Happy Mother’s Day to Me: Mom Resume

This guest post by Laura Starner, who shares her uplifting and triumphant story of surviving cancer at Laura’s Journey of Hope, is part of a series called Happy Mother’s Day to Me. In it, mothers are celebrating themselves for the dedicated, loving, tireless mamas they are. Chances are, if you’re a mother, you have an impressive—and long—resume, too. Check out all the posts in the series!

Mom Resume Mother's Day

As moms, we usually don’t take time to celebrate ourselves because we don’t really feel like we’ve accomplished anything.  So today I celebrate my accomplishments as a mom and Mimi (Grandma).  I want to encourage others by writing about my resume as a mom/Mimi.

My daughters are 28 and 24 years old. I have three grandchildren ages five and under and a new addition on the way.

Here is my Mom/Mimi Resume.

Mom Resume

I have been a…..

  • stay at home mom
  • working mom
  • work from home mom

I have…

  • held a screaming baby through the night
  • rearranged the laundry and cleaning schedule to complete these task from midnight to 4am because my baby had her days and nights mixed up
  • held down the fort from 6:00 am – 8:00 pm while my husband worked hard to provide for the family.
  • organized chores and responsibilities so that the girls were motivated to help at home

I have been the….

  • carpool mom
  • church mini-van carpool mom
  • softball mom
  • t-ball coach mom
  • team mom
  • softball carpool mom
  • travel ball mom
  • volleyball mom
  • dance mom
  • homecoming mom who sewed all the outfits for the homecoming skits
  • homecoming picture mom
  • driver to the homecoming dance
  • prom mom
  • science fair project mom at 10 pm and the late night Wal-Mart trip for supplies mom
  • homeroom mom
  • volunteer mom
  • field trip mom
  • cheerleader on the sidelines
  • defender of my daughters
  • mom who said, “You made a bad decision and you need to go fix it.”
  • mom who picked her daughter up off the floor when the love of her life dumped her
  • breast cancer mom
  • chemo mom
  • radiation mom
  • mom going through surgeries
  • survivor mom
  • wedding planner mom
  • encourager mom – “You’re going to do great”
  • inspiration
  • conscience molder
  • praying mom
  • keep Jesus first mom
  • mom who took the kids to church consistently
  • graduation  party mom
  • birthday party mom
  • craft mom
  • piano lesson mom
  • nurse through three nose surgeries

As the MOM of  grown children….

I love that my girls still call me to share their successes, dreams, hopes and disappointments.  Here are a few of the questions I get now:

  • What do you think I should do, mom?
  • I had a test today.  I did good, mom.
  • I only have one more semester, mom.  Can you believe it, mom?
  • Mom, I got a 99% on my test.
  • I set the curve, mom.  And to that I reply, “I knew you could.”
  • I’m still the cheerleader mom.

Now I’m a Mimi

  • Some days, I’m the Mimi who arrives before the sun rises leaves after the sun sets
  • The Mimi who reads, celebrates, plays dress up, plays hair, plays outside, teaches kindness and models apologizing
  • The ‘waterfall’ Mimi when playing outside with the garden hose
  • The Mimi who loves with all of her heart, who fixes boo boos, who wipes away tears, who sees the morning smiles and who has cuddle time

I have been a teacher, reading coach, assistant principal and principal.  And through all of that, I worked through the worst diagnosis of my life, and I kept working because I wanted to keep my family routine as normal as possible. In the “mom role” and the “Mimi role,” there is one central theme and that is to keep God first. Also, to make sure my daughters and grandchildren know that their mom/Mimi loves them and loves Jesus.

Of all my achievements, I am most honored to have the role of mom and Mimi.

I want to encourage all of you to write your Mom Resume.  You may surprise even yourself.


Laura Starner, B.S., M.S., is an author, wife, mother, grandmother, retired school principal and an encourager at heart. After 23 years in education, Laura retired her position as a school administrator.  She brings that experience to lead and inspire others to live a life full of hope and to reach their full potential.  Through her blog, www.laurasjourneyofhope.comshe encourages survivors, caregivers, friends and family to live each day to the fullest.


11 thoughts on “Happy Mother’s Day to Me: Mom Resume

  • April 29, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    This was beautiful. I hope to have a mom resume even slightly this inspiring and good someday.

    • April 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm

      Me too!

  • April 29, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    A mom resume is a great idea to help take stock of all it is a mom does as part of the everyday without thinking about it!

    • April 29, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Yes! We do so much every day—often without a lot to “show” for it. A resume is a great way to remind ourselves of how many important responsibilities we have!

  • April 29, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    What an amazing woman, mom, and grandmother. That brought tears to my eyes! Happy Mother’s Day, Laura!!!

  • April 29, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    What an honor to meet Laura! Thank you for sharing her story with us. A mom resume… such a great idea but also makes me feel overwhelmed when I stop to look at the reality of all we do each day! Happy Mother’s Day!

    • May 2, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Thank you, Marlynn. I totally understand that overwhelmed feeling. That’s why we take it one day at a time. Happy Mother’s Day!

  • April 30, 2016 at 3:50 am

    So fantastic! I hope I am able to have such a great mom resume when my boys are that age! Currently I’m sitting here with my son being the “put a bandaid on my owie” mom.

    Happy Mother’s Day!


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