3.17.2015

Momspiration

I spend my days parenting.
As the joke goes, "From Son up till Son down" 
I am on.


I have found myself as of late constantly thinking of two moms in particular who inspire me to do better, be better.  I am so grateful for the "momspiration" they provide.  I love that although we've never actually met, the support we give each other is the same as if we all lived next door.  (Which, by the way, girls, sounds awesome!)

Who are these lovely ladies?
One is Tabitha, or Tab, as I call her, acting as if we're the oldest and best of friends;
and the other is Ashley, who mama's five kids. 
(yes, we're using "mama" as a verb now... "it's what you do.")


These two girls are amazing.

They set goals;
They parent broods of small children;
They homeschool;
They try...
They fail...
They try again.

I love them for it.


Recently Tabitha has inspired me to let go of our morning TV.  I am loving how our days start without it, and know I wouldn't have had the courage to let it go without her "momspiration".  Ashley homeschools her boys like me, and she introduced me to our new history book, which re-inspired my homeschooling.  I have since re-read The Well Trained Mind, and am determined to take on classical education for the remainder of this year and for second grade next year.  (more on that to come...)


Throughout the day, as I fold laundry, wash dishes, wipe faces and clean counters, I think of these two mothers, going through the same motions, in their houses, with their children, and I feel less alone.


Needing some momspiration for yourself?

Check out Tabitha's life as a coach wife & you'll be thanking your stars for your mellow schedule.  Or check out her beautifully honest post about raising three under five.  

Ashley's weekly {around here} updates make me giddy when I see them every Friday and her monthly goals never cease to inspire me.

Thank you girls-- 
for existing, for parenting on, and for inspiring me just when I need it.
Virtual {{hugs}} all around!!!

8 comments:

Ashley B said...

Oh Shelly, you are just the sweetest. I am so glad that we found each other too! If you ever find yourself near Washington DC, please let me know!!

Marilynn Raatz said...

I loved reading these blogs. I want to do some goal setting!

Tabitha Studer said...

Shelly!! this is so amazing and I am honored to be included:) YOU inspire ME (as does Ashley, duh). Can it be a life goal of mine to have the three of us all together for dessert and coffee. PLEASE. thank you, internet, for bringing these mommas who are my legit friends into my life<3

Jenna E said...

Aw Nice!! I have a mama here in my small town that I have befriended and we push each other through the hard times. So cool that you found that through the internet!

Jasmine Garsd said...

Hi,

I'm an Education reporter with National Public Radio, working on a story about being a teacher in a remote location. I stumbled across your blog and would love to talk to you. My email is jgarsd@npr.org Thanks!

Annery said...

We stopped morning TV for Lent. It was hard the first week, but I'm seriously loving it now :)

Kasey said...

I've been a terrible commenter lately. But I ordered a Mario shirt for Simon (new obsession) and was just checking the shipping info. It originated in Vancouver, WA and I thought of you. So hi!

Kasey said...

I've been a terrible commenter lately. But I ordered a Mario shirt for Simon (new obsession) and was just checking the shipping info. It originated in Vancouver, WA and I thought of you. So hi!