Monday, February 23, 2009

Mama Monday

Today's Mama Monday is the multi-talented, multi-faceted mother of 6 (ages 16,14,12,9,6,3) Marybeth Whalen. Marybeth is a writer, blogger, and homeschooler(among other things) who blogs at: Cheaper by the Half Dozen. (Don't you love the name of her blog?) She has written a book with her husband titled: Learning to Live Financially Free: Hard Earned Wisdom for Saving Your Marriage and Your Money. Doesn't it sound terrific? If you have not read her blog, I urge you to head over and read her refreshing, humble take on motherhood, writing, cooking, and much more. It is truly a breath of fresh air.
Ladies, I introduce Marybeth:

Greatest thing about being a mom—just looking at my children’s faces and knowing I had a part in their existence. Wow. What an honor.

Hardest thing about being a mom—the long days with whiny children and petulant teens

Favorite blogs/websites—I get a lot of encouragement as a homeschooler from Heart of the Matter Online and other homeschool mom blogs. I keep a list of favorites on the sidebar of my blog and read them all regularly.

How do you find balance in your life—My husband is a great accountability partner. He calls me on the carpet when I get too distracted from my priorities—in a loving way of course! That doesn’t mean I never get off balance, it just means I know he won’t let me get too out of hand.

One word that describes you—I had to ask my husband for this one. He said “Giving.” I would say that is accurate. I love to give. That is just the way God wired me.

Hobbies/interests--- Blogging, writing, Bible study, reading… I wish I could say “scrapbooking,” but alas I am far behind and can’t seem to get back into the swing of things.

I couldn't live without— my computer (and my Bible, of course!)

What helps me through tough days--- the hope of something fun on the horizon, whether that’s a night out with my husband, a fun day as a family, or some girl time with a good friend.

What I wish I would have known as a mom of "only two"—that grace is more important than rules, that relationship is more important than being right

What keeps you "sane"— the way I was raised. My mom prepared me well for life. I can only hope to do the same for my kids!

What the Lord has been speaking to you about lately—the answer to “what I wish I would have known as a mom of “just two”!

Advice for moms of teens— I need advice! I am still learning!! I guess that goes back to what I answered for my “what I wish I would have known” answer!

What do you like best about yourself— my passion for writing.

What's on your ipod— Bands most people don’t listen to. The Blue Nile, Chris Rea, Chris Botti, David Gray, Icehouse. Also, lots of 80’s music and a good dose of David Crowder and other praise and worship songs.

Theme song as a mom—My theme song in general is “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John—so I guess that works for motherhood too!

One book you would recommend to read--
(besides the Bible) The most important book I read in 08 had to be Passionate Housewives Desperate For God. What a thought provoking, challenging book! Also up there on the list is Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller.

Thank you Marybeth!!


Christine said...

Yay, Marybeth! I am so with you on the "having something fun to look forward to thing". I actually thought until recently that that was a flaw in me- that I couldn't appreciate and enjoy what I have in the day to day life of momness, but I realized that those stress-release times and just-allowed-to-be-me times are so important! And it's great to not have to cut up little people's food at dinner occasionally...

:) Thanks for interviewing Marybeth. She's great!

Kate said...

Wow, what great suggestions for reading - her own book and her recommendations...thank you!

Ann Voskamp @Holy Experience said...

Appreciating this series, Andrea...

Always a delight to learn more from Marybeth... And this: grace more than rules, relationship more than being right. Yes!

That should be your next book!
Every blessing, friend...
All's grace,

Todd and Julie said...

Thank you, Andrea, for this series! What a lovely idea.

Hugs, Julie

Marybeth said...

Thanks for having me Andrea! It was so fun being a guest on Mama Monday! (Even though it's Wednesday as I write this...)