Friday, January 7, 2011

Motherhood - Introduction

Two and a half years ago, this is about the last post I ever thought I would be writing. And I am sheepish to write it now. I don't like self promotion. I am not comfortable with it. However, when I am passionate about something, I like to share and support it. And one thing I am passionate about is the importance and beauty of motherhood. 

I was passionate enough to give up my law career to spend every waking minute with my babies ( I was fortunate to be able to have that choice.) I have been trying desperately these last 9.5 years to be the best mother I can to each of my 5.5 children. I fail somedays. Or maybe I should say I fail in SOME way almost everyday. But I also have seen so many joyous successes as I have watched my children grown and learn and become better despite my mistakes. 

I am not one to spend too much time beating myself up about my short comings. But I fully recognize how many I have. So can you imagine my shock when I recently got a phone call from our State American Mothers representative informing me that I had been selected as Nevada's Young Mother of the Year for the 2011 year? 

I have spent the weeks since that phone call trying to make sense of this honor and trying to learn how that happened and what that means exactly. I had heard of "Mother of the Year" before because I knew a friend of mine's mother got that. 

In my investigation I have learned more about the American Mothers organization and how it promotes and supports motherhood. You can learn more about them HERE. I feel good about supporting their cause by serving as this year's Nevada Young Mother of the Year. I hope to bring a bit of attention to their cause. And so this year I will be doing a weekly post on some aspect of Motherhood. I hope you will enjoy this series of posts and that it will help us all remember how important motherhood is and the sacred trust we have been given to take part in it.

If any of you would like to show your support for the American Mother's organization or help sponsor me as their 2011 Young Mother for Nevada you can email me at stephaniewaite@gmail.com. 

19 comments:

Sue said...

That's great, Stephanie! I (and I'm sure all of your readers) am proud of you!

=)

Anonymous said...

wow, what an awesome honor and i might add well deserved. your a good mother and such an example to so many. congrats :)

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! You deserve it!

Cardalls said...

Congratulations! I really admire the way you mother and you are such an inspiration with how you have dealth with Camille's death. I live in Las Vegas and would love to hear you speak and meet you if you ever do public speaking.

Bri Olson said...

I cannot think of a better woman to represent moms. What an honor. I look forward to your motherhood posts. As the mother of 5 young boys, I love associating with other women who hold dear the sacred responsibility we have as mothers. This is why I continue to read your blog. I was just on facebook and someone posted a very cynical and negative post about "Lessons to learn before you have kids" I won't dwell on it, but it was all about the "less fun/glamorous" side of mothering. Hand and fingerprints, messy cars, late nights, and wet diapers. I am sure many thought it was funny...most of it was true, but it was presented by a newer mom who was "helping" others not trade in their careers for motherhood by "exposing the truths". I was disheartened by it, to say the least. It brought me great joy to read your post just afterward. Congrats and THANK YOU! You are a wonderful mother and example to all.

Lissy said...

Congratulations! You deserve it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with other moms through your blog. I really enjoy it!

i said...

How wonderful!!!

Sarah S. said...

Congrats Steph! What an honor!

shanan said...

There isn't somebody more deserving.

Congrats Steph!

Anonymous said...

Well deserved Stephanie!

Love,

Jane

Anonymous said...

I was unable to access your blog entries after 12/23 by the usual way - bookmark. I googled "A Daily Scoop"- there you are!
No worries . . .

Congratulations!

The Robinson's said...

Congrats!! What an honor!
Motherhood can be sometimes hard, but there is always rewards too. Patience is key also.
I will be one of your many many readers that will be looking forward to your "Motherhood" posts.

Take care.

Stephanie said...

You are a wonderful mother! Congratulations!

Samantha said...

I know just from reading your blog that there is no one more deserving of this. You are a special person. I know that your faith and family have really helped you in your journey of healing, however I don't know if many people could have done it like you. You inspire so many people and you will help so many more. Congratulations!

Judy said...

Congratulations! You are so deserving of it!! You have helped mothers all over the world with your blog & I can't think of a more inspiring mother!!

Tournesol said...

Congratulations Stephanie, that is such an honor. Way better than an Oscar.

carol said...

I am happy for you! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the importance of Motherhood. It is just another way you can bless the lives of others thru your blog. Little Camille will be proud her Mother.

Rach said...

Oh, Steph, what an *honor*! Congratulations!

Curly said...

Hey Stephanie,

Did you know that Dana & Sterling's mom, Aunt Jo was, the "National Young Mother of the Year" back in 1974 or something? She'll be tickled to hear about this honor. It was an awesome experience for her.

I really can't think of anyone more fitting!

love you,

Amanda