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Michelle Lacy, 2019 Arizona Mother of the Year with her family

Charitable Cause: Women’s Health Innovations of Arizona

What is your favorite memory as a mother?

My favorite memory happened recently while visiting my son after his recent move to another state. I have this picture in mind of my kids sitting on the couch laughing, teasing their dad and talking about life. When my second was born I remember writing in their baby books my dream of them being close and connected. The trials of adolescence made me wonder if they would EVER get along. I reflected on this as I watched them finding so much joy in just being together and sharing life. This made my momma’s heart swell.

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

We love animals in our family. In fact, we had four dogs at one point. The worst purchase was a bunny my daughter wanted for the longest time. We finally agreed. They are so cute and how bad could it be?? We came home one day to the bunny out of it’s cage with a giant hole in the rug and most of the baseboards chewed up in the room! How could a dwarf bunny do that??? That bunny did more damage then 4 dogs!!!

What is the craziest thing one of your kids has done?

At 11, my son had his second open heart surgery. He was so scared about it. The craziest thing he has ever done was locking himself in the bathroom in pre-op and nothing was getting him out. This put a stop to everything happening in this area of the hospital. The surgeon was not only a highly sought after doctor, but truly empathic, kind and a father himself. He first talked through the door then was allowed into the bathroom. A short time later, they both came out ready to go. I was in awe of this.

What was your biggest misconception about being a mom?

My biggest misconception about being a mom was that I could do it perfectly! HA! I struggled with this almost immediately when things didn’t go quite as planned and then as stress set in I didn’t respond how I believed I would. I believed I would be joyful, calm and live as if pink clouds and butterflies followed me because the joy was so strong. I soon learned that motherhood involved a transformation of all parts of me. Motherhood allowed me to deal with my good, bad and ugly while understanding perfection was a set up for failure.