I am Ali Chovanec- Christian mom blogger! Wife of one, stay-at-home mom of four, prolific crafter and DIY’er, former English teacher, allergic to housework, avid dreamer, depression & anxiety warrior, parent of a dyslexic child, passionate seeker of truth and authenticity, lover of theme parks and roller coasters, rheumatoid arthritis newbie, child of God, and a work in progress. . .
The Life of a Christian Mom Blogger
Last year, I felt God calling me to become a Christian mom blogger. I was shocked at first because I had just been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and I couldn’t imagine how He thought I would have the time and energy to do this. But God knows best and I couldn’t see it then, but I am starting to see it now. Having to focus on how I can help other Christian moms face the constant and sometimes overwhelming challenges of life, has kept me from going down the “self-pity” road.
See, I get as much out of writing for my blog as I hope you do from reading it and being a part of the Dust Bunnies and Blessings community! I am my own reader in a lot of ways. I share my thoughts and experiences in hopes that you begin to feel that you are not alone. That there are many other Christian moms in challenging circumstances just like you!
I face a lot of challenges. Besides having RA (rheumatoid arthritis), I have had a lifelong battle with depression and anxiety, severe allergies, bulging discs in my lower back (just found out about that one), weight issues, two sleep disorders, and female hormone inconsistencies. At 16, I had mono–but not just mono (no my life cannot be that simple). I had mono, hepatitis, hemolytic anemia, and viral meningitis. I was such an anamoly that a medical student used me as a case study!
I have even been told by a doctor that when I see a new doctor, I need to lead with, “I am an exception to all the rules of medicine. Not just an exception, but an exception to the exceptions.” I take more pills in a day than my two parents do combined!
But through it all, I just have to keep my faith and keep looking for the treasures that are so often hidden. I have a wonderful support system–especially my husband. He is so pragmatic and always thinks of things in terms of, “Okay, here is the game plan . . .” He helps me figure out the best course of action for our current situation (whatever “situation” that is for the moment) and keeps me focused on the blessings in our life.
As a Christian mom blogger, my faith and my humor get me through life. I joke around with God a lot. We have always had that kind of relationship, you know. I have learned that through every trial/struggle/monkey wrench in life, God can make something beautiful come from it. Usually, at the start of something tough, I look up at God and say, “alright what have you got for me to learn this time. I am really not feeling it. Could we just postpone this?”
Surprisingly, that never works. So, I have to just put my big girl panties on . . .
I created my Trial & Treasure Journal to keep me focused on God’s purpose.
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