Hi friend, my name is Nicole. It wasn’t my mother’s first choice for my name. It wouldn’t have been my first choice either, but alas it’s the name I answer to and always have. I would have made a good Charlie (short for Charlotte).
More importantly, I find myself in a season of life that causes me to go by another name. Approximately 10,956 times each day my three little boys call out, “Mama.” It is an honorable name that I too easily forget how blessed and honored I am to be entrusted with.
I am a home-maker, a total home-body, home-birther, home-baker, and home-educator. “Home is where the heart is” is a sign I should probably have somewhere in my house. I am surprised I don’t!
In between seasons of growing and birthing babies, I have pursued entrepreneur avenues on multiple occasions. Some of those endeavors have included: self-taught family and birth photographer and filmmaker, professional photo editor, birth and postpartum doula, and website/graphic designer. I stepped away from my most successful business in the spring of 2019. I made this choice in obedience to what I felt God was calling me towards, or rather away from. For now, I consider myself a hobby photographer and blogger. I believe everyone is an artist in some sense or another. I have had a drive to pursue an artistic outlet in every season of life I’ve found myself in.
By my side is my lifelong crush and husband. He learns more and more each day what it looks like to lead our family in a God-glorifying manner. We are very closely approaching our 10-year wedding anniversary! Despite seasons of heartache and pain, God has provided endless opportunities to both receive and give grace through our marriage. I can’t imagine journeying through life with anyone else.
Soon after getting married, we found out we would be parents to our first little boy. After he was born, we experienced the crushing loss of a pregnancy via an early miscarriage. Praise God, following our loss we were entrusted with two additional baby boys with no complications. The most recent to join our crew was born a week before Christmas in 2019. They are all roughly three years apart, and grow (and yes, fight) each day as the best of friends.
When we first decided to try to get pregnant, we had no idea how our lives would change. (Does anyone?) I unexpectedly had some very strong instincts kick in about how we would desire to handle and prepare for childbirth. This would go on to inform how we would pursue medical choices through the experience of having our first child. Since becoming parents, we have found ourselves pursuing a life that looks much different than the typical American family.
My heart is to share with you through written words. Writing is an avenue I have always loved to express myself through. It’s something that I have felt the tug to pursue more seriously as time has gone on. I want my words to encourage, bring clarity, and above all reflect Christ’s truth love. There is nothing of more importance to me than turning my heart back to our Heavenly Father. He reminds me day in and out how His grace and love abounds.
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All photos of this Family Centered Home Birth courtesy of Stephanie Shirley Photography.Be sure to head to the end of this story to find the beautiful birth film she also created in addition to these images! That Morning The mid-December day started quiet and slow. My 6 year old joined me in bed first thingContinue reading “The Family Centered Home Birth of our Third Baby”
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When I need relief for a sore throat and cough strike in my house, I am super grateful when I have all of the ingredients on hand for this quick recipe to find relief. It can also be useful for a pesky cough, as pineapple juice is fantastic for that. It’s actually surprising that IContinue reading “Sore Throat and Cough Relief Recipe”