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Why Mended Mama?

When you decide to start a blog I think one of the toughest parts is picking a name. There are several reasons why I had such a hard time.

  1. You have to find a name that another blogger hasn’t already taken. This is much more difficult than you would think, especially if you are a mommy blogger. There are a ton of mom blogs out there y’all.
  2. It has to sound good. I am a big fan of alliteration, obviously, but even if you don’t choose to go in that direction your blog’s name needs to be attention grabbing, pleasing to the ear, and standout among the vast array of blogs.
  3. It has to have meaning and fit with the mission and subject of your blog. The name needs to let the reader get a quick sense of what the blog might be about, while also feeling “right” to the blogger.

It is exceedingly difficult to find a name that fits all three of these criteria. Mended Mama was not the first name I tried. Every name I picked was either already taken or didn’t speak to me. So, I decided to look up lists of Christian words to see if anything stuck. Again, if I liked it then the name was already taken. I was starting feel defeated and hopeless.

I had one final thought. I decided to move on over to Pinterest and search for Christian quotes. I eventually landed on one that struck a chord. The quote was, “Broken things can become blessed things if you let God do the mending.” This quote hit me in my heart and I felt pulled to use it to name my blog.

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Many people would have looked at my life and laughed if I said I felt broken. In reality, compared to what so many people go through, I was not broken. My life was/is great and I have so much to be grateful for. However, I was mentally broken compared to what I used to be and where I wanted to be (my next post will delve into my mental state during this time, so stay tuned). On a warm August night surrounded by friends I decided to let go of all my stress, worry, and anxiety and mended myself by listening to His voice and allowing Him to work through me.

So, Mended Mama is a name that means quite a lot to me and feels “right.” This blog is all about my voyage learning about myself, God’s word, and other meaningful inspiration I discover on my path. So, do you want to hop on this voyage with me?

 

The Journey Begins

Welcome to Mended Mama! I am so glad you have decided to join me on this journey. For many years now I have considered starting a blog, but I always let fear get in the way. Some thoughts that ran through my head were, “There are so many mommy bloggers out there, so someone is already saying what I will say.” Or, “I don’t even know what to write about.” The root of the problem though was fear. Fear that no one would read, fear that people would think I am inauthentic, fear that I am not a good enough authority on any subject, fear of hurtful comments, and honestly, fear of all the hard work on top of the million other things I do a day. I have decided to let all of that go and move forward with my blog.

Since becoming a stay at home mom I have struggled with my sense of identity and feeling of worthiness. In my former life as a teacher and a school librarian and I felt like I was making a positive impact on the world, even if it was just a small one. After making the tough decision to stay at home after my son was born I felt like I had no purpose. Things came to a head recently when I was trying to find a job without much luck and I felt lost. One night I attended a local Christian women’s event at my church, Ember, and had an overwhelming feeling that staying home, at least for now, is what I should be doing and that I needed to start a mommy blog that explored my journey building a relationship with God and trying to be a better person, wife, and mother. So, here I am staying true to that feeling even though I am terrified and feel like I have no idea what I am doing. So, if you want to follow along and see my triumphs, struggles, and failures, I promise to keep you entertained and keep it real.

Thank you for reading!

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The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. — Lao Yzu