Name: Stephanie "Stevie" Lee Knauss, Care Groups
Spouse: Tony, Married 6 years
Children: TJ, 4 years and Jaxen, 2 years
Best part of being a mom: Watching my childen learn and grow and just knowing I am part of that sweet miracle :)
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: That life may not always be as organized and as pefect as you would like, but it is beautiful no matter what... I think most moms would say their life is a "Beautiful Mess." Its just part of being a parent, I guess.
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family: We enjoy skiing at Mt. Kato in the winter, playing in the water (Swimming, fishing, boating) at Lake Washington in the summer, going to the Children's Museum, and walking to the many parks around our house.
Book you recommend to everyone: The most recent one I read for book club was "Gone Girl." It was a page turner.
What chore do you hate the most? Folding laundry and emptying the dishwasher.
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Mint Chocolate Chip
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? He works hard and plays harder. As in, he works all day long and then takes the kids and plays to give me a break, even though he is exhausted.
List one item on your "bucket list": To witness a baby being delivered, beside my own.
Do you dye your hair? The only time I ever dyed my hair was my Sophomore year of high school... my friend put blue streaks in my hair. Wow, cool!
What's one thing your children have taught you? Patience, patience, patience! And that I could love someone so unconditionally!
What is something you do "just for yourself"? Ski team, MOPS, Book Club with my friends.
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from your mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? Every night we sit at the table as a family and have dinner. Both my husband and I did that growing up and it stuck with us.
What is a family tradition you started: Every Sunday night we eat dinner at my parents house, Every Friday night we let the kids choose what to have for dinner... most of the time its orange chicken. I swear though, our lives don't revolve around food. :)
Name: Jessalyn Altringer
Spouse: Gary, married 11 years
Children: Brooklyn, 20 months
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: Embracing life with all it's up and downs, and finding Joy in everything we do!
Best part of being a mom: Watching Brooklyn learn new things, and discover who she is.
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family? Sibley Park and we enjoy a lot of church functions!
Book you recommend to everyone: "The Choice" by Nicholas Sparks... A real tearjerker!
What chore do you hate the most? Dishes! Laundry a close second!
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Tin Roof Sundae
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate?
Its nice to see a more tender side to your spouse, I enjoy watching them play together differently than I do with her. I also love how hard he works for our family.
What is on your "bucket list": Adopt more children, Live to see my grandchildren. :) And learn to play the guitar!
Do you dye your hair? Yes...Unfortunately its not for fun!
What's one thing your children have taught you? Brooklyn has really taught me to be a better person, and to stop and enjoy the little things that God has made, like bugs, flowers, etc.
What is something you do "just for yourself": I like to take bubble baths!
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? How to show love through disappointments.
What is a family tradition you started, not related to a holiday: We have started a whole family trip in the summer when my sister is here from Texas. Usually camping!
Look for our new series "Meet MOPS", which starts today and runs every Wednesday:)