I had the joy of nannying for a couple of families that were extremely life-changing to me. Both families had mothers who are entrepreneurs, wonderful wives, and incredible mothers. Both of these women also gave me a chance to be a part of their families in all its capacities, and I learned so much from them that I am forever indebted to them.
Julie, the owner of Studio Grace, an incredible, one-of-a-kind stationary business, was the first one to give me a chance, and I will hold so many beautiful memories of times with her and her son that constantly creep up on me throughout my days and make me smile.
Nickie was the next Mama who hired me to care for her three wonderful sons. She continued what Julie had already begun teaching me - you should care about what goes into you and your child's body.
I had never thought about this before, this phenomenal idea that what I consumed actually made a difference to my body and to my children's. Much like what Delia wrote about in her previous post, Advocating for Our Children, I learned what it meant to think outside of the "norms" of society, and actually start to understand what it was that my children and I were consuming, whether it be food, vaccines, lotions, shampoos, mattresses, etc.
So, Nickie took my hand and showed me all things "green." She was patient with me, she explained to me what Mountain Dew was doing to my body (especially as I was drinking about two 32 oz of it a day!), she introduced me to naturopathic medicines, she had a dairy-free, nut-free and gluten free household.
It was a shock, to say the least. But she listened to my questions, she answered my concerns, and she taught me more than I had ever wanted to know. Since working for her, she started her own website, Hip Moms Go Green, which is dedicated to divulging all things green.
I am so grateful to her for opening my eyes to how much our world is overwhelmed and consumed by chemicals, in more ways than we could even think of. If only we took the small steps to make a big difference, especially in the lives of our families.
I truly hope that for our children, for our husbands, for ourselves, that we take a deeper look daily into what we are consuming. It is truly time to wake up.
photo courtesy of Delia of Delia's Kitchen.
What small changes can you and your family make?
In between tweeting, reading books to my daughters, and [not] burning mac n cheese, I am the Founder + Creative Director of Blessed is She women's ministry + community.