Briefly tell us about your family.
I married my high school sweetheart, Tim, fresh out of high school, so we kind of grew up together. I am a mama to three kids with three different birth experiences. Gracelyn is 4 and born by c-section, Kade is 2 and born at home vaginally, obviously. Selah is almost 5 months and was born also by VBAC but in the hospital. We moved to Arizona after growing up and living in Illinois all of our lives. We have been in Arizona for about 2 years and love it. I met Jesus in high school, and I realize more now than ever before how much of a sinner I am and how deeply I need Him.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
When someone is perpetually late. Don’t get me wrong, I am a mama to 3 young kids so I totally get being late at times for whatever reason. It is the people who are ALWAYS late that I need more grace with. God is still sanctifying me guys; I have my struggles, and patience is one of them!
Do you thrive in the early mornings or late evenings?
Mornings, yo. Seriously, after 7pm my brain no longer functions. Give me 5am, coffee, and my Bible and I am ready to go! I purposely wake up before my kids for that sweet sweet quiet, cool, dark morning.
What did you do before joining Surrender Birth?
Before starting Surrender Birth, I had no idea where God would bring me. All I knew was that I had a terrible birth with my oldest daughter for multiple reasons and that left me with a desire to become a doula. After being a doula for 3 years and having 2 more births, I realized how much God is neglected in birth, and how much Christians, myself included, seek to control their own births instead of surrendering it to Jesus. There is where my passion for Surrender Birth was born.
What made you want to join the Surrender Birth team?
Originally Surrender Birth consisted only of me and my doula services. I began desiring to build a team for Surrender Birth about a year ago when God began to lead me more toward providing Biblical support instead of Doula support.
What can we expect your role to be with Surrender Birth?
I plan to just sit back and watch this all unfold. Okay, not really, but seriously I have no idea how the Lord is going to use this passion He gave me for His glory. My role will be to contribute to blog posts, educational material, manage the shop, ship and pray over your orders, organize Birth Testimonies, and handle some administrative stuff.
What strengths will you bring to Surrender Birth?
I really really really love hearing birth stories, about how the Lord worked with, and shaped, and taught, and sanctified couples. The picture of sacrifice and love and suffering and power in birth is beautiful. I will head up the Birth Testimonies section and I hope to bring some planning and organizing to the table, all while sending up a whole lot of “what the heck am I doing?” prayers.
What is one lesson God has taught you through birth?
God has taught me so much through each one of my births that it is hard to pick just one lesson. Most recently, God has been writing onto my heart that we are called to give birth for His glory, not our own. This has become the mission behind Surrender. In a culture that either says, “birth doesn’t matter,” or “I’m so strong and empowered,” there leaves little room for God’s glory to be the focus.
How do you think ‘surrendering’ relates to birth?
Surrendering means to yield power or control in favor of another. Although we all know you cannot control birth, our sinful nature wants to grip so tightly to the idea that we have total control over having the birth we want. Surrendering your birth to God means you let go of that idea of control and seek His Word for the promises that will ultimately deliver you.
If you had to sum up what you want couples to gain from Surrender Birth, what would it be?
I want woman to have their perspective on God’s role during birth to be changed. I want women to be able to see the refining, sanctifying, sacrificial beauty in birth and to have new life in Him with the new life He blesses. I want men to be encouraged to step up and lead their wives to Jesus through this season.
What stirs your affections for Jesus?
Waking up early in the morning before anyone else is awake in my house and sitting down with my journal, Bible, and a hot cup of coffee to soak in God’s Word or journal out prayers.
What is your favorite passage in Scripture?
Right now my heart is reflecting so often on Lamentations 3:21-24:
“But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
If you had to pick an attribute of God that He has been teaching your heart most recently, which would it be?
Trustworthy. He is faithful, and He can be trusted. My flesh so often wants to take control and handle things how I think they should be handled, and God has been so gently whispering to my heart that He can be trusted, He is good, and He is faithful to fulfill His promises.