ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you).
I am 24 years old.
I am married.
I have 2 children, boys ages 2.5 years and 7.5 months.
I stay home (for now, in the fall I go back to being a full-time student).
I am not sure what class I qualify as. My parents are very educated, but my husband and I don’t make a lot right now. I’ll go with middle.
I live rural.
I completed undergrad, and am now studying to become a registered nurse.
I am straight.
Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: My dad’s side of the family is English and came over on the Mayflower. My mom’s side is mostly Irish immigrants!
NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
- The most significant aspect of my upbringing.
- My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Two under two! It’s been wild, but I love watching my boys play together. My advice is just to roll with the punches – don’t make plans or flower arrangements, and for God’s sake, no glass coffee tables.
- Something that concerns me about my child(ren). The state of our world. Young men, especially, are falling by the wayside as there are more temptations and less leaders to show them the way to grow.
- My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). My baby fell out of the bed while cosleeping. I spanked my two-year old.
- What annoys me most about other mothers. Making broad, meaningless, sweeping “advice” comments to other mothers. All it is is angling for more attention for themselves.
- I am happiest when. I sit with my husband, the love of my life, and see God, the original love of my life, in the smiles of my children, the two newest loves of my life.
- I am saddest when. I see children suffer.
- My biggest fear is. That my children may suffer, too.
- I am ashamed of. My weight.
- Something I need to forgive. My father for emotionally and psychologically damaging my mother and siblings.
- Something I wish I could say to someone. Shut. Up.
- Something I have never told anyone. I weigh 180 lbs.
- Something I am trying to change about myself. The way I react in anger far too quickly – I strive to be Christ’s love in my actions every day.
- My biggest accomplishment. My natural birth!
- I wish. That people would open their eyes.
- Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. She was right all along!
- Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. Let your children be children.
- How I would describe my faith life. I respect God, I love His personification in Jesus, and I pray that the Holy Spirit would show in my life. I struggle with remembering this every day.
- Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. I will be 30 lbs lighter!
- Something important about my story that hasn’t been captured by the questions above. I think. A lot.