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!