Hi there, my name is Joanna. I am a married mother of one living in Tucson, AZ. I am a beloved child of God, artist, home-maker, and part time Amazon used book seller.
My introduction into motherhood was painful and traumatic. After surviving child birth, I dealt with postpartum depression and crippling anxiety. When my daughter weaned at 13 months a fog cleared dramatically. With my re-found joy, energy, and passion for the creative arts; I am on a mission to use my everything to follow after the heartbeat of God.
Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
Naptime Collective is a community blog and relational arts project for mothers.
One of the biggest lies I believed during my first year at home with my daughter was that I was stuck, chained to motherhood. My limitations defined me. Because we were unable to faithfully attend a church community group that meant in my mind that I couldn’t have meaningful relationships. Since we didn’t have money for childcare that meant that I couldn’t contribute to our family income. And without money and community I had no capacity to be creative.
I believed so many lies about who I was and what I was incapable of because I had become a mother.
Now I am learning how to step into my limitations; and to use them as tools with which to live the life I know I am called to.
Naptime used to feel like a burden as I thought of all the things I could be doing instead of sitting in my living room waiting for my daughter to wake up. Now I realize that it is God’s gift of quiet in my home. This is one of the limitations of motherhood that has become a tool. This is the time I will devote to this project.
But this project is not about me. It’s about Jesus’s work through all mothers and artists.
Whatever your limitations are, I hope you can step into them and join me on this endeavor to use creativity and vulnerability intentionally as a mother.
Through Him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.
Hebrews 13: 15-16
If you are a mother or love a mother, and want to explore faith, culture making, creating, and living confident in Christ then I want to hear from you! You have life experiences, daily stories and opinions worth sharing. I am passionate about listening but I realized that I was cheating myself and those around me of authentic relationships because I wasn’t sharing my own heart. Let’s learn to share openly the grace of God through our stories.
Please consider submitting a blog post here.
What is on your heart? How has your understanding of God shaped your every day life? Why do you love being a mother? Why do you hate it? Have you shared your birth story? How has creativity impacted your life? Why do you believe you aren’t creative? What Bible verses have encouraged you lately? Did you learn something new today? What scares you? What gives you hope? How have you used your strengths to bless others? Are you grieving the loss of who you were before you became a mother? Do you have a favorite book you would like to tell us about?
What you have to say may have been said before, but we haven’t heard YOU say it. This is a platform for you to step out of your fear, and help create something beautiful.
You are creative, you are loved, and you are created uniquely.
We need to hear your story.
Write for the blog, use your creativity as a gift to others, pray with us, and let’s learn together to live intentionally as creative image bearers and strong mothers.
I am currently dreaming up a MAGAZINE dedicated to the intersection of faith, motherhood, and creativity featuring art by moms, artist interviews, poetry, and more.
My goals include having countless blog authors, a collaborative online shop of handmade goods, and resources of how to live creatively as a mother of faith. I also dream of having in-home workshops to embrace community and learn from one another. If you have any ideas or wish to help us with ours, then contact me here!