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Birth Affirmations


I have slowly been building a little birth affirmation hub since being pregnant with Leela. I collect a few new things with each pregnancy, Stryder’s and now this baby, too.


With Stryder, a friend and I were going to try our hand at henna-ing my belly, honoring the babies I have lost before Stryder (he’s my rainbow baby). She drew up a sketch of what I told her I was looking for and I as blown away! I was very near due when we planned this, and I actually gave birth to him before we could do the henna, so she blessed me with this gorgeous picture. It hangs in my birth cave along with a prayer from In His Hands birth supply.

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This pregnancy, a family birth friend made this for me, an affirmation that has been absolutely powerful for me this time around – after learning what I have about energy, it liberates me to sink into contractions rather than tense against them. They ARE me.

I have more things that encourage me in pregnancy and labor, but these two are my absolute favorites.

In Which I Release a 4th Term


A Mother’s Feast has been a wonderful blessing this year. I have accomplished 3 semesters of intentional learning that enriched me with beauty, truth, and goodness. Which is 3 seasons more than I had been getting, after a roller-coaster life for several years.

These past 3 seasons have been truly like a bountiful feast laid out for myself, and the best part is that as Melody has seen me once again reading, taking up new handicrafts, learning to draw… her love for learning has returned with new vigor. The Mother’s Feast leaves more than enough for others to delight in!

When I planned out my Mother’s Feast this year, I planned for 4 semesters. As this fourth semester was drawing closer, I found myself feeling overwhelmed rather than refreshed. I felt burnt out, but I was determined to keep going to finish the plan.

Over the summer, however, I kept being encouraged by Charlotte Mason-inspired articles, podcasts, and forum conversations. All of them pertained to rest – rest for the children in a summer vacation and refreshment for mothers. I slowly edged toward the knowledge that taking a semester of rest was not just wanted, but needed.

My summertime sanctuary...

It started with Moms are Born Persons, Too. Not difficult to realize that if I give my children months of time off to decompress and let their minds make connections in rest, because they are people, I should give myself that as well. Then I listened to the podcast, with more conviction.
Then came Summertime Lesson by Karen, and the last place setting at this year’s Mother’s Feast was set… I needed to let my mind rest and keep making connections from what I have been reading, listening to, and learning with my hands.

Which at first was a struggle for my winter (Type 4) nature, but i’ve had a few weeks without scheduled Mother’s Feast and can see how allowing myself scheduled freedom will offer another aspect of beauty, truth, and goodness.

Reader, have you ever chosen to give up something to encounter the state of rest? How did it effect you? Was it difficult to make the decision or was it quite easy? I’d love to hear about you!