Candid Keepers #351

I was so inspired this week by so many of the articles in The Sandbucket magazine (all about Moms) that hit stands on Tuesday.  But one in particular pulled at my heart strings so much it scored my soul.  It was an article by Melody Ross on being aware of the “signs” people show that maybe life is a struggle, or they’re down on their luck, or worst of all there is illness in the family.  Hers was a heart wrenching story that taught the value of being gentle with one another.  Watch for “signs” that maybe they could use a helping hand or just a kind word. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all wear a sign around our necks letting the world know we need a gentle touch, that we don’t need to be judged for our abnormal behavior.  If there’s one thing I know about women, it’s that every last one of us is amazing.  It’s so easy to forget how beautiful we are, how much we give, but even more than that is how much we LOVE.  Let’s love one another this week.  Let’s forgive quickly and listen more intently.  There is nothing like the love of a friend lifting us up in a time of need.  Women supporting women.

With that said, let me introduce you to another incredible Mother who is doing her best and making a difference in her daughter’s life.  Miss Dawn Stevens has a full plate but makes it all work and takes it all in stride.  Not to mention, she has a BEAUTIFUL family.  Welcome, welcome Dawn!!

Q:  First off, we always want to know your basic info.

A:  My name is Dawn Stevens, I’m 33 and I live in League City, TX (that’s just outside of Houston). My husband and I moved here about ten years ago from San Angelo, TX for his job. We’ve been married almost 13 years; have a beautiful 6 year-old daughter named Reagan and a dog named Abbey.

Q:  Have you always known you’ve wanted to be a Mom?

A:  Of Course!! I used to play house with my childhood friends, and I always wanted to be the “mom”. I like to be in charge! LOL!! But seriously, when Toby and I were dating we would talk about having children often.

Q:  What do you love most about the job?

A:  Oh I love so much…the hugs & kisses, the “I love you Mommy!”, “You are the best mom in the whole world!”, the girl time we share. We love getting pedicures together (you must start them young! Ha!). It doesn’t happen much anymore, but I miss being the only person she wanted…I loved that!

Q:  What is the hardest part about being a Mother?

A:   Probably feeling like I’m not there for her enough and letting her down as a mother. I work outside of the home, and it’s hard to know if I’m doing the right thing. This is the most important job…you just can’t mess it up!

Q:  We all want our children to cherish their childhood, but what do you really want yours to remember fondly?  Reading, cuddling, your cooking, etc.?

A:  My cooking! HA, just kidding…I’m a horrible cook!  I would have to say I want her to remember the time we spend together and the fun we have (although we do love to cuddle up on the couch together). I want her to look back and know that I loved her and that I did the best I could.

Q:  How do you teach your daughter to have a giving heart?

A:  We try to instill in Reagan God’s love and how He wants us to help others that are less fortunate than we are. One of our favorite Christmas traditions is taking part in Franklin Graham’s “Operation Christmas Child”. Basically you fill shoeboxes up with all sorts of goodies which are then shipped all over the world to children in need with a booklet explaining the love of Jesus in their own language. We love watching Reagan shop for these items, as she is so thoughtful in what she picks for each box.

Another thing (that I stole from my friend Michelle) I tell Reagan is, “Be a friend to someone today.” There is always a kid at school that is being picked on or excluded for some reason that could use a friend.

Q:  What are your thoughts on spanking?

A:  My husband and I believe that spanking is a part of discipline but not the only way. We do spank our daughter on occasion, but we always explain to her why she is being punished. We try to make her understand we discipline her because we love her. Now please don’t take that the wrong way, there is a huge difference between a spanking and a beating. Oh boy, hope I don’t get hate mail for that answer!

Q:  If you could have or do ANYTHING this Mother’s Day, what would it be?  Dream big!

A:  Hmmm…that’s a tough one! We love to spend time on or near the water, so how about an afternoon on a tropical beach somewhere?!?

Q:  What is YOUR Mother’s best quality?

