Hello there ~ I'm Leah
The photo above is a fancy one the family photographer we use took for me, but below is much more likely what I will look like if you met up with my while I was living my ordinary, everyday life. Messy hair, likely hat or ponytail, wrinkles by my eyes and sun spots. I feel most alive by the water, I feel God there and am always longing for more.
We have three kiddos Liam (13), Raine (10) and Haven-Kate (who I always referred to as the baby but we have no babies anymore and is eight!) Being a mother is amazing, I love it all, even though some days I feel overwhelmed and cannot begin to get to all the things I would ideally like to get to.
We are lifelong learners, which is my preferred way of referring to our version of homeschooling, as for us, our days look very little like they would if my kiddos went to school. We all love to learn and I hope to provide my children with the support and time they need to discover and pursue their own dreams and passions.
I am an IBCLC (registered lactation consultant) and love to support women and families on their breastfeeding journey (whatever that looks like for them), as I believe it not only makes a huge difference in the short and longterm physical/mental/emotional health of babies and their mothers, but also can impact one's overall parenting journey in such a beautiful way.
I believe in God and try hard to remember that God is love. With all the day-to-day tragic things that happen in the world, I sometimes have heated words for s/he. If having cancer brought me one core belief I cannot explain but feel with every cell of my being it is this: no matter my circumstance I believe God is good and works all things to good. This belief was something I could only come too through facing my own possible premature mortality.
Many people I know and love have been hurt by organized religion, not to mention that sometimes the church really messes up what God is trying to do here, so it is not without some hesitation that I share about trying to follow Jesus. Also because, calling myself a Christian or follower of Jesus, I worry about how crappy I make Jesus look just by saying that due all to my own shortcomings! But I have freedom at this point in my life to love my own (while not perfect, certainly trying to follow Jesus) church community passionately AND have understanding why people have different beliefs. Most of the time I experience that we can love and respect each other, differing beliefs aside. Luckily I grew up Lutheran, so I have never felt a need to convert anyone anyway (ahem!)
Someone wise once told me the only thing we can share with authority is our own story. I believe sharing stories is beautiful and life changing.