I cannot think of a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than bringing new life into this world. Today, I had the honor of being present while my best friend Daniell Powell delivered her ninth baby.
When I think of motherhood, I think of Daniell. I first met Daniell when she was pregnant with her seventh child, Judah, and I was so drawn to her. She just wore motherhood so beautifully, and I wanted to know her secrets. How could she have so many kids and yet seem so calm and enjoy being a mom so much? I knew immediately that I needed her to be in my life, and a life long friendship was born between the Beards and the Powells.
I have decided to highlight Daniell for many reasons. She has been a mom for almost 17 years! That’s quite a lot of experience to share from. Daniell also had to go through a custody battle for her oldest three children. I know there are lot of blended families out there and so I wanted you to hear Daniell’s heart and how she never gave up hope while fighting for her kids and trusting God in the process.
Something else unique about Daniell is that her and her husband are entrepreneurs. They started and run the local companies Bearded Buch Kombucha, Culivation Kitchen (where other entrepreneurs can create their products), as well as Rams Horn Beard Co (which is where Daniell creates amazing soaps, beard oil, and other manly grooming goods). Starting and running a business takes huge risk and hard work, both of which Daniell is no stranger to. She is one of the most creative people I know and pours her soul into everything she makes.
Name: Daniell Powell
How long have you been a mom? I have been a mom for almost 17 years!
How many kids do you have? I have 9 kiddos with the littlest one born May 3, as fresh as they come!
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
I love when my little ones experience something new. I love seeing the excitement the first time Lilia made a perfect poached egg. The time Violet was so full of joy and anticipation she started crying happy tears when we sang Happy Birthday to her. When Ella runs through the grass excitedly to join her brothers and sister playing in the yard. I love seeing the pure joy on their faces it is priceless. That’s probably why I have over 10,000 pictures on my phone! I want to remember this is their first time experiencing so many things.
What has been one of the most difficult things you’ve experienced as a mom?
We are a blended family in a non traditional sense. My oldest 3 children are from my first marriage. My greatest fear had always been that their biological father would fight me to get full custody of them. This was realized in the Fall of 2016. My two oldest children wanted to see what it was like to live with their dad. I was beyond heartbroken. God used this time to draw me closer to Him. I was able to experience God’s love in a whole new way. Even through my hurt and rejection, I loved my children and would have opened my door to them at a moments notice. All they had to do was ask. This was a vivid picture of how much God loves all of us. I can recall the place in time I had this revelation and use it as a touch point to remind myself how LOVED I am. No matter what I do, I am loved with an everlasting love. God used this difficult time in my life for HIS glory and for that I am thankful. In May 2017 Christian came back and Avery has just returned in March of this year. My children are all in my home, together and my heart is so full
What is something you’ve learned through being a mom?
I’ve learned that being a mom is harder than I thought. I had an idealistic portrait of what motherhood would look like and it didn’t take long to wreck that image. I wasn’t wearing pearls and serving pot roast! My first child was high maintenance to say the least. I went from an hour long ‘beauty routine’ to roll-out-of-bed-chic. I also learned that that stage didn’t last forever. He got older and things got better. I learned how to put him in his carrier and take a 10 minute shower. I learned that I love being a mom and wouldn’t change things even if I could. Each child came with their own ups and downs. Each one a joy and a delight!
Have you surprised yourself in your motherhood?
Absolutely! I am surprised that I have carried 9 babies in my body. I now have a variety of birth stories. Some with an epidural, some in water, one fast and furious. My body is capable of so much more than I ever thought possible. I am surprised by the strength God has given us women to create life.
If you had to repeat one thing in your parenting that your parents did what would it be?
Sunday dinner was an event. Growing up my mom would take me and my brothers to church. My father stayed home and made dinner for all of us. I loved coming home to the smells of a home cooked meal. He loved us through food. I have started making a big, fun Saturday morning breakfast. Family and friends at the table makes my heart happy. I am a firm believer in Food being the 6th Love Language. Since my dad now lives with us I feel like I’m speaking love to him in the same way he did to me all those years ago, one fried egg at a time.
What is one encouragement you would love to pass along to a young mom?
Self care is not selfish. It’s okay to take of yourself. You are important to so many people and a healthy you is a happy you!
Daniell talks about food being the 6th Love Language, and she loves people through food so well! She’s always supporting moms after they have their babies by bringing them healthy and delicious meals. Whenever I need to take a meal to someone or am having someone over for dinner, I’m always texting her for ideas and recipes. Whenever we go out, I usually let her pick the place because she knows where all the good food is in Cleveland. Daniell loves food and community so much she actually started the Harvest Cleveland Food Swap, which brings all kind of people together to trade homemade food in local Cleveland hot spots. If you are local to Cleveland, I highly recommend you check it out. I always come home with a haul of delicious foods and unique homemade goods.
Daniell makes being a mom look easy! She thrives in family life, and as you can see, she inspires me greatly! Even as I was taking the time to think about what to write, I was reminded of how many things Daniell does, and how she finds ways to include her kids in all of it. You’ll often see Daniell wearing her baby while slinging her goods at the market or teaching her kids how to create and sell their wears. The most important thing is that I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that her kids know how much they are loved by their mom.