A:  Wow, do I have to pick just one? She has the sweetest, friendliest spirit. Everyone just loves her and she NEVER meets a stranger. Ha, not sure if that last one is a quality…just amazing! She would do anything for you without expecting anything in return.

Love you Mom…Happy Mother’s Day!!

Q:  What is the most valuable lesson you learned from her?

A:  To have a loving heart, treat others as you would want to be treated and how to be a Godly woman.

Q:  Who is your favorite TV Mom?  Why?

A:  Claire Huxtable from “The Cosby Show”. She was a career woman that always found time for her family, and she tried to instill good moral character into her children.

Q:  If you could keep your Reagan at any age, which would it be and why?

A:  I have loved every age! It’s wonderful to watch her grow and learn and to see the amazement in her eyes when she discovers something new. Every age brings new and exciting adventures. Although I would cherish holding my sweet “baby Rea” one more time.

Q:  What is the best part of your day as a Mom?

A:  I really love the little bit of time we get to share in the afternoons before my husband gets home. I have her all to myself! We catch up on each other’s day, have a snack, watch TV…just unwind together.

Q:  How do you keep sane with everything on your plate? Home, work, kids etc.  How do you keep it balanced?

A:  I’m sure our readers would love to know. Well, to be honest, I’m not sure how qualified I am to answer this one. I feel like this is the area I lack the most in. I have a “real job” too, so I constantly struggle with balance. I’ve already mentioned my cooking skills…and my housekeeping is even worse. If something has to be ignored, cleaning is the best option, right?

Fortunately I have a great boss that recognizes my need to be a mother too and lets me take off as needed. That helps with my Room Mom duties, surprise “Flash Sales” and other mommy things.

Q:  When you think of incredible moms you know, what is the one quality that really stands out in each of them?

A:  Patience, understanding, love, Godly wisdom…

I know that wasn’t one thing…too hard to pick just one, those qualities are all-encompassing.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you MJ mamas out there.  Don’t forget to celebrate YOU and everything you DO.  Oh and because I’m feeling kinda sappy today, leave me a comment on one of your best qualities as a mom.  We need to start “owning” what we do and treasure it.  Let’s see who’s brave enough to “toot their own horn.”

There will be a special something for a special mama!

 

 

 

 

 

     
yoga_lat_te - May 17, 2012 - 4:23 am

By the way, Dawn: I love your gorgeous ‘photos! The way you’re posing, especially, you look like a professional model (love your blue shoes, too; they match the buttons on your dress perfectly!), and you have an absolutely beautiful family! Perhaps MJ can start thinking about asking its TK’s to showcase its lovelies on its website???

yoga_lat_te - May 17, 2012 - 3:57 am

I really had to think long and hard about this one: it seems that I am perpetually thinking about the qualities that make me not such a good mom, though …! I am -ahem … or can be?- pretty patient, I suppose (:-)) … definitely NOT a word I would have used to describe myself before becoming a mom and is also something that I still have to work on daily. While I do not want my kiddos growing up thinking that everyone out in the “real world” is going to always let them “take their time,” as a mom, I want to, for them (case in point: I did NOT -wow!- peak into the kitchen, not even once, as my 10-year-old and 7-year-old prepared breakfast for me on Mother’s Day … disclaimer: my husband was there with them the entire time, for safety’s sake). Gosh, I was so proud of myself … and, of course, of them for cooking up such a tasty, beautiful (i.e., a ketchup smiley face on the scrambled eggs) breakfast!

Vanessa Bullock - May 16, 2012 - 11:37 pm

I am good at praying. And loving them entirely.

Carrie Kelley - May 16, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Generosity is a quality i try to employ as a mom everyday.

Giving thoughtfully of my time, energy and creativity to my son, daughter, husband & community is a job that requires constant care and present moment awareness.

I am so thankful, that no matter how exhausted, i find the resources to give generously to my friends, marriage and motherhood.

Erica Scott - May 15, 2012 - 8:25 am

My best qualities as a mom are generosity and compassion. I only recognize it now because I’m starting to see it in my children. It warms my heart to see how caring and compassionate my kids are and I realize that it’s the little things that they see me do each day that have such an impact on who they are becoming. It makes me a better mom to know that they are watching!

cami - May 15, 2012 - 8:17 am

My multi tasking skill. We all have them.!

