Happy Mother’s Day Weekend! I’m so excited to share with you some Mom interviews on the blog this week.
The first mom I’m showcasing is Ashley. Ashley and I attend church together. She is a high school counselor for a local high school. She also happens to have two of THE. CUTEST. KIDS. on social media. I love it when they show up in my Instagram feed. They totally make me smile. Ashley has a huge heart and I adore her. Enjoy learning about her below.
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
2 kids, 4 and 2
How did you come up with the names of your children?
From the Bible. The people they are named after are the examples of how we want our children to live their lives. Middle names came from respected family members.
What is a book that you like to give as a gift?
“For the Love” by Jen Hatmaker. I am not a reader and have read it multiple times. She is my spirit animal.
What is your favorite “go-to” recipe?
I don’t cook well but my husband makes great chicken and spinach flautas. They’re my favorite. My own go to is probably poppyseed chicken.
What is a quality you admire in your own mother?
Selflessness. My mom would give anything to anyone before she took care of her own needs. You can really see Jesus shine through her in that way.
What one product would you give a new mom?
Rock’n’play sleeper, Muslin blankets, sound machine, and a temporal thermometer. Couldn’t chose one because we loved them all.
What advice would you give to a mom of a Kindergartner?
I don’t know because I haven’t experienced it yet. I will say as an educator to a mom to not worry. Teachers get into teaching to help and love on kids. Just another person to love your baby.
If you could choose a gift to receive for Mothers’ Day, what would it be?
An uninterrupted nap.
List 5 of your favorite things.
- sharing life and faith with friends and family
- my children’s giggles
- doing it all with my hubby
Share a favorite parenting memory.
So many to choose from. I’ll share one from each kid.
My son struggled with some gross motor issues as a baby and had to go to physical therapy. It took him a lot longer to check off development milestones than other kids. He worked hard. As a 18 month old, he had made a lot of progress but was still delayed. I can remember picking him up from daycare and his teachers said, “He has something to show you.” He stood up and walked over to me for the first time. I cried all the way home. When it’s extra hard for your child to reach a milestone, you’re extra proud when they crush it.
My daughter loves to sing and hates to sleep. We were out of town and it was time for my kids to take a nap. Because I knew they would sleep better if I was in the room, I laid down with them. My older son fell fast asleep in the big bed and I could hear that my daughter was still talking to herself in the pack and play. I kept hearing a knocking sound, so looked over in a way to not make eye contact with her. She was holding a stuffed Anna doll and Anna was “knocking” on the door singing to the closet “Do you want to build a snowman?” from Frozen. I quietly told her to go to sleep as I attempted to quietly giggle to myself. I believe musical theater is in her future.