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Lauren Vanderpool // Motherhood

Meet Lauren Vanderpool. She is a part-time event planner for a company in town and a full-time mom. Scout Camille is her daughter and she is five months old already!   

What does the role of "mother" mean to you?

I think the role of motherhood is all about imaging Christ to the children the Lord has entrusted to our care, or at least I pray that the Lord would use me to that end in the lives of my own kids. I know for me personally, my mother has always been an image of strength and love and godliness, someone who is to this day helping me expand my perspective on life and look at the world through a more eternal lens. I believe that the Lord has instituted motherhood as a way for humans to experience, in a very real way, the unconditional love of God.

What is the best advice you have ever received when it comes to motherhood?

During my pregnancy, a friend wisely encouraged me to celebrate the diversity of motherhood rather than to feel intimidated by it. I have found this advice o be constructive in my thinking about motherhood because the reality is that moms choose to do things differently from one another. I don't share the same convictions as some of my mom friends and we all may ultimately make different decisions on behalf of our children. Rather than letting these differences be divisive, I want the to serve as a reminder that there is no silver bullet to parenting. we all have the same goal - to raise our children well - we just have varied approaches in pursuing this outcome, which is way more interesting anyway.

 How do you like to spend days with your little one?

Well, eating and sleeping currently are Scout's two greatest skills and much of our days are occupied with these activities. But besides that, we enjoy spending time outside. Our family lives in a a great neighborhood near downtown, and we love to take walks, visit neighbor friends and go to the park whenever the weather allows. I'm also discovering how stimulating music is to my daughter and so I sing to Scout quite a bit. Then she smiles and coos along with me and my heart melts every time. 

What do you find most important in your role as a mother?

 I think the most important thing a mother can do is to nurture an environment for her children to flourish. My goal in parenting Scout is to slowly help her become more and more independent - both in her abilities and in her thinking - so that she can confidently handle whatever the world would throw at her. I want to foster every opportunity she is given to become the individual the Lord has created her to be. 

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