Millie Killpack has four children; the youngest two have spina bifida. Despite the grief she sometimes feels for the struggles her children face, Millie tries to make sure their family's additional challenges don't keep them from progressing and having fun along the way.
Through her children's health challenges, Becky Ackroyd has learned to educate herself, disengage from less important pursuits, and lean on others for support.
After Brittney's husband died in 2011, she had to work even harder to find balance. She's learned to prioritize time with her family without neglecting to take care of herself.
In one of our most poignant spotlights yet, Mary Jo Hartle--who is blind, as is her husband--describes the joys and trials of raising her daughter. We loved everything Mary Jo had to say, so we invite you to set aside some time to read this extended spotlight.
Shani Whisonant believes in preparing nutritious meals, holding her daughter long and tight, following her instincts...and making sure her daughter leaves a ring around the bathtub every evening.
Truly, there is not enough time and we lack the energy to do every good thing or enjoy every beauty that the world has to offer. Instead, we've decided to carefully chose and enjoy as much as we can together.
Mothering her eight children isn't always easy for Sara Though some days are hard, Sara learned the most important thing is to never give up.
Julie has a large family with a big age span. She's learned to value consistency and strives to keep the family dynamics in tact while her children pursue extra-curricular activities.
Laurie Snider never wanted to her six children to doubt her love for them. So she decided to stop yelling and make sure everything she said to them was said calmly and lovingly. She gave them, in the words of one of her daughters, a childhood that was like a big sparkly cloud of love,...
LaRee Florence didn't plan on becoming an award-winning theater director. All she asked is, "What is needed?" Turns out her daughter needed to become an actress, and her community needed a family-friendly youth theater company.
When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, my son sat with me and we held hands and cried. That's what I needed right then.
I love to write, and I have made that passion central to my experience as a mother. My writing is not only for my children; it is also for me. My #1 coping strategy during the challenges of life is writing.
A friend once told me that "God gives you what he knows you can handle." I've been repeatedly impressed with how much faith God must have in me.
Kristen Olsen is new to motherhood, but she's already got one thing down: she's learned not to compare her lowlights with other mothers' highlights.
Tiffany Sowby, who helps coordinate our retreats, shares how she has learned to appreciate the little things and cherish her time with her children.
Motivated by her own high-risk pregnancy, Lisa Barlow started a project that gives "Bags of Hope" to moms on hospitalized bed rest. Here, she shares her wisdom and perspective on what it means to find joy as a mother.
Identical twin boys fit perfectly into Cyndi Taylor's life. But at a routine 33-week ultrasound, she learned that one of the boy's hearts had stopped beating. Here, Cyndi shares how she progressed through heartache to become more compassionate, patient, and stronger.
Author Joni Hilton is beloved for her creative mothering. She's also learned the importance of cherishing her children. Instead of worrying about our children, she believes mothers should should simply love them, laugh with them, pray with them, and soak up this precious sliver of time when we are their whole world, and they are...
Anna Jenkins is a huge asset to The Power of Moms team! Here, she shares the wisdom she's gained in her 20+ years of mothering.
Before children, if Plan A didn't work, well, I just tried harder to make it work! Now I've realized that there is wisdom in Plan B's, C's and D's.
This past year things have been really hard and for too long I felt isolated and alone in my struggles. The relief that has come from the realization that I'm not alone has been a great blessing. We all have our struggles and all we need to do is reach out.
Since I was little I had it all planned out: five children will be perfect! However, I was very surprised when at 27, when my youngest boy was 1 year old, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I am still unsure if I am able to have more children.
When someone tells me that they are glad I got to experience having my “own” child, I don’t get it. All of my kids are my own, and the experience of adoption is as beautiful and rewarding as is the act of carrying a child and giving birth.
Without laughter, life can get too heavy. Get down and smile at your children: just one smile and one joke is infectious. Laughter, I'm convinced, could end wars.
I try to put things into perspective. I see now how quickly time passes and how these stages don’t last forever. Children change and grow and challenges come and go. I try to remind myself of this during difficult times.
I used to think the years I spent being a single mother were pretty tough…but as I look back, I would never give up the things I learned about myself during that time! I cherish that time as one of the major growing periods of my life.
I am all about giving my children experiences. Right now we are on a four-month humanitarian trip to Cambodia, Thailand, India, and Spain.
The most important thing you can do is remember that you are the best mom for your kids. And to try to remember that your best is good enough. You will feel a lot better about your role as a mother once you can embrace those things.
There are lots of things about motherhood that have surprised me. I've done things that I never thought possible. I've loved like I've never thought possible. And along with that, I've hurt like I never thought possible.
At the age of 8, I was involved in a tubing accident that left me profoundly deaf. One of my dreams as a young girl was to become a mother and I wondered what kind of impact my deafness would have raising my children.
I've been surprised by how much I have grown as a mother. It isn’t only sacrifice; there's so much personal growth involved. I can adapt, grow, and learn with each new challenge. I have learned that I am blessed by magnifying my role as a mother.
We’ve been blessed with a large family--we have more kids than almost everyone we know, so I’ve learned to forge my own way and figure out how this can and should work. My husband and I put our family as our first priority and though it’s exhausting and chaotic at times, there is so much...
I guess I would say that it is vital that we see our children as people and that we respect them. They are learning and our reactions will teach them the ways they should react. It is important to validate their feelings and help them cope or learn to deal with the hard things. ...
I am the lucky and blessed "trainer" who gets to introduce my kids to new things, watch them struggle, teach, teach, teach, and watch them get stronger. Just when I think I get to actually go "run the race" with them, they remind me that it is not my job.
I've been surprised that I don't mind the more hum-drum parts of motherhood. I keep pretty busy with a business I run from home, but as for other aspirations, I have completely cut off a few I didn't think I could live without.
I used to think if I were the perfect mom I would have perfect kids. I worked hard to be the perfect mom yet, there was still chaos and meltdowns. I'd think, "What more can I do?" I had to realize that sometimes it is their deal and not mine.
I am not the mother I thought I'd be. Sure, I thought I would be loving, caring and kind--but I didn't know how much more loving, caring and kind I would be. I am still surprised at how involved, proactive and deliberate I want to be as a mother.
I remember one really bad day with Landon; we were so frustrated with each other. While I was running errands later that night I saw a quote: “Everyday holds the possibility of a miracle.”
There are many things I love about motherhood. The most important one though is that my children make me HAPPY!
I love how whenever I sit down on the couch at least one or two of the kids magically come out of the woodwork to come snuggle with me, like little magnets! They know it’s one of my favorite things to do--to be surrounded and snuggled by my family.
If the day is a particularly bad one, and I have my fair share, I remind myself that my children didn't chose to come here and be stuck with a miserable mother. I try to change my mindset. It's a choice everyday.
Some things happen to us because of our choices and some things just happen. When things have “just happened” to me, I have tried to have an attitude that I have the choice of how I am going to react in any given situation.
You might be surprised to find out that the death of one of our daughters has not been the hardest part of motherhood for me. I don't completely understand that myself, other than I was given a mercy that surpasses my ability to cope.
We have a running joke in our family. When my husband and I first were married he said that he wanted to have ten kids. I told him that I would do the first five and he would need to figure out how to get the other five here.