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Indiana-cheryl Dewees

Meet Cheryl Dewees, 2023 Indiana Mother of the Year®

February 15, 2023


Cheryl was born into a loving family with two hard working parents who always put God and family first. Born the fifth child after four boys, Cheryl has always had a large family. Cheryl married her husband, DJ, in 2002 shortly after graduating from Indiana University. Her and DJ knew they wanted to start a family right away. Their first son, Dane, came in 2004 and their daughter, Danica, in 2006. These two sweet babies taught Cheryl that her true calling was to be a caregiver. Cheryl went back to school to become a nurse, and upon graduation in 2010 another sweet baby girl, Demi, came along. These babies were Cheryl’s whole world, and being a mother became her greatest joy. In 2019, they decided to have one more baby. So upon the darkness of Covid in April of 2020 she welcomed a new baby boy, Deacon, who brought so much joy. The following months were spent all together bonding with a new baby. Cheryl’s family was able to create so many beautiful memories during this time, that they will always cherish. Now this family of six is thriving as those beautiful kids grow.

Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother? What lessons do you carry with you and share often through motherhood?

I used to hear people say that nothing mattered if your kids were happy and healthy. Then one day I heard a sermon at church and our pastor said that what is truly important is raising kids to be holy. Having holy kids would create happiness and an internal peace that only God provides. That phrase has shaped what I feel is important in our teachings. If my kids know God, when bad things happen they are equipped to handle anything.

What continues to inspire you in your motherhood journey?

My mom. My mom is 80 years old and continues to be a servant to her family everyday. She shows her love to her five children and her seven grandchildren through her constant presence in our lives and willingness to do anything in her power to make our lives and situations better.

How has being a mom shaped your life?

Being a mom has made my life incredible. Having the blessing of children around our home has filled my heart with so much love. Every day, every thought is on them and what their needs are.