Me as MOM

I am a mom.

To some I am Jessica; others call me FishMama. My husband, God bless him, calls me “Super Ultra Lightning Babe.”

But, for most of my day, Mama is my name.

After God and my husband, my children are the most precious to me. It’s a good thing, too, since I have six of them! My husband and I are so blessed by each of these little people. We have four sons, whom we affectionately call the FishBoys, aged 12, 8, 7, and 5 as well as two daughter, the FishChicks, 2 1/2 years old and almost 1.

Yes, my heart is as full as my minivan!

A teacher by training, a full-time mom by profession, I’ve learned a lot about myself and motherhood over the last decade. And there have been plenty of bumps along the road.

During the last few years, I’ve enjoyed writing for regional parenting magazines as well as blogging about my experiences. While I have in NO WAY “arrived,” I do have a few years under my belt in this family management scene. The typical big sister, I have always made it a habit to help those who came after me avoid all the mistakes I’ve made.

And there have been a lot.

Mistakes, that is.

My hope in writing Life as Mom is to help other moms do the best they can and enjoy the journey called motherhood. There’s a lot to do when you’re a mom — and unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. Join me as I share what I’ve learned over the years and try to figure it out the rest.

No one’s life is perfect — despite what you imagine about the girl next door. Each of us has struggles that she must conquer. May this be a place for you to be encouraged and refreshed in your pursuit of one of life’s highest callings.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to contact me at lifeasmom (at) sbcglobal (dot) net. Obviously, my life is fairly busy, so I may not be able to answer every email. I hope you will understand.

God bless you as you pursue being the best mom you can be!

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  1. Lisa@UnexpectedJourney says:

    Hi there! I came to your site via Crystal’s blog. I’m looking forward to visiting here again and sharing while in the path of motherhood!

  2. I just found your blog through Biblical Womanhood. What a great find! I’ll be adding you to my bloglines and come to be encouraged often!

    You can visit me too, when you have a chance :-), at

    Have a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day!

  3. homebutnotalone says:

    Hi Mama,

    I’m Mummymac, welcome to the world of Blogging.

    As well as bringing us mothers who want to raise our children in the fear and admonition of the Lord together it also makes the world a smaller place.

    Many blessings on your new venture from Northern Ireland.


  4. FishMama says:

    Hey ladies,

    Thanks for shouting out HI. I hope there will be good stuff for you in the coming weeks. Be sure to chime in!

  5. Happy Mother’s Day! You are my Alpha Mom all the way. :) Love your heart!!! Have a blessed day today!

  6. FishMama says:

    Thanks for your kind words, Shari!

    (I messed up in my previous comment, so that is why it’s deleted.)

  7. Hi…I found your blog via BiblicalWomanhood. I am looking forward to reading your journey’s and experiences as a mother.

    I am a wife and a mother to four wonderful children. I love the Lord and everything pertaining to homemaking. Please stop by and read about my everyday journey towards being a better Christian wife and mom.

  8. For Their Future says:

    I wanted to invite you to “The Conservative Homeschooler”

    As a homeschooling mom, I am concerned about the future of my children and country.

    So I joined “The Conservative Homeschooler”

    If you, too are concerned about your childrens and countrys future, Please join me!

    God bless us mothers and give us courage and wisdom!

    A sister in Christ,

    Hannah @

  9. Cardamoms Pod says:

    Thanks! I love your “no one wants a crabby mommy” in the sidebar! We have been blessed with 9 children ages 13-2 and I am still learning! Thank you for the encouragement!

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