Hi there! Thank you so much for visiting my blog and listening to my story!
The very short version: Follower of Jesus, wife, mama to a toddler boy.
The short version: I’m Stephanie, a Minnesota girl who’s passionate about running, freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, family, comfy clothes, cooking, country music, writing, and sauvignon blanc (or grapefruit flavored beer).
My husband’s name is Taylor and he’s insanely good looking in my opinion! He’s passionate about golf, hockey, and fishing (opposites attract!). The flirting started in creative writing class at Bethel University and continued over Facebook messages (romantic, right?!) We bonded over our love for country music so naturally had our dream barn wedding in March of 2014. The adventure continued as we welcomed our first child into the world in May of 2017, a baby boy named Jonas Robert Tollette. He truly is the greatest blessing! I immediately transitioned from working in the corporate world to stay at home mom life.
About Mama Heart to Hearts: My goal is to use this blog as a space to share my experiences (the wonderful, the terrible, and everything in between!) as a mama. Immediately after becoming a mom, I realized that a). this is amazing and b). this is hard! I found that support (and LOT’S of it!) is what I need in order to be the best mom I can be. Without my community of mom friends and family, I’m fairly certain I would’ve had a mental breakdown by now. Mamas, we need each other!!! We are on a journey that can feel so broken (like what the heck am I doing and why does it feel like my child hates me some days?!) yet so incredibly beautiful all at the same time. We need to know that we are NOT crazy and the feelings we feel are normal. We need to learn from each other because let’s be real, there’s SO much to learn when it comes to motherhood! We need to know that there is NO such thing as a perfect mother and we are all doing the best we can.
Without my community, I wouldn’t have survived the challenges that motherhood has presented so far. Like the time when my son, Jonas, wasn’t gaining enough weight and I felt like it was all my fault because I was breastfeeding. Or how about all the times I’ve watched other people’s babies progress at milestones a lot quicker than him. Or, let’s talk about the most recent challenge, how my son struggles really bad with separation anxiety so whenever someone besides mom or dad holds him, he screams as if he’s being murdered. The list of challenges are endless and for some reason, I’m always left feeling like it’s my fault. Through every challenge, it has been my community that’s there to remind me that God chose me to be Jonas’s mother. They let me cry and be vulnerable without judging. They encourage me, pray for me, and lift me up. That is what I dream for the words in this blog to do for other moms. My goal is to be authentic and honest when writing about my experiences and to share things I’ve learned along the way.
I also want to use this as a platform for me to learn from other mamas! When I have questions or am wondering how to handle a certain situation, I’ll ask you for feedback. So join me as we navigate this crazy but amazing journey called motherhood together!