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REAL MOM'S ON MOM THINGS...

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be awesome to hear from a few local moms about their families, experience, and take on motherhood in all it’s glory… Enjoy!

Samantha Mctintosh

Kids: Duncan (age 8), Beatrice (age 4) and Dax (age 1)

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

Constant change, challenges and permanent love.

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother?

Outside of the obvious days of giving birth, milestones and first birthdays- the day I will never forget was when my oldest, 2 at the time, took a jar of Nutella and proceeded to “paint the walls” covering every reachable inch in three rooms.  In the same 30 minutes while I was in next room soldering jewelry he managed to empty all of his drawers and stuff every single last one of his clothes into the toilet.  Luckily he wasn’t potty trained yet!

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier?

  1. A nanny

  2. The energy of a 4 year old in pill form

  3. Someone to follow me around and record my entire life so I don’t forget the 45 things I forget on a daily basis!

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why?

 Age 1- They’re old enough to tell you what they want, but young enough to have all of the sweetness and affection without the attitude.

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know… karma.

 It may come as no shock to those that know me (or maybe a huge shock!), I was a super easy kid.  Teenager on the other hand… still holding my breath for when my kids are older.  Now, my husband on the other hand, I pay for his karma on a daily basis.   

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom?

 Listen to your gut, do more research, stop caring about what the judgers think and take time to breathe and enjoy.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?

 8am: Sleeping in with perfect quietness until 10am

 10am: Wake up by baby kisses

 11am: Coffee and and fancy brunch- kid free

 1pm: Massage and facial- kid free

 3pm: Nap- kid free

 5pm: More kisses

 6pm: Dinner with my babies, husband and all of the moms in my life- the kids of course behave like perfect angels 

 8pm: Kids beg to go to bed

 8:30pm: Nightcap and board games or chick flick with the husband

 10:30pm: Bed with a foot massage


Ray Ann Barker

Kids: caleb, Joy, Rowan, and Ezra

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

Motherhood to me is the definition of utter selflessness. It’s a journey of being broken + healed many times over with your kids. It’s syncing your heart beat with your little ones + recognizing that when it’s beating out of control you are ready to calm them + when it’s beating slow you are their to get them pumped up. it’s being willing to be pushed to the brink of insanity to give them every opportunity to grow into the best human. 

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother?

I feel like i could come up with several for laughs like the fact that my son would rip off his diaper at night and pee everywhere so we ended up having to duct tape it on every night. But honestly it has to be their births and looking at their precious faces for the first time. 

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier?

100% i would love if someone could come to my house on the regular and do the cleaning for me. Second, an on-call nanny or sitter. And lastly, endless supply energy. 

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why?

I love 8. It’s the age where conversations begin to take depth. They are forming independent opinions but still willing to listen. They still want + need mom. It’s the sweet spot. 

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know… karma.

You know. Not to brag or anything but my mom said i was an EASY kid. I didn’t give my parents a hard time cause i could see things from their perspective except when i got my nose ring. ha. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom?

I would have told my younger self to keep working towards my own personal/career goals. 

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?

The perfect Mother’s Day would be waking up to sweet kisses + handwritten cards from my babes, then brunch + shopping with my other mom friends. 


Jennifer Surine

Child: Jack 

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

Wow, this is actually kind of difficult to answer. My road to becoming a mother was difficult, filled with repeat miscarriges and years of infertility, tests, procedures and doctors. I had the longing and heart of a mother long before I held my baby in my arms. I guess what I mean to convey is motherhood started for me long before my son was born.

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother?

I definitely felt in initiated as a boy momma during those first few diaper changes. he made sure to mark his territory, haha! These days the highlights are bedtime snuggles at the end of the day as we talk about everything. We pray, talk about what makes us happy or sad, boogers, our favorite moments of the day, and we usually have some form of a tickle fight, back rub and kisses attack. I love those sweet moments with him more than anything, even when he thinks its funny to fart on me while I’m snuggling him.

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier?

Always having my house magically clean by itself. A free babysitter available anytime. Naps.

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why?

My son will turn 5 this summer and I dread the day he doesn’t want to snuggle, kiss or hug me throughout the day. I love this time of dandelion bouquets, silliness, needing his momma’s help, and holding my hand when we go places. I would freeze time at any stage before he’s too old for all that sweetness I can’t get enough of!

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know… karma.

I have to believe my mom would agree that I have my hands more full with my son than she did with me… haha!

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom?

I would tell myself to hold onto hope, endure the pain, losses, and infertility because I WOULD be a mom someday. There were long periods of time where I was scared it would never happen. I would reassure myself to keep going because there is reason to hope.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?

