Monday, June 08, 2009

Mama Monday

Today's Mama Monday is the colorful, vibrant, thoughtful blogger Sara Janssen of the very popular weblog Walk Slowly, Live Wildly.
I was very lucky to be able to meet Sara and her husband Matt, along with their daughter Bella, when they road-tripped across the United States in a fabulous RV in 2007-2008. Their adventures were documented at their blog Live Lightly Tour.(for some reason, this link is not working.) 
If you are a regular reader of Sara's blog, you will know she has a week old little newborn named Lucia Mae (a.k.a. Lucy Mae):

Isn't she precious perfection?

Sara also has a very informative food blog with yummy recipes: 

Sara and her daughter Bella.

Ladies, I bring you Sara:

Greatest thing about being a mom—
Seeing the unbridled enthusiasm in Bella’s eyes when she is excited…and realizing that we can all experience that same emotion if we just stop “acting like adults” for awhile ☺. Being a mom has changed me in every way possible and I am so grateful.

Hardest thing about being a mom—
Wanting to parent perfectly, but realizing that it’s impossible.
Dying to myself daily and letting go of my “agenda”.

Favorite blogs/websites—
I wish I had time to read all of the amazing blogs that are out there! I have simplified my blog reading lately, and try not to add a lot because I get overwhelmed with it all! ☺ It’s hard to pick just a few, but here are some that I really enjoy:

Tara Whitney – my favorite photographer. Her photos make me insanely happy.
Tara Whitney

Bluebirdbaby – Great photography and writing. Check out her self-portraits…amazing stuff.

From Under The Laundry Pile - My good friend from high school…who is soon to welcome their 8th blessing. She cracks me up like no one else.
From Under The Laundry Pile

Journey Mama – Rachel is the friend of several people we’ve met on tour, and I just adore her blog. Very real, passionate, and inspiring.
Journey Mama

How do you find balance in your life?
By pursuing it …it doesn’t just happen. In today’s world of “go go go”, it’s very easy to get out of balance and let certain things take over the top priorities in my life. It’s easy to be swept away in the excitement of things, but I want to be very mindful about where my time is going. I want to focus and place a priority on the things that are eternal…spending time with family and friends mostly. Maintaining connection with those I love here on earth as well as with my heavenly Father help me find balance.

When things are getting stressful…I have no problem saying ‘no” to events and invites…even if they are fun. I know my limits better now than I did when we were first married…and yet it’s a daily thing. It doesn’t happen naturally!

One word that describes you---

Jesus, photography, design, traveling, vegetarian and vegan cooking, raw foodism, whole and organic foods, Thai food, tea, coffee, breastfeeding and child-led weaning, babywearing, homebirth, the family bed, cloth diapering, vaccination awareness, attachment parenting, natural remedies, holistic medicine, homeschooling / unschooling, different cultures, eco-village living, anti-consumerism, questioning everything, protecting the environment, buying local, crafty things, becoming debt-free, being frugal, homemaking, simplicity, yoga, tiny houses, thrifting, recycling, using cloth everything, raising chickens, gardening, vermicomposting, camping, backpacking, worship, and singing.

Favorite thing to wear—
Right now? Sun dresses! But when I’m not super preggo, you can find me in skirts or jeans and comfy tanks/t-shirts. I’m a very colorful and casual kind of girl. In the summer I LIVE in my Chacos, and in the cooler months, I’m all about the Birkenstock clogs. Of course, in Montana, I’m forced to be all about the snow boots most of the winter months!

Top three events in your life (so far)—
1. Bella and Lucy's Birth.
2. Our Wedding Day.
3. Touring the U.S. and meeting inspiring people.

Three random "quirks" about you—
1. I like my hot drinks to be HOT…not luke warm.
2. I have my pilot’s license, but I never use it.
3. Even though I love food and all things fresh, I have never had my own garden (we’re trying our hand at a few things this year!) ☺

One thing that has been on my mind lately—
Well, this one is easy…having a baby! I’m 39 weeks pregnant right now and that’s pretty much on my mind all the time.

I couldn't live without---
Hmmmm….I could get all philosophical, but here are some things that I LOVE (but that aren’t necessary to life).
• Avocados, watermelon, and kale
• Soy caramel lattes
• Snuggling
• Sunshine
• My camera

What helps me through tough days---
Remembering that “this too shall pass”. I’ve gotten pretty good at realizing my triggers and the things that are harder for me to handle…and then I try to avoid those things (i.e. not trying to cram too many things into one day, for example). Saying short prayers frequently throughout the day helps immensely as well.

Something the Lord has been telling me—
That His love is unconditional and that I can never stray out of His reach. He has also been gently reminding me that life is so much easier when I abide daily in Him…and relying not on my own strength, but on His.

Bible verses you have been enjoying lately—
Isaiah 30:18
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
he rises to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!

Philippians 4: 4-9
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Thank you Sara!!! 


Bayard said...

Love the bump/kid pics hun, you look gorgeous and the children are too cute. Congratulations on the baby. What wonderful news (plus you got further than you thought which is good!) Make sure you take things easy and rest up. No stressing! Have you thought about babynames yet? is a great place to search as you can look by origin and meaning! I just had my first baby, a little boy called Marlow. Love the blog - I really hope things go well for you hun xxxx

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Elise said...

I love Sara- thanks for bringing her to us like this, Andrea!