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Divine Mother Kathryn { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Healing Through Love & Motherhood

Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of July Session 2 }

{ Kathryn }

Healing Through Love & Motherhood

Kathryn emailed me her journey after our session. So I will leave you here with her words, a beautiful story of healing.

“There are two parts of my life that drew me to this project—growing up, and marriage. The first formed my ideologies about life and being a woman, and had a significantly negative impact on my body image and my sexuality; the second RE-formed and and reshaped those values and brought me to where I am today. I used to be an uptight girl who felt she was ugly, and that her body was useless and something to be ashamed of. Now I am an empowered mother, unafraid of intimacy with my husband, and much more confident in my body’s beauty.”

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“I was raised down South in a Conservative Christian home. My father divorced my mother when I was a little girl, and I barely saw him. When I did, I felt unwanted and unloved; a burden. I longed for the families other children I knew had. I wanted to be the “Daddy’s Princess” that I saw on t.v. I wanted to know I was beautiful and cherished. Instead, I was jealous of the relationship my little sister had with our father. He got it right with her, and it was painful to watch.

Everywhere I looked in my family, I felt unloved…or at least not loved in the way I was longing for. I felt unseen too. My mother did the best she could to raise me and my big sister, but she was always working and didn’t have time to “play” with me. Because of my mother’s hurt from the divorce, she often acted in ways that were harmful to my developing self-esteem; although she had no idea how her actions would affect me. I always heard her cry and say she’s “fat and ugly.” She would never go outside with me because she didn’t have the energy, and didn’t want anyone to see her. She NEVER went swimming with us, even though she owned a swimsuit. Whenever we would go shopping, I would pick her out clothes that brought out her features—instead of buying and wearing them, she continued to wear her scrubs from the hospital. She covered her body and was ashamed of her stretch marks and C-Section scar. On top of that, I constantly heard how a man would “never love her”; especially because of the way she looked. My mother did not mean to hurt me with how negatively she viewed herself…but she did—GREATLY. I felt as though I were the cause of her “ugliness”. If I would not have been born, my mom and dad would still be together. Those thoughts continued to haunt me into adulthood.

I was just a little girl longing for affection. I wanted my mom to be happy and just be my mother. I didn’t care what she looked like…I wanted her time. I didn’t want to constantly hear about my father and how he hurt her, and how ugly and unloved she was—I loved her! Why couldn’t she see that? I was too young then to understand the impact my mother’s negative self-esteem would have on my own. Outside influences growing up also had a significant impact on my negative body image. I was bullied constantly from a very young age…an outcast. I did not “fit in,” and everyone made that known. I had no friends in school. Those I held on to for a while took advantage of my loyalty. Every day in high school I was told how ugly and worthless I was. Told that nobody would care if i died. On Valentine’s Day, I was the girl receiving fake love letters so they could watch me cry. But the worst was being told that NOBODY would ever want to marry me. I was considered unworthy of love, so I had trouble loving myself.”

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“I wanted to die. I never physically hurt myself, but I wished that God would let me fall asleep and never wake up, or get in to a car crash. I just wanted my sorrows to end, and to be in Heaven with Him. I knew I was God’s child, and that HE loved me; that’s the only thing that kept me going. Not only was I bullied at school, but I also endured physical and emotional abuse from my grandmother whom I lived with. Everyone had left me but her. Due to this, I was involved in friendships that were unhealthy as well. I kept getting hurt, and allowing myself to be hurt because it was what I was used to—it was my comfort zone. I saw myself as ugly and worthless. Despite the destructive view of myself, I did not run to “men” to fulfill my attention needs. I still had one thing that I was proud of, and hadn’t been taken from me—my virginity.

Growing up in the church, I was not exposed to healthy and proper sexuality. I was just told that sex is dirty and wrong until marriage. Unfortunately, the Church does not realize that this teaching negatively affects young Christian women. Many married Christian women have issues being intimate with their husbands because they’re ashamed of their bodies, and afraid of its sexuality. We’ve been told to cover up, so as not to make a brother stumble. We’re told that it’s OUR fault if a male lusts after us. We carry this shame, while Christian boys often bear little to no responsibility for their own actions…Yet then we women are supposed to instantly release a lifetime of conditioning when we get married and suddenly believe sex is now a beautiful, NOT shameful act; AND be confident in letting our husband take joy in our bodies? Yeah, it’s hard! Modesty is an ATTITUDE, NOT a style of clothing. Which brings me to the second part of my story—MARRIAGE.