Mindy - May 14, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Giving…..I’d rather do without, so my girls can have……eg my wardrobe is blah, but you should see there closet……it’s amazing 🙂

carolyn b - May 13, 2012 - 6:06 pm

My best quality is that I still know how to be fun!! I can hold my own on wii games and have even beat jet pack joyride on the iphone…and will always kick a soccer ball or climb a tree as needed…

Sara Burke - May 13, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Well, I went straight to the source for this one and asked my 4 girls and husband.
Tori (8yrs)”That we have you so we aren’t alone and lost and then we’d only have a daddy who works all day and we’d have to be in kindercare. And also that you love us and believe in Jesus and us.”
Calista (6yrs)”That you rescue us. That you are not letting us be alone and that you feed us and make us breakfast and that you are loving and caring.”
Jordan (5yrs)”That you love us and that you buy books for us”
Tessa (3yrs)”Mommy, I can’t find the crackers. Where are the crackers”
Ashton (husband)”Love”

Natalie - May 13, 2012 - 11:24 am

Gosh, this is a hard one…I guess I’m going to have to say that I am willing to sacrifice to give my kids the best life I possibly can. I spent the last year (2 more to go) in school so I can get my degree and set a good example for them, helping them to realize the importance of an education, and hopefully be able to help provide for them the life that I hope will help them be happy. With six kids, 11 and under, this hasn’t been easy, but I know it will be worth it someday, and I’m doing it all for my sweet babies!

Jennifer jarrett - May 13, 2012 - 6:16 am

I would say my best quality is patience. People ask me how i can handle all the kids spending time at our house. We always have a house full but i love making memories that will last a lifetime. I just love kids

Melissa B - May 12, 2012 - 7:12 pm

Being a mom is hard goes without saying. My kids make me a better mom just by being who God meant them to be and being present with them just brings out the best in me too! If I had to choose my best quality as a mom it would have to be being able to be silly with them and creating a memory out of the most mundane everyday tasks. Treasuring everyday:)

Jennifer Broddle - May 12, 2012 - 8:50 am

Let me tell you ladies – this is the “funnest” girl to work with (and buy from…). She lights up my day and fills my heart with joy. Reagan is the light of her life and it radiates all around her. Happy Mother’s Day Dawn! My best quality as a mom involves a lesson I had to learn the hard way: You only get this day with your family ONCE. When the sun goes down -it’s done. I try to cherish each moment and never take my two boys for granted. I love every dimple on their cheeks, every worry from their breath and every prayer they utter when it’s time for sleep. Only ONCE do I get to have this day with them, and I want it for KEEPS!

C. Love - May 12, 2012 - 8:01 am

Let me see… my best mom quality would be my consistency. I love him with fierce consistency. I discipline him with consistency. Everything I do is consistent with what I have done before. He knows what to expect from me. He knows I love him to the moon and back, but that he will have consequences when he does something he shouldn’t. I know that he feels like no matter what I will be here and I will love him more than anyone else.

Cariann - May 11, 2012 - 11:35 pm

This is really hard, since its so much easier to be critical of oneself! Thank you for sharing the new TK’s with us!
I dont know where you find so many beautiful, amazing women!!
With all that said, I guess my best quality is ‘being there’.
There is NOTHING I am perfect at, but I try to be there for my kids whenever humanly possible, whether its an awards ceremony, sporting event, or school play they are participating in.
With four kids, its certainly a juggling act, but I also have enough flexibility with my job, I am blessed with enough flexibility to participate in most of their important events.
HAPPY MOTHERS DAY TO ALL!!!

Jennifer Mezines - May 11, 2012 - 8:13 pm

My best quality as a mom is that I am my kids best advocate. There are no lengths I wouldn’t go to to make sure my kids are loved ,protected and most of all….educated. I am sometimes embarrassed at how involved I get with their schooling, but I figure I am the only one who truly cares!

