A special Mother’s Day edition of the Sunday Sip is coming at you this morning.
In honor of that special day Janene and I are sitting down with our mom’s and discussing motherhood with them! Happy Mother’s Day to all of our wonderful More Than Mommies Readers. Enjoy!
Good Morning, Moms. We are so happy that you agreed to be featured here. Let’s introduce to you our readers:
Hello! I’m Sue, Christine’s mom. I am a wife of almost 37 years and a mom to five. I have four girls and one boy and I also have seven grandchildren, a daughter-in-law, two sons-in-law and two soon-to-be-sons-in-law.
|Sue with her husband Jeff, Her mom and dad, kids and grandkids|
I’m Carol, Janene’s mom. I’ve also been married for 37 years and I have two daughters. I have five grandchildren, three boys and two girls.
|Carol with her oldest grandson, Nate.|
Share a favorite memory of motherhood with us:
SUE: I really have quite a few! It’s hard to narrow it down. I would have to say my favorite memory of motherhood was when my youngest daughter, Lindsay, graduated from college. It was the first moment when I felt a sense of relief. I thought “Yeah, I AM DONE!” *laughter* Putting five kids through college was very difficult. I was proud of her and all WE had accomplished.
Carol: I agree with Sue, it’s hard to narrow it down! I guess because Mother’s Day is coming I keep thinking about some of my favorite Mother’s Days. There was my very first Mother’s Day when you were only a month old and your dad and I took you for your very first trip to West Virginia to see his grandmother. As a new mom, I was so excited to be getting out of the house for more than a trip to the grocery store! I was also excited about showing you off to Nunni and seeing how you would do on the car trip.
I also remember one other Mother’s Day very vividly. It was the one where you and your sister decided to let us sleep in and for some reason had to carry the goldfish bowls up to your rooms in the attic. Poor fish, they made it about halfway up and we heard a crash, scream and the sound of water pouring down the steps. It’s funny now but then . . . not so funny.
I use to love when you girls would have a friend sleep over and wake up really early to make breakfast for your father and I. You would make menus, decorate, cook and even provide some entertainment for our dining pleasure! Another mess to clean up but a lot of fond memories, too. I learned that the messes aren’t as big a deal as the smiles and giggles that were made while making them.
What has been the most unexpected thing about being a mom?
SUE: Honestly, I cannot believe how hard potty training was! I had to do it five times and I had some stubborn little kids. It was unexpected and probably one of the most difficult things I had to do.
Carol: I was surprised at how hard it was for us to decide about your education. When I became a mom, I didn’t really think about where you would go to school but when the time came for you to go to Kindergarten, private school was a real option. We talked a lot about the sacrifices we would make sending you and decided it was well worth it. I’m glad we made the decision we did but it wasn’t always easy. It’s tough not knowing if you are doing the right thing or not.
What has been the key to your success as a mom and parent?
SUE: I would say, hands down, it is my faith. I am a morning person and I always tried to take time in the morning to pray and read the bible and spend some quiet time with God at the start of my day. I also attend Church every Sunday. My faith makes me feel stronger and gives me peace. It has given me the strength to get through some difficult times and has also allowed me to be thankful for the many blessings in my life. I am glad that I have had a guide through motherhood and life!
Carol: Learning how to communicate and learning how to listen. Having your father to help me with the big decisions and to help keep me in check when I start to go a little overboard. Having a plan and a backup plan. Those three things have made a world of difference in my parenting.
If you could do anything differently would you? What would you change?
SUE: I don’t have any regrets about anything, so I wouldn’t change anything. I have always loved being a mom.
Carol: Nothing. I often thought about having more kids because we were so young when we had you but now I’m glad that I’m done raising “little” kids and still young enough myself to enjoy my five grandchildren! They are the greatest gift you girls have ever given me.
What was your biggest challenge as a mom of the 80′s?
SUE: TV was a big challenge for me at that time. Television was starting to become more sexually explicit and we would be watching as a family–all of a sudden something inappropriate would come on and we would quickly shut it off and pray you hadn’t seen or heard what was going on…there were no rating systems so it was hard to predict what might be appropriate or inappropriate for you kids to see. We didn’t have whole channels dedicated to kids programming at that time! We also didn’t have a remote control, so it meant sprinting across the room to shut the TV off! I’m sure you kids saw some stuff you probably should not have seen.
Carol: I remember when you were in 1st grade and Cherrie Mahan was kidnapped. It changed the way I thought about being a mom of young girls. I was always more aware of what you were doing and where you were. One time you were sitting on a bench at the mall talking to a women that neither of us knew while we were waiting for your father. I remember the lady coming up to me after about 4 minutes and telling me that you were a lovely little girl and she had a great conversation with you but that I should NEVER let you talk to strangers because you would tell them anything that they wanted to know! I’d never really thought about that before then. The worrying about something happening doesn’t stop now that you and your sister are older, though . . . I still worry and hate watching the news!
Finally, What makes you “more than a mommy?”
SUE: I enjoy sewing, knitting. I also like to cook and I love to be with friends and family and attend church activities. I also enjoy reading your blog! *laughter*
Carol: I am back to work outside of the home. I spent most of the years you were growing up working at home with your dad but now I have coworkers (13 other women) that I get to spend time with! I’ve made a lot of new friends and have new people to do things with. I also love to decorate my home, sew and make things nice for my kids and grand kids. Of course, I love cooking for them, too!