Birth Date: August, 1982
Number of Children: “Seven here and one in heaven.”
One Fun Fact About You: “I’m 6 feet tall, ambidextrous, and can write upside down and backwards.”
Your Favorite Book:
“I can’t pick one, it has to be both! These two books have answered so many difficult questions for me and strengthened my foundation so much. ‘Captivating’ by John and Stasi Eldredge, and ‘Searching for and Maintaining Peace’ by Fr. Jaques Phillipe. (Fr. Phillipe inscribed my book for me when I met him and it’s one of my most prized possessions.)
Your Favorite Scripture:
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” John 15:16
“Reading this verse during Eucharistic adoration helped in lifting me out of a deep depression of several years and gave me the strength to LIVE.”
What piece of advice has helped you most as a mother?
“You have to take care of yourself first, before you can take care of anyone else. When you fly on a plane, the flight attendant instructs you to put your oxygen mask on first, before helping others.”
What is your favorite thing one of your kids has said to you?
“What can I do to help? My older kids (and husband!) say this often and it thrills me every time!!”
What is your favorite quote about motherhood?
“The most important person on earth is a mother. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any cathedral – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body… The angels have not been blessed with such a grace. They cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new saints to Heaven. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to God the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation. What on God’s good earth is more glorious than this: to be a mother?”
-Venerabe Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty
Finish this statement: “I am most thankful for my kids when…”
“I am most thankful for my kids when I remember how lonely I was before they cam along and how I always wanted to have lots of kids! Also when I remember when they were born – each birth was so beautiful and amazing, and for days after I was overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the gift of a baby, and the gift of my husband. And for the gift of midwives, family, friends, baptism, everything! For a while after giving birth I feel that I’m in love with everyone. I treasure those memories and try to live like that!”
Finish this Statement: “Motherhood is a mighty calling because…”
“I know I can’t do this question justice. Femininity is already such a beautiful thing, we are already so special to God just by being his precious daughters. Motherhood is another crown on top of it. It transcends any other occupation or adjective – you’re no longer an accountant, a musician, a high school drop out or a doctor. You are a MOTHER. It’s a sign of the confidence that God has in you. He KNOWS you are capable of great things. You find you are capable of things you never dreamed. It’s a vocation that demands all, and God gives all. Something amazing about mothers is that they can be a mother to not only their own children, but sometimes also to those around them when they are in need of a mother. God’s design of mothers is amazing.”