Jessica - May 11, 2012 - 5:34 pm

I believe in telling people you love them, not holding back. When it comes to my kids, I hold back nothing when it comes to telling them how much I love them, how thankful I am that they are who they are, what I low about them and that I will always love them and then I show it through hugs, lots of kisses and spending quality time with them. I want them to grow up being able to say “my mom made us feel so loved!!”

Michele L - May 11, 2012 - 5:26 pm

I think my skills as a Mom have to change with the “seasons”. My children are now 13 & 8 and I find that being a master listener and knowing when to give advice, when to just “hold the bucket”, and when to simply pray are my best skills right now. I am SO thankful that I am their safe place to pour out their hearts! Maybe that means I’m doing something right?

Gretchen Carrel - May 11, 2012 - 12:12 pm

I would have to say my Love for my girls is my best quality. My love for Katie and Lizzie grows more each and everyday even though they test my patience. It’s the times at night when cuddles go on and on that I know I am loved, and so are they!

Rajitha - May 11, 2012 - 11:53 am

when giving instruction to my three little children i have learned to put this in practice “When she speaks her words are wise, and kindness is the rule when she gives instruction” proverbs 31:26…..who wants to be yelled at!:) i have noticed a huge difference in the way my children want to sweetly obey when i use the rule above!! happy mother’s day 🙂

Holly Lafferty - May 11, 2012 - 11:05 am

i’d say my best quality is always finding a way to make my kids feel like they can succeed – no matter how hard or how scary or how intimidating something might be, i’m pretty good at breaking it down so they will at least try it. if even for a nanosecond. sometimes those little victories are really the biggest.

Amy Coon - May 11, 2012 - 10:49 am

Melody is a friend of mine, so excited to see you mention her in your blog post, she is truely and amazing woman.

Erin Nay - May 11, 2012 - 10:11 am

One of my best qualities is to be a master coordinating/planner! I have three little ones, AJ (7), Liv (5), and Charlie (2). Somehow, I am able to volunteer in both my first and kindergarteners classrooms, be mom and dad all week, attend all my son’s football and baseball practices and games, my daughter’s soccer practices/games, and spend quality time with my little guy, Charlie. My husband travels for his job and is gone most Monday-Thursdays so without any extended family around, it is up to me to make sure everyone is where they need to be, fed and clothed, and happy and feeling loved. Best job EVER and I love it! Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Elizabeth Hummel - May 11, 2012 - 10:05 am

As a single mom, I want my daughter to know that she can do anything she sets her mind to and to be independent so I try to not only teach that to her but to show her through my actions. Our toilet seat broke and I had to replace it so I got out my tool box and started to remove the old one. I looked up and saw her watching me with her mouth open. I asked her if she was ok and she said “You are the coolest mom ever! Can I bring you and your tool box to Show and Share at school?” It made my day!

Sheridan - May 11, 2012 - 9:10 am

Welcome Dawn!! It’s nice to meet you. 🙂 As for my best quality as a mom I would say it is, always making time for my kids. I am very busy but I have found a way to work from home and I am a full time student but take classes at night and online, so I still have plenty of time to enjoy my kids childhoods with them. I love playing in the mud, going to the park, painting and many other activities with them. In my life, my kids always come first and I love them with all of my heart.

Courtney S - May 11, 2012 - 8:37 am

I’m so bad about recognizing and acknowledging my own strengths, but I know that I’m pretty great at creating memories for my sweet family. Whether it’s just doing something fun and silly when I’m home with my kids, spending lots of time and energy creating scrapbooks, taking tons of photos, being consistent in traditions we’ve started or making the mundane daily routine exciting somehow, I always try to think of ways to make special and lasting memories with my fam. Love them so much!!

Courtney Voss - May 11, 2012 - 8:07 am

I think my best qualitity as a mother is that I am forever trying to teach my children to be kind in all that they do. Whether at school with their classmates, or in line at target, having a smile on your face and a great attitude can really brighten someone’s day.

