I’ve always looked forward to becoming a mom, and when we tried to start a family, I was given to devastating news that perhaps may not be possible due to my endometriosis. After having a procedure to fix the situation, I was told that my body may never hold a full-term
pregnancy, until the day that I was blessed with a baby boy growing inside of me. At 22 weeks pregnant, I was told the baby that was growing inside me was going to be born with Bilateral Clubfeet. It was a shock, but not devastating, as I knew this was just another hurdle we would overcome… and we did. Diego has been a blessing, and all the surgeries and work he has endured to have those happy feet corrected have made me a stronger mom and him a very resilient young boy.
The moment Dianne became a mom, a new side of her emerged that shaped us into a true family. Not only does she make the whole experience enjoyable for my daughter and me, she always seems to be truly enjoying being a mom. My wife has always been very selfless, but seeing her take care of our daughter, shows me just how selfless she really is. She is strong, loving and intelligent ,and now that she’s earned the title of “mom,” I have a new reason to fall in love with her again every day. I feel very lucky to have Dianne as my wife, and I know Claire is very lucky to have her as her mom.
~ Dianne’s Husband
I’m a mom to 5 amazing, unique people…..who happen to be stinking adorable to boot! We are a military family who has been stationed all around the world. I’ve packed/unpacked, encouraged/soothed, and planted roots 10 times throughout my family’s military service. We’ve called home to 3 different countries, 6 states, and too many houses to count. I’ve home schooled and utilized the public school system, our family is full of ADHDers and I’ve navigated through my fair share of IEP meeting for my brilliant, highly insightful son who happens to be dyslexic and struggles with memory and a processing disorder. Parenting isn’t for the weak, and I absolutely LOVE being around those fellow parent encouagers…..because, keepin’ it real, we ALL need a high-five, pat on the back, “you’ve got this” or “stay strong” cheerleader in our corner. This blessing and incredible responsibility of being “Mommy” is God’s greatest gift to me this side of Heaven. Prayer and a whole lotta caffeine keeps this lady ROCKING her Mama duties. Stay strong my friends! ♡☆♡☆♡
Rina Mae is such a wonderful mother. We’re all beyond grateful. She cares for and protects her cubs (a 4-year-old and 1-year-old) with extreme love and passion. Rina all too often sacrifices her own sleep or personal time for the well-being of her two boys. All three boys (including daddy) treasure and adore her. My work demands a lot of attention and this means that during the week, I have limited time with my family. When I come home at night, my sons are often asleep already, with Rina in bed next to them. The look on the boys’ sleeping faces are always full of bliss. Their mother is a truly amazing woman.
To read more about Rina’s life as an expat mom in The Netherlands, check out her forthcoming book The Happiest Kids in the World via Amazon. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Happiest-Kids-World-Bringing-children/dp/0857523856
Photo credit courtesy of Elma Coetzee (http://www.elmacoetzee.nl/)
My mother is an incredibly talented and inspiring woman. She is a source of encouragement, reason, balance, and happiness within our home. She works tirelessly to ensure that my sisters and I have everything we need to flourish and become successful individuals. No matter how hectic her life may be, she has time and time again to put it all on hold to be there for us— whether it is to help with school work or to just provide an ear to listen. As a young woman, I feel immensely lucky to have such a role model in my life.
~ Raina (daughter, 17)
Evelyn is the mother of 6 children. Ashton has special needs with Spinal Bifida. Her husband, Angel, just retired from the United States Navy and is disabled. Evelyn achieved her associates degree in early childhood education and psychology, online and at night. She managed all of this while attending to the children in school, appointments, Ashton’s surgeries, and during her husband’s deployment.
With all of her family members living in Puerto Rico, North Carolina, and New Jersey, she succeeded in doing it all by herself. Evelyn also volunteered with the Duval County Public School System, Spinal Bifida Association of Jacksonville, and the Jacksonville Miracle League. She now works at the Mayport Coastal Science Middle School and continues to study for her bachelors degree, as well as attending to kids and husband.
~ Angel Rivera