Having been told I was worthless for years, and that I would NEVER find a man who met my standards, (which by the way, that man would have to significantly lower his standards to want to marry me) I was beginning to feel hopeless. I doubted that Mr. Right would ever come for me…And I was only 20.

My deepest desire was to be married. To become a wife and mother. I met my husband, (who met EVERY one of my standards) and we were married 6 moths later. I knew he was the man God had saved for me, and I the woman for him. He accepted me and all my emotional past. He understood me, but most of all, he made me confident, and brought out the beauty that had been so deeply hidden within me. He made me realize that I was lied to my whole life. I DO matter. I AM loved. I AM beautiful. And I am worthy of respect. I thank God constantly for my incredible husband. He was so patient with my intimacy issues. It was hard not to feel shameful when we were together; it was embedded in my subconscious. It took 2.5 years, counseling, and the spiritually healing birth of our son, for me to finally enjoy and believe that making love to my husband was a beautiful and glorifying act…NOT shameful. I could finally rejoice in my body also being his; and let him love me. I no longer feel ugly, or worthless, or unloved. I do not wish I was never born—I love myself and I love life!”

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“Motherhood has healed my spirit and body. Physically I sometimes struggle with my body image because I do not look like the “typical mom”, I don’t have the normal “mom bod.” I was unable to get beautiful maternity pictures because I barely showed. My breasts did not increase in size (not even during breastfeeding!) I gained a total of 15 pounds, all of which I lost during the birth. I have no “tiger stripes” or stretch marks on my belly…and yes I do in a way feel left out of motherhood for not having them.

Although I do not have any outward scars related to childbirth; I carry around inward scars invisible to those around me. My motherhood journey did not begin with a life, it began with a loss. Three moths after my husband and I were married, we suffered an abnormal pregnancy. We were eager to start a family together, and that dream came crashing down. It was my very first time at an OB office and we were expecting to hear our baby’s heartbeat. Instead, we were told there was no baby growing inside me, but rather a hyatidaform mole, or rapidly growing non viable tissue (tumor) in my uterus. I had a complete molar pregnancy and was scheduled for an emergency D&C two days after. I was fortunate that the doctor caught it immediately. He told me it was very nearly cancer. I was 21.

We hadn’t told our families we were expecting, and now had to deliver devastating news. My family was understanding…my husband’s was hurt that we didn’t tell them we were pregnant. The surgery went well, but I believe my body was psychologically traumatized. Under doctors orders, we were not to conceive again for a year—at the very least 6 months. Preventative measures had to be implemented, which left me emotionally scarred as it went against our personal beliefs. I was blamed by some for what occurred, which left me damaged as well. We did not have time to properly grieve, as several weeks later the military gave us orders for overseas. Our focus shifted. We put the loss in the back of our minds. I know now that I was a mother then. The moment I saw the double lines, I became a mother. And that matters. When we arrived in Germany, I had my birth control removed. The next cycle our son was conceived.

My pregnancy was very easy (except me worrying in the beginning about another loss). I felt the most beautiful I ever have during my pregnancy. I started researching, and from that we began to live a more “natural” and healthy lifestyle. I wanted the best life for our child. I bonded with our son throughout pregnancy. I was determined to have an all-natural childbirth…and I DID! My son’s birth was healing in multiple ways. The joy was indescribable. DIVINE. I now had a son who was solely dependent upon me for nourishment. My body grew life, and now I would sustain that life. It’s absolutely incredible. Our journey definitely hasn’t been easy, but we have just reached a breastfeeding milestone of one year!!! I could not have done it without the support of our local mothering community, and especially my husband. His unwavering support encourages me to take part in projects like this. He appreciates and recognizes the beauty and power within a woman and her body. He is there by my side every step of the way.”

