Mother’s Day: Local Moms Reflect on Motherhood

. April 30, 2018.
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How do you celebrate Mother’s Day and what does it mean to you? We asked some local mothers and grandmothers to share their thoughts on motherhood.

Julie Fisher enjoys a fall day with her little pumpkins.

Julie Fisher enjoys a fall day with her little pumpkins.

Julie Fisher

Husband Matt, Children Emmalin (5), Ethan and Nolan (3)

I love staying home with the kids and, although it has its challenges, the experience is rewarding. My favorite part of motherhood is watching the kids grow and learn new things, playing well together, imagining and creating in new ways. I enjoy getting outside with them without the distractions of technology and TV and making memories as a family.

For Mother’s Day, we keep it pretty simple. Just being with my family is my goal. Of course, I enjoy a little extra attention and a few less chores for the day! If it works to be with my mom or mother-in-law, it is nice to honor them as well. Our “first born” is our 9 year old chocolate lab, Monty. He has had his share of medical issues, so we joke that he broke us into parenthood well! After a handful of years, it was such a blessing to officially cross over to a Mother’s Day with our daughter! And it only continues to get better since we welcomed our twin boys in 2015.

Jessi Kempf loves slowing down and seeing the world through her children’s eyes.

Jessi Kempf loves slowing down and seeing the world through her children’s eyes.

Jessi Kempf

Husband Brian, Children Eden (7), Weston (4), Ivy (2)

It’s too hard to choose my favorite part of being a mom, but I do love seeing the world through my kids’ eyes. They appreciate and are in awe of the simple things while adults (including myself!) are often too busy to notice. I also love the rare moments when my kids are all happily playing together. Even if it’s just running in the backyard or playing with play-doh, it brings me joy to see their friendships with one another grow.

On Mother’s Day, I typically get to sleep in, skip the cooking and cleaning and get a couple of sweet gifts from the kids and Brian. We don’t have any major traditions at this point, but getting some extra sleep and not having to cook make for a great day! My favorite Mother’s Day memory would probably be the year that I became a mom. Our oldest daughter, Eden, was born just two weeks before Mother’s Day and we spent the day with my siblings, parents and grandparents. I had a whole new appreciation for my mom and just felt overwhelmed by how much love I had in my heart. It was a really sweet time.

Nancy Wilczynski building memories with her family at Christmas.

Nancy Wilczynski building memories with her family at Christmas.

Nancy Wilczynski

Husband Robert, Children Kim (37) and Tim (33), Grandchildren Jacob (14), Isaiah (11) and Gavin (4) Wilczynski and Violet Canale (4)

Creating family memories, especially around the holiday time, is my favorite part of being a mom. Our Mother’s Day traditions involve honoring my mom or my husband’s mom. My mom passed away last July, and we may start a new tradition after my husband’s mom passes, but right now Mother’s Day is about celebrating the matriarchs of the family. One year we planned to surprise Bob’s mom so I called up my father-in-law and told him to plan a day trip but don’t tell her that you’re coming to our house. So when they pulled into our house on Mother’s Day, we had a gift and a meal and she teared up and said, “I thought you forgot me on Mother’s Day!”  That’s a Mother’s Day I’ll always remember.

Gene McEvoy reading to her daughters when they were little

Gene McEvoy reading to her daughters when they were little.

Gene McEvoy

Husband Robert, Daughters Beth Stewart (37), Christine Prusa (35), Trudie McEvoy (33); Grandchildren Alice (5), Mark (3) and William Stewart (6mo)

I love the variety involved with being a mom. The fact that as babies it was just the challenge of every breath and everything they did, and now I get to enjoy them as adults. Every age has had joy and pain, and I’ve really enjoyed that part. We have three daughters and three grandchildren but we don’t really have any Mother’s Day traditions. I think back to my mother and she liked milk glass. I remember buying it for her for Mother’s Day, and I can distinctly remember the stores where I’d buy gifts for her. But for years when people would ask what I’m doing on Mother’s Day, I’d always say I was doing the same thing I do every day – mothering! As the girls got older, though, I remember the first time they made me breakfast in bed. Their joy in doing for me was such a gift.