Hey there! I’m so glad you stopped by! My name is Alicia.
Once upon a time I was an elementary school teacher, now I’m a stay-at-home-mommy to two little girls.
This is Big Sis, she’s 6.
and this is E, she’s almost 3.
And this is our newest addition, Belle.
I married my high school sweetheart in May of 2007.
I’m living the life I’ve always dreamed of, except I had no idea all that this dream life entailed. There are so many joys and successes but there are also some real struggles. I didn’t anticipate the endless loads of laundry, the constantly messy floors, the struggle to meet the needs of a toddler while caring for an endlessly colicky baby. On the other hand, I also hadn’t anticipated the great joy these kiddos would bring, or the laughter that would ensue. They brought with them the kind of love that makes your heart swell.
So why “Motherhood in the Trenches?”
One late morning I was sitting on my bed with a one month old Little E when Big Sis walked into my room. She was wearing a pajama shirt, Toy Story undies and flip flops, her hair was a hot mess. When I asked her what she was doing she said, “Helping Daddy clean the car.” For a split second I was mortified that the neighbors could see her outside like that but then I just laughed. This, my friends, is motherhood in the trenches. Sometimes we’re deep in the trenches fighting big battles, not gaining any ground and just barely able to maintain where we’re at. Other times we’re advancing, we’re succeeding and we’re feeling good about where we are only to find ourselves back in the trenches again.
When I shared that story on Instagram and Facebook I had no idea how many comments I would get both on those social media platforms as well as in person. It was then that I realized that I had the power to encourage other moms. This blog isn’t about me complaining or asking for prayer or sympathy. It’s about me sharing real life and hopefully encouraging another mom who is feeling like she is the only one going through this hard yet rewarding time. It’s about celebrating little successes and sharing ideas as we love on and nurture our precious families. If my blog can encourage even just one person then really it’s done it’s job. We can often feel so alone in this journey through motherhood and I hope through this blog we can all join together, encourage each other and know that we are not alone!