Mother’s Day. The one day a year we’re “supposed” to honor our mothers. Personally, I think we should be doing that everyday, but that’s just me! I am so excited to have a fellow mother on the blog today. Not only is she a fantastic mother, wife and daughter, she’s also one of my favorite Amish fiction authors! She has been through a lot in her life – you can read more in her memoir – and today she is stopping by to talk about the joys of motherhood.
Please help me in welcoming Miss Amy Clipston!!!
Welcome to the blog Amy! I am so excited you decided to stop by and chat today. I remember when I first found out I was going to be a mom. There were so many emotions! When you first learned you were going to be a mom, what thoughts entered your mind?
I was thrilled, and I hoped and prayed my baby would be healthy. I prayed this prayer fervently when I was pregnant with Matthew because I’d experienced a miscarriage two years before he was born. I was terrified I was going to lose another baby, which why I call Matthew my miracle. He was appropriately born on Good Friday.
What perfect timing! I bet your mom was a huge help to you, both then and now. Can you share a special memory of your mother?
My favorite memory as a child is going to the movies with my mother every Saturday. We would go to see a matinee, and we had the best time! My love of movies truly comes from my parents.
This might sound corny, but my mom and I make special memories every day. She lives with my family and me, and she’s my best friend. We watch movies and television shows together, and we share books. While I’m working on a book, she sits in the same room and reads in order to keep my company. She helps me plot out my stories and she reads my books for typos. I can’t imagine not having her in my life. I’m so thankful God blessed me with the best mom!
Moms are certainly special people, and your mom sounds like such a wonderful person! But, as I’m sure you know, all moms have some “oops” moments from time to time. Can you share one of your parenting goof ups?
Oh, there are so many, but some I would never put on display in a blog! Ha ha! The one I will share happened the weekend before Zac started Kindergarten. Joe and I took him to the beach at the Outer Banks, and we spent the day on Oregon Inlet. It was overcast, and I stupidly didn’t think we needed sunblock. I didn’t know until later that Zac burned terribly on his shoulders, and he went to school the following day in pain. To make matters worse, he developed blisters. I cried! It was terrible. I felt so horrible for allowing him to get hurt that way. (Please don’t send me hate mail. I learned my lesson!)
You’re not the only one to goof up on sunblock, I can assure you! Now, being an avid reader myself, I cannot let an interview go by without asking about books! What was your most favorite book to read to your boys when they were little?
Zac absolutely loved Big Joe’s Trailer Truck by Joe Mathieu! He knew it by heart! It’s the cutest book, and I read it to Matt also. We kept it and will pass it on if they have children.
How cute! My daughter loved Eric Carle books, and I cannot tell you how many times we read The Hungry Caterpillar together! Okay, one last question before we let you go. Amy, please share a special “proud mom” moment that you had with each of your boys. I’m thinking of the Scripture that “Mary kept all these things in her heart” and thought there might be something that even Matt and Zac don’t know about.
This year each of my boys has moved me to tears because of their loving and giving hearts. I’m not going to use any names in order to protect their privacy.
One of my sons stood up to a bully by defending another boy who was being harassed. When the bully called the victim horrible names, my son walked up to the bully and gave him a piece of his mind. The bully was stunned silent and left the victim alone. I can’t express how proud I am that my child didn’t stand by and allow a bully to hurt another child.
My other son was a blessing to his friend when he needed help. His friend was depressed shared while they were talking online that he was thinking about hurting himself. My son texted the other boy’s mother and told her he was worried about him. When this issue came up again when my son was with his friend, he listened to his friend talk and even cried with him while offering him comfort. I had tears in my eyes when my son shared this with me.
I’m really proud of my sons for helping others in their time of need. I believe my sons will continue to be a blessing to others.
Oh Amy, it is obvious that these boys have huge hearts with the love of the Lord inside them! Those are definitely proud mama moments right there! I’d say you have done a wonderful job raising them. Thank you so much for stopping by today. I hope you have a fabulous Mother’s Day!
Okay friends, you’re turn to share something. What is your favorite Mother’s Day tradition or memory? I cannot wait to here them!!
Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there. 🙂 In honor of Mother’s Day, Amy is hosting a giveaway!!