Hi, I’m Amy…..I’m a stay-at-home mother of 8 kids. I AM a mother-in-the making….I’m NOT DONE yet ……I have many stages of motherhood going on in my life now and with a 17 year span between them all…..there’s a lot going on at my house ALL THE TIME! I have sooooo much to learn and so much ahead of me! I have learned a lot from watching other moms and I want to share tidbits of my mothering experience, in hopes that it will be of value to someone out there…… Ever had a “bad mommy day” where maybe you didn’t handle things like you should have and you feel a little discouraged???? Me Too!!! (Like a billion times!) One thing that I’ve learned along the way is that if you just keep trying to do a little better….you learn as you go. I’m definitely not perfect nor would I ever claim to be….I’m in the process of “becoming”…..I’m the “mother” who is in the “making”….I have a long way to go.
So let me introduce to you my inspirations…..my family. They’re beautiful and wonderful and sometimes they make me a little crazy too. (I’m sure you can relate!) I love them dearly!
Aren’t they cute? I am so very blessed. My faith plays a big part in my life and is a part of who I am. I’m a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also sometimes known as “Mormons”. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that has blessed me abundantly. I believe in Jesus Christ. He is my Savior and the Savior of us all. I believe in the Holy Bible and The Book of Mormon which is another testament of Jesus Christ. If you want to learn more about what we believe you can find more information here.
So to give you the run-down on my family….my sweet (and handsome) husband, Joe, me, then Abby, Jacob, Emily, Kelsie and front row at left is Tanner, Hannah, Allie, and Tad. They are so much fun and so dear to me! This is my beautiful life! These pictures remind me of how much I dearly love each person in my family! I am so grateful for each one! I am richly blessed!! My husband and I always say, “We are rich in kids!”
I’ve decided that “motherhood” is a long journey with a lot of steps, stops, distractions, giggles, problems, detours, joys, sorrows, smiles, fears, mistakes, messes, hugs, struggles, tears, fun, and LOVE. It is the process of “becoming” worthy of the title “mother”. It’s all about the “journey” of “becoming”. My own mother passed away when I was barely 13 years old. She died essentially from breast cancer. At the time, she was my very best friend, I lost a part of me and was so heartbroken and sad. What a loss that was for me and my family. I couldn’t imagine, at that time, what a beautiful life I had ahead of me with a family of my own.
Now don’t get me wrong….it’s not all roses….everyone has problems and no one has the “perfect life”….but I have been given much and I’m learning, and growing from my struggles….(well, most of them…ha ha) Reading over this reminds me of Hillary Weeks’ song, “Beautiful Heartbreak”….. Life is so beautiful when we are able to recognize blessings that come from the “ashes” of our heartaches. I’m not sure I could have recognized any blessings at the time of my mother’s passing, but looking back now, I can see the Lord’s hand in my life and I can see that He helped me every step of the way. I was never left alone, even though I may have felt that back then.
My sweet Mother left her imprint in my heart of what a mother can be…I have a long ways to go! I’m learning to make the best of the “journey” and also learning from others. There have been MANY “Mother’s” in my life that have helped me along the way. What a blessing we can all be to each other when we’re not trying to compete with each other and then we share what we learn. Thanks to all those mom’s out there that have helped me in some small way! I hope that my experiences can help lift someone and give them the encouragement to keep going, keep trying and to NEVER give up!
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