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Angie Jordin, 2019 Alabama Mother of the Year with her family

Charitable Cause: Muscular Dystrophy Association

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

For the past five years my family and I have celebrated a Christmas tradition from a different culture or group. Each year we pick something new. One year we decorated a pineapple (Hawaii). Another year we baked Finnish Christmas cookies. It’s always fun to learn about other places and people, and we enjoy incorporating a new idea into our own traditions each Christmas season.

What is the best or worst “mom purchase” you’ve ever made and why?

When my children were little, scrapbooking was all the rage and I’m so glad it was. Many hours and dollars were spent creating those books over the years and what a blessing they are now to look back on. I don’t think I’d remember half of the things I do if I hadn’t immortalized birthdays, school plays, holidays, and even random days. It’s fun to look through the books from time to time and see how life has played out so far.

What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?

When I was young I thought moms (moms and dads) knew everything and were always right. Once I became a mom I realized most of us are just winging it. Reading books, asking our own moms for advice, checking other moms out to see how they are handling things…these are the tricks of the trade. I have learned so much but started out knowing so little. The one thing I had was genuine love for my kids, and that guided me and pushed me to seek answers when I didn’t have any.