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!
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.
I have been a…..
- stay at home mom
- working mom
- work from home mom
- 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”
- 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.com, she encourages survivors, caregivers, friends and family to live each day to the fullest.