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Local moms share Mother’s Day sentiments

By DAWN HANKINS - dhankins@t-g.com
Posted 5/7/22

While there’s a lot of advice generally tossed around on social media about motherhood, none are the wiser to those experiences than, well, Mom. A few local moms recently shared with the T-G …

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Local moms share Mother’s Day sentiments


While there’s a lot of advice generally tossed around on social media about motherhood, none are the wiser to those experiences than, well, Mom. A few local moms recently shared with the T-G their sentiments on motherhood.

Lila Beasley

“Stay rooted in prayer for each family member specifically every day. They must know that you are their safe haven regardless. Nothing or no one can separate them from God’s love or a Mother’s love. Being a Mother has taught me the depth of God’s love. And have fun! And read. Read to those little ones. When they are 6 weeks old and in your lap, read to them.”

Amanda Enfinger

“Being a mom is HARD but it is the BEST thing that has ever happened in my life. I feel like my heart is going to explode just by looking at my daughter. Let all of the house work wait because your baby is only small for a short amount of time.”

Cindi Lindsey

“Children are NOT little adults. They live in the moment, not always realizing the forthcoming effects of their actions. Look at our wondrous world through their eyes. It is a place of curiosities and interesting things. Children want your attention and interaction, so turn off the TV and put down your phone. Spend your time, instead, with your children because they grow up all too quickly. Their future self-image and their own parenting skills are being formed right now!”

Miriam Pietkiewicz

“Having two “adult” children is such a wonderful and overwhelming, comforting and frightening, enjoyable and challenging experience! When our girls were young, I felt that I was making mistakes on a day-to-day basis. Bill and I decided that we would not be outnumbered, and stopped with our 2 daughters. Little did I know that adult children could be even more baffling! In spite of these challenges, I have learned through the experience of being a mother that having children makes me want to be a better person.

In spite of all of the ups and downs that go with parenting, having children is undoubtedly the best experience of my life, with the possible exception of marrying my husband. It is such a joy to know that my girls need my input on the life decisions they make. They enjoy being with us whether it is hanging around the house, going to a Taylor Swift concert, seeing Memphis play basketball in New York City or going to TPAC for a play. It doesn’t really matter as long as we are family.”

Margaret Petty

“God’s timing is perfect and He knows BEST even when we don’t understand. He has a plan . . . and when I look at my two little miracles, I know that our fertility journey (8+ years) was worth every second of the wait! If you are waiting and praying, KEEP ON PRAYING! Have faith and believe, because Psalm 37:4 is true, “Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”

Susan Molder Haynes

“My mom, Betty Gentry Molder, means the world to me. For anyone who knows my mom, you know first and foremost that she is a Christian. She has been a member of North Fork Baptist Church since 1976 and has served there in many capacities as needed over the years and cooked up no telling how many dishes to serve there.

Knowing my mom is also knowing how much she loves her family. Mom had 4 children. My younger brother, Kenneth, passed away at 1-day-old. We lost my older brother, Michael, in 2021 at age 54. My brother Steven is 47 and then there is me, 53. To say it’s been hard on my mom losing two sons is a huge understatement but she is strong and has our whole family to lean on. She also has 9 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren.

Throughout my mom’s life, she has been about as hard a worker as I have ever known. She has raised Holstein heifers for 52 years along with my dad. She also worked 24 years in their six chicken barns. I was always amazed at how hard she worked and still cooked three meals a day, raised us kids, and amazingly she always tried to keep daddy’s tractors, trucks, 4-wheelers and even the trailers clean and looking good. I guess I never saw the point in it but that’s just my mom. She also mowed the grass, painted the fences, and did all the household chores while my daddy worked at the railroad as an electrician for many years.

Mom, I just want you to know how proud I am to be your daughter and how much I love you. The example you set for all of us does not go unnoticed. You have also been my rock many times and now I’m here to be yours. I have such good role models in you and dad and I know I am blessed beyond measure with the parents God gave me. I sure hope to be celebrating the wonderful mom you are for many more years to come. Happy Mother’s Day!”

Tiffany Coggins

“Don’t strive for perfection. Admit your mistakes and let your kids see you fail . . . . It’s inevitable anyways. Most importantly, let them see you work hard to correct your mistakes.


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