Welcome to Occupation: Mommy!

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Occupation: Mommy How many times have you been at the doctor’s office, at school, or signing your child up for an activity and had to fill out a form? Those forms always ask for the child’s name, address, insurance information, and the parents’ occupation.

I used to struggle with that field. I know that the correct answer for a stay-at-home mom would be “Homemaker.” But here’s the thing: I’m a mediocre homemaker, at best. Cleaning just isn’t my thing. And I enjoy cooking to an extent, but who has time with four kids running around?

What I really am is a mother.

And one day, I decided to embrace that. I started writing “Mommy” on forms next to Mother’s Occupation. I truly believe that at this point in my life, motherhood is my calling. Even so, I have a tendency to be on auto-pilot through my days…dressing, feeding, cleaning, wiping, soothing, feeding again…and my blog is a way that I can remind myself to be mindful of these fleeting moments. I want to be the best mom I can to my kids. They deserve nothing less!

The Philadelphia suburb we live in is a great place to raise our four kids. We are close to the city, where we often take the kids for fun outings and educational field trips.

I also love to read, both to the kids, and for my own enjoyment. I love being a member of From Left to Write book club!

My kids love to use their imagination and creativity to invent crafts and other activities.

Before I had kids, I was an elementary school teacher, so I love to sneak a little learning in, especially during the summer.

I also love to write about celebrations, whether for birthdays, holidays, or just regular days. Celebrating makes ordinary days into memories.

I use pseudonyms for my kids on my blog so that someday when they are grown up they might still have a chance to make their own online identity.

Audrey is our 10-year-old sixth grader. She loves to read and play dolls with her sisters and her friends. She is becoming a young lady and amazes me every day with her sense of humor and her growing feeling of maturity.

Georgia is 8 and is in third grade. She is a fun-loving girl who loves to play outside and is always up for a laugh. She is thoughtful and sweet, and loves to be silly.

Sydney, 5, is in kindergarten this year. You never know what might come out of this girl’s mouth! It could be anything from shockingly profound theology, to utter silliness. Sydney keeps us on our toes!

Joel is our baby boy. He is two years old, and a joy to our family. He loves cars, balls, playing outside, and anything that makes a lot of noise (“Boom!”).

And last but certainly not least is my fantastic husband, Rich. He is fun, wise and extremely even-tempered which works to balance out my sometimes wildly fluctuating moods!