I’m so excited to introduce the very first mom in my new series, The Best Mom Ever, to you!
I have had the privilege of getting to know her family and especially her little one, who is one of the sweetest, most loving, and cutest kids I have known. But then, I may be getting off track …
Without further ado, let me introduce Jennifer to you!
Jennifer, tell us about your family.
There are three people in my family. My husband, Geoff who is originally from Windsor, ON. My son, Joshua who is 3 1/2 yrs old and a very very busy preschooler. Oh, and myself!
We are a military family as my husband is a pilot in the Canadian Airforce. Something about our family that makes us unique is that we found out the day after Joshua was born that he had Down syndrome. Since then, we’ve been learning a lot about special needs and what it’s like to have a child with a disability.
Tell us about yourself.
I grew up in a family of four in rural Manitoba. I studied at the University if Manitoba after high school and hold a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and a Bachelor of Education. I am very proud of holding 2 degrees as I struggled throughout most of my secondary schooling. I’m currently teaching full-day Kindergarten and enjoying all of the craziness that comes with teaching 28 four year olds. I grew up in strong rooted Catholic family and have always been involved in the Catholic church. I enjoy teaching in a Cathilc school environment, where we can intertwine curriculum and faith sharing.
I typically enjoy reading but haven’t been able to find the time or energy to read very much since returning back to teaching full time. I love to bake and cook. I’ve recently become addicted to essential oils as they are helping our family increase our mental and physical health.
What do the 3 of you enjoy doing the most?
Our family loves to travel and it brings us a lot of Joy to watch Joshua experience new places. He has become a great little traveller. Since we are a military family, we have traveled significantly to spend time with family. We also enjoy learning and exploring our local area as we know we are only here for a short time. It helps us take advantage of local attractions and festivals.
On a day to day basis, we enjoy spending time outside playing in our yard or going for walks in our neighbourhood.
What’s a typical day like in your home?
Geoff and I share most of the household responsibilities and preschool drop off and pick up. It all depends in the day, who has to be at work early or late that day, or if Geoff is away on a work tasking.During the week our days are typically very busy:
6:00 wake up and morning routine for Geoff and I. Joshua can wake up any time between 5:00 and 6:30 but enjoys lounging in bed until we get him for breakfast, Breakfast will consist of a combination of pancakes (#1 choice), French toast, toast with Nutella, cereal, scrambled eggs, fruit, yogurt and smoothies. Joshua LOVES to eat! *try to have supper going in the slow cooker before leaving the house*
7:30 – 8:00am get ready to leave the house for preschool drop off.
8:00 – 4:00 Joshua at preschool, Geoff at work on base, Jen at school.
4:00 – 4:30-ish preschool pick up, arrive home, play, start supper, talk about our days
5:00 supper together as a family.
6:00 play time, outside/inside depending on the weather.
7:30-ish Dad gives Joshua a bath, Mom does laundry/clean up.
8:00-ish stories and bedtime for Joshua, and Mom and Dad crash for the rest of the evening, usually watching tv.
9:30-ish hit the hay and rest up for another busy day!
Phew! I think I’m getting tired just imagining all of that!
What’s the most important thing you’d like Joshua to learn from you?
I want Joshua to know that greatness is achievable no matter what obstacles he may face. I also want him to be compassionate and accepting of all people. Interestingly enough, I believe he has already mastered these lessons and is teaching me and others by example.
From my time with Joshua, I know that yes, he is definitely teaching those things to everyone he comes in contact with!
What piece of advice do you wish you had been given before becoming a mom?
I’m not sure if its a piece of advice or more of something I’ve reflected on and learned along the way. Since Joshua was born, I’ve been increasingly aware of how much life has prepared me for the journey of motherhood. I can pinpoint exact moments growing up that have helped me be a better mother, especially to a child with extra needs. These moments at the time did not seem significant or noteworthy but as time has passed, I can truly see the importance of them, This has truly helped solidify the teachings that God has a plan for each and every one of us. I have seen that plan unfold right before my very eyes, in my own life. Joshua was the instrument to teach me this lesson.
Thank you so much, Jennifer, for sharing with us!
I love watching amazing moms at work, and I must confess that when the subject comes up, Jennifer is one of the moms I brag on. I don’t always pass on her name, but I love telling other people about “this mom I know” that does such a wonderful job of juggling work and home and all of the extra responsibilities that I know she takes on too.
So thank you for giving us a peek into your life, Jennifer!
I’m looking forward to sharing more of The Best Moms Ever with you!
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