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“Every woman’s background shapes who she is today. No matter where you came from, you have the power within to change and transform your views. I still hold on to my Christian values, and am modest even when I’m not fully clothed. The Church needs to appreciate women’s bodies and the power given to them by God. Don’t shame a woman for breastfeeding her child without a cover, by saying she’s “immodest”, or by making her feed elsewhere. Encourage and uplift her as a mother. We are part of the body of Christ too. And our bodies are a beautiful temple of the Lord, to be appreciated—not torn down. No matter if Christian or not, we as women are part of a community. Please always remember: I DO matter. I AM loved. I AM beautiful. She matters. She is lovable. She is beautiful. YOU matter. YOU are loved. YOU are beautiful. Together we can change the world!”

Kathryn, I hope you realize that you have one truly amazing “mom bod”! Thanks so much for sharing this story with us and participating in this project. You are amazing!

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Kathryn participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

The Divine Mothering Series is already making waves on the internet. Check out these recent articles featuring the project!

A Beautiful Body Project

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Divine Mother Allison { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Embracing Your Body

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{ Divine Mothers of July Session 2 }

{ Allison }

Embracing Your Body

“I was married 2 1/2 years before we decided to have kids. We didn’t have to try for very long and then I was pregnant.

With my first son’s birth I didn’t know any better and was forced into an induction because my doctor was going to Disney World the next week with his family and I didn’t know any better. Oh yay! I thought, I get to meet my baby!

And then I had a whole lot of complications. I almost died. They found a bunch of stuff they should have seen earlier and then breast feeding was really difficult.”

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“Despite the issues, I was still able to breastfeed him for 21 months, but I needed lots and lots of help and that didn’t come from my doctor, it came from La Leche League.”

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“My high point was my second son’s birth. I had him here, in Germany, at St. Johannis. It was a 4hour labor. He was easy. I didn’t even have to push, he just came on his own. No complications, no almost dying. He’s nursed great and still no end in sight.”

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“I have to remind myself how amazing it was. I grew livers, and hearts, and eyeballs, and ears, and whole bodies. When I look at my stretch marks and the baby weight, I have to remind myself that I made 2 babies with this body. One is almost a preschooler and the other a very independent toddler. I’m only hoping for no ER trips while my husband is away on TDY… My husband keeps reminding me that they are my tiger stripes.”

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“I’m a little terrified to be here to be honest. I can’t drop those last extra 10 or 15lbs without starving myself. I want to be ok with it, I want other moms to be ok with it.”

Oh Allison, you are so incredibly beautiful. I loved your energy and high spirits despite the vulnerable experience. Truly fearless! Thank you for coming out to see me and participating in this project.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Allison participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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A Beautiful Body Project

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The Divine Mothers of July Session 2 { Motherhood Photo + Interviews }

A sneak peak into the images captured for Divine-Mothering’s Photo+Interview Series, July 23rd.

A full studio with a lot of energy and of course some heartfelt stories. I leave you here with some images to ponder over as I work on the individual blog posts. These women are amazing and fearless! For this sneak peak I decided to go with a theme, and that was infectious smiles! Love them.

Divine Mother { Allison }

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Divine Mother { Kathryn }

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Divine Mother { Stacey }

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Divine Mother { Erin }

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Divine Mother { Teresa }

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#GoddessesInTheStudio

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Thank you, ladies, for participating! I always feel so full of love and energy after each session, thank you so much for sharing yourself with Divine-Mothering and the world! <3 <3 <3

I will be blogging about each of their mini sessions in the coming week and I absolutely can’t wait to share more.

If you are interested in the photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia, please visit her website here.

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Divine Mother Amy { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Advocate

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{ Divine Mothers of July Session 1 }

{ Amy }

Advocate

“It’s been a wild ride. I started with twins. They were born 8 weeks premature, emergency C-section, preeclampsia, I almost died… It was crazy. And then they were fine!

I breastfed them. No one believed I could do it until I did it.

Then I had my next son. That was also a wild ride. It was a very traumatic birth and we thought we were done.  And then my big surprise!”

