I'm teaching this verse to my little homeschoolers this month:
"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven" Ecclesiastes 3:1
I find so much peace in that truth.
It's been a long time since I blogged or posted anything with all the changes from this past year. One of those changes was beginning to homeschool not just my own kids, but our friend's children as well. In the process, doula work has been, for the most part, on the back burner as I pour my energy into creating meaningful curriculum and experiences with a Waldorf inspired approach. I'm relishing the magic of these early years, recognizing, as so many veteran parents say, they quickly fly by.
I've been able to embrace the season I am in knowing that there really is a time for everything, but there is certainly not time for everything. I've never been prone to workaholism, but I do give my all to my work, whether it be as doula, or a homeschooling mom. Seeking God's wisdom and truth in life has taught me to hold things with open hands and curiosity. I have learned to savor what is and not dwell on what isn't. Sometimes, somethings must be put on the shelf for a while, but it doesn't mean they must stay there forever. This is especially important for new parents to remember. Becoming a parent is a very special season that requires so much of you, often more than you knew you had to give. It can feel like your whole life was upended and you will never have freedom again. If you feel that way, I want to encourage you that it is just a season and to try to enjoy it for what it is: a time to bond and grow as a family.
I'm so looking forward to diving deep back into birth work, when the time comes. In the meantime, I am still open for consultations and working with a small number of families a year. It's such a difficult season to be pregnant and birthing with all the challenges and heartache of COVID and, as always, I am ready to give my all for those I support.