This week we are getting the opportunity to hear from Mommas in all different stages and stories. Today I have the honor of sharing with you an interview with my sweet sister-in-law, and friend, who has been a Mom for almost one whole year now to the sweetest baby there ever was (I might be a little biased). You will want to check out this new Momma’s first year journey:
- Tell me a little bit about yourself:
Hi my name is Shaina Ward. I am a stay at home mom to my son Nelson, who is 11 months old. I have been married to my husband Collin for the past 6 years. We both grew up in Texas but are currently living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I love being a wife and a mom. My husband and I are serious foodies. We love trying new restaurants and cooking with each other. I also love coffee and cannot live without it.
2. When you found out you were pregnant, what did preparation look like spiritually and emotionally?
Well, after the shock wore off, there were so many emotions. I was so excited but I also started to feel what a huge responsibility this was. Every day, I began to dream about this little boy growing inside of me. Some days I couldn’t wait for him to get here and other days I wanted him to stay inside my belly forever.
I began to realize that my actions and my faith did not just affect me. My quiet time and my relationship with Christ dramatically changed. I knew if I was responsible for teaching Nelson about Christ then I needed to know Him inside and out. I began to truly study the Bible in a way that I had not done before. I am still focused on not just reading the Bible but understanding and growing. My relationship with Christ finally became my main priority.
- Is there anything about Motherhood that has been unexpected?
Everything is just so much better than I could have ever imagined. I knew I was going to love him and love being a mom but I honestly never could have expected to love him as much as I do. It is a love that cannot be explained. Nelson filled an area in my life where something was missing. In becoming a mom, I feel like I have grown in so many areas in my life. I have learned to lean more on the Lord, I have become more consistent in my quiet time, and I am starting to learn how to be more patient.
- What is the Lord currently teaching you through your role as a Mom?
Right now, I have really been thinking about how I am never truly going to be able to give my son all that he needs. The best I can do is teach him about Christ and let Christ direct his life. Nelson is so full of joy and I want him to always be full of the joy that can only come from Christ. As his mom, I want to raise him in a home that is filled with Jesus. I want to not only teach him about Jesus but show him through my actions. My prayer is that Nelson develops a relationship with Christ early on and that it flourishes throughout his life. I don’t ever want to hinder the plans that Christ has for him. I realize that my main role as his mom is to direct him to Christ in all areas of his life.
- What is your favorite thing about being a Mom?
Honestly this is a tough one. There are always some difficult moments in this journey of motherhood. There are days when I feel like I have not gotten any sleep. I wake up exhausted and don’t know how I am going to make it through the day. Then there are some days he doesn’t want to leave my side so I am not able to do all the things I had planned. There are definitely new hurdles everyday but I love being his mom even in those tough times. I guess my favorite thing so far is just to watch how joyful he is and how he brings joy to other people’s lives. Nelson has always been a really easy baby and he is always smiling and laughing. I wasn’t sure what life verse I wanted for him but the instant he was born this verse came to mind:
“Be joyful always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
I am so excited to watch him grow up and to see where his joy takes him in life.