Name: Heidi Burns, Mentor Mom
Kids : Joe 10, Finn aka Sean 8, AJ aka Aidan
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: "She did what she could." Some days we have more to offer than other days. It means extending grace to ourselves, and it means extending grace to our families and friends, or even to strangers who cut you off in the grocery aisle."
Book you recommend to everyone: "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Park Sue. "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain.
What chore do you hate the most? "helping my kids brush their teeth."
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family? "Stay home and let the kids use their imaginations to play. I love watching their creativity flow."
Favorite flavor of ice cream? "Anything with peanut butter and nut clusters."
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? "How he puts his family first, no matter the cost to his own ambition. And how he is intentional in letting us all know how much he loves us every single day."
List one item on your "bucket list". "Go to Ireland with Matt"
Do you dye your hair? "Of course."
What's one thing your children have taught you? "Practical flexibility."
What is something you do "just for yourself"? "Make things to give to others."
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? To let my kids know when they are doing something right. Approval isn't something they should seek from me, but rather I should freely give it when merited.
What is a family tradition you started: "1) Eating supper together and having each member of the family tell us what the "best part of their day" was. 2) Friday pizza night -- homemade pizza, family movie, eat in the family room on the floor. "
Name: Wendy Ellison, Coordinator
Spouse: Tim Ellison
Children: Trevor - 4yrs and Karter - 2yrs
Best part of being a mom: "Watching my kids grow and change, almost daily. Watching their eyes light up every time they learn something new for the first time and can do it "all by myself"!
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you? "Life in general I think can be a mess sometime, but when it comes to motherhood it's always a mess it seems. Whether you are cleaning up after your children, running to and from activities, cooking dinner, doing laundry or any other of the never-ending activities life throws your way, its a mess, no matter how organized we try to make it. That's where God steps in and reminds us that regardless of how messy or complicated things get, we are Beautiful and capable with His help and guidance!"
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family: Sibley Park, Children's Museum
Book you recommend to everyone: "Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas" by James Patterson
What chore do you hate the most? Dishes (what I wouldn't give to have a dishwasher =)
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Current favorite is 'I Do Wedding Cake' by Blue Bunny
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? "He has always been a hard worker, but now even more for our family. He has worked hard so that I can stay home and raise our boys and still manages to find time to take them out to play so that I can have a break at the end of the day."
List one item on your "bucket list" Earn my pilot's license
Do you dye your hair? Occasionally, but should be more frequent as I'm growing more gray by the day thanks to my boys =)
What's one thing your children have taught you? "Unconditional love and how impressionable children can be. You may not always notice it, but they are always watching your every move. They have taught me a lot about myself."
What is something you do "just for yourself"? I enjoy reading, quilting and playing piano
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? "Always say I love you whether you are angry or not, do not walk away without saying it to your family. My dad growing up said it constantly, to the point it was almost annoying at times, but there was never a doubt in my mind that he loved me, even in the midst of an argument."
What is a family tradition you started, not related to a holiday? "I recently purchased a "Celebrate" plate that comes with a journal to record each use. We are going to start recognizing each others accomplishments and celebrating each other, not just on birthdays.
Tawnda Andrews, Publicity
Spouse: Shawn, married 8 years
Children: Evelyn, 5 years and triplets Ella, Henry and Grant, almost 3
The theme for 2013-2014 is "A Beautiful Mess" what does this mean to you: "I think that this is one of the best descriptions of motherhood. We are all struggling with our own inner and external messes (being late, procrastinating etc) but the reality is that God's word tells us we are beautiful."
After you had kids, what characteristic about your spouse did you appreciate? "The parts of his personality that are opposite of mine. He helps keep us on time. He gets the kids outside. He wrestles with them. He balances my carefree attitude."
Do you dye your hair? Yes, but not as often as I need to :).
What is something you do "just for yourself"? Regular manicures, I love to have pretty nails.
What is a family tradition you started? "We try to take a mini vacation during Memorial Weekend. Since we had the triplets that usually means going to the Twin Cities."
Best part of being a mom? "So many things: cuddles, sweet kisses, I love each of their personalities and how they interact with others and the world around them. I especially love that I am the one who knows their story, their personalities down to their favorite foods."
Favorite thing to do in the Mankato area with your kids/family? "Going to the park, church activities and our weekly visit to the library."
Book you recommend to everyone: "Loving Your Kids on Purpose." I haven't finished it yet but I've highlighted a ton of it. It just makes so much sense.
What chore do you hate the most? Dishes and folding laundry.
Favorite flavor of ice cream? Rocky Road
What is on your "bucket list"? Travel to Europe and get back to my pre-triplet weight
What's one thing your children have taught you? "I love how my kids mimic me, whether in play or with others. I've definitely had my eyes opened to my selfishness and to my flaws."
Sometimes our parents do something "right", what's one thing you learned from you mom/dad that you will be sure to pass on? "That marriage can last forever, you just have to work at it. My parents are still married 30+ years later and my dad still calls my mom every night he works at 9p (on the dot) and they hold hands all the time. Plus they still date each other! I think this is one of the best things Shawn and I could do for our kids too!"