Friday, July 17, 2009

Proud Mom!

(Oldest daughter on left, middle daughter on the upper right and son on lower right.)
I got a phone call from my middle daughter yesterday, she and my granddaughter were to live with my hubby and I for fall semester while she did her student teaching. However........she got a teaching job!! She will be able to do her student teaching while she is the teacher, YAY!!!! Now she has to come up with an English curriculum, find a place to live and move all in a month, but she's eager to get started.

For starting motherhood at the age of 16 (almost 17), I think my husband and I did pretty damn good at raising our children! Our oldest daughter has her masters in accounting and is a certified public accountant (CPA), now our middle daughter is an English teacher and our son is in the Army serving in Afghanistan. We are very proud of our children and their accomplishments, they are an inspiration to me!

My children often tell me that they felt we were a close family and spent quality time together. Our kitchen and living room are upstairs, we did not have a TV upstairs, only downstairs. Meals were spent together and we spent a lot of time communicating with each other in the living room.

We had 1 computer and it was in the corner of the living room. We did not allow TV's or computers in the kids' rooms. Thank God cell phone's were not that popular when my kids were young, so we didn't have to deal with that dilemma.

We didn't have a lot of money so we came up with different ways to do things that cost money. My husband and I volunteered with the ski patrol so that our whole family could get season passes for $10.00. We went skiing every weekend and my oldest daughter ended up teaching ski wees on Saturday mornings when she was in high school and as she moved on to college she taught disabled kids to ski.

We live 7 miles from a big lake, so we spent a lot of time boating, camping, water skiing, and knee boarding. My hubby and I also went to almost all of our children's school activities, I usually worked part time so I was able to go and my husbands job allowed him to leave for school programs and return to work if needed (he was very fortunate).
Maybe it's the laid back Montana life that allowed for our type of living, but we were very fortunate to be able to spend quality time as a family and I believe our children benefited from that time together (so did me and my hubby!). I guess I should give my kids some credit also....they all were really good and didn't give us much trouble!

So anyway......I'm a very proud mom!!


  1. You have every right to be proud. You did an excellent job raising your children. It is too bad many parents now don't follow your method as an example.

    BTW Your daughters are beautiful and your son is a good looker.

  2. Thank you for your kind words Rae! :)

  3. You deserve every bit of pride! You have a great family.

  4. Studies have shown that parents spending time with their children is as important or maybe more important than putting them in daycare and every activity you can fit in your schedule. It's a hard balance to know and we really don't know the results until they are adults. Sounds like you did a great job.

  5. How wonderful! They sound like amazing people. I wish I could take the TV out of the living room. Hubby would kill me! I didn't have a TV during part of my daughter's childhood. When people would ask if I saw a particular program and I told them I didn't have a TV, they would reply, "Oh", with a sound of pity in their voice. I didn't feel I was missing anything. We had lots of fun while they were staring at the boob tube.

    Sounds like you had a wonderful family life.

  6. Thank you all for your nice comments!

  7. Good for you! My best childhood friend became a mom at 16, and she is one of the best moms I know. Her children are all perfect examples of why lots of people wait until they are older to have kids. She provided stability and discipline and love in equal shares.

    I think that a lot of young moms (seems that you were/are one of them!) go the extra mile to prove everyone wrong