This interview is part of our “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” series. The interviewees share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!
Today’s interview is with Amy of The Finer Things in Life:
1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?
I’m the oldest of 4 and grew up in a Tiny Town. My dad was my junior high social studies teacher, my high school basketball coach, and my principal during my senior year! My mom was our school nurse. School was community, and community was everything. Those values definitely carried over to my own motherhood and the way we raise our own family.
2. Were you always an advocate for the stay at home mom?
Shockingly, no. I was actually quite driven in high school and college, and planned on a 30 year teaching career. When rumor had it spring semester of my senior year in college that “no one gets to teach at that school unless you know somebody,” I immediately applied with a We’ll see about that! attitude.
That school is where I taught for eight years, but I’ll be the first to admit once I had our oldest after three agonizing years of infertility, my heart was no longer at school.
3. How would you describe yourself today?
Scatterbrained. Disorganized. Content.
4. What do you most love about your life?
I’m home! More than that, though, we are in a very unique position with where we live and my husband’s job as a teacher and coach in this Tiny Town. I love that even though he does the grunt work, football is a family affair here. I love that I can walk over to his classroom or practice field with his lunch or a mid-day treat. I love that he thanks me for being home for our kids. I love that I can contribute to the family income, even a little, literally while nursing our fourth baby.
5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?
My bedroom is such a mess that no amount of money would entice me to post a photo on the blog. I have got to deal with that.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In 5 years my children will be 13 (yikes!), 11, 9, and 6. They’ll all be in school. Oh, wow. Right now we still believe there’s value in mom being at home and available, so I think I’ll be doing some type of part-time work from home while still managing the house (hopefully better than I am now!) and the children.
In 10 years they’ll be 18 (hold me!), 16, 14, and 11. I want to be the go-to mom and the go-to house. The place all the kids want to hang out before ballgames and after school dances. I plan to serve the best snacks in town, for sure!
7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
Do not lay up for yourselves an earthly treasure… Make it your practice instead to store up heavenly treasure… Remember, where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Matthew 6:19-21
I want my children to Embrace the Extraordinary in Every Day. To focus on the Finer Things in Life and know without hesitation that they aren’t things at all.
Whether changing diapers or prepping food for her husband’s football team, Amy strives to embrace the extraordinary in every day. She blogs about it all at The Finer Things in Life.