Motherhood + Drawing Closer // Guest Post by Demi-Brooke Kerr

"there's ways you expect motherhood to change you -- expanded heart, wider hips, a lack of sleep. one unexpected way is a simplified lifestyle. motherhood has caused me to slow down and appreciate the beauty in simplicity, be it the way the kids hold hands in the back seat, or downsizing our belongings in exchange for more time outside. before kids, my husband and I were already minimals - my sister and friends coined the term "Demi-downs" for how often they would get baskets of our belongings as handmedowns. once we had our first, it seems items multiplied, and we had to get back to our roots.

we opted to have no tv in our house, began a capsule closet for each of us, and the kids have minimal toys. we feel strongly that, as thomas moore put it, "the ordinary arts we practice everyday at home are of more importance to the soul than their simplicity might suggest." by getting back to our roots, it has left us with more adventures, room for imagination, and time spent together.

when matthew 18 says that we should become like little children, I didn't fully understand that until having oliver and maribelle. they play and forgive endlessly without a care, their hearts pure. daily, I learn so much from my children and their outlook on life- they are encouraging us to strip away the excess and draw closer to what is important. I think as mothers and woman alike, we can feel the pressure to personify perfection. remember in those moments to look at your sticky kids with dirt under their nails and mixmatched clothes. their happiness in just being. take a deep breathe mama, and just be."

Such beautiful words and qualities to admire. Thank you so much for sharing with us, Demi! Demi is a wedding photographer alongside her husband, and is a mother to two littles. You can read more about her on her website and blog, and follow along with her daily life on Instagram @demibrooke

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