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5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Read ‘I Will Always Be Your Mother’ { Divine-Mothering Books }

I wrote ‘I Will Always Be Your Mother’ because I believe in the body positive message. I believe that women and girls, and men and boys, need to be exposed to women’s bodies in a more positive context. There is nothing more raw, fierce, powerful , touching, and real than the immense love mothers feel for their children. We come into this earth though women’s bodies, we should celebrate that process; leaky boobs, saggy bellies, stretch marks are our battle scars ladies. Wear them proudly.

So on to my 5 Top Reasons why YOUR child should read

‘I Will Always Be Your Mother’

 

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1  It’s first and foremost a bonding experience.

I wrote this book for mother and child. It is meant as a time for cuddling and bonding and meditating on the amazing journey your are on together. Creating positive reading experiences is also a key step towards love of reading. Teacher at heart, I can’t state the importance of reading with your children enough, but here I go. Read With Your Children. Read With Your Baby. Read the news paper, read the cereal box, read traffic signs, go to the library (most have Story Times, google it right now!), read the dictionary, it doesn’t matter, just read with your child! Other than a warm hug, a good meal, and safe home, there is nothing more important that you can do for your child’s education that instilling a love and enjoyment of reading.  ‘I Will Always Be Your Mother’ has a wonderful loving message and eye catching images that babies will love. Children, babies, and mothers; it’s their whole world. They will love it, you will love it. Go cuddle with your child, and read this book together.

 

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2  This book humanizes women’s bodies.

This is a big one. Let’s face it. We live in a world where women’s bodies are protraid in a single context, sex. There is no escaping the sexy commercials that exploit women’s curves to sell material goods. We are so entrenched in a society of sexualising women that even young girl’s bodies are made “sexy”. This narrow perspective of the female form objectifies women and strips us of our humanity. For the sake of our daughters and our sons, we need to stop this. We need to combat this. We need to show women’s bodies in different context. There is no nudity in this book, but there are bare navels, there are back sides, there are bras, there are breasts, and none of it is sexual. That is something I want my children to internalize.

 

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3  This book helps normalize motherhood, breastfeeding & postpartum bodies.

Breastfeeding is normal. Stretchmarks are normal. Soft saggy postpartum bellies are normal. Rock solid engorged breasts are normal. Stretched out belly buttons are normal. Your body changing is normal. In fact, most women who experience pregnancy will have their bodies transformed for the rest of their lives. Can we stop the taboo? Our bodies are AMAZING. Our wombs are bringing forth the next generation. Our bodies are growing and nourishing babies. This is an honor, a privilege, and powerful. Let’s give back the pride and respect postpartum bodies so rightfully deserve and yet are often robbed of. So take your rightful place next to your sister who suffered no changes or weight gain. You are equally amazing, beautiful and powerful. Let’s stop making one out better than the other.

 

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4  It will build up a new mother’s self-esteem & teaches self-acceptance and self-awareness by helping mothers model it.

Because we have been robbed of the respect and honor we should feel towards our postpartum bodies, new mothers everywhere are left with a deep sense of shame and anguish over our changed physical appearance. I want this book to be a step in the healing process. Let your eyes feast on the beauty that is what your body has accomplished. Let the words transport you to the amazing journey of motherhood. Your heart needs this, and your children need to see you build yourself up.

 

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5  It represents different ethnicities.

One last thing… If you’re wondering, YES, there are women and babies of different skin color in this book. Don’t let the cover fool you! Race and racism is an important and sensitive topic today and shouldn’t be ignored. Marginalized people are calling for representation and visibility. I hear you and I stand with you. I know this is something that may be important to you as a reader, and I want to reassure you that is a topic I care about. Divine-Mothering.com is for women, all women. And while I’m limited by the women who choose to participate in this project, I am honored to have worked with women of varrying backgrounds despite my modest amount of participants.

 

Book cover, I will always be your mother

Available On Amazon

‘I WIll Always Be Your Mother’ by Liliana Taboas

List Price: $15.99

Page Count: 36

Binding Type: US Trade Paper

Trim Size: 8.5″ x 11″

Language: English

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Divine Mother Ashley { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Don’t be Scared

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{ Divine Mothers of August Session 1 }

{ Ashley }

Don’t be Scared

“He’s the first one I breastfed. With the first two I tried but we didn’t make it past a handful of days or weeks… We had so much support in this community and the support of my husband and that made it much easier.”

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“We made it to 3 months, that’s been a really high point for us.

