Single Mom Julie Mishoe Mom to Paul (7) and Lily Joy (5)
Director of Student Ministries at Trinity UMC What is your "Mommy Mantra"? "Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work." (C.S. Lewis) While I love my calling into full time youth ministry, I could easily let it become a 24 hours-a-day, 7 days-aweek job. I want my kids to always remember that they are my number one priority, and that my job is something they get to be a part of, not a distraction from. What is the best parenting advice you've received? “Point your kids in the right direction - when they are old
they won’t be lost.” (Proverbs 22:6) We can only do our best when it comes to raising our kids. I think most moms are worried we aren’t doing “enough;” enough bedtime stories, enough athletics, enough organic foods, enough instruments practiced, enough studying, etc. But if I raise my kids with a sense of belonging in God’s love, than that is enough for me. After that they will find their way.
be back at home that night. The ocean helps give such a calming perspective on life. I never leave the beach overwhelmed or anxious, but renewed and grateful.
What has been your biggest challenge in mothering? Letting go of expectations, for myself and my kids. My little sister gave me a magnet several years ago that says “Life does not have to be perfect to be wonderful,” and it’s so true. I love my wonderful life even if it's nothing like I expected.
Who is part of your support system? My immediate family is (mostly) still here in Gainesville, and they are incredible. I am from a large family so I love watching my kids be surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins all the time. I also have a second family of best friends that my kids know we are related to “by love.” And of course our church family that is helping raise Paul and Lily Joy to know and love God.
What do you do for "me-time"? I love the beach and I try to get there as often as possible. I am so lucky to be just a couple of hours away so I can go for a sunrise or even for the day, and
What would you tell yourself if you could go back to before you were a mom? It is going to be harder than you can possibly imagine, but also infinitely better.
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