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Meet Jenny Cullumber, 2023 California Mother of the Year®

January 30, 2023

About

Jenny Cullumber and her husband, Roger, have seven children (five biological and two adopted). They have welcomed foster kids, exchange students, young adult missionaries, college interns, children of friends, younger siblings, church youth, and neighborhood kids into their lives, and can’t wait to add grandkids to that list! Jenny is persistent and loves to learn. Her religious background has helped shape her feelings that motherhood is sacred and she loves to volunteer in ways that will support women and children. Jenny also loves any excuse to be outside in the mountains or play with wood. She is always up for an adventure such as learning how to homeschool during a pandemic or starting a small business to help employ her teens. For Jenny, life is exciting and there is always something to learn or someone to lift a little higher.

What continues to inspire you in your motherhood journey?

I think that watching both my amazing mom and mother-in-law continues to inspire me on my journey. I can see that each new mothering phase is so full of joy as well as unique challenges, and they just embrace it all with grace and determination. They are my examples and are willing to share what they know and I love them both for it.

How has being a mom shaped your life?

My seven children have helped me grow in capacity, love, and forgiveness, as well as in really practical ways like organizational, nutrition, and nursing skills. I have learned to sacrifice and to be confident, to volunteer, and to reach out and connect. I’ve learned to celebrate and adjust. I would not be who I am today without my unique and very personal mothering story.

Share one of your favorite stories from motherhood.

When my daughter, Hailey, was 7 months old she was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer and it was such a difficult time for my little family. Luckily, we had an amazing community of people rally around us! One of the moments I will be forever grateful for was during Hailey’s diagnostic testing when my neighbor back home sent her mother over to visit me. This mom didn’t even know me, but she spent many hours in conversation distracting me and my fasting and very upset baby. We were both suffering and oh how I needed her mothering at that moment!

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