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“At that point we discovered that I had a bleeding disorder. It was a very high risk pregnancy. But he ended up being my easiest delivery. A picture perfect birth. He came so fast we didn’t have time to get in the water. But of course he has been the hardest child… but he was my fourth so I knew we were going to get through it.

I’m trying to live day to day. It’s belly laughs, dirty hands and feet, water balloons, ninjas…

The more kids you have the faster they grow up.”

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“I was so determined with my first. They were going to be fine, they were going to be great. I wanted them to reach their milestones early; roockie mom mistake. With this one I didn’t even want to put him on the ground…

It’s seeing them become people.

It’s also that you grow up faster. You’ve been there. You have matured as a mother and it’s not your first rodeo.”

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I have a sense of responsibility. Knowing that I have this knowledge. I have a responsibility to share it.

After the twins were born I was doing my masters degree and got involved with Mom2mom. It was actually something that happened with my mentor that made me really angry and I had to write a letter. That’s how I started advocating for other women. I thought, if I have to advocate for myself, I will do it for other women too.

I’m now the executive director of Mom2Mom Global. We have so many people wanting to start new chapters.

Everyone is uncertain. You just never know. You think you got it. With my fourth I thought, preemie twins…I got this! Then he had colic, dairy issues, all kinds of stuff. My husband and I were like, wow, this is worse than twins.”

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Amy also followed up with an incredible article she’s written to be published in Return to Mago blog in August 2015.

Something we touched upon via email but not during our interview is the loss of her womb. Amy recently had a hysterectomy, due to medical reasons. “It’s a journey for me to find my new center.  This has been a time of tremendous growth and accepting of new responsibility in completing the life cycle of Maiden, Mother, Crone.”

I wanted to share an except of her work, and can’t wait to see her complete article published soon. Pure poetry, Amy.

For four days more, as the days begin to shorten in the thirty-fifth year of my life, I will bleed my last moon blood. I will wonder at the mystery of it, of our bodies, of the moon, of the Great Mother and the cycles that constantly regenerate our lives and our world. I will meditate. I will engage in rituals of caring for myself. I will enjoy the gifts of my relationships, of the beauty around me, of the permeability between energetic planes. I will do the work laid out for me on my new path with renewed vigor and the confidence that comes from being a Crone and knowing that somehow, all the resources I need are already there, I only need to call them.

-Amy Smolinski. Excerpt from a personal essay to be published in Return To Mago in August, 2015

Thank you so much Amy for participating and being a part of this project. Thank you for sharing yourself and your beautiful energy with fellow women.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

If you are looking for breastfeeding support in the local KMC area, please check out the Mom2mom website and FB. If you are not local, as Amy mentioned, new chapters are starting up, more info here.

Amy participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Divine Mother Danielle { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Choosing Your Path as a Mother

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Danielle }

Choosing Your Path as a Mother

I asked Danielle about her high point and low point within her motherhood journey. Her answer as simple.

“The low point is easy, lack of sleep… We are now just getting enough sleep that I feel  ok again… I was a working mom for a long time. The high point was becoming a stay at home mom.”

When I asked her to expand on why she felt this way, she explained how she had been taught to pursue a career and hadn’t given much value to motherhood. Not until she became a mother herself. She expands in an email she sent me after the interview and I will leave you here with her incredible words.

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“The message I received when I was growing up was that girls can do anything they want to do — especially if it was something that was traditionally dominated by men. In many respects, the message I absorbed was that traditionally masculine activities were somehow better than traditionally feminine activities — a career was better than motherhood, hard science was better than arts, playing sports was better than dancing. Without even realizing it, I soaked this in and it subconsciously affected all my choices in life. I chose to play a lot of sports as a kid – soccer, softball and basketball – and loved it. I chose to major in physics and math. I chose to join the Air Force. I could do anything the boys could do. All this time, I was adamant that I wasn’t going to have children. I didn’t see the value in it. The message I had internalized was that having a career, and especially a technical career, was better or more important than being a mother.”

