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
Hi, my name is Stephanie. I am 30 years old and live in South Florida. My husband and I met when I was 22 and had just graduated college. We married soon afterwards and started a family right away. In the last 7 years that I’ve been with him, we’ve created quite the incredible family consisting of us and our 3 daughters who are 6 months, 3, and 5 years old. I have always loved children, and my daughters are absolutely my everything. I think motherhood is a struggle and nothing is ever perfect. If you give too much of one thing, you miss out on something else. For me, it’s my self-care. I have really taken a back-seat in my priority list, and while that’s not okay either, I’m happy to give my daughters my full attention for those first few years. I don’t believe that I am fully “balanced” for this reason, but we are all just trying our best.
I am a type A personality who loves to organize and cook. These two personality traits have come together to create some of the best, healthiest bento box lunches you can find! I love and take pride in creating my daughters’ lunches. I have suffered for years with issues about not only my weight but also asthma, allergies, and thyroid, etc. I truly believe that people get more sick and allergic every year because of the GMOs, terrible pesticides, hormones, and antibiotics that are placed in our food. I have made it my mission to raise healthy, conscious eaters who will not have to struggle with the same issues as I do. I am currently creating an Instagram account so my many current followers can easily save and store my lunchbox ideas. Who knows, maybe one day it’ll actually become a business.
I have yet to find what it is I am truly passionate about aside from my family. I know that I did things a little differently. I didn’t start a career first and then put it on hold for family. I wanted to have kids young and have the patience and energy to raise them right, and then have the rest of my life to find my passion and launch my career. I had 3 kids by 30, and I’m damn proud of it! I feel like there is tremendous pressure in this day and age on all types of parents. If you don’t breastfeed it’s a problem. If you tell your child they’re smart or they’re pretty, it’s a problem. If you help your child tie their shoes, you guessed it… It’s a problem! Parents (including and especially me) put so much pressure on themselves to be the perfect parent. At the end of the day, perfection doesn’t exist. We all have our days that we truly feel like a superfly supermom when all of our ducks are in a row, and we get them all to bed on time, eating a healthy dinner, and all backpacks/homework/ lunch boxes packed and ready to go, earlier than we even expected. We all also have those days that end with a glass (or 3) of wine as we lock ourselves in the bathroom trying to hide from everyone in our house for 5 minutes of privacy.
My point is, I’m a good mom. Maybe even a great mom. My husband and my kids mean the absolute world to me. I bend over backwards every single day to make them happy. I also sacrifice my own happiness sometimes for those close to me, but I’m not perfect. I try my hardest and I give it my all, but specially with today’s pressure, it may never be “enough,” but I’m starting to realize it just has to be enough for me. I don’t like people coming up to me all the time saying “Wow! You’re supermom!” I’m not. I’m just me. I’m just like you. I am super, I am a mom, and I am trying my best. One day, my kids will know that just that effort alone is what made me super.