‘It doesn’t matter how ugly you think you are. If you think you’re a bad mother or if you think you’re failing in life… the one little person looks at you and thinks you’re the hero of their story,” says a local mother
While some young girls spend their childhood dreaming of growing up and starting a family, that wasn’t necessarily the case for a local mother of five.
Eve Rogers said BarrieToday that she never really thought about whether or not she would ever have children, but said everything changed when she met her husband 15 years ago shortly after getting his law school degree in Australia — and shortly before returning to Canada.
“I guess I never really imagined what it would be like. I didn’t yearn or imagine how many children I was going to have, but when I met my husband I knew we would have a family,” she said.
The couple married in 2009 and now have five children aged between five and 11. — including twins.
Although having a large family doesn’t come without its challenges, Rogers said BarrieToday the best thing is the “multiplying love” feeling.
“Each living, breathing soul has their own world to bring family love, joy and talents. … The flip side is that they (also) bring their individual challenges, sadness and needs. to the family too. It’s a give and take,” she said.
Rogers admits that being a mother has changed her life in every possible way.
“I think the most important thing is to move away from a life centered on your own goals and needs and focus on caring for another living, breathing soul who sees you as their whole world. “, she said. “It changed my life. … I dress differently, I eat differently, I sleep differently. There is simply no part of my life that has not been changed.
Another big change, Rogers added, was making the decision to put her successful law career on hold after the birth of her third child.
“Motherhood involves so many personal sacrifices, and then when you (often) add to that sacrificing what you went to school for for a period of time for the greater good. Some women are able to do it within a year of maternity leave and for us, once we had three, we knew our hands were full and someone had to be there,” she said. .
Rogers chose to step away from the stress and chaos of his law practice to focus on being at home while working in a home-based business that would allow him to be 100% present in life. of his children.
“I don’t regret it at all. It was a great way to challenge myself, earn income and be present to the people I wanted to be present to — who were my children and my husband.
Along with the many sacrifices that come with being a parent, there are also many joys, she said, adding that the greatest joy for her was watching her children and witnessing the sweet moments. between them.
“They support each other and they form bonds that I would love to see last into adulthood,” she said. “It’s so wonderful to know that as a mother… that you are their entire world. When you kiss your child to sleep, he trusts you with everything.
“It’s a huge responsibility and it’s heavy at times, but it’s also such a privilege to know that the way the universe has worked is that this little person looks to you for everything. No matter how much you think you’re ugly If you think you’re a bad mother or you think you’re failing in life… the one little person looks at you and thinks you’re the hero of their story.