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“Now two births, two miscarriages and a 15-year career later, I have completely reversed that belief. I am proud and grateful for my time as a physics student, active duty Air Force officer, reservist and engineer, but I now believe these activities pale in comparison to the miracles that are reserved only for women. My mothering journey has led me to realize the gift that is my female body — the gifts of my hormonal cycle, of pregnancy and birth, of breastfeeding, and of continuing the human species. These are special gifts to be honored. I no longer aspire to do what men can do. I feel blessed to be able to do what women can do.

The high point of my mothering journey thus far has been becoming a stay at home mom. I worked two jobs (as an engineer and an Air Force reservist) until my daughter was 3.5 and my son was over 1. Gathering the courage to leave my career behind was a huge struggle for me, an act of willpower of overcoming all the subconscious beliefs I collected over the years. It was hard to do. It was necessary. It was beautiful.”

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“I could see my daughter falling apart as I worked. It got to the point where her separation anxiety was such that I could not get up from the dinner table to get a glass of water from the open kitchen without her melting down. Becoming a stay at home mom has allowed me to mother my children in a completely different way than I could when I was working full time. We are more connected as I am more physically present. My children bring so much joy to daily life and I am blessed to be here to experience it with them. I feel so grateful for the magical opportunity to stay home with my children. It has forced me to grow and change to become an even better mother and person and to know and value myself as a woman more. My children have been my light leading me into peace and joy.”

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“It took a hard journey of uncovering my truths for me to come into this place of awareness. These photographs hold within them significant meaning for me. They are a visual representation of both my struggle and the beautiful place my journey has thus far brought me to. They are a milestone marking how far I have come. For me, these photographs honor the miracle of my female body, honor my bond with my children, and illuminate the value of motherhood. For that, I thank you.”

Danielle, thank you so much for sharing your incredible journey as a mother and human. I completely agree with your sentiment. It’s not about working vs SAHM. It’s about the message that we receive in this society that puts so much more value on what are considered “masculine” activities while also putting down the “feminine”. This is why women’s voices are needed. This is what this project is about. Giving back motherhood and being a woman the value and respect it so equally deserves.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Danielle participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Divine Mother Alisha { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Support & Supply

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Alisha }

Support & Supply

“Growing up I didn’t  think I wanted to be a mom. I didn’t want to have kids. I wanted to adopt and then one day it’s like a switch went off.

Make babies!”

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“With him I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding. He was tongue tied and I have flat inverted nipples. Right off the bat we were supplementing with formula. But after about a month I decided I had had enough and we put the formula away. We’ve been breast feeding ever since.

I had to fight to get a supply. My milk didn’t want to come in because his latch was bad.”

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“She was born and her latch was perfect. But a few days after coming home I got mastitis. I think it was the tandem nursing, I was engorged for weeks.”

“I’m actually just getting over mastitis again.”

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“In this area there is so much support. I remember with my first I would call my best friend every night crying. All I wanted to do was feed my baby and I couldn’t make my body do it.

I was able to see a specialist who was very helpful figuring out the tongue tie, but I feel even more support here.”

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“They are my life. Everything I do is for them. Maybe I need to make more time for me, but I’m away from them 8 hours a day for work. The time I have with them, is for them.”

Alisha, thank you so much for coming in and sharing yourself with us. You are such an incredibly strong mother. I loved hearing about your determination to breastfeed and I’m so happy you found the help and support you needed to achieve your goals. You are totally amazing!

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Alisha participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Divine Mother Colleen { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Being a Young Mom

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Colleen }

Being a Young Mom

 

Colleen’s interview was a whirlwind of playful boys, laughter and, thankfully, a few photos. As soon as I asked her to introduce herself , her oldest took over. He started with his own name, his brother’s and then looked up at Colleen thoughtfully and finished with “Her name is… mommy!” -Colleen’s son.

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“I was only 19 when he was born, my husband was not my husband yet. It was different then. I hadn’t finished college yet, we weren’t even living together.”

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“I’m 24 now and I still feel like people look at me like the teen mom.”

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“Even little things like Facebook groups weren’t a think back then. All I had was my family. I just did things how they did things.”

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“I’m so much more confident now. I can make my own decisions now.”

It can take time to find our voice. But once we do, I grantee you, nothing can stop you.

