Introducing this week’s Best Mom Ever — Charity! I’ve known Charity for a few years now, and she is one amazing mom! With three little ones and two (yes two!) jobs, I’m not sure when she sleeps. But she’s always smiling and loving on her kids (who are absolutely adorable, by the way).
So Charity, share with us a bit about your family.
My Husband Barent and I have three children. Madyson is 5, and we have twins, Allissa and Brayden, that are 4.
What do you do for a living, and how do you like to spend your free time?
I am a full-time manager for the Ministry of Correctional Services and am a part-time Real Estate Salesperson.
I love to cuddle up with a good book in my spare time but haven’t had much since my three little munchkins were born but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
My husband and I tried for years to have children including lots of rounds of In vitro fertilization before God blessed us with our beautiful Maddy.
What do you, Barent and the kids like to do together?
My family loves to spend time together going for walks, swimming, or camping together. I come from a huge family so my children have lots of cousins that they love being with and we frequently get together with them.
We just got back from a canoe trip with their cousins and they loved it. It’s the perfect environment to talk about Gods beautiful creation!
What is a day in your home like?
A typical day in our home starts at 6:30 when our kids come into our room and wake us up. Then they get breakfast and watch Treehouse while Mommy gets ready for the day (ie. packing lunches..etc).
Once Maddy is gone to school the twins and mommy usually play outside for a while – or we might go on a shopping trip with some of their cousins, then it’s play time while mommy cleans and makes supper.
When I work I am so blessed to have my mother or one of my sisters come to our house and watch the kids.
In the summer we spend lots of time at our cottage in Parry sound or camping with family and friends. Swimming lessons are a big part of summer too!!
What is the #1 thing you want your children to have learned by the time they become adults?
I want them to have learned to love God and one another! The one another part can be hard some days…lol!
I want them to be thoughtful, compassionate, generous, and caring. I want them to be hard working and honest and dependable.
But most of all to have a continuously growing relationship with Jesus Christ.
What advice do you wish you had been given before becoming a mom?
To never compare your kids to other kids and expect them all to do the same things at the same time. Toilet training was a big challenge with Maddy, but I was trying to do it when she wasn’t ready just because some other kids her age were trained.
Every child is unique and special and they all need to be loved and disciplined in a special way geared to them.
That’s such great advice! Comparing kids to one another is such an easy trap to fall into, but they really do all progress and develop at their own rate.
Thank you so much, Charity, for sharing with us about your family and your life!