Hello, My name is Heather and I am married to my Soldier husband and we are blessed with five lovely, lively and loud children. We live in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Here are a few things I am passionate about:
- My love for my God from whom all blessings flow.
- My husband who both inspires and grounds me.
- My five children. Yes, they are a handful, but also a heartful. They are the reason behind Momma Nurture.
- Giving moms encouragement and some tools to thrive in motherhood. You've got this, Momma!
- Sharing history, travel and the great outdoors with my family. We love adventures- from learning about the heroes of the past to travel and exploring all across the country.
- Reading aloud to our children and teaching virtue through story.
- Daily striving to be the "best version of myself."
- Giving my body what it needs, daily movement and real food, and coaching my family and clients to do the same.
- Enjoying a fresh cup of coffee, before my little housemates arise, and starting my day in prayer. The day just doesn't seem right if I don't get this precious gift! By the way, I enjoy my coffee with a little maple syrup, vanilla almond milk and a shake of cinnamon.
I was what one may call a "late bloomer" to motherhood. I longed to be a wife and mom through my twenties and early thirties. When I finally found Mr. Right at thirty two, we made haste to join in matrimony. We knew we wanted children right away. We were doing our part, but had fertility issues (maybe due to post 9/11 stress in the Army ) and waited two years to finally conceive. Our first child was such a joy and easy baby that we didn't waste any time in having a second. Our second is a our sweet, only daughter and she was a baby with tummy troubles. She fussed and cried several hours a day and Momma fussed and cried as often. She had nursing issues and at one point refused to nurse, even though she would not take a bottle. What I did not realize was that I was having some post-partum depression issues and was not handling her cries very well. This was a very dark time for me- I felt like a failure as a mother because I could not feed my baby. As a military family moving every few years, we were not close to family nor did we have many friends for support. In addition, I was so immersed in the problem that I failed to practice self-care and was exhausted. I was a mess and I did not think I could live through another day like this!
Long story made short-What saved me? Three things...1. my faith and journaling practices, 2. professional help with breastfeeding, and 3. husband supported self- care at the YMCA.
Out of this experience with my wonderful, only daughter as well as others among the many days of pregnancy, nursing and growing children, came a conviction in my heart that I must help other moms who struggle with the transition from pregnancy to motherhood. God has been planting the seeds for several years and now I am so overjoyed and honored to coach and mentor other moms. I don't have all the answers, but I do have a bunch. What I don't know, we will discover together with me and you side by side. I vow to never leave a struggling Momma down. I will nurture you and I will show you some ways to nurture yourself and your baby.