1. What was it like being a preacher’s kid? In like one paragraph.
Being a preacher’s kid was HARD in that everyone expected us to tow the line 100% of the time. We lived in a fishbowl and were subject to constant scrutiny if we didn’t measure up. At the same time it was AWESOME because I’m the type of person who loves to meet new people and see new places and moving from time to time as a pastoral family definitely allows you to do that.
2. What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
I’d have to say that my favorite thing about being a mom is knowing that I’ve played a part in who my sons have become so far and that even though my “job” isn’t over by any means, I can look back and be proud of them individually for who they are and excited to see what kind of people/husbands/dads they’ll be in the future. But they’re fourteen and nine, so there’s PLENTY of time before that.
3. What do you write about? How would you describe your blog?
A writer I am not, but I definitely enjoy having a blog. Some posts are definitely easier to write than others and some just come out better in the end than others. I write about raising a teenager and also raising a kid of elementary school age with ADHD and the trials and joys of all of that. Only having sons is not something I thought I wanted until I had it and now I’d never trade it. In the last six months, I’ve also written some about my journey to lose weight since I decided in the new year that it was time for me to focus on ME for once. Nobody’s perfect, least of all me, and that’s okay.
I started my blog when I was hit with the realization that there are some things that I need to not sweat in life. My family and my relationship with God are far more important than whether my house is clean or expertly decorated and I didn’t need to “measure up” to the moms around me. I am who I am as a person and as a Mom and my job is to do right by my kids; The opinions of others do not determine that for me.
4. What is the BEST thing about not living close to family?
That’s a tough one, since depending on the day, I’d say that sometimes there isn’t anything good about NOT being able to live near family. But one thing I learned while growing up in a parsonage is that family is who you make it. We didn’t ever live close to family while my dad was in the ministry, so here and there we had “adopted” grandmas – Grandma Hazel, for one- and we just were able to be surrounded by loving, supportive people wherever we were. And in the last eleven years since my family all lives east of Lake Michigan and I live to the west, I’ve made family where I am. That’s the best!
I knew that would be hard. That’s why I asked. Sometimes I think we focus so much on the negative aspects of things that we forget there is some good. At least that’s what I do.
5. What is your most favorite post you’ve ever written?
That’s a tough one too. I think that my favorite post is swoop; it pointed out some of my failures (frosting with a spoon? REALLY?), proved to the world that I have fears (eeewww), and makes me thankful for good neighbors. And I still giggle (and shudder) when I read it more than a year later.
I definitely think the sign of a good post is if we can read back over it later and go right back to that place and experience the same emotions as when we wrote it.
So that’s Jen y’all. Be sure to go visit her site and show her some love. Now, who wants a turn for next week? It is pretty simple. All you have to do is follow these rules:
- Link up a favorite post you wrote this week.
- On the post you feature link back to my blog. Something like, “I’m sharing my awesome with Momma Made It Look Easy and you can too.” It can be in the tiniest print at the very bottom of your post.
- Link directly to your blog post and not your home page or a landing page. If you don’t know how to find the permalink just let me know and I’ll help you.
Next week I will randomly pick one participant to feature on my blog. Please follow all of the rules. I will delete you if you don’t. And while it isn’t a requirement, it would be really great if you would check out some of the other blogs that link up, and also, comments are always great. The posts so far have been great and I’m sure they will be this week too.
And while I normally don’t ask for stuff like this, could you share this idea on Twitter and Facebook. Please. I think the more participants we have the better.
My favorite post this past week was about a topic I take very seriously, What have you taught your children about guns?
I’m looking for guest posters in June. If you are interested please send me an email or let me know in the comments.