Carrie Brown - May 11, 2012 - 8:00 am

My best quality as a mom is knowing that I’m not perfect and not expecting my kids to be either. We are all learning together because gosh darn it, no one gave me a parenting manual and sometimes I just don’t have the answers. I have 3 kids that are happy, healthy and everyday they know they are loved. We aren’t perfect people, but together, we have the perfect family that’s just right for us. 🙂

Karissa - May 11, 2012 - 7:40 am

This question really makes you think! The first thing that came to my mind was my daughters! They are my best quality! When I look at them, I want to be the best person at everything. They have changed me as a person from the moment I knew I was going to be a mother. I’m constantly evolving into hopefully a mother that my girls will always be proud of! I’m so proud to be there mommy!

Steph - May 11, 2012 - 7:34 am

As Dawn mentioned it is a constant struggle to work full time outside the house, be a mother to my daughter and dog, wife, sister, daughter, chef, house keeper, and friend….. Goodness does that list ever end !?! I think one of my best qualities as a mom is to ask for help from others. This has been a struggle for me, but it is necessary in order to be the best possible mother to my adorable daughter.

amy - May 11, 2012 - 7:28 am

my quality would be: giving out compliments!! i LOVE to make my child feel special!

Angie Dewey - May 11, 2012 - 7:21 am

My best trait as a mom?? Oh it would have to been my mad skillz in cuddling! I love to cuddle and I have raised two very loving and cuddling girls because of it. They snuggle like there is no tomorrow and I love and absorb every bit of it! 🙂

Joy Raymond - May 11, 2012 - 7:06 am

Dawn you are beautiful inside & out and inspire me as I am a working Mom too! The most important thing I do as a working mom is slow down and listen! God granted me with a pair of wonderful ears and the gift to hear making me a very good listener. I listen to everything my 3 year old daughter has to say, her daily stories, needs and wants. Just by listening to Sadie Laine she actually helps me be the best mom I can be to her by fulfilling her needs, some of her wants and re-telling her little stories to our family and friends that are priceless. Happy Mother’s Day to All and don’t forget to slow down and listen!

Pamela M. - May 11, 2012 - 6:56 am

Great post! I love hearing all of the wonderful insight from such great women. One thing that I think is one of my “good mom” qualities is that I let my three kids try out different activities so that they can find their own passions and not feel as though they have to participate in a sport or activity that my husband or I may love…

Marla H. - May 11, 2012 - 6:47 am

Wow, Dawn! I can say you are one wonderful mom! 🙂

Hmmmmmm…… I feel like my best quality as a mom would have to be…..
knowing how to have fun with my kids! I love to dance around the house with my kids and most importantly, we have our family nights on Friday nights.
Our “Family Night” consists of pizza, a movie or playing a game or some other fun activity, and popcorn! My kids will never forget the importance of family because of it and we all love it! Funny thing is if we miss one “Family Night” the girls get very sad…. I am glad they like it so much!
Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy Mother’s Day to all you MJC mamas!

Heather H - May 11, 2012 - 5:52 am

My best quality as a Mom is always putting my daughters first. They are first in my thoughts, first in “my” needs, and first in my heart. My mom would always tell me she loved me more than anything, but I never truly understood that until I held my first newborn daughter and looked into her eyes for the first time. Only then did I truly understand what my mom had really meant.

Courtney Puhl - May 11, 2012 - 5:29 am

The one “mom quality” that I am really working on is trying to slow down and see things through my children’s eyes. I think it’s so easy to forget that, although they grow like weeds, they are indeed still kids. I have been trying to stoop down, look in their eyes, and thing of how the situation must feel like to them. This is not saying that I’m perfect at it, I still want to pull my hair out when I have to ask them to put their shoes on 6 times before we get out the door, but…things move so fast today, I want to make a conscious effort to slow down and truly enjoy the little people that my children are becoming.

Jen Hackaorn - May 11, 2012 - 4:31 am

I know I work hard to show my daughter that she can do anything and can strive to be better tha she even thou she could be. To see her and my son grow into the kindest and most loving and caring children has truly humbled me in any ways. I am trying to savor each moment and get all the kisses and squeezes I can every day! They are growing so quickly I can hardly believe it.

