I believe that parenting is one of the most rewarding yet challenging roles we have. Through all of it, we have been given the largest responsibility of raising the next generation. I want to equip you to make the most of this amazing position and to do this job well.
Wife of the perfect partner for me. Mother of Three. Lover of fun, creativity, cooking, adventure, puzzles, games, family but most importantly Jesus. I run the blog Meaningful Mama. The heart of my blog is the character development series for teaching kids. The icing on the top consists of parenting tips, crafts, recipes, cakes and more. I have a degree in education, but I love being home with my kids…most of the time. There are times I wonder if I’d want a job out of the house because this job is really hard, but I really don’t have a desire to be back in the work force.
Part of why I started this blog is because I have found parenting more challenging than I ever imagined. I have some great examples in my life, and I still have felt lost. I wonder, if I have these amazing resources in my life, what do people do that don’t have help and advice a phone call away? I wanted to become a source to help those seeking to be better in their parenting. This blog is me living out a bunch of “I should” moments that I was letting pass me by. I needed motivation to be present, and I wanted to inspire others along the ways as I learned tools for play, discipline, positive reinforcement, learning and all of the other things involved in being a mom.
My husband: A man of many talents. He is the first man I loved, yet I didn’t find him until my late 20’s. This blog wouldn’t be possible without him – both his support and his mad computer skills. He love the Lord. He loves me. He loves our kids. What more can a woman hope for in life? He is smart, handy, talented, fun, a hard worker yet lives of life of balance. I am blessed to call him my husband and best friend.
Abigail: She is my oldest at almost 6 years old. Often, I feel like I am raising myself, which can be interesting, fun and challenging all at the same time. She is full of life and experiences emotions to their fullest. She can be as sweet and easy as can be, but she can suddenly switch to give me a lot of defiance and attitude. She likes to be a leader and seems to have a variety of interests – potentially being on stage and art will dominate. She is very smart and understands things quickly. Her excitement for trying new things is obvious to all.
Kenzie: She is my second girl and just turned 4. Kenzie is sweet, fun and enjoys life. She has shown a stubborn side and yet she seems to have a desire to really strive at saying, “Yes, Mommy,” with a great attitude lately, which is really encouraging. She has a quirky little sense of humor. She looks up to her sister but will stand her own when she doesn’t want to follow, which I think is healthy. She self entertains pretty well and has been really into building forts and little coves for herself lately. Building tends to be interesting in general, as she loves legos and blocks. She adores her little brother and can’t get enough of him. She also enjoys playing games. Knowing all of her letters and sounds, we are beginning to work on reading. She seems to grasp things quickly. She is super sweet.
Corban: My little boy is 100% boy and 2 1/2 years old. He is quite chatty and loud. He constantly has a smile on his face, even when he’s getting in trouble. I’m pretty sure he is an eternal optimist. He is sweet and adores his sisters. I call him “crazy” because he kind of is crazy. He thinks the most fun thing is to run and crash into people, which is both entertaining and embarrassing. I could see him as the class clown that the teachers have a hard time getting mad at because he is so sweet natured. We’re working on it. He has me laughing and smiling often. Even when I have to discipline him, which I do, I can never seem to get too mad in my heart at him.
Credit Where Credit is Due
I have little ones. I cannot claim expert status. Mothering has been the most humbling experience for me. I thought, “I have been a teacher, camp counselor, youth group leader, babysitter, private tutor…I got this.” Ha! Constantly questioning myself and feeling baffled is apparently part of the mother description. Luckily, I am surrounded by people who I would consider experts. I have mentors. I give credits to my parents and my husband’s parents for being amazing role models. A lot of “my” parenting tips have actually been handed to me by the Pritchards, godly parents of 11 children. http://www.pritchardministries.org/
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