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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 Eva { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Surprise

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{ Divine Mothers of August Session 2 }

{ Eva }

Surprise

I am a mother. I have been for 10 years. I have a step son and he grew in my heart, not my belly. We didn’t think we could have children and we were OK with that. I’m in my 30’s and my husband is about ready to retire and… Surprise! You’re pregnant. I cried first actually. I cried and I was upset. My husband came home and he found me in the bath tub. He asked what was wrong and I told him “I’m pregnant!?!”

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And then I thought, you know, so many things could go wrong. I got nervous. Maybe it’s not going to happen. But everything has been good. I feel very fortunate. I haven’t had morning sickness or anything like that. But now I’m 30 weeks pregnant and everything is becoming a pain in the butt. Everything hurts, but I have a feeling it’s all going to hurt a lot more soon.

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I had gone to two doctors. We have been married for 13 years and for about 8 of that we tried to have children. After 2 years we went the first doctor. That doctor said I have PCOS, but I went to get a second opinion. I don’t feel like I fit the profile for PCOS. People tend to be heavier and hairier. I do have a cyst though… So we went to the second doctor and he agreed. “No, you don’t have PCOS, but something is wrong with you.” And he recommended that I try in vitro. And… I was not digging the whole hormone shots, the process of disappointment… I have a beautiful step son and a pug.

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And they were right. Nothing happened for another 2 years. Then I had a miscarriage. But it was… The development only went up to 6 weeks. So I don’t really consider that a loss. I just saw it as affirmation that my body can’t hold a pregnancy.

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I have a big cyst right here [ lower abdomen ], it’s the size of a chicken egg, but it doesn’t seem to be interfering with the pregnancy… And that’s that!

Eva, thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing part of your story with us. Your words deeply touched me, your strength and self acceptance is amazing. I wish you a beautiful healthy pregnancy, birth, and child. You’re amazing.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

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

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The images from this photography project are now being transformed into Children’s Books. Please visit the Books section for more information.

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

Eva is also an incredibly talented photographer, please check out her work here.

The Divine Mothering Series is already making waves on the internet. Check out some articles written about DM in our PRESS section.

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The BIG Announcement { Divine-Mothering }

Before I started shooting the Divine-Mothering Series I thought for a long time. I asked myself, what was I going to do with these images? What was the point of it all? What was my purpose?

To be honest, I wasn’t sure. I just knew I wanted to shoot them. I knew they needed to be seen and shared. I knew it was a powerful message at the throat of every new mother.

We stand in front of that mirror, only a few days postpartum, and we cringe. We mourn. We cry. Not all women’s bodies change permanently postpartum, but many do. For those women, we have a massive media train telling us something is wrong with our bodies. I wanted to seek out women who were ready to accept their postpartum bodies, however they were. Small or big, marked or spared, soft or firm. It didn’t matter. All that mattered was a different type of beauty. The type that comes from within. The type that radiates from the inside thought your smile, your eyes, your love.

Divine-Mothering was an instant hit. Between the images and stories, it was hard to miss the inspirational message. My heart swelled, it was like watching magic happen. The images being produced, are in my completely biased opinion, devastatingly beautiful. The stories being shared connect all of us in common experiences, fears, joys, and triumphs. It’s hard to explain how much energy and power this idea has generated so intensely and so quickly.

As my first round of Photo+Interview Sessions this past summer came to a close, I was left with a brief moment of quiet and rest… And then…

Lightning struck.

Like a blaze of fire in my mind, I rushed to put words on paper, capturing every precious drop of inspiration and motivation into the rush of creativity.

I am immensely pleased to announce that this October 2015, I will be releasing my very first Children’s Book. What I hope will be the first of many. The images and self loving message of Divine-Mothering has been transformed into a bonding experience that is sure to touch the heart of all, young and old. Written from the perspective of a loving mother, this book is designed for mother and child and celebrates the magical transformation women make into motherhood.

Without further ado. I present to you ‘I Will Always Be Your Mother’ by Liliana Taboas. My hope is that this book will not only showcase the incredible images being produced by Divine-Mothering, but will also be a joy to read and share with your loved ones, and in this way start the much needed process of normalizing, humanizing, and especially, de-sexualizing, the incredible female form. This is visual and literary medicine for the next generation of women, and men alike.

I will share more details soon, but in the mean time, I need YOU to get excited. I need YOU to spread the word.