Alisha Puckett - May 11, 2012 - 12:29 am

I love to be silly and play like a kid. I’ve had some serious melt-your-heart moments with my girls this week. While playing with my 2 year old she told me, “you make me so happy, mama.” and my 6 week old smiled (a real smile) at me for the first time. Love those girls!

Courtney Wilson - May 10, 2012 - 11:18 pm

I think my best quality as a mom is my passion for my kids to know their identity. I tell my kids 2 things all the time – “Know WHO you and and know WHOSE you are” and “I will ALWAYS fight for your heart.” This has been a more recent discovery for me, as I realized that trying to control my children’s behavior (at least the older ones) was becoming a losing battle, but reminding them of their identity and allowing them to make choices based upon “who they are and whose they are” means my efforts are not spent saying “no!” all day, and my kids will grow up owning the choices they make and happy with who they are!

Carrie P - May 10, 2012 - 11:01 pm

This isn’t as warm and fuzzy, but I am a strong and capable CEO, both of my own wonderful family and my own small company. Both those jobs require me to be organized but flexible, as well as disciplined and creative. I am master of the professional and personal calendar, with a little help from Outlook and iCloud. That organization gives me the freedom to balance meetings and workshops with Field Day and books/ballet/soccer/tball/tennis/baseball/scouts. (whew) I haven’t achieved the perfect balance, not by a long shot, but I have finally given myself the permission to be happy with where I am as a mother!

Michelle L. - May 10, 2012 - 10:34 pm

Hmmmm, i’m always so hard on myself as a mom. I have an amazing amount of guilt everyday about not spending enough quality time with my three children but i do make sure they know how much i love them!

Sarah Long-Bachert - May 10, 2012 - 10:19 pm

Great question! And usually tooting my own horn is a hard thing to do. But when it comes to being a mom, it’s my biggest achievement 🙂 I think one of my best qualities as a mom is that the minute I see one of my babies show interest in something, I do everything in my power to nurture that interest! Success comes from happiness!

Jennifer - May 10, 2012 - 9:40 pm

One of the best things I do for my daughter is always but her first… Everything I do I think of how it affects her first. I want the world for my daughter and try my hardest to give her everything under the sun..

MomTo2Girls - May 10, 2012 - 9:07 pm

I just asked my girls what makes me a great mom, and they said that I am loving! I have to say that I am very affectionate towards my kids and always wanting to hug and kiss them 🙂 I feel so fortunate and blessed to have 2 darling girls and a wonderful husband; they are the best gift I could ever receive! Happy Mother’s Day!

Shannan - May 10, 2012 - 8:39 pm

Most days I don’t feel that I do enough for my kids. It’s so hard to balance the chaos of daily life and quiet quality time with them. I would have to say my best mom quality would be never giving up on my children. It took two years just to get a diagnosis for my son. I found strength that I never thought I had when it came to fighting for him. The struggles continued through 9 specialists, surgery, and another year of problems. I fought harder for him than anything I’ve ever done in my life, and now I carry this on for my daughter who was diagnosed with the same condition. Being a mother showed me that I can stand up and persevere through even the hardest of situations.

Judy Stanley - May 10, 2012 - 8:37 pm

I am so touched by this article! I am very blessed to be the mother of Dawn Stevens. She is a wonderful mother to my granddaughter Reagan and I couldn’t be more proud of the woman that she is. I love you Dawn. Happy Mother’s Day!

Annie - May 10, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Oh, yes!…And this featured momma is such a wonderful lady! I’ve had the pleasure of knowing her and Miss Reagan for years now as there hair stylist. And I must say, what u see is what you get with this beautiful family! So blessed to know each of them! 😉 I love that my trunk keeper is my friend! 🙂

Annie - May 10, 2012 - 7:58 pm

It’s definitely not easy as momma’s to toot our own horn, being that most of us are our worst judge, but I like to hope and think that my best quality as a single, working mommy of a 10 month old and a 2 year old is that they see a peace in me that comes with rolling with the punches and not sweating the small stuff. My little family consisting of me and my little ladies has been through quite a time the last few years. And despite it all, I want them to see that troubles come and troubles go, forever… That life is full of different seasons and we have to keep moving forward to create a life that is honest, right, and godly, having love, understanding and purpose. 😉 Happiest of Momma’s Days!

