After getting a bad-mom-take-your-kid-to-the-eye-doctor note sent home by the school nurse, we paid a visit to the optometrist. My son slipped on his glasses for the first time, looked around and breathed out, “Wow.” That’s what I feel like motherhood has been for me: new eyes to see the world.

Then, I found I enjoy getting up early to reflect and write - so I decided to start a blog. I wanted the blog title "my life as a mom," but I saw it was already taken. I'm pretty sure it said since 2007, but the webpage was completely blank. I had to laugh. A blank blog about motherhood somehow seems accurate. It tells me the person who started the blog was probably busy being a mom and didn't have time to actually write in her blog. I. Get. That. Mom.

But, I'm going to try and keep words on my pages. Since I Became a Mom is about:
  • How, in parenting, we daily make more of an impact than we realize. I also include ideas for making all of our parenting journeys rich and full. (Inspiration in parenting.) 
  • How we are stretched and transformed in the coolest ways through motherhood. (Encouragment for moms.)
  • How God weaves ridiculous amounts of sacred moments in our everyday lives where we can see and feel Jesus.(Noticing the everyday sacred.)
This space is also a place for me to be creative with my photography. And just for fun, I sometimes include our DIY home remodel projects. (My husband and I bought a home that we are flipping, always a bucket-list sort of thing for us.)

Do you also seek out inspiration, encouragement and the everyday sacred? I'd love you to join me on FacebookPinterest or Email (Freebies)

There are a lot of fun mom blogs out there to follow, so if you choose to follow mine - know that I do not take it for granted.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Places to find my writing:

Published on the Huffington Post:
18 Hours Later and I Felt Braver (For Moms)
To the Mother of All Boys
Why Alone Time for You Is Good for Your Kids
5 Lies We Tell Ourselves

International Publications:
Buzzit.No (Norway): To the Mother of All Boys
Mamamia Women's Network (Australia): To Every Mother of Boys: You Can Count Yourselves Lucky.
The Huffington Post (Germany): To the Mother of All Boys
The Huffington Post (Italy): To the Mother of All Boys
Psychologies (Russia): To the Mother of All Boys
The Huffington Post (United Kingdom): To the Mother of All Boys

Published on Faithit.com
Sometimes I Do My Best Parenting at Starbucks
To the Mother of All Boys

Guest Blogger on:
Made to Mother: To the Mother of All Boys
Inspire Me Mama: Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear
Moms Magazine: You are Inspirational

Published in Print:
MomSense Magazine May/June 2009: I Need Friends!
MomSense Magazine March/Apri 2010: Creative Exercise

*MomSense Magazine is a publication of MOPS International. The name has changed and the magazine is now called Hello Darling.

Blog Featured on:
parenting.com - check it out here.
Equipping Godly Women -  check it out here.
Beautiful Ashes -  check it out here.
Skipping Sideways -  check it out here.

Our bathroom remodel was featured here on the amazing Remodelaholic blog.


As you read through my blog please know, for all the clean-house pictures, the are way more messy-house moments. I take lots of pictures to get my few photoshopped ones that I share. (I do this because it is my hobby and I enjoy it. I would not spend time on it if it wasn't.) For all the polished mom or faith or life moments I share, there are plenty that are not polished. :)

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  1. Just found your blog through the link-up on The Wiegand's and am so happy I did! Can't wait to keep reading!

    Alison, http://lavieambrose.blogspot.com

    1. Thank you Alison! I am excited to check out your blog!

  2. Came across your blog after reading your guest post on Made to Mother and so glad I did!

    1. Thanks, Susan. So glad you left a comment!

  3. I just found your blog through your guest post on "Made to Mother." I loved that post! I can't wait to hear what else you have to say. Your boys are so handsome. I look forward to following along! :)

  4. Thanks so much! I enjoyed looking at your blog as well!

  5. Hi Cheryl! Someone just forwarded you blog post from huffington post to me, because I just found out yesterday that we will be bringing a fifth boy into this world! No girls for us either. And I LOVE being a mother of all boys. I had such mixed emotions going into the ULS because the idea of giving up my title of an all boys mom was very sad to me. But my boys wanted a baby sister and I wanted that for them. But your post so resonates with me. I get the same comments all the time. But I wouldn't trade my boys for the world. God definitely knows something I don't know and I trust him completely in sending me these wild, crazy, sweet, loving little souls!!

    -Morgan Olson

    1. Congrats on your fifth son! I know that either gender that we as moms are blessed with is special and wonderful, but speaking from the only experience I have - it is sure fun to raise boys! I am with you in trusting God to give me wisdom in raising my set of wild, crazy, sweet, loving little souls!:)

  6. I love your blog. I find being a mom of 2 young boys ( 14 months apart)- one almost 3 & one almost 20 months extremely challenging, however reading your words brings me perspective on the hard days. Thank you & please don't stop writing. :). Jennifer

    1. Thank you, Jennifer! Your words made my day!

  7. Lovely blog, Cheryl! Your photos are beautiful and your writing is equally inspirational.

  8. A friend shared one of your posts on Facebook about the lady in the nursing home who gave you incredible perspective about raising boys only. We have three boys too, and I hear those same comments.

    The other day I had a moment of insecurity where my heart simply whispered, "God, wouldn't I have been a good girl-mom?" Those moments don't come often, but since then I've been flooded with random stories or women who are also raising only boys and I'm reminded that what I have as being the main woman in their lives is the most important job I have. I also know that while sometimes I'm sad over what I'll never have, I wouldn't trade those boys and this family dynamic for anything.

    I'm writing a post on it this week. I'll be including your site, so thanks for sharing - it came at just the right time.

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  10. Just came across your lovely blog on mother of boys. I like ur self have 3 amazing, crazy, cheeky, loving and gorgeous little boys. Age gap is also similar to yours, as ours are 6, 5 and 2. Don't get me wrong I have my days where I think a little girl would've been nice but then most days I realise how truly blessed I was to be given these 3 beautiful little boys to look after me forever! I loved that comment that the little old lady said to u in the nursing home. Keep up the good work and I'll keep reading. All the way from Scotland, XxX

    1. I loved reading your comment. Looks like I am a little bit ahead of you in life. Yes, a girl would have been nice, but it bothers me NOT AT ALL that I don't have a daughter. I love my sons! Thank you for following me! It means a lot. (And I've been to Scotland once. It was AMAZING!)