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Archive for December, 2010

“Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.”

Lin Yutang

“To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power.”

Maya Angelou

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.”

William Ross Wallace

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.”

Lisa Alther

As every Super-mom knows, figuring out, signing up for, arranging for transportation to and from, and coordinating activities for your brood is a full-time job, in itself.

And! It’s a full-time job that many a Super-mom don’t get acknowledged for.

So, my Sisters, this Super-mom is acknowledging you.

Right here and right now after I literally spent hours today doing this—asking my kids about, figuring out, scheduling, signing up, arranging transportation to and from, and then coordinating my kids’ activities for “next session.”

And camp!

OMG, camp.

You gotta be so on the ball to make sure yo kids make it in to the Y for camp for next summer, that you gotta sign em up on a certain Tuesday mid December (hellloow, mid Holiday season), to make sure they get a slot for next July.

December, for JULY!

I spent 45 minutes at the Y today signing my three big kids up for Camp Chickami and Pikati, and I had the nicest woman-in-charge ever helping me.

So here it is, a shout out.

You ROCK, Super-mom.

I acknowledge and commend you all for ALL you do, including the whole activity thang . . . and, mind you, this is before you ever step foot out the door to actually attend the activity.


“The phrase “working mother” is redundant.”


Jane Sellman

“When I give, I give myself.”

Walt Whitman

“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.”

Burton Hillis

“You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.”

“Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.”

Jean Anouilh

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Super-Mom Betsy Parsons:

I expected motherhood to change me.  How could it not?  Everything was new.  But what I didn’t expect was that motherhood would strip me bare – drop me to rock bottom – force me to face that I had lost myself – demand that I pick up the shattered bits of me and piece myself back together.  It was all at once brutal and gratifying.  I am grateful for all of it.  I have learned who I am and how great my support system is.  I learned how absolutely wonderful my husband is, what a fantastic dad he is, and what a loving and supportive family surround us.  It’s not just me who is a super mom.  It’s my husband, my mom and dad, and my mother and father-in-law who make up this super family.  Each one of us plays an important role. Life is a tremendous gift, and we were all starkly reminded of that during the first six weeks of my daughter’s life. We almost lost her.  The first six weeks of her life were spent in the NICU.  She was a full term baby but a very sick one.  After she came home, every milestone was carefully watched.   She thrived.  And I almost missed it because I was worried about what could be wrong.  It was 9 months later when I started to splinter apart.  She was walking and I was cracking – emotions needed to be expressed.  I needed to feel again.  Not surprising, but I hadn’t been taking care of myself.  I was just trying to make it through a minute, then an hour, and a full day.  I wasn’t taking care of myself.  I wasn’t sleeping well.  I was sleepwalking.  I rationalized that all of this was well within a first-time mom response (ha!).   Eventually, I was diagnosed with PTSD and got help.  I began to piece myself back together.  It took another full year for me to hear the stirrings of my voice.  It’s been over two years, and just recently I realized that I am whole again.  I experienced such joy in finding myself.    I had really missed me!  But losing myself and finding an improved version had taken hold – makes me so grateful for the journey.  It has allowed me freedom to be myself, to slow down and enjoy the moments of motherhood, to rely on my family to play significant roles raising my daughter, to trust, and to embrace the unexpected.  It’s often what I need most!  I’m so thankful for my super family – including my husband who is embracing his role as stay-at-home dad!  Collectively, we’re a super team with a super daughter.