Colleen, thank you so much for coming and participating. It truly was a pleasure to spend some time with you and your boys. I know you are expecting your husband home shortly from a deployment and my hats off to you for managing your very happy and active boys in his absence. He should be very proud!

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Colleen participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of July Session 1, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

 

Blessings & Namaste

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The Divine Mothers of July Session 1 { Motherhood Photo+Interviews }

A sneak peak into the images captured for Divine-Mothering’s Photo+Interview Series, July 8th 2015.

“We had a full studio for this session as an influx of toddlers and preschoolers filled up the room. They brought so much energy and joy and definitely stole some of the spot light, but I often look at my images and like to think that my photographs often capture more than an individual. They don’t focus on one subject or another, but rather they capture a bond, a connection.” -Photographer Liliana Taboas from Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

Divine Mother { Colleen }

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Divine Mother { Alisha }

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Divine Mother { Danielle }

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Divine Mother { Amy }

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{ #GoddessesInTheStudio }

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Thank you, ladies, for participating! I always feel so full of love and energy after each session, thank you so much for sharing yourself with Divine-Mothering and the world! <3 <3 <3

I will be blogging about each of their mini sessions in the coming week and I absolutely can’t wait to share more.

If you are interested in the photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia, please visit her website here.

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Divine Mother Michele { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Breastfeeding Goals

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{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Michele }

Breastfeeding Goals

Michele was incredibly fun to work with, so full of energy and laughter. She was very excited to share her breastfeeding accomplishments with her third child.

“She’s the longest I’ve breastfed; 5 1/2 months. I’m really proud.”

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“My other two I only breastfed until 8 and 12 weeks. This one, she wouldn’t take the bottle until 4 months! My goal is 6 months.”

I had to laugh when she told me “I think it helped that I had mastitis with her, so I needed to keep breastfeeding.” What a way to make lemonade out of lemons!

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“I got more help with the 3rd child. Before I had no one guiding me or helping me with the latch. I feel I lot more confident too, maybe it’s the age… You learn and gain experience as a mother.

With my first I wasn’t too confident. I didn’t have help, with this child I’ve had so much support and encouragement with breastfeeding.

She’s an easy quiet baby.”

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When I asked her how she felt about continuing her breastfeeding journey, she was pretty honest. “I’m not sure what will happen whens he gets teeth!” A common fear for those who haven’t nursed a toothy infant. But from personal experience I can assure you all, it’s fine… And they don’t bite… Much…

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Oh, Michele, it was such a pleasure to work with you! I loved your energy and your little one is gorgeous. Congratulations on achieving your breastfeeding goals, I’m so happy to hear that you have received support and encouragement which often is the key factor for a successful journey. You are a lucky woman!

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Michele participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

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Divine Mother Antje { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Confidence in Mothering

Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews

{ Divine Mothers of June Session 2 }

{ Antje }

Confidence in Mothering

Antje came to the studio to celebrate the birth of her fourth child who is now 5 month old. She told me “I never thought I would have four kids, but so far it worked out good.”

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“I had my first two children with my ex-husband, and then I got married again. We decided we wanted to have children in common. I thought, why not just one more. But then it felt so good, we tried again! I think I’m very fertile.”

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“My first two pregnancies were easy, I had no problems and I lost the pregnancy weight pretty quick. My last two pregnancies I had pregnancy diabetes. I didn’t feel sick at all, but my glucose test didn’t come back good.” But her experiences as a mother have been overwhelmingly positive it’s no wonder she has such a wonderful outlook on motherhood. “I was lucky, my kids were so good and easy.  I had no trouble breastfeeding.”

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When I asked Antje how being a mother has changed her she answered with “I was super shy at first, being a mother got me really confident. With my first child, I was alone in a new country; taking care of the my child all by myself made me feel really good.”

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Antje, thank you so much for participating and sharing a little of yourself with us. Congratulations on your happy growing family, may your days be full of joy and laughter.

You are amazing.

You are beautiful.

You are truly divine.

Antje participated in Divine-Mothering Photo+Interviews of June Session 2, check out this blog post for more images of that session.

If you are interested in participating in this project, please check out the Divine Mothering Community on FB and click Events.

Photography by Liliana Beatriz Fotografia

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