HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FAMILY? 
We are very connected to each other, and we are also connected to our extended family. I am one of 10 children, so my three children have several cousins that they can interact with over the phone, online and in person. They also have several aunts, uncles, great-aunts, and great-uncles who looking out for their well-being. My oldest two children have several siblings from their father and we (me and the other moms) make every effort for them to stay in touch with and know their siblings.


DOES FAITH PLAY A ROLE IN YOUR FAMILY? IF YES OR NO, PLEASE EXPLAIN. 
Faith plays a part in our family in so far as I was raised in the church, my family on both sides still attends the same church they have attended in their home town for generations, and I fell guilty that I am not raising my children in the church. I feel like they need that foundation, but I haven’t yet found a church home for us. We say grace at meals and we discuss the Bible and questions of God and universe, but we are not active church goers.


ARE THERE ANY CHALLENGES THAT YOUR FAMILY FACES THAT YOU FEEL ARE DISTINCT FROM OTHER FAMILIES? 

I once thought it was distinct from others, but I now see that I am part of a collective of mothers and fathers who worry about their children, particularly their sons, when they leave the house. When my children were younger, I rarely let them play beyond the yard. As my son got older and taller, and his voice deepened, I had to talk to him about how people may perceive him, right or wrong. And before he left for college, I talked to him about how he should act when approached by police. When he’s home driving my car, I hold my breath just a little bit until he’s back home. As I explained to a friend recently, it’s something that as a parent you think about constantly.

WHAT BRINGS GREAT JOY TO YOUR FAMILY? 
We enjoy movies and eating together. We still eat dinner together, at the kitchen pretty much every night, and usually at the same time every day.


WHAT IS A WORD, QUOTE, PASSAGE, VERSE OR SAYING THAT DESCRIBES YOUR RELATIONSHIP? 
Enduring love.
I love my children with all my being.

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