The Just Right Mother, Shauna Dunn

Years ago, I overheard a little girl say to my daughter, “Let’s play making dinner”

“Uh, Okay . .. ” my three year old Sophia replied.

As the little girl set out the play kitchen bowls and mixing spoons, my daughter said,

“Ding! Ding! Ding! It’s ready!” and pulled out a plastic plate from the toy microwave oven.

I am not the best cook in the world, I’m not even the best cook in my own home . . . I’m probably fourth out of seven . . .I’m holding my own until the little ones are old enough to turn on the stove.

Once, while visiting my mother-in-law, my five year old son said, “I’ll clean off the table for you, Grandma.” I BEAMED with pride.

Moments later, I sheepishly fished out three bone china dinner plates from the trash can . . . Malachi and I later discussed the differences between CHINA and CHINET.

When I left the corporate path to stay at home, a law school friend asked, “So, you’re just . . . going to be a mom?”

I bit back tears as I replied, “Yes, I’m just going to be a mom.”

Fortunately, over the years, a realization has grown within me. God chose ME to mother MY children.

He gave me talents and skills uniquely tailored to fit their needs.

I have learned I am not JUST a mom. I am the JUST RIGHT MOTHER for my children.

I am the JUST RIGHT mother. . .who reads them out of bed in the morning . . . in time for them to prepare a nice bowl of cereal before we start school.

I am their JUST-RIGHT mother who dresses up like the BOOK DIVA, and asks, “Have you been a good reader ‘zis veek, DAHLING?”

The JUST RIGHT mother  . . . who helps them realize that a fair and reasonable refund policy is necessary – after they sell 27 garter snakes to the neighborhood children . . .

Dr. Howard Thurman, former dean of Theology at Boston University, said,

Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive. Then go and do that. Because what the world needs . . . is people who have come alive.”

My efforts to come ALIVE as a mother are part of the LEGACY I am creating for my children.

I want them to know that they are JUST RIGHT as they discover what makes them come alive.

Together we can be JUST what the world needs.

Shauna Bird Dunn was born in Provo, Utah and raised in an Air Force family.  She has lived in six states and two foreign countries.  After serving a mission in Finland, Shauna earned a Juris Doctorate and Master of Public Administration.  Shauna worked in corporate law for several years before deciding to stay at home full time.  Shauna currently home schools her five children, serves on the Board of Directors for the American Fork Library, and serves on the planning committee for her local AMI chapter.  She is an avid (rabid!) reader and enjoys running, public speaking, playing the harp, practicing Suzuki music with her five children, dancing and napping.  She resides in Utah and is living happily ever after with her true love, Brent.