Mom2mom has helped. The FB group and all the consultants, they have some great consultants here. My problem was not having enough support and not having enough knowledge. I was pretty determined to make it. My first goal was 3 months and we’ve got it. Now I’m pushing it back to a year.

When you know so many other people who do it, it helps. Like before I would go to the car to try and breastfeed, but now I just throw my blanket on and we’re good to go.”

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“They’re my biggest helpers and they adore him. They’re all ‘Oh my turn to change the diaper!’

I’m much more confident now than I ever was before. Three years ago I would have never done a picture like this. I’ve gained confidence. Looking at them, that’s what makes me grow. Having  two girls ,I want them to know how the be confident and strong and be comfortable in your own skin.”

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“Before I didn’t go swimming or do stuff like that. I don’t want to miss out on those things. Stretch marks were a big issue and fluctuating weight. I just didn’t feel comfortable, but this body made three kids. This body is pretty awesome.”

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“Have confidence in your body and breastfeeding and anything you want to do. If you’re determined, don’t give up and don’t miss out on going to the pool. Don’t be scared.”

Ashley, thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing part of your story with us. I hope your words reach many ears and inspire confidence.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

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

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Divine Mother Sandra { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Mothers Need their Mothers, Too

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{ Divine Mothers of August Session 1 }

{ Sandra }

Mothers Need their Mothers, Too

“I started being a mother at the age of 18 and now she’s 18 years old. It was very difficult and  I couldn’t have done it without my parents. They were the biggest inspiration.”

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“My mom she was the one who said we’re definitely going to breast feed and cloth diaper. It was really fun, except not really. In 1997 cloth diapers were horrible. Little rubber pants and Gerber refolds. You know how low quality they are now? They haven’t changed. My mom was the first to go out and buy disposables and say we’re not doing this any more. She had thought it would have been like when I was cloth diapered , but things had changed.”

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“Low point was having to go back to work. It’s difficult to leave your babies. Soonest I had to go to work was after my second was born. I was in the Navy and she was a week old when September 11 happened. My extension to my baby leave got cut short. I did get my full baby leave, but not the extension. So my parents took care of my daughter. I was working a state away. I tried to pump, but I dried up. She only got about 3 months of breast milk.

With my little ones now, second youngest is 3 1/2, he breastfed for 2 1/2 years. So there’s nothing wrong with the boobs, but there needs to be a baby attached for it to work!

I worked up to about a month before coming here. So it was kind of hard to adjust. But you don’t get these moments back.”

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“I feel like I came into myself more. I feel more confident, more self assured, and it’s brought me happiness. I love it, I love it, I love it. Or I wouldn’t have had so many.

I think because they are so spaced apart it doesn’t feel likes many.

Joking with a friend I had said. I’m going to go pose in my underwear, but I thought, it couldn’t be so bad… my underwear covers more than my bikini!”

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“I’ve seen the normalize breastfeeding movement and I love it. Back then, among my friends, I was the only one to even give it a try. I was the odd man out. It’s good to see the growing numbers.”

Sandra, thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing part of your story with us. It’s so wonderful to talk to a mother who’s had years worth of experiences, knowledge and wisdom.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

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

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This Needs to Stop { Divine Mothering Submissions } Rebecca

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Rebecca, Divine Mothering Participant

This Needs to Stop

 

First day back at work today.
I didn’t wear my loose fitting maternity top. Instead, I wore my just -slightly- small size 12 prepregnancy top.
Guess what? It was tight on me. Duh. Anyone that really expects a woman to fit into her prepregnancy clothes a mere 8 weeks after birthing a child who contorted my body to her needs for 9 months and then COULD HAVE KILLED HER DURING CHILDBIRTH needs to get bent.
I heard whispers of all kinds of comments about how I looked today. “Does she even still want to be in the military?” “Has she even taken care of herself?” “You know her top is way too tight on her right?” “You know she looks like a sloppy, fat Airman?” Not to mention all of the rude stares from people who don’t know what miracle I had 2 months ago.
THESE RUDE ASS IGNORANT COMMENTS HAVE GOT TO STOP. This body in all of it’s squishyness BROUGHT FORTH LIFE INTO THIS WORLD. I could have died during childbirth and I am happy to still be here. I’m grateful that I’ve had a fairly easy recovery. I’m also using my super amazing mombod powers to FEED ANOTHER HUMAN BEING. I had many pregnancy complications out of my control that took a toll on my health.
So knowing that my top was a little snug, why did I still wear it? Well 1. I’m not pregnant anymore. I don’t want to wear a top that feels like I’m swimming in it. 2. I’m proud that I can even button this up after feeling like a beached whale for the last 3 months of my pregnancy. 3. Uniforms are expensive and I don’t want to waste money buying a new top that wont fit me properly in another month or two. 4. This pushes me. Feeling perpetually uncomfortable drives me to be better.
My lunch today? Veggies and some lean meat. What did I do on my actual lunch break? I ran a mile to my babysitter’s house to see my baby and feed her. Guess what? I’m making progress. I’m starting from square one again, but I have a solid plan and a solid support system.
Everyone will have something negative to say about everything. Fuck them. The only voices I need to listen to are my loving husband’s, Raven’s, and my own.

