Happy Mothers’ Day! This weekend has made my heart so full. I’ve loved interviewing some of my favorite moms and hearing their stories. If you were to ask my children to make a list of favorite people, “Miss” Allison would be near the top of that list – and it’s easy to see why when you get to know her. She has taught them each in Bible Class. She is kind, always affirming, and has such a gentle heart! I’ve already showcased her sister Ashley. They are each some of my favorite ladies!
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have 2: Jordan (9) and Jack (6)
How did you come up with the names of your children?
We don’t have a terribly impressive or meaningful story as to why we chose Jordan Elisabeth, other than the simple fact that we liked it. We both had known quite a few fantastic young ladies named Jordan in our histories, and the name seemed to ring true to what we prayerfully hoped our daughter would be: a good friend.
Jack is named after our people. Ryan’s dear grandfather was our Daddy Jack, and Little Man’s middle name is my maiden name of Alexander.
What is a book that you like to give as a gift?
For kids, we love “The Day the Crayons Quit”. I haven’t gifted a ton of books to grownups, but I’ve bought and shared a few copies of Jen Hatmaker’s “For the Love”.
What is your favorite “go-to” recipe?
Homemade pizza. It’s yummy, it’s easy, and it’s usually a picky kid winner.
What is a quality you admire in your own mother?
My mother is ridiculously patient. She battled preteen mood swings and long division right alongside me, and I have no memory of her ever losing her temper.
What one product would you give a new mom?
A membership to Amazon Prime. And dry shampoo.
What advice would you give to a mom of a Kindergartner?
Plan to be your teacher’s ally. No one teaches kindergarten by accident, and she is devoting her heart and her time on your child because she wants to.Extra clothes in the backpack will always be a thing. I suggest lots of extra pairs of undies.No matter what cute and nutritious themed meals you can concoct for your child, all things pale in comparison to a Lunchable in the eyes of a school-goer. Let go of the Mom Guilt–no one else knows what you packed, and there’s thankfully never a grade in “lunch packing”.
If you could choose a gift to receive for Mothers’ Day, what would it be?
Pretty candles from Anthropologie or something cute and unnecessary from World Market. But if my children ask, yes, absolutely something homemade.
List 5 of your favorite things.
1. Time and laughter with my favorite people2. Playing games with my family3. Jadite and milk glass4. Home projects5. A good conversation over an endless cup of coffee
Share a favorite parenting memory.
Shortly after we brought our youngest home, there was this blessed moment that had the four of us piled on a couch, together as a family for the first time. It was a sweetness I’d never known before.
Thank you so much Allison for sharing! And I would be remiss if I didn’t thank you for introducing me to dry shampoo several years ago – my daughters and I use it all. the. time!!