Quality time with my family. We usually go out to a big brunch buffet with my parents, my sister, brother-in-law, my husband and son. We eat until we are stuffed. We sit together and talk. My husband has to do the kid-chasing and potty trips. It’s perfect. And NEXT year on Mother’s Day he will have to do all the diaper changes too… for baby #2 on the way in September!


Sarah King

Child: Madelon 

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood?

It’s love. Love seems easy and simple to give at first but once you’re in it, loving a child is big emotions. It’s the easiest hardest thing I’ve done. 

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother? 

My baby girl is almost 6 months old. Things are often still a blur but the memorable moments are when she tries something for the first time. First time in a bath, first time eating oatmeal, first time with her toes in the grass. Her reaction to anything new is to freeze and wide eyes, she takes it all in steady and slow. 

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier? 

An interesting question! I would have an in home chef. Making healthy meals has been a huge challenge for me since my daughter was born. Other two things would include, more sleep and more sleep. (I’m a little tired right now as I’m answering this question. Haha) 

4. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know... karma. 

I absolutely wish I was easier on my mom! She raised four children and I always knew she was strong, but now I know my mother is a Super Hero! 

5. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day? 

A prefect mother’s day would be spending the whole day with my husband and daughter. It would be a beautiful sunny day and we would just head out somewhere for the day and find things to do, go for a walk, eat ice cream, food at a cafe outside, throw a frisbee, read a book. 


Tarah Carnahan

Kids: Saige (age 14), Lincoln (age 5) and Judson (age 3)

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood? 

Motherhood is practicing presence - being the best listener, advocate, teacher to your kids, but in a way that doesn’t require perfection it just requires stillness, more than anything it demands humility, modeling what it looks like to fail and try again, to ask for forgiveness, and respond with love when we feel hurt or impatient. Mothers are teachers to the core. 

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother? 

The day we became a family of 5 in Kunming China this January. The glances between our children getting to know each other in person, apart from pictures, the wonder of it all welling up in our throats as we couldn’t believe this is all true, and the recognition between my husband and I that we are making something beautiful together and are capable of pursuing hard things with love. I realized in that moment that motherhood is a decision to commit to love for a lifetime.

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier? 

  1. Affordable childcare (or family in town!) 

  2. Mandatory silent/creative retreats 

  3. If all my friends lived on my block. Co-parenting at its finest.

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why? 

I am so in love with the stage we are in with our boys, 5 and 3 mean they are the best of buddies and play together with legos and dinosaurs all day - the roars in our house get a little out of control but these ages are so engaged in wanting to learn and play that it is just so, so fun!

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know... karma. 

I think the older you get the more you recognize the humanity of your parents, that we each have our own battles to face in life, and there is no more present ground for that than parenting and as you know, there is no roadmap for the best way forward. I think that lends itself to grace-giving both to your parents and to yourself. 

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom? 

Relish in the lightness of your world and decisions, take a job that pays nothing to experience something you’ve always wondered about, be bold and fearless while no one else depends on you, and go to more events and concerts. It’s not as if that needs to end completely, but the complexities that arise in how we make decisions changes once there are babes in the mix. I also think the better you know yourself the better mother you will be so the more inner work that happens before, the better you can show up for your little and know and advocate for your own needs within the new role.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day? 

Flowers, Handmade Cards, Slow breakfast with my favorite bunch, Riding bikes or hiking near Lake Michigan - being adventurous but close to home - these all feel soulful and special. And maybe even having time to have a coffee and reflect about all my feelings for them or favorite mama moments from the year since their journals from me barely get written in these days.  


Laurel Karnecki

Kids: Quinn (age 11), Seth (age 8)

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1. What’s your definition of motherhood? 

I dont define it. I just do it.

2. What has been your most memorable moment of being a mother? 

Without a doubt, giving birth, specifically the moments when I’ve held my babies in my arms for the first time.

3. Name 3 things that would make life as a mom easier? 

A cleaning crew, a personal chef, & a bigger car (in that order).

4. If you’re babies are older and you could freeze any age they were, what would it be and why? 

I wouldn’t freeze their ages ever, each stage has it’s benefits. I would freeze my own age at 33 though!

5. Being a mom, do you ever find yourself wishing you were easier on your mom? Because, you know... karma. 

Not really, I think I was a pretty easy kid. I definitely appreciate my mom more since becoming one though.

6. Looking back, what advice would you give your younger self before you became a mom? 

Don’t trust anyone else with your childrens diet or health, do your research and trust your gut because sometimes “the norm” isn’t whats best.

7. What is your idea of THE PERFECT Mother’s Day?  

No clue. “shrug”