Warrior Mom, Climber of Mountains

22 Jun

I slept for almost 13 hours last night after climbing 4.2 miles and 4,300 feet up to the summit of Mt Washington for Climb Out of the Darkness yesterday. 13 glorious hours. And as I massage my sore muscles, I am struck by the fact that I just accomplished an amazing feat.

In the last five years, I have struggled with three lumbar disc ruptures, a neck strain that sent me to physical therapy, and have been diagnosed with kidney disease. I have birthed two babies, leaving my core in ruins and with little time or energy to care for myself. And I have found myself fighting to love my body where it is while also wanting it to be better – stronger and more healthy.

Conditioned by society and pop culture, despite the wisdom of my rational mind, I have pulled and tugged at my stomach, cursed my thighs, and wondered how I would ever teach my girls to love their own bodies, when I could find only criticism for mine.

But today, in the shadow of yesterday’s glory, I am inspired by what my body was able to do and the courage it took to continue up the mountain. One rock at a time, I ascended 4,300 feet into the clouds. Though my back ached and my legs wobbled beneath me, I pressed on, honoring my body’s strength for the first time in a very long time. I am filled with gratitude for each and every pound that carried me up the hills and traversed the ravine.

As I crawled up the final push yesterday, I said out loud, “this is for every morning I thought I couldn’t get out of bed. For that moment when motherhood so overwhelmed me that I wanted to run away and leave it all behind.”

I have always been a Warrior Mom. Now, I’m also a mountain climber. Watch out world, there’s nothing I can’t do.


Melissa and Juli, Andrew and Saige, and my husband Adam. I could not have done it without your support. Thank you.

You can learn more about Climb Out of the Darkness HERE.

5 Responses to “Warrior Mom, Climber of Mountains”

  1. Carrie Baughcum June 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    I followed all your updates yesterday on Facebook and my twitter stream was filled with inspiration and pride for all the very strong woman participating in ClimbOut. To day I eat a late breakfast and I am overwhelmed with happy tears. Tears for you, for your climb, for your strength and for knowing what that pride of conquering something feels like. I am so happy I have gotten to know you and feel lucky it connected us. You are an amazing woman and I am so very very proud of you! Ok now I’m a bit blubbery…

  2. Tina Duepner June 22, 2014 at 6:25 pm #

    This brought tears to my eyes. I especially relate to the “not wanting or being able to get out of bed.” Amazing accomplishment fellow warrior mom. So proud of you!!!! Xoxo

  3. tranquilamama July 5, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    This journey of yours to strength and literally climbing a mountain makes me so proud to call you a friend. xoxo

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