Hi, my name is Miranda Hinton. Welcome to my blog, Simple Latchstring. The backstory behind the name, Simple Latchstring, comes from one of my paternal great-grandmothers, Zona Ruesch Wright. She was born in 1920. Her family homesteaded land 15 miles outside of a nearby town. They would often have people stop by as they were traveling in and out of town. She would always say that “the latchstring hangs from the outside” meaning her parents and siblings were always welcoming people, strangers and friends alike, into their home. I want my blog to feel like a warm, uplifting place that you always feel at home. The reasoning for simple, is that I am a simple person trying to enjoy the simple things of life.
A little bit about me. I know that God is real, I have seen His hand every day in my life. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and He is my Redeemer. This knowledge guides my every decision, and choice that I make.
My husband and I were married in April of 2012. We were married at the end of our freshman year of college. We’ve been married for over 5 years, I’ve learned and grown so much in our marriage. My husband has taught me, loved me, and allowed me to try to become the person God intends for me to be.
My beginnings of Motherhood
From an early age, I had the desire to be a mother. As Cory and I were dating, I expressed this interest of becoming a mom, and that I wanted to be one as soon as we could. His reply was okay, let’s do it. If this is what you want, I want to make you happy. That has been his reply in all my desires since. We became parents 9 ½ months after we were married! We felt so blessed. I had an extremely hard pregnancy. I was throwing up constantly and trying to eat to keep up with what I was losing. Despite throwing up incessantly, I still ended up gaining 50 pounds. I had a 10-pound baby (this is without gestational diabetes, I think it is just in my genetics to have big babies), and had to have a C-section, which was a trial in and of itself for me.
After having our child, my goal was to breastfeed, and I ended up losing my milk. Along with this trial, we were living in a dark, small basement apartment. Cory was going to school full-time, and working long hours. I loved being a mama, I had never felt so much joy, as looking into the eyes of this tiny person that was ours. It was what I had wanted, what I had dreamed of for forever. In spite of all this happiness,
I felt very lonely.
I went from going to school full-time and working part-time, being constantly busy. I didn’t have any “mom” friends, I had few family that lived nearby. A feeling of depression became part of my life. I thought okay, this is life as a mom. You feel overwhelmed all the time. You feel lonely, even isolated. You don’t fit into any of your old clothes, you feel tired…. One day, I decided, I don’t want to feel this way anymore. I’d always thought growing up, that I didn’t want to use my children as an excuse to not be happy. Not that being fit/thin=happiness, eating good foods that nourish your body, and exercising on a regular basis does. I ended up losing the weight I felt I needed to, to be healthier. Also making other changes in my life, going back to the roots of who I was as a person.
I could see light again in my life.
I realized that God had intended for joy to be felt in life. I realized once more that He wanted me to be happy, my family to be happy. I am especially grateful that I could have that dark time in my life, so that I can now more deeply enjoy the light in my life. I do still on occasion find myself in that dark place. I have to take a step back, and realize that I have the ability to choose to have a good, happy, full, rich life. One where I live my dreams.
Since that time, Cory graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree. We graduated debt free, living off one income. We had to be very thrifty and frugal, but we can’t take the credit. We were blessed from our Heavenly Father for trying to keep his commandments. We’ve had two more children, have crossed state lines, and are hoping to build our dream home within a couple of years. I have felt the Lord’s guidance every step of the way. I hope this is a place where you can come to feel uplifted and welcomed.
“The latchstring hangs from the outside.”