 

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Divine Mothers of August Session 1 { Motherhood Photo+Interviews }

A sneak peek into the images captured on Divine-Mothering’s August Session 1, Aug 4th. I can’t wait to blog the individual stories and share these women’s voices with you!

The past couple of weeks have been a bit of a media frenzy with several blogs publishing articles about Divine-Mothering and while it’s all exciting to get attention, the very best part is to start receiving messages from people who have been positively impacted by these photos and stories. The blog’s reach is growing, our voices are getting louder, and you ARE getting the point across!

Women everywhere want love themselves!

And you know what? Now, no matter where you are, you can share your story on Divine-Mothering. I am very pleased to announce that I am launching a Submissions Section to the blog where women everywhere can share their photos and voices. Check out the Submissions Section HERE and share your story Today!

An now on to these lovely mothers <3

Divine Mother { Sandra }

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Divine Mother { Leah }

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Divine Mother { Ashley }

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Divine Mother { Rebecca }

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Thank you, ladies, for participating! After this session I felt such a humongous sense of peace. I know we are making a difference! 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.

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Divine Mother Teresa { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } An Amazing Feeling

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{ Divine Mothers of July Session 2 }

{ Teresa }

An Amazing Feeling

When I talk to the participants, I can see that no words could ever put into context the love that they feel for their children and the joy they experience as mothers. Interviewing Teresa was that type of an experience. She spoke filled with emotion, her words getting lost in the endless space that was radiating with happiness and love. It’s a wonderful thing to witness.

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“My high point is just being her mommy.

I guess nothing ever…

It’s an amazing feeling and I’ve never felt anything like it.”

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“A low point is having no support, but being here has been empowering. Mom2mom and getting together with other moms has helped so much. Being with other moms, feeling like we’re all the same…”

Teresa and her daughter took a break from interviewing to play the “I love you” game. I think we all know that one. Just saying “I love you” back and forth, pronouncing the words are quickly as your breath can spare, until everyone erupts in giggles.

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When I asked her about her identity and how it had grown with motherhood she replied with:

“It’s my reason for being. My husband tells me all the time that I was made to be a mother.”

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“It’s a great feeling. I can’t put it into words. It’s so amazing.”

Teresa, you have such a beautiful loving spirit. I loved capturing your joy for motherhood. Thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing yourself with us.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

Teresa 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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Divine Mother Stacey { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Learning to Accept the Changes

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{ Divine Mothers of July Session 2 }

{ Stacey }

Learning to Accept the Changes

“I feel like I’m still writing my story as a mom.

He was born a little early, we weren’t planning on him coming yet. We were pretty excited. ”

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“Pregnancy was more difficult that I thought it would be. It was a fairly easy pregnancy overall, but the changes that went through my body I wasn’t prepared for. I had always been very confident in myself but then I started gaining weight, started getting stretchmarks, and my confidence plummeted. I went from someone who was strong and felt like I knew what I was doing to to rather soft and unsure of myself.

It took me a really long time into my pregnancy to gain some confidence back and to realize that while some people may like all of the changes… not everyone does.  He’s very much worth all of the changes I’ve gone through.”

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“Finding out he was a boy was really exciting. Holding him for the first time was amazing.

I went from a very long labor to a very quick C-section. Having my husband there talking me through it was so important. He got to go and cut the umbilical cord and then they brought him back and put him on my chest. That was absolutely amazing.”

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“I’m learning every day how to deal with a tiny human.

I don’t know if I’ve realized any changes in my identity yet. I’ve always wanted to be a mom. It feels kind of natural.”

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“All the changes are worth it. I think I let the pressures of society… Stretchmarks aren’t pretty. Weight gain isn’t fun… I let those things get to me a lot during pregnancy. Now that hes here… They are completely worth it.

I can show him how I build myself back up.”

Stacey, I hope you continue to grow and learn as a mother and maybe we can build ourselves back up together! Enjoy your brand new little miracle. Thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing yourself with us.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

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

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{ 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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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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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.

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