I'm a Southern girl who is so thankful for my life. All I ever wanted to be was a wife and a mother, and I had to wait until I was 35 to get both and I feel so blessed. I have a great husband and two beautiful little girls. I love SEC football, reality TV, Sonic vanilla diet cokes, big bows and smocked dresses, and laughing with friends. My biggest passion is my faith and relationship with Jesus Christ.
When do you feel like you're doing your best job as a mom?
I feel like I'm doing my best job when we have a good day with a lot of smiles and few meltdowns, when we have fun and laugh and my daughter says "Thank you" and smiles a lot.
You knew this one was coming... when do you feel like you're doing your worst job?
Almost every day. Ha! Discipline is hard, and when my two year old acts out and says "NO!" and throws tantrums in public - I feel like a complete mess of a mom. I'm quick to lose my patience daily and that REALLY makes me feel terrible.
What surprised you the most about motherhood?
How hard it is. I waited a long time to be a mom, so I used to day dream about how wonderful it would be and how clean my house would be because I would have so much free time as a stay at home mom. I never knew how physically exhausting it could be. I also never know how WONDERFUL it would be or how much I could love my children.
What is your go-to activity when you know a meltdown is coming?
This is probably not the best answer - but I'm big on distractions. So videos or games on my iPhone usually keep Harper from having meltdowns. That or snacks. Ha!
What have your children taught you?
They have taught me patience. They have also taught me to put myself last and to put their needs way above mine. They have taught me unconditional love.
What will you miss the most about these years with young children?
I will miss the snuggles. I will miss holding them in my arms, and the joy of hearing them say "I love you" and knowing they think I'm the greatest thing. I feel pretty sure as teenagers they may not feel the same way. I will miss watching them discover new things, and seeing the excitement in their eyes over everything.
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