I Don’t Know How My Mother Did It!

Motherhood, one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs…ever! Usually when one welcomes their bundle of joy into the world they have a partner to help them through the trials and tribulations of parenthood.

Before I share my story I want to do a bit of front loading.

My mother grew up in Corpus Christi, born and raised.  At 18, she left her home not for college but for boot-camp. She joined the Navy at only 18 years old! I don’t know about you but I’m not that tuff, I wouldn’t have lasted a day.


In the Navy my mother met my father, and shortly after they were married with two kids all before the age of 24. I can’t imagine two kids before the age of 24. At that age I had just been married for a year and was just trying figuring out life…add two kids to the mix…INSANE!

When I was 3, my parents divorced. My dad began tours on Navy submarines and my moms new assignment brought my sister and I to Texas. On her own she moved my sister and I all the way from Virginia to Texas where we started a new life. My dad was present as much as he could be, being out on tours up to six months made visits difficult.


I remember our daily routine. Waking up at 5a.m., getting dressed, being dropped off at day-care, school, back to day-care, and finally picked up by my mom. Sounds like a crazy day and even more crazy knowing that my mom did it all by herself.  She was/is amazing!


Even though my mom was out numbered she seemed to always be on top of her game. Never did we go without. We always had a Halloween costume, Valentines to pass out to our class, presents under the tree, food on the table, matching easter outfits, and anything else you can think of. She gave selflessly so that my sister and I never did without. Sure, things were rough sometimes but, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Right!

From my moms experience as a single parent I have learned so much that has carried over in to adulthood and now mommy hood. She is one of the strongest people I know.

Okay, so now that you have a little bit of info I can continue on to my point…

Mikey has been out of town for the past three days for work…I in essence have been a single parent for the past three days…All I have to say is, WOW! Props to all my single mommies or daddies out there.  You are all super stars! It hasn’t been easy but at least I know that in a few days my husband will return. I seriously don’t know how my mom did it for six years (she met an amazing man who has been an amazing dad to me and my sister) as a single mommy. I have a new found appreciation for her.

These past few days have been a humbling experience for me and I have learned:

  1. How much my mom did for me growing up.
  2. How blessed I am to be doing this parenting thing with a partner.
  3. Mommies or daddies will always do whatever it takes to make sure their babies are taken care of.

Thank you mom for always providing for me and sissy. You are amazing and I am  so thankful for you.


Proverbs 22:6

Start children off on the way they should go,
    and even when they are old they will not turn from it.


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