Mother & Daughter

Motherhood is messy.  And challenging. And crazy. And sleepless. And giving. And still unbelievably BEAUTIFUL. – Rachel Martin

1. Tell me about your favorite scene from your favorite movie?  I suppose it isn’t truly a movie, but I love the 10th Kingdom (a short-show-turned-long-movie). I gravitate to humor, and there is a particular scene where three protagonists are discussing the unusual things they witnessed in modern day New York City. They discovered a boombox and the joys therein, grooving endlessly to “Saturday Night Fever.” I cannot explain why I love the scene so much, but the absurdity of 3 trolls trying to explain the premise of “Saturday Night Fever” fills me with endless mirth. It gets me every single time!

2. What’s the most interesting thing about you we wouldn’t learn from your resume or social media?  I probably overshare on social media, but if I had to hazard a guess, the most interesting thing about me is I am an avid storyteller. This tends to bleed into other areas of interest for me, like music. I am (slowly) writing a book, but I have dabbled in writing music as well.

3. What is the biggest surprise about Motherhood?  The surprises are endless, but I have found I am continuously shocked by how quickly my daughter has developed and changed. I revel in everything she does.

4. What is the best part about being a Mom?  She says, “Mama,” and I melt. I will teach English from time to time, and when she is staying with the sitter, the look she gives me when I return to her makes me feel like a celebrity. There is no guile. She has added such meaning to my life. And the above-mentioned development is reveling. She is incredible, and I am extremely biased on that subject.

5. What books are on your bookshelf?  CS Lewis, Ted Dekker, Terry Goodkind books; mystery, fantasy, educational books- I love so many different kinds. If the characters and imagery can captivate me, I am theirs forever. I will reread books a hundred times to rekindle the feeling I experienced while reading.

BONUS: Who’s the mom you admire the most and why?  This is going to sound cliche, but my mother is the mom and woman I admire the most. She is the hardest worker I know. My father was in the military, and she was effectively Mom and Dad. She always made sure we knew he loved us. She is the most extraordinary example of a Proverbs 31 woman I have ever encountered (which is saying something, because I know many), and she has given me the tools to be the best mom I can be to my daughter. I crave her wisdom. She is godly, kind, smart, dedicated, and sophisticated. She has her faults (as do we all), but I count myself to be blessed beyond measure to be her daughter.

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