Amber vaughn - May 10, 2012 - 7:57 pm

I think one of the things that helps me as a mother is I have a lot Patience and I have the ability to take a step back and look at the big picture..Not the spilled milk… Of course I do pray for this ability every morning. I have to say my children are by far the best thing about my life. There little and impressionable and there isn’t anything I wouldn’t do for them…oh to be a mother. Smile.

Sarah Dennis - May 10, 2012 - 7:54 pm

Wow! This is really hard!! I think my kids would say that my best quality is that I am fun. I always try to come up with exciting and creative activities that we can do together. This Saturday, we are doing an “inside camp-out” in our living room- complete with smores, movies, sleeping bags, and using the fireplace option on our HDTV for an “authentic” campfire! Every moment that we spend together is precious to me and we always try to make the most of every second. Time goes so quickly and we never know which day will be out last so we try to live each day to the fullest!!

Donna - May 10, 2012 - 7:53 pm

My best quality is that as a single mom I do it all. It is teaching my kids to be independent and that they can do it all too. Work, travel, throw parties, mow your own lawn, clean, fix the faucet, change batteries, wash the car, cook – there is no limit!

Michelle - May 10, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Proud to call this woman my friend! I have seen firsthand her deep love for her husband, Rea, her job, and, of course, her enthusiasm for MJ. 🙂

Lara - May 10, 2012 - 7:03 pm

Love reading about all the wonderful MJC trunk keepers! I would say my best quality as a mom is how I always involve my kids in everything I do – they cook with me, bake with me, clean with me, grocery shop with me, wrap presents with me, etc…I always let them each pick a meal they want each week, a special gift for someone we could be shopping for whether it be a birthday, fathers day or Christmas. I love that they are a part of everything I do!

Jennifer Raymond - May 10, 2012 - 6:54 pm

I think my best quality is that as a single mom with a career I am teaching my 3 children that they can “have it all”. I also am proud to teach my 2 daughters that they will never “need” a man to make them be successful women!

Dawn M - May 10, 2012 - 6:38 pm

My name is Dawn too! 😉 Maybe this Dawn will be lucky too just like the lucky Dawn above! LOL I feel that one of my best qualities as a Mother is that I am very protective! I am always (ALWAYS) looking over my little ones shoulder making sure that everything is going just right and that danger is not near! I know that some may feel that it is not the best quality, but around here I tell ya, there are a lot of Mothers that just let their little ones go and do whatever they want. I mean to have the neighbor not watch their four year old and he was lying in the busy street and almost got ran over by a car… REALLY???? Anyway, so Protective mother I may be and always will! 😉

Nancy - May 10, 2012 - 6:32 pm

One of my best qualities as a mom is “playing” with the kids…whether its a game of Go Fish or shooting hoops or a quick bike ride…I want them to know that I enjoy being with them and love to “play” with them and hope that they continue to ask me to do things with them when they grow up.

linda waller patterson - May 10, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Oh, this is so sweet! What a beautiful family! I am also glad I just bought that dress, lol!! OH forgot…my best quality as a mom is… I read to my daughter every night..I let daddy have bath time, but reading a story before “night night” is my time with her. She brings me the books now when she gets sleepy! ( shes 14 mths old)

linda waller patterson - May 10, 2012 - 6:29 pm

Oh, this is so sweet! What a beautiful family! I am also glad I just bought that dress, lol!!

Dawn B - May 10, 2012 - 6:20 pm

I wonder what my kids would say is my best quality… I think my best mothering quality may be my attempt to “arm” my kiddos with what I call prayer and witty comebacks. Each morning we talk about the little (& not so little) concerns on their hearts, and then I pray with them and help them use humor and laughter to handle themselves and others that day.

