I never knew what I was getting myself into when I started blogging. In just a few short years, I have made friendships, I’ve gone viral, I’ve given up, I’ve started again. We can just say that it’s been a roller coaster full of highs and lows that I was sure I was on the verge of throwing my guts up at every turn.
When I first seen the vision of This Modest Mom, I was a new mom. I had all intentions of it being a deals site. At the time, we were struggling financially, so I took my liking for coupons and became an extreme couponer. I had a stockpile, I was shopping for less than half of my original budget, and I was absolutely loving it.
Most importantly, I was helping my struggling family.
After my son was born, This Modest Mom went live. I wrote more about couponing, I was sharing what I thought was my passion. But soon that initial buzz wore off, and I felt like there was so much I could be doing.
Not long after, This Modest Mom began morphing into a fashion blog. I thought I knew that this was what TMM was made for. Sharing my passion for modesty and Christ-likeness with the world was fun. But it was short lived and the ‘fun’ turned into work when I felt like I was struggling to continue talking about myself.
I prayed, and prayed, and prayed. There it was, right in front of me, I found my calling. I began writing more about motherhood, lifestyle, Christianity. The words flowed out, the views came in, and the opportunities opened. While I was discovering the next step, something about ‘This Modest Mom’ was still lacking.
I’ve thought (and prayed) about changing the name of This Modest Mom for a long time. I’ve brainstormed, talked with some other bloggers, and thought about my audience A LOT. After I discovered a blog with an EXTREMELY similar name, who had been blogging for a little while longer than me, I knew it was time to take the plunge.
Once again, there I was. Praying, brainstorming, praying, consulting, praying, researching- did I mention I was praying? I wish you could have seen me; Ipad open with a search engine for discovering names, laptop with Thesaurus for research, phone with Facebook for friend support, Bible for scripture, Concordance for enlightenment.
I had searched 800,000 different things and came up with a few ideas but nothing seemed right. I knew that this is where the Lord has me, He had already dealt with me about it. So I sat there and just told Him that I needed guidance. And it was like a light bulb went off.
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” James 5:16
I knew that A. I wanted to be seen as a Christian blog, and B. I wanted ‘Mama’ in the name to better represent #MyRealMamaLife. When I looked up the word fervent, it meant ‘showing a passionate intensity‘ and I was all “Whoop there it is!”
Just kidding, I didn’t sing that. But my heart did get a little giddy and I may have done a jig. Because y’all, passion, intensity. If I could pick a word to describe myself, I’d be stuck between the two. I am passionate about Christ, motherhood, homemaking, community. And if I’m being honest, sometimes I come across as a little intense.
And thus, The Fervent Mama was born, and I couldn’t be more proud.
While a chapter of my blogging ‘career’ is closing, I’m so excited about what’s coming up next for The Fervent Mama. We have a new name and a new look, but we still have the same passion and vision for what God is calling us to do.
The best part is, thanks to your friendship, your following, your faithfulness as readers, I’m still able to help my family in the process. This Modest Mom grew into something I could have never imagined, so I have even higher hopes for the Fervent Mama.
We’re looking forward to carrying you with us through this journey. So whether you’ve been loyal from the beginning of This Modest Mom, or you’re a new reader to The Fervent Mama, I’m excited you’re here! Keep an eye out for better content, our growing communities, and even some new products and freebies.
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