Surving the Empty Nest- I Am More than a Mom

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

People say I'm really awesome at...

Hello everyone!  As you know, each week Angelica from AngSuarez Creative will be sending a prompt to challenge those of us who are interested in self exploration.  We are taking a look at who we are as women and the role we play in fostering our own growth and often times hindering it by beating ourselves up with negative talk, etc.  The program is called Summer of Enough.  

Before I get started with this week's prompt, let me first congratulate my son, Dalton, and his new wife, Sami, who were married this past Saturday during a beautiful ceremony on the beach in Florida.  It rained down blessings from above and we couldn't have been any happier.  It was one of those days when you check your vanity at the door.  As the rain came down so did the hair and the chance of looking your best in the wedding pictures!  

Oh well, all that mattered was that we were there witnessing a beautiful moment in Dalton and Sami's lives and if we looked a messed, well it just didn't matter. 

This week for the Summer of Enough program we were given an interesting prompt.  We were asked to journal on how others view us rather than on how we view ourselves.  I asked several of my relatives that I trust to answer this question- people say I am really awesome at... well read on to see what I discovered and for those of you that know me, see if you agree.

Prompt #2:  People say I'm really awesome at... being a great mom, communicating effectively and bringing an optimistic attitude to situations.  As I said in my last post, it is very difficult to write about myself because I tend to serve in silence.  Speaking about what I am "awesome at" is no different.  The last thing I would want is to sound boastful.  Having said that, I must say that I was not too surprised to learn that the things that others thought I was good at would be the same things I would have said about myself.

I have raised three fabulous children that I love with all my heart and I am awesome at being a mom. We have had our ups and downs like anyone else, but I know in my heart that I took the time to show and tell each of my kids that I love them.  They are still my children even though they are now young adults and I will always be there to guide them and support them in any way that they need.

I was told I am an effective communicator.  I think that is because I take the time to stop and listen to what people are saying to me.  If you really care and hear what is being said, you are better able to respond.  I also wait until I have the person's attention that I am speaking to before I speak.  No need getting angry with someone if you know they weren't weren't even listening to begin with.

Finally, I was told that I am typically optimistic.  I would tend to agree.  As a Christian, I tend not to sweat the small stuff. There is no room for fear or worry in my life.  God is in control.

Just to let you know, I had to hit the delete button about ten times as I posted this.  It wasn't easy writing "awesome" things.  Don't get me wrong.  I think I'm fabulous!  I just don't like saying that on a post because it sounds boastful.  This is really an amazing experience.  You might want to try it.  If you do start a blog, or are participating in this program, let me know.  Drop me an email so we can share our experiences. 

I look forward to exploring my past, present, and future.  After all, I am more than a mother!

Until next time! 



  1. Congrats on gaining a DIL Cindy!! The wedding looked beautiful! A little rain doesn't hurt, one could look upon it as "tears" of joy! I don't know you real well, but I think all that has been said is completely true of you! Hugs!

    1. Thanks Brenda! Welcome to my blog. I look forward to sharing more.