Mitra - May 10, 2012 - 6:06 pm

Jami– If you see this : Thank you. I am not perfect, but I certainly try to be the best I can, for her.

Jennifer R - May 10, 2012 - 5:33 pm

I guess being a single mom is my best quality and doing my best. I will tell you when I was pregnant my biggest fear was how was I going to do it by myself, but I have no regrets. I will say she is my greatest gift and the years have taught me a lot. I know the time that her and I have spent together has made being a parent so much easier. I hope I have done my best to raise a kind, compasionite and caring child.

Courtney C - May 10, 2012 - 5:15 pm

Wow! I know MJ is so proud to have amazing women like Dawn to represent your company 🙂 I would like to think that my best quality as a mother is patience. It seems that in our busy society, patience is so hard to come by. I have been blessed with a career as a NICU nurse and credit my aquisition of patience to my tiny patients.

Sandra Skevington - May 10, 2012 - 4:53 pm

I would have to say that one of my best mommy quality would have to be the ability to see the good in any situation. I want more than anything for my daughter to be happy in all that she does. As well as my husband and I. There is no other way to teach this than to constantly be an example to her. If something makes her sad I strive to show her how to laugh at the situation. If something makes her mad I always make sure to show her a way to calm her self and love what is going on. Life may not always be easy for any of us. But it is truly how you handle things in this life that show who you really have become as a person. If I can find the good in any situation thrown our way my daughter will see that. I hope that she will learn to want the same out of life. I am realistically the only one who determines my happiness or sadness. So far she is so great at this. For example we were at the doctor and I had to take her with me as my husband was busy. The doctor began my exam and just as I thought Isabelle would cry because mommy was in a bit of pain.”It must have showed on my face” she began rubbing my hand and saying “ok mommy, all better soon”. Two months ago she would have yelled “no hurt momma”. Now I am happy to say she is learning from my examples 😀 The best feeling a mother can get is when your daughter looks up to you enough to follow in your footsteps. I am very happy to be a mother to a beautiful little girl. God has so many great things in life for us an children are the greatest gifts of all.

Sara K - May 10, 2012 - 4:50 pm

I think my best quality as a mom is that i am content. I am happy with my family. No matter what happens I teach my children to be content with what they have.

Tisha B. - May 10, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Oh I loved this post!!! As a mom I feel my best quality is I’m a pretty good snuggler!!! That’s our favorite time at night when we’re all in our pajamas. Just that time with no distractions to talk and really here how there day went!!!

Debbie K - May 10, 2012 - 4:28 pm

So nice Dawn.. you’re a great mom and it shows.. I cherish my little girl also. My husband and I were married 12 years when we found out we were expecting her.. I’m now 36 and she just turned 2! She’s a very special gift! My best quality of being a mom is singing and tickling Lily’s back at the same time..lol she asks me to do that every night. Oh, and telling her how much I love her everyday.. she tells me “I love you mommy” 🙂

Jami - May 10, 2012 - 4:25 pm

Mitra. I Love this SO very much! Starting this tradition tomorrow. Thank you!!
Jami

Melissa T - May 10, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Loved this post! I would say my best quality of being a mom is not being afraid to act like a kid! My 4 year old recently told me I am the Best playmate ever 🙂

Mitra Amirzadeh - May 10, 2012 - 4:09 pm

I would have to say that the best thing about me is that I undoubtedly “pick her” without hesitation or reservation every single time. I am her biggest fan and the first to come to her rescue or defense. I always have, I always will. Children need to know and need to FEEL that they truly are important and cherished. Being a single Mom has the most wonderful perks and advantages that – for me atleast – out weigh the hardships.

On Mother’s day I thank HER. I give her a card. I tell her how much I love her. Because of her, I am who I am ; and who I am, is pretty great.

Lisa Rapo - May 10, 2012 - 2:04 pm

So sweet Dawn! I hope you’re going to 435 in July…I would love to meet you! 🙂