author | speaker | storyteller

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Here’s the thing. Motherhood is hard, and our struggles are real. We are in dire need of finding Grace in the mishmash of our daily lives, which is why I created this space. This site is somewhere for you to feel safe pulling back the veil on all the broken and challenging parts of motherhood while embracing the laughter and joy of the beautiful moments. Consider your visit here a rush of grace in both directions.

Here’s the other thing. Authenticity heals. I want you to feel loved and accepted for who you are, precisely where you’re at. Leaning into each other and sharing stories helps us realize we aren’t alone on a motherhood island. Although our experiences are unique, we share the same emotional shore. I’m a firm believer that it takes a village to care for the village, Mommas. We need each other, and this village is for you.

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This friend letter comes to your inbox once a month with all sorts of things including one new blog post, links to other stories I share around the web, books and podcasts I’m enjoying, and an early heads-up about all things new and fun. When you subscribe, you will receive 3 FREE Chapters of my new book with Lisa Leshaw, “How Are You Feeling, Momma? (You don’t need to say, “I’m fine.”)

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love yourself
connect deeply with your kids
believe you are enough

you are not alone in how you feel
let us encourage you

a look at the Beatitudes
from inside our mom heart

who I am as a mom
in Christ

how's your mom heart?


What if a few simple shifts in perspective could help ease all the doubts, confusion, overwhelm, and insecurity that come with motherhood? What if these shifts could help you connect deeply with your kids?

In this course, you will learn 10 practices to help you work through the universal struggles of motherhood, all practices that have significantly impacted my motherhood journey for the better. All of them center around a change of perspective, providing a new outlook on how you view yourself, your kids, and motherhood in general.

How are you feeling, momma? Like for real? Wouldn’t it be nice to stop pretending you are fine and just tell the raw truth?

Well, you can. And we did in this book. Motherhood is hard. We all feel the same emotional tugs and pulls even though our circumstances are unique. How Are You Feeling, Momma? meets you where you’re at with realness and authenticity–and a heavy dose of wit.

There are 31 chapters for 31 different emotions, and each one includes candid and personal reflections from the perspective me, a Christian all things love mom from Ohio, and my dear friend Lisa Leshaw, a Jewish step-mom/grandma from New York. Each feeling is tied to a specific Psalm scripture and includes a personal reflection question.

some words from others

“Shelby writes the words of every momma’s heart. She is wise and wonderful and her words bring unity and joy.” ~ Jami Amerine, friend and author of Stolen Jesus: An Unconventional Search for the Real Savior and Sacred Ground, Sticky Floors


“Shelby renews your spirit and rejuvenates your soul, making you want to look deeply to discover your inner beauty & find your best voice.” ~ Lisa Leshaw, friend and co-author of How Are You Feeling, Momma? and author at Guideposts & Chicken Soup for the Soul