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Tribute to Mother’s continued

May 8, 2014
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This story is continued from

http://www.prestoncitizen.com/?p=16201

 

The Citizen interviewed three mothers in Franklin County and asked them several questions about motherhood. These are there responses.

JANALYN MAW

 

Who’s example do you follow when it comes to raising your family?

“I follow the example of my parents and my family for the most part. I also have some super awesome friends that I look up to and trust their advice.”

 

What are some of the rewards of motherhood, even small ones?

“I feel rewarded when I see my kids doing simple things like opening doors, being kind to others, and helping out with no expectations of reward.  I enjoy seeing them feel successful, whether in sports, at a job, or in school. I’m so proud of my kids. For example, my oldest daughter is in her second year at USU and completely supports herself.  My second daughter is a senior in high school and is heading to USU this fall as well with 47 college credits. (Thanks to the West Side Endowment Fund!). They both have shown great maturity and drive.”

 

What do you do when you want to tear your hair out and walk away?

 

“Most of the time, I run or lift weights.  It really helps me to get my mind in a better place especially, when I’m frustrated, overwhelmed, or angry.  My friends know that if I’m running night and morning, something big and nasty is going on. I also have a great support system in my family and friends. We spend time together exercising, eating, shopping, or just hanging out. “

 

What is the most satisfying thing about being a mother?

“I think I feel most satisfied when my kids show gratitude for the simple, little things. They are really sweet to say, “Thanks for …………. Mom!”  (Fill in the blank with dinner, new shirt, coming to my game, etc.)  I love to see them happy and laughing, especially when working or playing together.”

 

Are their special traditions you started as a mother?

“One of my kids favorite traditions is to get together with extended family on Sunday afternoons. Most of their aunts, uncles, and cousins meet at Grandma’s for cookies, ice cream, and candy.  The adults sit inside “sharing insults” while the cousins play games, explore outside, or break things. (Sorry Grandpa!)”

 

What is the best advise you ever received about being a mother?

“My good childhood friend had the “cool” mom. She took us out to “drag main”, let us stay up too late, etc.  This same friend later told me, “I didn’t need another BFF. I needed a Mom.”  This advice has helped me a ton when I’ve had to make hard, unpopular decisions concerning my kids. They get angry, and I’m sure they tell their friends, “My mom is sooo mean, dumb, or such a nag!”  That’s okay.  That’s my job.”

 

Any other thoughts on being a mother we could use in our story?

“Before I was divorced 4 years ago, I was a stay-at-home mom with five kids at home. Wow! That was hard. Since then, I have worked full-time outside the home.  Yikes!  This is hard too.  Both situations have been very difficult but also extremely rewarding.  I’ve had to change my priorities, which isn’t really a bad thing. I’ve been blessed with awesome support from family and close friends.  I’m also super lucky to have pretty great kids. That being said, my kids are normal.  Sometimes naughty, sometimes annoying, but all in all, they are well adjusted, kind, and happy. What more could a mom ask for?”

 

KAREN HATCH

 

Who’s example do you follow when it comes to raising your family?

“I have my mother to thank for being such an amazing mother. I have 10 siblings, which didn’t leave any spare time for herself, but I learned from her example and am amazed at how she did it.”

What are some of the rewards of motherhood, even small ones?

“Being a mother is the most rewarding accomplishment I’ve had.  My children have made being a mother easy because they are wonderful kids and I couldn’t be more proud of who they are.”

What do you do when you want to tear your hair out and walk away?

 

“Since I have two teenage daughters, we do occasionally have those moments when emotions are high but after a little time girls usually want to talk and they need a mother to just listen.”

Are their special traditions you started as a mother?

“We don’t have any special traditions but we do enjoy spending time together as a family camping, 4 wheeling and snowmobiling.”

What is the most satisfying thing about being a mother?

“Most of all my kids make me laugh.  They can make me forget everything else in the world and they don’t even know they’re being therapeutic.  As I said before I have amazing daughters and a very patient husband, who quite often walks around the house singing “Waitin’ on a Woman.”

What is the best advise you ever received about being a mother?

 

“My father had a plaque that sat on his desk that said “The best thing to spend on your children is time” and I have tried to remember that always.”

 

Any other thoughts on being a mother we could use in our story?

“One thing I wasn’t prepared for as a mother is that when a child hurts, a mother hurts.  When one of my daughter’s is going through a difficult time, it truly makes my heart ache.  I guess I never thought about my own mother taking on and sharing the joy and the pain of all 11 of us.”

“I am very thankful for my wonderful husband and children. “

 

UDELL PURSUR

 

Who’s example do you follow when it comes to raising your family?

 

“My Parents.”

 

What are some of the rewards of motherhood, even small ones?

 

“Having your children visit and tell you they love you and are grateful for what you taught them. To see my children active in the Gospel.”

 

What do you do when you want to tear your hair out and walk away?

 

“Work. Work is good for everything.”

 

What is the most satisfying thing about being a mother?

 

“Hugs. Have children recognize what you have done for them. “

 

Are their special traditions you started as a mother?

 

“We had great big Easter egg hunts with about 3,000 eggs filled with different things. It would go from 5 p.m. until midnight. We have Christmas parties and family reunions. “

 

What is the best advise you ever received about being a mother?

 

“My grandfather asked me once if I believed everything you children tell you. I told him I tried too. He said don’t because they only tell it to make them look good. “

 

“My father once told me, ‘If (as a married person) you come to me with a problem go home and work it out yourself. We have plenty of problems of our own. He also said ‘Idle hands are the Devils workshop.’

 

Any other thoughts on being a mother we could use in our story?

 

“We should teach our children to work and don’t just tell them or send them, work with them.”

 

 

 


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