Our Keepsake Journal is Here! 🎉

I always knew motherhood would bring a world of change, and I feared one of those changes would be my friendships

And, it’s true. Our friendship DID change, but not in the way I thought it would. Our friendship became much deeper and stronger than it had been before. 

RELATED: Friends, Don’t Offer a Mom Help–Just Tell Her You’re Coming

Thank you for being so understanding in the early days. You knew how tired and distracted I was, yet you didn’t hold it against me. You checked in constantly to see how I was doing and if there was anything you could do to help. 

Thank you for loving my child as much as you love me (or let’s be honest, even more).

You are always so willing to spend time with both of us, even if that means playing tag with the baby or sitting with me while I fold laundry during naptime. Hanging out together now looks much different than it did before, but you have been so gracious and flexible. 

Thank you for cheering me on and for listening to me talk about how I’m adjusting to motherhood. Thank you for never once acting bored or bothered when I vented to you about my frustrations or stresses. Thank you for helping give me perspective when I am being too hard on myself and for helping me find balance by taking time away from Pinterest boards or mommy discussion forums when I get too caught up in comparison.

Thank you for reminding me of who I am outside motherhood.

You have embraced my new role as a mom, but you have also been so gracious to remind me who I am when I feel a little lost in all the changes. You encourage me and empower me to continue going after goals or carving out some time for my physical and mental health. You have done such a great job making sure I don’t get carried away in the currents of motherhood and hold tightly to all the other parts of me. 

RELATED: Here’s To the Mom Friends Who Show Up

There will never be enough words to show my gratitude. You showed up for me and for my baby, again and again. And, you continue to show up for us every birthday, every holiday, and even just because days. This would have been an understandable season for you to step awayI didn’t have as much time or energy, and my attention was divided, my attention span distracted. Yet, you hung in there with me and held me close as I went through the biggest, most challengingly beautiful time of my life. 

And then I realized that’s what makes this friendship so wonderful: its ability to grow up with us without keeping score. The ability to adjust, to weather every season of friendship and bloom through it. 

You have shown me what it means to show up. I will never forget how you have always been so present and purposeful in our friendship, especially now. Thank you, a million times over. I am SO lucky to have you by my side. I am SO lucky to have you by my child’s side. 

So God Made a Mother book by Leslie Means

If you liked this, you'll love our book, SO GOD MADE A MOTHER available now!

Order Now

Check out our new Keepsake Companion Journal that pairs with our So God Made a Mother book!

Order Now
So God Made a Mother's Story Keepsake Journal

Liz Newman

Liz Newman is a poet and a blogger from the Midwest. She writes primarily on faith, love, and relationships. She is a wife, mama, and a bookworm. She loves connecting with others through words and hopes to inspire and encourage others along the way. 

Dear Daughters, You Have to Show Up for Your Friends

In: Motherhood, Relationships
Dear Daughters, You Have to Show Up for Your Friends www.herviewfromhome.com

  Dear Daughters: Make sure you show up for your friends. It’s more important than you think. Show up for the important things, like milestone birthdays and weddings and baby showers. And show up when they need you but don’t want to ask, like during a tough break up or when they suddenly lose their job or their parent’s funeral. Make sure you return the call when their voice cracks in a message because they are exhausted from staying up with a newborn three nights in a row. Make sure to send a text letting them know you are thinking...

Keep Reading

Dear Friend, You Never Have to Fake It With Me

In: Friendship, Living
friends with arms around each other by the water

To my friend who is struggling with depression,  I want you to know I’m here for you. I may not know what you are going through, but I want to hear about your struggles.  I know sometimes when I ask how you’re doing, you want to say “Great!” but the reality is you aren’t feeling great at that moment. Please know I don’t want you to feel like you have to put on a front or pretend like you are feeling something you aren’t. I know you’ve said to me you feel like a broken record, but I never see...

Keep Reading

Find a Friend Who Points You To Jesus And Keep Her Close

In: Faith, Friendship
Two friends looking at phone

When you take a problem to friends, they might try to help you in different ways. They might help you talk it out. They might come over and bring wine. They might know how to make you forget it all, let your hair down, and go dancing. RELATED: Look for the Ones Who Remain They’re all trying their best to help. I’m not putting those friends down. But that friend who points you to Jesus—she knows the One who can help you. She knows what you want to hear. But she also knows Who you need to hear. She knows...

Keep Reading