Happy Mothers’ Day Weekend! This week I’m showcasing some of my favorite moms on the blog. Lisa is such a neat person with a zest for life! She radiates joy! We first met several years ago during my first Praise & Harmony recording – she’s a fellow alto. We have since participated on 6 (7? I’m losing count) recordings together and I always enjoy my Lisa time. She’s a PE teacher for an elementary school, and is always posting things on Facebook that show me what an awesome, fun teacher she is! Meet Lisa:
How many children do you have and what are their ages?
I have 3 children, ages 32, 29 & 27.
How did you come up with the names of your children?
Our oldest was named after the main character Jessica in our favorite movie, The Man from Snowy River, with her middle name same as mine. We decided we wanted our next child’s name to begin with a J also, so for no particular reason we named our son Jared and his middle name was after his dad. Our 3rd little surprise was named totally after family, Jenny after her great-great grandmother Virginia and Marie after my mother-in-law.
What is a book that you like to give as a gift?
My go to gift, especially for babies, is a Baby’s First Bible, coupled with “I’ll Love You Forever” and any Eric Carle book that I find a good bargain on because I love them all!
What is your favorite “go-to” recipe?
My favorite go to recipe is my own version of Beef Enchiladas. My kids beg for me to make it when they come home (happy face!)
What is a quality you admire in your own mother?
What I admire in my mom is her willingness to serve her family. She gave up lots of opportunities for herself to be a stay at home mom and then later in life as a grandmother, she helped me pursue opportunities by caring for my kids as I began my teaching career to help support my family. I’ll never forget her sitting in the car of the college parking lot with my firstborn just so I could come and nurse her between my classes!
What one product would you give a new mom?
I’d give a new mom a ball and sunscreen to get outside and play with her babies!
What advice would you give to a mom of a Kindergartner?
Advice to a kindergarten mom: Let your child learn how to fail – and learn from that. Don’t try to cushion every blow or fix every problem. We learn best from our falling down and getting back up. Foster a relationship with the teacher and then TRUST the teacher as a trained professional to help love and educate your child. Be willing to give of yourself and be involved. Remember…there are ALWAYS at least 2 sides to every story when your child has issues with others and rather than judge the actions of others, help your child learn to respond in as loving a way as possible AND REMEMBER TO DO THE SAME YOURSELF when someone hurts the heart of your little one.
If you could choose a gift to receive for Mothers’ Day, what would it be?
My gift I would like most for Mother’s Day would be simply spending time with all my kids and enjoy visiting, eating & playing together.
List 5 of your favorite things.
5 of my favorite things: A totally random list…Coffee, camping, watching (and photographing) nature – ESPECIALLY sunsets!, singing and hiking.
Share a favorite parenting memory.
Oh gracious – so many favorite parenting moments…seeing each of my kids be baptized by their father, late night talks around our dining table with each of my kids when they came to me with heartfelt problems, seeing them graduate from college, holding my grandson for the first time and rocking him to sleep, camping trips, swim parties in our backyard, family road trips to National Parks, witnessing very random acts of kindness they have each done & late night brownie baking for my teenagers who just wanted to hang out and talk in the kitchen.
Thank you so much, Lisa! I loved reading your answers!