How does one introduce her mom? She is the person who raised me. Who always believed in me. Who patiently waited while I stubbornly tried to do things "my way." She birthed me. Fed me. Clothed me. Cleaned up countless messes. And yet, in the most under appreciated job there is, she has always been my biggest cheerleader - despite me being oblivious to the countless sacrifices she had and will continue to make for me.
Meet my mom. She is kind. Loving. Creative. Selfless.
Because of my mom I am where I am today. She never held me back- she even let me go off on my own my senior year of high school when I didn't want to move again. Hundreds of miles away, she trusted me, prayed for me and showed up for all the important things.
I've always been independent and pulled away because I was so absorbed in the new adventure I was pursuing. My mom graciously allowed me to do this on one condition- that I would touch base every Sunday night. And if I didn't touch base? Everyone in my family would be calling to make sure I was okay.
I love my mom dearly. I have trouble expressing this at times because I'm not great at letting my walls down and being vulnerable. This blog post is my attempt at showing how much I appreciate my mom and all that she has done for me, my girls and all those around her. I love you, mom.
Name: Jan Zimmerman
Hometown: I grew up in Freedom, Wisconsin - a very small town.
Background: I married my high school sweetheart. I have three beautiful children and six awesome grandchildren. In high school I considered myself a rebel, in a good way, as I was always rooting for the underdog. I have worked as a preschool teacher and as the Activity Director for an assisted living home that worked with Alzheimer patients. It was rewarding work that I flourished at. [Editor's Note: If you ever need ideas for creative things to do with your kiddos- ask my mom. She always has the most fun with her grandkids!]
What is your favorite thing about being a mom? I was blessed with being a stay at home mom. My daughter, in her oh so sweet cards, would say, thanks for all my sacrifices to them. I never thought of it that way, but grateful that she realized this. [Editor's Note: I'm the one who sent the oh so sweet cards. We don't have any sibling rivalry though, ha!]
What is your favorite thing about being a grandma? It's pure joy learning that you're going to be grandparents again + again! And praying that they will be healthy.
In the age of too much information, what is one piece of parenting advice you would give those of us who are trying to parent kids today? Of course call me first for advice....lol. My advice is to slow down + enjoy the simple, daily things. [Editor's Note: And I always do call- seeing as I have no idea what I'm doing...]
If you could solve any problem in the world, what would it be and why? Only one? The violence in the world where people live in fear, have no freedom, have no voice, no security or stable environment. I have been blessed with so much + my daily concerns seem silly compared to what others face. [Editor's Note: You can see where I inherited my bend toward helping others.]
What dreams do you have for your grandkids? I hope for my grandkids to be happy and understanding of others. I want them to experience everything on their to-do list + soar!! (And worry their parents-continually.) Most importantly, I hope for them to know God + grow with Him, and when they're ready, choose a spouse (wisely) who also carries the love for God deep within his or her heart! [Editor's Note: All those time I left the country by myself is really going to backfire on me when my girls grow up....]
[Editor's Note: Normally I add a food question here, but I'm interjecting on this one. My favorite thing my mom makes is her strawberry jam. I've tried and tried to make jam, but nothing comes close to "Jan's jam." Can't wait for the next batch to be delivered this fall!]