Welcome to Raw Motherhood.
My name is Jen.
I’m a late 20-something (almost 30-something) wife, mom, and nurse. I’m married to my husband Ben who works full-time as a worship pastor for our church. Ministry life is tough but also so rewarding. During the week, I’m a stay at home mom to our 1 year old daughter Olivia. On the weekends Ben and I do a role reversal and he watches Olivia while I work my dream job as a NICU nurse.
We’re also very fortunate to have both of our families around and an incredible babysitter so Olivia gets to spend her Sundays with grandparents or hanging out with our sitter.
Raw Motherhood was birthed out of my growing frustration with our culture of mom-shaming as well as the lack of transparency through social media. I’m a sucker for pretty Instagram photos just like everyone else but, when everyone else seems to be trying to become a social media influencer with their overly filtered lives, I start to find myself feeling alone on my journey through motherhood, searching for anyone else who is still wearing 3-day-old pajamas crusted with snot that is not from their own body and debating whether 11 am is too early for a glass of wine. After walking away from social media for the better part of a year, I decided if I was going to come back to it I was going to commit to being real, vulnerable, transparent, and raw about what everyday mundane life is like as a wife, a mother, a Christ follower, and honestly just as a human being.
Don’t get me wrong, there is a time and a place for a photo that’s been edited and has a few filters on it. Every once in a while I’ll even post one (my beloved friend Janae and owner of Westrum Photographs took the one you see above) . But more than anything I think we need less of the fake and more of the raw motherhood that we all find ourselves in. We need a community of moms who aren’t afraid to stand up and admit that being a mom is HARD.
So welcome to Raw Motherhood, friend. A place where the transparency of everyday life meets the truth of God’s grace. It’s messy, unrefined, sometimes a little comical, but 100% real. Grab your cup of lukewarm coffee, or wine, or whatever it is you’re drinking, join me during your 30-second bathroom break, and know that you’re not alone on this crazy journey of motherhood.