November 18, 2014

Josie's Story

Last year's MOPS theme was "A Beautiful Mess: Embracing Your Story". We featured some stories of CV MOPS moms and mentor moms. That feature is back by popular demand again for our newsletter this year. The theme is "Be You, Bravely!" Here is Josie's story:

Tell us about yourself and your family.
I met my husband at UC Berkeley my freshman year while he was a grad student, both of us studying electrical engineering - we met at a Bible study. He helped me get a research position in his group and we ended up dating my senior year. We've been married 11 years now. Before my first son was born, I worked at Lockheed Martin. I had planned to go back to work, but kept getting pregnant. Five boys later, I am still a stay-at-home-mom, which I love!

Tell us about your experience and involvement in MOPS.
I joined MOPS 3 years ago, but took last year off. MOPS has been a wonderful resource for helping me spend creative time with my boys. Plus, twice a month, I have the most filling and enjoyable breakfast. =)

What is your favorite thing about MOPS?
I love that it is Christ-focused.

What is the wisest mom advice you have ever received?
Early on, someone told me that our kids are naturally forgiving, but it's still important to apologize and say, "Mommy goofed" or "I was wrong".

What were your thoughts when you found out you were pregnant with your first child?
We had only been married two months, so I was a little shocked, but then really excited.

What kinds of things do you do to treat yourself, for fun and to stay relaxed?
I'll get a massage occasionally ($15/70min) at this place on C St. and Main in Hayward.

What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
The hugs.

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