We are delighted to share with you A Peek At Motherhood featuring Elizabeth Kartchner also known as Dear Lizzy or Liz from elizabethkartchner.com. I have a little confession to make…about 4 years ago when I was first discovering what blogs even were I came across Dear Lizzy… and have been inspired by her ever since! It’s an honor to be able to share with you a little bit about her as she is one inspiring mama! We had a lot of fun putting this photo shoot together with Heather Telford our talented photographer. A special thanks to peek kids, see kai run, ribbies clippies, and hello hi for providing the darling apparel and accessories for Liz’s three darling girls!
A peek into Liz’s life:
Q= You have a wonderful husband, 3 darling girls, a baby on the way, Dear Lizzy scrapbook line, published just a few books, a very well known personal blog , and Liz’s Paper Party a new blog you just launched…please tell us how you do it all?
A=I definitely do not do it all… or try to do it all. There’s usually a pile of laundry needing to be put away, or a sink full of dishes to wash. But I think it’s about priorities… first and foremost I am a mother and a wife. When I put that first, and they know they are most important in my life, then other things I need to do fall easier into place. There are times when I definitely get overwhelmed and by the end of the day I’m exhausted, so I learn to limit what I do. Having a supportive husband makes the additional things I do possible… it also helps to have some of my husband’s favorite treats on hand for bribery.
Q= With february being the month of love share with us your insights on…as huey lewis would say “the power of (a mother’s) love?
A= A mother’s love is the most powerful and influential part of a child’s life. Yes, I am known to exaggerate but I don’t think I am putting too much emphasis on the role of a mother. Sometimes we may not think what we do is substantial… wiping noses, singing lullabies, or endless cleaning. But I do know that there’s a reason why a simple kiss from mommy on an “owie” makes it all better. That’s probably why the world tries to distract mothers from our attention to our children. I can feel that pull from various directions but it’s so important to not get consumed in it all. I don’t want to miss my chance to teach and show my children the way.
Q= What inspires you?
A= Everyday photography, music, color, shapes, fashion, laughing & being with people I love.
Q= What are 3 things we may not know about you?
A= 1. My husband, Collin, was my first date in high school. He asked me to the Homecoming Dance. When he was driving me home after our date he came to a complete stop at a green light. I think he was a little nervous.
2. I took a Darkroom class in college and dream of having my own darkroom someday so I could spend the day taking pictures with my film camera then develop the pictures later that day. It’s such a cool and dreamy process… with lots of stinky chemicals.
3. If I could be anywhere at this moment it would be at a secluded beach somewhere in a hammock, pina colada in hand, painted toe nails with my feet in the sand, sound of kids playing in the distance, sun on my face… I could go on and on.
Q= If there is 1 thing you have learned and could share to inspire and help other women/mothers what would it be?
A= Sheesh, I feel like I am still learning so much as a woman/mother… but something that I am striving to do is not to compare myself to others. A couple years ago I had a quote on my inspiration board, “Find you. Be you. Be happy with that.” I loved it because at times I feel myself trying to fit into another mold or trying to be like someone else. But I need to focus on what I do best and my natural gifts that can bless others’ lives. I mean I don’t know anyone else who can eat a bag of Peanut M&M’s as fast as I can. That’s something I need to embrace and be proud of! 😉
Thank you Liz for inspiring us and all of those around you! Hop on over and check out some of Liz’s amazing talent! Here at Dear Lizzy…
GIVE AWAY: NOW CLOSED…the winner is Amber Anderson xoxo
2 WINNERS will have the chance to win the following: (one of our readers and one of Dear Lizzy’s Readers)
1.Please leave a comment about the power of (a mother’s) love.
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**To Double your chances head on over and enter at Dear Lizzy too!
Entry closes 12 midnight EST on Thursday February 14th, Winners announced on Friday February 15th