I am in the final stages of the process and am counting the days until I have the first copies in my hands… and I hope that you will start counting them down with me.

If you are interested in being of the first to purchase this book and would like to Pre-Order, get on Our Mailing List.

*Please note this is a NEW mailing list. If you are already a subscriber to Divine-Mothering I would urge you to join this list if you want to receive information on our latest news, events, books, etc.

By joining the Mailing List you will be the first to see the live link to the book sale as well as receive a special discount code.

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Divine Mothers of August Session 2 { Motherhood Photo+Interviews }

A preview of the wonderful images captured on the Divine-Mothering Photo_Interviews August session 2.

This session only includes two amazing women but as luck should have it, one of my participants insisted I should jump in as well. I must admit, I am no where near as comfortable in front of the camera as I am behind it. But it was a good reminder of the courage and confidence all my participate have exhibited by participating in these intimate sessions. So how could I say no?

Thank you ladies for coming out to this session and for finding the strength to share yourselves in this way. Can’t wait to blog the individual stories, amazing stuff, I promise.

Divine Mother { Eva }

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Divine Mother { Iliana }

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And… here I am taking part in the festivities!

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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!

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

If you are interested in participating in one of the Motherhood Photo+Interview Events, check out our FB Page and click Events.

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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.

If you are interested in this series please consider subscribing to our blog and following our FB page.

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

The Divine Mothering Series is already making waves on the internet. Check out some articles written about DM in our PRESS section.

 

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Divine Mother Leah { Motherhood Photo+Interviews } Let’s be Honest

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{ Divine Mothers of August Session 1 }

{ Leah }

Let’s be Honest

“It’s been a whole new adventure. You go in thinking you know what you’re going to do and realize you’re just making it up as you go along. And then you wonder if your parents know what you were doing. They had no idea. I thought, ‘Oh, my mom knows everything…’

I wouldn’t trade this adventure for the world. It’s been wonderful.”

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“It’s hard. People say it’s hard, but you don’t realize how difficult those hard moments are. I think the hardest part for me has been coming to grips with all the changes. The changes in my life. The changes in my marriage. The changes in my body. It’s been hard for me. That’s why I wanted to do this. You have to love your body.

I feel hypocritical. I tell everyone how postpartum bodies are so magical and they did something amazing, but when it comes to my own… I hate it. But I tell myself, you can’t love everyone else’s bodies and hate your own. That’s crazy. We’re so self critical.”

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“Being a mother is a new aspect of my personality I didn’t know anything about. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to have children because I worried I would be a horrible mother. It took meeting my husband, he loves children so much and watching him made me want to be like that too. I wanted to have a family with him. I’m very glad I did because it came easier than I thought it would. Not that it’s been easy.

It changes who you think you are and I think that’s a good thing. I’ve learned things about myself that I love.

I drive safer, think more long term. It just changes how I think and operate because I want to be around when he grows up.

It changes the way you look at the world. When I read the newspaper articles, I go, oh my god, we have to change that because if that’s around when my kid grows up… It just changes the way you view the world.”

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“I think I like the person I’m becoming. I think it’s made me a better person in the end. At the beginning I was a little sad. A mourning for a part of yourself that is lost in some ways. You have moments of ‘who is this?’. But I definitely wouldn’t change anything. I much prefer the person I’ve become.

I feel like when you become a mom there’s this expectation of needing to be perfect and if you’re not mom’s beat themselves up. And I do it as well. I know that I mess up all the time and that’s ok.”

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“I saw my mother struggle for years trying to achieve this image of the perfect working mother that she could never quite achieve. Until one day she realized what she was doing to  herself  and she became very happy. It took her three children… three children and one marriage later, to figure that out.

I like to see people be more honest with themselves.”

Leah, thank you so much for participating in this project and sharing part of your story with us.

Repeat after me,

I am an amazing woman.

I am beautiful.

I am strong.

The light within me is divine.

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

If you are interested in this series please consider subscribing to our blog and following our FB page.

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

The Divine Mothering Series is already making waves on the internet. Check out some articles written about DM in our PRESS section.

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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.

If you are interested in this series please consider subscribing to our blog and following our FB page.

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

The Divine Mothering Series is already making waves on the internet. Check out some articles written about DM in our PRESS section.

 

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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.

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

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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.

If you are interested in this series please consider subscribing to our blog and following our FB page.

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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