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.