Local Moms Reflect On Motherhood

. April 30, 2019.
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Mother’s Day is the day moms are celebrated. We asked local moms and grandmothers to share their thoughts on motherhood.

Chelsea Johnson

Children: Graham (6) and Easton (4)

Chelsea Johnson

There is something so special about the bond that I have been able to create and share with my sons. Though most of my days with my boys are rambunctious and energy-filled, I enjoy showing them how to love fiercely and be compassionate toward others. They play hard, but we love even harder in our home. Showing them that it’s OK to show emotion while also pushing them to tough it out through a skinned knee is important. I never could have predicted that I would know the names of all of the Ninja Turtles or Marvel super heroes, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

On Mother’s Day, I love nothing more than to spend the whole day with my two special loves. We spend the whole day doing what we would typically do, although on this special day I let the chores go and focus solely on being with my boys. We also visit my mother, their grandmother, and make sure that we show appreciation for her in our lives.

Wendy Tong

Husband Jeremy; Children: Ayden (12), Landen (9) and Norah (6)

Wendy Tong

When I think of motherhood, the things that come to mind are chaos, exhaustion and endless love. As the mom of three very active kiddos, I definitely think of myself as the chaos coordinator. Like most moms with young kids we are always doing something between school projects and extracurriculars. There isn’t much down-time. Motherhood is the hardest job I have ever had. I have a full-time job at the City Mission and we are church members as well, but in all of the running around, and in the chaos, it’s quite a miracle to see them grow into beautiful human beings! By bedtime I am exhausted but when I lay my head on my pillow I am so thankful God chose me to be their mom. I love them and their individual needs and personalities in a way I never imagined possible. They keep me on my toes but it’s an amazing journey I wouldn’t change for the world! Mother’s Day is a sweet reminder of my most precious blessings.

On Mother’s Day we usually go to our church first thing in the morning. Then we go out to lunch with my sisters-in-law and brother in-law and their kiddos! It’s a nice treat for someone to prepare the meal and not me. For dinner we try to have dinner with my mom and my mother-in-law. Hopefully after that I have time to do some gardening if it’s warm enough!

Becky Stacy

Husband Eric; Children: Brooke Simsa (35), Bri Settlemire (31), Chelsea (Stefan) Inbody (27), Josh Settlemire (25), Eli Stacy (25), Emily Stacy (23), Danielle Settlemire (23), Forrest Stacy (17); Grandchildren: Rayne (14), Talan (12), Skyla (13), Jayle (12), Gunner (6), Grahm (2)

Becky Stacy

“Motherhood…It is a choice you make everyday to put someone else’s happiness and well being before your own, to teach them the hard lessons, to do the right thing, even when you’re not sure what the right thing is, and to forgive yourself over and over again for doing everything wrong.”

God has blessed me with eight children and six grandchildren. Currently Eric and I are spending time with our youngest son, Forrest, watching him play lacrosse. The older kids are starting their careers and families.

For Mother’s Day I really appreciate the kids coming home, going to church with me and getting together with everyone.

Niki Mcnamee

Husband Shad; Children: Roman (2)

Niki Mcnamee

My favorite part of motherhood is watching my son learn and grow. He amazes me every day with how much he has learned in such little time. I enjoy watching his imagination and sense of humor grow. I love seeing his mind working to think of new ideas, come up with solutions to problems and finding new ways to keep me on my toes! Becoming a mother has definitely brought a new sense of meaning to my life. He has taught me so much over the last two years.

We don’t have any specific traditions for Mother’s Day. For my first Mother’s Day, I was thrilled to just snuggle Roman in the NICU. He was born just six days before Mother’s Day, arriving six weeks earlier than expected! I would like to spend this Mother’s Day much like last year- just enjoying the company of Shad and Roman. Only this year we are awaiting the arrival of another little boy who will call me mom!