Motherhood, Work, and Grace {Giveaway!}

For Mother's Day, the Wall Street Journal featured an article by Athelia Wooley LeSuer, the founder of Shabby Apple, an online dress boutique that specializes in vintage and retro dresses, on her thoughts and experience running a fashion company and being a mom. 
"I will do my best as an entrepreneur. I will do my best as your mother.
I won’t apologize.
I won’t apologize for being a mother. I won’t apologize for you. When I go to meetings with international buyers, I will carry you on my belly. When you cry, I will politely excuse myself to calm you. The fabric man from Shanghai will be surprised, but he will take me seriously because I take myself seriously."
Shabby Apple
It's a beautiful tribute to her commitment to her baby daughter and to her work, and you can read the full article here.  I do realize that not all moms can take their babies to work with them and hold them during meetings, dance with them during conference calls, and take them to networking parties.

In fact, one of my friends is going back to her job as a special education teacher today after two weeks with her newborn. Relatives are coming to stay with them until school lets out to watch the baby at home, but what about next year? Will she eventually have to choose between her job, which she loves, and staying home with her baby, whom she also loves?

How do your dreams and being a mom intersect? Is balance between work and being a mom actually possible? How do you reconcile the way God has gifted us to serve others out in the workforce, and the way He wired us to nurture and raise precious little people?

These, and similar, questions were on my mind this weekend with all the Mother's Day festivities. I used to feel like if I got pregnant before finishing school or before I had a good job, my life would be over. It's taken some time, but I really don't feel that way anymore. I'm certainly not in a hurry to start a family, but I don't believe it would be the end of the world.

I guess God gives grace for each season of life. To the mom who works and puts her children in day care, God gives grace. To the mom who quits her career to stay home, God gives grace. To the moms who start their own businesses and work from home, God gives grace.

I do admire Athelia's perspective, and I'm always happy to work with companies that share similar values. Shabby Apple is committed to making life better for women worldwide through their work with Accion providing micro financing loans for women to start their own businesses. And this week, they're giving away $50 to one of you lucky readers!

I love my Toe The Line dress from the Set Sail Collection, but I'm also a huge fan over one of their latest Fete De Fleurs Collection, a fantastical floral tea party.

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