Posts Tagged ‘amazing moms’

Amazing Moms: Christina

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Most women know a few moms who just amaze them. For me, I have several ladies who I look up to, admire, and turn to for advice. One of these ladies is my dear Christina. I have known Christina for just over two years, and the more I learn about this mom, the more I find her amazing.

Christina has two small children who are 3 and 6 months. I always thought she mothered with great composure, but with the arrival of her sweet baby girl, I am continued to be amazed. She mothers with patience, love, and extreme goodness. When her kids are not listening, she maintains her composure and guides them. I have never seen her lose her cool with her kids. Her family isn’t near-by, and her husband works very long hours. His job involves putting himself in danger to protect others, but she is strong and courageous alongside his career.

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Giving Back

Christina is always there to help. When I had my son Levi, she was at my house, entertaining my other child outside so I could get some alone time with my newborn inside my house. She brought me food. She stopped at Starbucks on her way, because she knows I need my coffee. If I ever have a problem, she is right there to help, listen, and keep me in line. Christina volunteers at her local church with the children. She nurtures, guides, and loves them. She is also a member of my local MOPS group. She has a willing spirit and often helps with activities and whatever the needs are of our group. She has volunteered to take meals to new moms, even though they didn’t live near-by.

Amazing Talent

As a mom, I often forget I have talents and hobbies. Christina has never lost sight of her creative juices. She has a very successful Etsy shop where she does graphic design. Her work takes time, but she is always on time with her orders. She creates prints, invitations, and other paper goods with creativity and beauty. Christina uses her gifts for good. I admire that she doesn’t lose sight of herself as a person, even though her days are spent in the tasks of a stay-at-home mom.

My friend Christina is just amazing. She is always a listening ear. She puts herself out there to make new friends at our local MOPS group. If anyone is in need, she would give up her home to help out. She is out there making a difference for moms like me who just need encouraged. I am lucky to call her friend. Her kids are blessed to call her mom.

Karyn Meyerhoff lives and writes in Northeast Indiana where she knows a few amazing moms.

Amazing Moms: Rebecca McHood

Monday, September 21st, 2015

hope“Listen to your heart and your gut and be true to yourself. If you feel passionately about something, the best thing to do is to do something about it. If you don’t stand up, who will?”

Rebecca McHood practices what she preaches, as this Arizona mother of two saw a problem with sexual exploitation in her middle class, family-oriented community and decided to do something about it. A concerned phone call to the mayor regarding massage parlors serving as business fronts for illicit sex trading quickly snowballed into developing Sexual Exploitation Enemies United Hope, where she works tirelessly to raise awareness of sex addiction, sexual exploitation, betrayal trauma, and provide support for women who have been impacted by sex addiction, in addition to lobbying for laws and ordinances that combat trafficking.

McHood’s inspiration comes from seeing the pain experienced by close friends, and is fueled by the success of updated ordinances in Mesa, Arizona, and Gilbert, Arizona, that minimize the availability of massage parlors providing illicit services.

Some of her greatest rewards, though, come from working one-on-one with people in the community, educating them and providing a shoulder for those who have experienced heartbreak as a result of sex trafficking. “There is no better feeling than knowing that you helped someone through their darkest hour,” McHood says. “It is an honor to be aware of someone’s broken heart and a privilege to be able to help to carry the weight that someone is feeling.”

Serving as a shoulder for others’ burdens in addition to lobbying for new legislation can be exhausting on its own, so McHood turns to meditation, her friends, and traveling with family so that she has the strength to tackle her other priority in her life—parenting her seven-year-old twins, a task that has been greatly influenced by the work she does with her organization.

In talking to her daughters about her mission with ISEEUHope, McHood says “It leads to a conversation about standing up for what’s right and fighting for others who can’t fight for themselves.” McHood also involves her daughters in delivering care packages, and emphasizes the importance of speaking their truth, understanding consent, and having safe people to talk to. “I hope that my girls learn that they have a voice and that it matters. I hope that they learn to see people’s hearts and inherent goodness and that they have a desire to protect that and fight for it.”

Rebecca McHood has followed her passion to make the world a safer place for so many who are in pain. For the moms reading who feel a similar pull, she challenges: “Stand up and use your voice! Women are amazing. We are warriors in a world that still tries to push us down, but we have unseen strength that comes from within.”

Do you know an amazing mom? Tell us about her and how she’s changing her world! Email burtcreative [at] gmail [dot] com and put “Amazing Moms” in the subject line. Please include contact information for your submission. 

Keighty Brigman is terrible at crafting, throwing birthday parties, and making sure there isn’t food on her face. Allegedly, her four children manage to love her anyway.