Give me some Cafe de Olla and sweet bread and I will be your friend for life!
First of all, I am very humbled and excited that you are here visiting my Joyful Mom Blog! So grab a cup of coffee, latte, or tea (my favorite latte is Spanish Latte (see a picture below) and my favorite coffee is Cafe de Olla!) and let’s get started!
IT’S A JOURNEY, NOT PERFECTION
Parenting comes in all forms. We read books about on how to raise our kids so they may become perfect. There are tons of resources on parenting on how to resolve tantrums and attitudes. We are given promises to have a perfect marriage and perfect kids but is there a perfect recipe out there?
I ask myself what planet were these people living on? No one has a perfect anything except when you can make your own cup of coffee! The truth about parenting and mom life is that we embark on a lifelong journey filled with trials and triumphs. There is no perfect recipe on how to raise the perfect children. I remember when my first son Joshua was born like it was yesterday. I brought him home and thought to myself, now what? What do I do? I am responsible for this little baby and I was scared out of my wits.
Living with a PURPOSE
I love working with children. I know without a doubt my purpose in life is to work with children. Studying psychology at PEPPERDINE University, helped me to understand in depth the causes of pathological disorders in children and adults. Children who were abused have a special place in my heart because I was sexually abused as a child by my biological father. You can read the first post about my CHILD ABUSE STORY here. Which brings me to my next point, if you don’t mind I would like to talk a lot about that in my blog. The Joyful Mom blog posts will highlight my healing journey, parenting journey advocating for children with an emphasis on how I was restored through God’s grace.
My “Stay at Home Mom” Journey!
I remarried my sweetheart (aka, Sweetie) in 2010 and five months later I quit my high paying corporate job. I traded in my suits and heels for a broom and a baby. I once had a beautiful view of mountains on one side of my office and an ocean view on the other side in a fancy high rise building.
Now, I have a gorgeous and peaceful view of my beautiful flowers and see the hummingbirds right outside my kitchen window. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I worked and raised my first two older children as a single mom for 15 years. Let me tell you that I prayed for years (10 years) to become a stay at home mom.
It all came to fruition in January of 2011 when I quit my job and I give God all the glory. Later that year, two weeks before our one year wedding anniversary the Lord blessed us with our Mia Joy. I had a really tough labor but at age 40 I was starting all over again. The age difference from my first daughter and Mia Joy is 19 years. Yes, you read right they are 19 years apart. We might as well just say 20 years 🙂
If you were to tell me that I was going to have another child, I would have laughed to no end in disbelief. But God changed my heart and I wanted a baby. God gave me another chance and I am going to apply all the things I learned during my first mom journey. Sorry Brittany and Joshua, you were the precious ones I learned so much from but we also had each other and did a ton of things that we will cherish forever.
I purposely did not want to remarry until my kids reached 18. It was a personal choice. I just wanted it to be us. And that is exactly what happened. My daughter was one month away from turning 18 and my son was about to turn 20.
I raised my older children as a single mom and it was a tough, yet rewarding journey. But I played the mom AND dad role, even though their dad was involved in their lives it was still not the same. How many of you single moms know what I am saying?
Well, I became a stay at home mom for the first time in my life. I am still in awe that I AM raising my daughter and not taking her to daycare. If you want to become a stay at home mom will you email me here. I want to hear your story if you work and want to be a stay at home mom or just email me anyway I want to know your life story.
On a side note, in 2013 I returned to college and earned my Masters in Education in Curriculum & Instruction at Concordia University. I am proudto say I am the first in my family to have earned a Masters Degree! If I can do it, anyone can too!
Well, my friend there is so much to cover…I will share more about my healing and parenting journey through my Joyful Mom blog series and I thank you for taking the time out of your day and stopping by my About Page…It means so much to me!! If you have any questions, send me a comment. You can reach me through my CONTACT PAGE.
Peace and Joy to you my Friend!