This is the second installment of our exciting to start this new series of mom of the week. We will be featuring throughout weeks we will be featured moms and asking them questions to get to know some amazing moms that I have been lucky enough to know. I want to introduce our next featured mom Sarah Gilliland.
You are a blogger, so please tell us your website.
Sarah in the Suburbs, www.sarahinthesuburbs.com
Tell us a little about you: where you live, are you married, do you have kids or pets, what are your hobbies, etc.
I am a married mom of fraternal twin girls who will be starting kindergarten this fall! We live in the suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama and enjoy traveling and spending time together as a family. Personally, I love a good cup of coffee, reading, coloring in adult coloring books, and volunteering at my church.
What is the best thing about being a mama?
Being a mama has taught me so much about life. I never fully understood unconditional love until I had someone to love that way. I’m also much less judgemental of other mothers because now I know better!
What is one thing (if any) that has surprised you about being a mama?
I thought it would become my life. Instead, it has become a part of my life. I haven’t become consumed with motherhood, rather it is just another facet of who I am.
What is your best family memory thus far?
Our first cruise vacation as a family was so much fun. My kids were old enough to really enjoy it, and my husband and I loved experiencing a cruise with our kids.
What is one thing you enjoy doing as a family?
We love to travel and watch movies together!
How did you find your mama tribe?
My faith brought me my in-person tribe, and my willingness to be open and honest brought me my online tribe. I think in today’s culture, it is important to have physical friendships and online friendships. Social media often gets a bad rap, but I find that it is so helpful when you have a question or need to vent a frustration. People who genuinely care and want to help you will come through. If they just want to be snarky and judgmental, you can “sniff” them out too. It is ok to walk away from physical friendships that are draining or to hit that “unfriend” button. Your mama tribe should build you up, not tear you down.
If you could leave a note to your younger self but only one sentence to what would you say?
High school is not a good indicator of the kind of person you are or will become, so look for the bigger picture and get out of your own head! (Great post about accepting herself)
What advice/tip would you give a mom in your expertise field?
No one is an expert on your baby but you! Ask advice, seek wise counsel, but know that the decision on how you want to parent rests solely with you and be ok with that knowledge.
Is there anything else you’d like us to share about you? Fun Facts?
My dad was in the Air Force for 30 years so I am a proud Air Force Brat! I have a BS in Apparel Merchandising from Auburn University and hope to one day own my own apparel business.
I have enjoyed getting to know Sarah in these past couple of months. She totally gets it as a twin mom (read about her must have twin products) and she from the south and she exhibits that lovely southern hospitality. Check out her site – Sarah in the Suburbs and on Facebook.
Wife and mother of twins. Founder of Pride & Joy Baby Planners and The Expecting Mamas Network.