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Caitlin Crawford // Motherhood

Meet Caitlin. She is a at home Mom/owner of Austin Street Apothecary, a handcrafted 100% natural skin care line. She has one baby girl, Cora Ruth, who is almost 9 months old. (she was 5 months old when we took these photos)

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

Being a mother is the hardest and best job I've ever had! It's my responsibility to image what it means to be a woman, wife, mother, friend, etc., to this little girl. What an honor and privilege! Being a mother has brought me to my physical, spiritual, and emotional breaking point (sometimes all in one day, haha!) and shown me my great need for the Lord in brand new ways. 

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

"God made me a mother because he jealously and rightly desires praise for his own name, and this is how he saw fit to do it. God aims to glorify himself through our family, and we get to be carried along by his grace." Gloria Furman, Treasuring Christ When Your Hands Are Full

When I look at my role as a mother through this lens I feel so much freedom! Knowing that there is God-given purpose and grace in every moment gives me courage that trumps fear and guilt (and it's so easy to feel both as a mama!).

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

These days we spend the first part of our mornings snuggling in bed together and I really can't get enough of it. We love going on daily walks through our neighborhood and TWU, visiting all our friends on Austin Street, walking to Quakertown Park and the Square- we love to be outside, and we are blessed to live so close to so many people we love!

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

 Remembering that the Lord knows Cora better and loves her more than I ever can or will helps me parent much more gracefully.

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