – John Piper

Saved Through Motherhood, Part 1 –  Mark Driscoll

Saved Through Motherhood, Part 2, Mark Driscoll

Revive Our Hearts Series: This is Nancy Leigh Demoss’ radio show.  There have been several series’ on motherhood, this is their most recent series on motherhood.

A Call to Intentional Mothering with Holly Elliff:  (You can read the transcripts or click on “Listen” to hear the show)

The Beauty of Motherhood

Grace and Power for Mothers

The Power of a Mother’s Prayer

Thank you, Dr. Laura!

16 Sep

Dr. Laura recently put out a book titled ‘In Praise of Stay at Home Moms’. I am looking forward to reading it. I have heard only a little bit of Dr. Laura’s radio program over the years, but I’m almost always impressed with what she has to say. I’ve always been a huge advocate of stay-at-home moms, but lately I’ve been noticing that I’ve been allowing the world to influence me in a way that has me thinking that I should be “doing more” outside of the home. The truth is, I am doing exaclty what I am supposed to be doing – staying home with my daughter. There is nothing more important than that. Tonight I came across this short video by Dr. Laura and was very encouraged!

Saved Through Motherhood

2 Sep

“Has your child taught you any unexpected lessons lately? Pastor Mark Driscoll explains the meaning of 1 Timothy 2:15, the controversial and often misunderstood verse which states, “Yet she will be saved through childbearing, if they continue in faith and love and holiness with self-control.” FamilyLife.com


Saved Through Motherhood – A 2 part Series

A Mother’s Influence is Unmatched

28 Aug
“Mothers, please don’t let the world rob you of the incredible joy of a life invested in your children.

They are your mark on the world.
They are your legacy, your testimony, and your contribution to mankind.
Don’t let some other woman steal your influence.
Remember, ‘The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.’
That saying didn’t just show up one day.
That proverb is the result of centuries of observation.
A mother’s influence is unmatched.”
-Voddie Bauchaum, Family Driven Faith


Christian Mothers and The Bible

24 Aug

One of my favorite websites is gotquestions.org. You can go there and ask just about any question pertaining to the Bible and you will most often get an accurate and thorough response with many references to verses in the Bible. Here is what it says regarding Christian mothers. I found this to be extremely helpful! – Shaina


Question: “What does the Bible say about Christian mothers?”

Answer: Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give to many women. A Christian mother is told to love her children (Titus 2:4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears.

Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5). In Titus 2:4, the Greek word phileoteknos appears in reference to mothers loving their children. This word represents a special kind of “mother love.” The idea that flows out of this word is that of caring for our children, nurturing them, affectionately embracing them, meeting their needs, and tenderly befriending each one as a unique gift from the hand of God.

Several things are commanded of Christian mothers in God’s Word:

Availability – morning, noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Involvement – interacting, discussing, thinking, and processing life together (Ephesians 6:4)

Teaching – the Scriptures and a biblical worldview (Psalm 78:5-6;Deuteronomy 4:10; Ephesians 6:4)

Training – helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths (Proverbs 22:6) and spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12)

Discipline – teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4; Hebrews 12:5-11; Proverbs 13:24; 19:18;22:15; 23:13-14; 29:15-17)

Nurture – providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love (Titus 2:4; 2 Timothy 1:7;Ephesians 4:29-32; 5:1-2; Galatians 5:22; 1 Peter 3:8-9)

Modeling with Integrity – living what you say, being a model from which a child can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9, 15, 23; Proverbs 10:9; 11:3; Psalm 37:18, 37).

The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.

1 Year Anniversary of this Blog!

9 Aug

I have been blogging for 6 years now, my first blog was a personal journal held at Xanga.com. It still exists and I update it about once a year just so it’ll stay up to date. I moved to blogger because I wanted a new design and a whole new start on blogging.

Today I decided to go look back at my first post here on blogger: Click here if you wish to read it. I created this blog with the purpose of writing about my many adventures in homemaking. I think I have gone through 3 different names for this blog so far and who knows if the current one (Motherly Love) will even stick… but overall I feel I have succeeded in what I set out to do. I want to document my life and whatever I am doing at the time happens to be what I write about. Right now I am a new mom, so a lot of my posts are about motherhood and the excitement of seeing my daughter try new things each day.

This is a personal journal / homemaker’s blog.

I hope that by writing on this blog I am able to encourage other young women to pursue lives devoted to their families. I also want to have a document that my daughter and any other future children of ours will be able to read one day to enjoy and be encouraged by. I believe there is nothing more important for a woman to do, especially in this day and age.