#MomsWhoShine is a series about Metro Detroit Moms who have some kind of talent. The series was inspired by Dad of Divas Dads in the Limelight.
Our first mom is Sue Kellogg. Sue didn't mention it here but she is the owner of Mello & Co and the creator of Nawgum an awesome teething toy for young children.
I love the outdoors, traveling with my family and being part of something big. Many do not know this, but I am a licensed Wedding Officiate. I have married many couples over the years, and still do it to this day :) I despise the laundry basket and cleaning bathrooms, but I sure do love a clean house :)
Tell me about your family.
I'm a mom to one amazing little girl and two furry little boys. My husband and I have no idea what we're doing, but we are having a ton of fun parenting as we go! When we get to be ourselves we enjoy golfing, eating WITH OUT SHARING, good beer and laughing (WE LOVE TO LAUGH).
What is a normal day in your home like?
Our normal day is pretty boring. Our daughter goes to school, and my husband and I go to work.....in our own separate offices.....in our home. I work until 3:30 and then pick Tenley up from school. Jon will work until 5pm and then we'll swap and I'll finish working until dinner is ready. Pretty boring, but it works for us :)
What is the most rewarding thing about being a mom?
This is impossible to answer! EVERYTHING, even the "yuck" moments, are a true blessing. We are amazed everyday at what we've created, and feel very lucky to have her unconditional love. She is truly amazing and makes us better by being here.
What is your biggest challenge of being a parent?
THERE'S NO HANDBOOK! Seriously, there are times when I find myself scrambling to think of how to be quick witted, more patient and crafty when approached with a situation by her. If any of you find the handbook PLEASE SHARE :)
How do you find balance between being a mom, working and having time for yourself?
There is really no balance, for me anyway. There's always someone or something that is going to lack in getting my attention. When I finally figured this out, the "mom guilt" subsided and allowed me to prioritize ~ even if something falls at the end of the list, it will still get acknowledged, usually as I'm going to bed :)
What are some of the lessons you've learned since becoming a Mom?
Material things don't matter. They really don't, and this was a great lesson for me to learn. My house may be a bit messy, my windows and floors may have finger paint on them, and yes that stinkin' laundry basket may still be full, BUT my daughter is happy and smiling and making memories ~ to me that's priceless.
What is the best advice about being a parent you have received and who gave it to you?
Nobody knows what their doing. A seasoned mommy friend shared this with me. When I finally embraced it, that "mommy guilt" subsided once again. As long as my baby girl is happy, healthy and safe the rest will fall into place.
What advice would you give to other moms?
It will all work out. We veteran mommies promise you this. Just breathe, have faith in yourself, and love unconditionally. The rest will all fall into place :)
Have a question for Sue? Please leave a comment below and I will make sure I forward it to her!
Thank you Sue for taking the time to answer our questions:) Are you a Mom Who Shines or know a mom who would be great for this series? Email me their contact info at firstname.lastname@example.org