Well, it has been a few days since I’ve featured a wonderful mom and I have some serious catching up to do over the next few days. I’ll also be announcing who won the set of prints from the Las Vegas Venetian series. (Anyone who emailed me back their response by Mother’s Day will be “in the hat”. )
Jane is a sweet, sweet first time mommy with the most gorgeous little girl. They welcomed me into their home and we had a fun session. Little E even smiled for me! Good girl!It is hard to believe that E is six months old already!
What is your favorite Mother’s Day memory?
Since I had E, I’ve come to realize that every day can be Mother’s Day! However, I would have to say that my favorite Mother’s Day memory was last year. I got married 6 days after Mother’s Day, so all of my family was in town for the festivities. We had a three generation ladies lunch with both of my grandmothers, my mom and myself. We had lunch, got pedicures and just enjoyed each other’s company. It was extra special because one of my grandmothers had just been diagnosed with end-stage cancer. The Monday after Mother’s Day, my (soon-to-be) husband and I found out we were having a little girl… my belated mother-to-be Mother’s Day present!
What three words would you choose to describe yourself as a mom?
New!, Loving, Classic. I just don’t see myself as one of those “trendy” moms. I’m all about the chocolate chip cookies, kissing boo-boos and taking twenty thousand photos of everything she does.
note: When I emailed everyone, I told them not to describe June Cleaver when answering this question because we’d all know they were full of it.However, Jane, I may have to make an exception for you! You are that sweet, classic mom and little E is so blessed to have you.
What three words would you choose to describe your mom?
AMAZING, giving, loving. She is definitely my model as a mother, and she’s just so strong.
If you could invite anyone to dinner who would it be and why?
I would love to invite my great-grandmother, who had 18 children. I want to know how she did it all, and how her children turned out so well! My husband and I would like many more children, and I think I might need some of her tips to get me through those tough days!
Note: um… 18! I just have to ponder that some more. WOW – 18? Are you sure that isn’t a typo??? Just kidding!
What book are you reading now?
The Power of a Praying Woman. My mother-in-law just sent it to me as a Mother’s Day present. It’s so inspiring. I love books that encourage me to be the best I can be! It’s a good escape from some of the events in our world today.
What is a favorite children’s book at your house?
One of E’s favorite books was my favorite book as a little girl. I Think That It Is Wonderful. It features the Sesame Street characters.
Even though “green” is the new black… taking care of the planet we live on has always been important. Do you have a favorite activity or tip that your family does to save the world one little bit at a time?
Big “Green” ideas around our house include using re-usable, BPA-free aluminum water bottles. I just read a statistic about all of the petroleum that goes into making plastic water bottles, and about how many bottles are returned to landfills… it was horrifying. We also bring our own bags to the grocery store. Lastly, I only feed Eden organic baby food… I just found out that regular baby food, like [a popular brand], can contain up to 13 different pesticides. We want to give her the healthiest start possible, so we choose organic baby food, or make our own as often as we can.
Is there a special charitable organization or cause that you support and would like to shine some light on?
I am a huge proponent of Grand Rapids Right-to-Life. Obviously they deal with all issues concerning life such as stem cell research, the death penalty, etc. However, I choose to focus on the issue of abortion. As a young mom who became pregnant unexpectedly, I know that I could have chosen not to have our daughter. But, the statistic that always sticks out in my mind is the fact that a baby begins to have a heartbeat at only 12 days after conception. 12 days! Even though I attend a Catholic college, I know several young women who have chosen to have an abortion instead of a baby. Sometimes I think that if the gestation period were shorter, and women knew about all of the resources available to them, they would hold their baby and know they had made the best decision. Sure, it’s tough to be a mom balancing baby and college, but it’s worth it every single day. More information can be found on their website www.grrtl.org.
How would you describe your experience from your Simply Life Photography session?
Mary Beth was absolutely wonderful! It was such a special time for us, and she completely captured the magic of our little cupcake! Seeing the fruits of Mary Beth’s labor and all of the talent she has makes me hope that one day our daughter will share her talents in that same way, bringing so much joy to others.
Note: Thank you Jane.You know, if E ever takes up photography, I know of a place she can intern!