January's Momma Feature: Constance Williamson
Welcome to our first Momma Feature! I am so excited about this segment and the number of women who will be featured over this year, hopeful that it will inspire some other mommas!
It is with great pleasure that I get to introduce an amazing lady who has been a part of my life for over 13 years! She is the Sun to my Shineeee...I'm Thelma, she's Louise...she's Mary and I'm DEFINITELY Martha! LOL! Her name is Constance to some, but Meghan to me. We have passed the threshold of besties, officially labeled as sisters. She is a fellow a military spouse that has been all over the place with her wonderful hubby. Read on for her interview...
Tell us about yourself.
I was born and raised in the historical town of Charleston, SC. Graduated from Claflin University! Married my high school sweetheart, who has a wonderful career that allows his family to travel all over the world. We have 2 handsome baby boys, Wyatt and Devin. Wyatt is 3 years old and he likes to mock everything I do and say. He loves to dance, so I'm always looking forward to our next dance battle in the kitchen. Devin is 8 months old and he is very adventurous at the moment, so it’s always exciting to see what part of the house he will explore next. My current hobbies include crafting and discovering new natural foods! Not really sure where I’m going with the natural eating but I'm loving the fact that the meals we are consuming have been made in my own kitchen. Almond milk, flavored and unflavored, almond meal/flour, homemade baby food, peanut butter, orange juice, are the items that I have experimented with so far. I'm hoping to create a brand in the near future!!
What’s the best part of being a parent?
To me, the best part of being a parent are definitely the unexpected moments! The moments where I may be trying to explain to Wyatt what he did wrong and he says “mummy, I love you!” or when I may have had a rough day and he comes to me and rubs my back and says, “it’s okay mummy”. These beautiful, unexpected moments let me know that I am doing something right.
Tell us about your funniest "momma moment."
I'm constantly being reminded of the things I did with my first child that I no longer do with my second! My parents remind me every time we are on Facetime! Wyatt was blessed to have a warm wipe with every diaper change. Devin not so much. LOL! It’s hilarious to look back on all the things I did as a first-time mom!
How has your upbringing influenced the momma you are today?
As a child, you don't really understand how the things you see will affect your life. By “things” I mean: morals, values, traits, exceptions, etc. I watched my mom struggle with her relationship with her mom and I'm so glad she made it a mission to break that cycle. At the same time, I did not realize how influential my parents’ ways were in shaping me into the mother that I am today. I watched my mom raise us in the midst of stressful situations with grace and understanding. For instance, my dad is a truck driver and was on the road for weeks at a time. Leaving her to take on the temporary role as a single parent despite what she was feeling. Now, as a military spouse, here I am raising my kids in a stressful military lifestyle where my husband is either working long hours or thousands of miles away. They taught me that family comes first, which has prepared me to handles most situations that this lifestyle encompasses.
"THE HAPPINESS OF EVERY BEATING HEART UNDER YOUR ROOF SHOULD BE FIRST PRIORITY.
What are some traits you hope to instill in your children?
There are a million traits I would love to instill in my children. The ones that I would love to see stick are self-love, humility, self-discipline, gratitude, and respect. I want my boys to be able to find love in themselves first. I believe once self-love is found then the other traits will be easy to put into practice.
Any personal suggestions for balancing life with kids?
Organize and plan! After baby number two, it was evident that a plan needed to be implemented. I, also, needed to organize my house! Once I did those two simple things, life got much easier!
Quote, scripture, or advice that you have used to get you through those tough mommy days?
One of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 20:7, “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” My boys are such a blessing to me!
Thank you Constance for agreeing to be my first feature and giving us an insight into your life in mommyhood!