Strong Generations of Mothers

STRONG GENERATIONS OF MOTHERS

We want to celebrate strong generations of mothers and the beautiful connections that exist between them. 

"Motherhood takes many shapes. Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms, adoptive moms, foster moms, surrogate moms, pregnant future moms, and fur-moms. Joining your ranks was one of the greatest moments of my life. And thank you to so many of my dear friends (and other women I look up to) for providing an example of patience and strength to guide me on this journey." ~ Bitsie

We asked a few of our partners questions about motherhood. Below are some of the takeaways we wanted to share in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Words from Scheana Shay...


What impact did your mom have on the mom you are today?
My mom has had the biggest impact on the mom I am today. She was the most attentive and loving mom a girl could ever ask for. She’s smart and cautious but  she always let me play whatever sport I wanted to. I never missed out on anything fun!

What was a strength you saw in your generations of mothering that you see in yourself?
My mom was a young single mom who worked hard to provide me with the best life. She never skipped a beat. She made sure I always had everything I ever wanted and if she couldn’t afford it, we made it work. One thing that stands out was when I wanted an American Girl doll but we couldn’t afford one at the time, so my grandmother made me a life size cardboard cut out of my favorite doll so I felt like I still had one. I see so much of my mom in who I am today and I can only hope to be as good a mom to Summer as my mother and my grandmother were to me! I was so fortunate to grow up down the street from my grandparents and be so close with them until they passed away when I was a teenager.

What do you hope your children will take away from their childhood with you as their mom?
I hope Summer and any of her future siblings feel like they had a fulfilled childhood and never missed out on anything. I hope to provide them with everything they’ve ever wanted, while still teaching them responsibility and respect.

Words from Eva Shockey...

What impact did your mom have on the mom you are today?
My momma, Nana Weezy, as we call her, was always supportive of what I was doing, regardless of what it was, and, she still is today. Most importantly, she always did it with such love and care. I carry this into my role as a mom today.

What was your favorite childhood memory with your mom?
She always made me feel special. We'd frequently go out for "girl’s day" which consisted of lunches, fancy tea parties, etc. We still do those things today but sometimes, it's as simple as a nail appointment. And, it's so fun to do these things with Leni Bow too!  In fact, when we were last in Canada, we took Leni to a fancy tea party at the same place my mom took me when I was a little girl. So special!

What do you hope your children will take away from their childhood with you as their mom?
The importance of quality family time! (And, get outside!)


Words from Bitsie Tulloch...

When you think of Mother’s Day what would you like to say?
A special shout-out to all the love I have for surrogate moms: my best friend Lynn, my Aunt Nancy, my neighbor Janis, my mother-in-law “G”, or any of my friends who see a need for nurturing and step in! There’s a quilt in Vivian’s room in Washington that one of my best friends, Lynn, had made for her when she was born. It’s very beautiful and the flip side of it is hand-drawn pictures of our beloved dog, Henry who passed away March 2020. This is a pic of baby Viv kissing one of the images of Henry the day after he died.

What do you hope your children will take away from their childhood with you as their mom?
The most important qualities I try to model for my daughter every day are kindness and empathy.

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Caren

Words from Stephanie Weizman...

What impact did your mom have on the mom you are today?
My mom has impacted SO much of who I am today, but most of all, she taught me love, kindness, and patience.

What was a strength you saw in your mom?
My mom is one of the strongest people I know. Even when she was having a difficult day, she always put everything aside for us and made us feel loved and safe.


What do you hope your children will take away from their childhood with you as their mom?
I hope my daughter remembers her childhood as being FUN! I hope we can continue to help her experience the world and create memorable experiences.

Words from Jenna Knowles...

What impact did your mom have on the mom you are today?
She has always been there for me and supported me, and I’ll do the same for our children, no matter how wild their dreams are!

What was a strength you saw in your mom?
It’s hard to choose just one, but something that I admire and appreciate about my mom is that she was there for EVERYTHING! Sports, field trips, you name it, she made it!

What do you hope your children will take away from their childhood with you as their mom?
A memory that is full of fun, happy, outdoor adventures!

Blog created by: Katie Ntasios 


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