Hello Mama,

Welcome to The Unconventional Village! This is a blog meant to encourage moms at any stage or walk of life, who may be feeling like a “village of one”. It takes a village (i.e. community), but sometimes we just don’t have one. My hope is to have posts written not only by myself but also by moms in various stages and places, all with different village stories to encourage you to thrive wherever YOU are at. This is still a work in progress, but go ahead and explore the village stories I already have posted using the links above.

Wherever you are, whoever you are…you’re not alone. We’re a global village, however unconventional, and we can be better mamas together.

Village Stories

I’ll Start With Goodbye

This’ll be the first in our “Turnback Tuesday” series (my version of “throwback thursday”, because…today is Tuesday!)! We’ll see how it goes. The idea is to post an old blog, pictures, or reminisces from years past, especially if they relate to the theme of the unconventional village. Enjoy, and comment below regarding how you feel …

The Cost Continues

I wrote this post after some “freak out” moments related to re-entry struggles. Even though it’s been more than 5 months since returning, it’s still hard. I don’t want to sound self-pitying, but I do want others in similar situations to know they’re not alone. And I want people who are in any way relating …

About

My name is Hannah, mommy of five wild and beautiful children, and I created this blog to be a community for moms who are living outside their home “village”, or otherwise feel disconnected from their village during pregnancy, postpartum, parenting littles and beyond. “It takes a village…” is something so many of us have heard and read when it comes to parenting, but there are times in many of our lives when due to location or sometimes other life circumstances, we can feel like a village of one. My hope is that here we can be an “unconventional village”; a place where we can encourage each other to thrive as mamas during those times in our lives when we’re lacking community, not only by learning practical ways to make it through each day but also by creating our own village, here and wherever we happen to be in the world.

My vision for a website like this began during my last year as a missionary in Japan. When we arrived there in January of 2012, I had a 1-year-old and was pregnant. By the time we left at the end of 2017, I had 3 more babies, all who had been born in Japan while I was studying Japanese and doing ministry alongside my husband. I struggled with postpartum depression at one point, and there were many times when I truly felt like a village of one. I learned along the way how to survive and even thrive without a whole lot of support, but I also learned the importance of finding and making a community. Sometimes that looked like an online community, and sometimes that looked like figuring out how to be a part of the physical community I was in. I hope that the Lord will use this blog to be an encouragement to other moms around the world who feel alone in their journey; whether they are in their home “village” but feel disconnected for whatever reason, or are thousands of miles away.

I’d love to hear your village stories! Feel free to email me using the contact form below, and be sure to include if you would be willing for your story to be posted on the blog.