Meet Wholly Mother // Diane Schallert
When I sat down to start writing about Diane my mind was flooded with so many memories. Everything from eating chocolate together on a train in Cape Town, South Africa to strolling the aisles of Target in Kona at night while admiring all the amazing home decor.
Once in a while you meet certain people who you know are going to stay in your life forever. This is true for me when I met Di 5 years ago on Oahu. We connected instantly about all things motherhood, nutrition and health. What I remember the most is that I felt like I could completely be myself with her. I found it easy to talk freely and honestly about my life. I’m a hardcore INFJ (so is Di, google it if you you don’t know what I’m talking about) so being extra chatty and open with a person that I just met doesn’t come naturally for me.
When I think of the term "mother" I think of Diane. She personifies motherhood, not just to her own children, but to everyone she is with. To be in her presence means you’re safe, you’re seen, and you’re heard. She will cheer for you, gently remind you of truth, and fiercely protect you if need be. She is truly a safe haven. She’s an intellectual soul with the biggest heart. Di has the unique gift of knowing what others need before they recognize it for themselves. She’s definitely someone you want in your corner.
One of my most favorite stories about Diane is when she devoted her Mother’s Day to going to a government hospital in South Africa. She sat with a mother whose baby was born with some complications. Diane massaged the weary mothers shoulders and listened as the mother spoke of her worries for her baby. I share this story because it is such an accurate portrayal of who Diane is: sacrificial, loyal, and considerate.
So much life has happened in our five years of friendship. We each added babies, and we’ve moved (a few times). Life has been full of trial, growth, and beauty for each of us. Our friendship has only gotten deeper through it all. It’s an honor for me to navigate motherhood, life and now a blog with the beautiful Diane Schallert.