Welcome to my blog!
My name is Brianna Heldt. I am a wife, a mother to eight children, a writer and speaker, and a convert to the Catholic faith.
Motherhood has admittedly been an interesting and rather unpredictable journey for me! My husband and I married young and, through a series of events, made the decision to stop using artificial contraception. We decided that our marriage ought to be open to life.
Yes, I’m talking about birth control right as we’re getting to know one another. I know.
I guess I’m not much for small talk.
The birth of our first child was a game-changer–I was just 22 years old at the time! I was blessed to discover (relatively early on in my life) how truly beautiful motherhood could be, and that it was not something to fear but instead something to embrace. I saw how good our daughter was for our marriage and how she brought my husband and I together in a common mission. Our home had become a family.
Granted my first child was a super easy baby. Which probably helped.
It wasn’t long though before I also came to know the painful sorrow of motherhood, through my first of what would be three miscarriages. And I learned that motherhood, as beautiful as it is, is also HARD.
It was around this time that we first found ourselves drawn to adoption, and today we are the proud parents to four children from Ethiopia–in addition to our four biological children. We adopted our Ethiopian sons in 2006, and our Ethiopian daughters in 2011. Both of my Ethiopian daughters were born with Down syndrome and severe heart defects.
Our lives took a bit of another unexpected turn when, in 2011, my husband and I were received into the Catholic Church. Who does that, right? Well, we did–because after years of study and prayer, we became convinced that Catholicism is the fullness of the faith, and the Church that Jesus founded.
My passion is to help women rediscover joy in the midst of motherhood. Being a mom is hard, messy, and exhausting. So often we feel as if we don’t measure up. Some days it feels as if we’re barely surviving. But we are not alone, and through all of the ups and downs I’ve learned that motherhood is a profound gift, if only we can learn to laugh at ourselves and embrace the dignity of our vocation, in a realistic way.
My blog is a place where I explore everything from marriage and motherhood to feminism and conversion. Blogging has been an incredible way for me to build community and share my life with readers from all across the globe. Please subscribe, follow along, and join the conversation!
So, welcome! And know that if you are an occasionally overwhelmed mama, you are not alone. I’m so glad you’re here.