by steph on June 4, 2014


Hi friends! It’s been months since I’ve written, but this post has sat on my heart and in my mind, so I am finally taking the time to write it.  The ‘Mom of the Year’ title might be deceiving.  You might think I’ll be writing about myself and how great I am.  I mean, I got to Target {before school} the day Frozen the DVD was released.  I was waiting for an award from the cashier,  but let’s be real, my kids lost site of how cool I was within minutes of getting in the car.  This is a post with true meaning, not just my crazy mama ramblings.  I have to share the story of our friend Lonna.  If I could get a drumroll please……She’s my Mom of the Year 2014! Lonna has known the hubs (and I) since our college days.  She was the academic advisor at Georgia Tech for the athletes (TOUGH JOB, I KNOW), but she loved the heck out of the guys she worked with.  Lonna and her husband Joel had their first son while we were in college and at that time in our life, it was so cool to see an early sign of the next stage of life for us. KIDS!  She has a beautiful family and a beautiful heart.

Her oldest son is now 11. He’s such a big boy and so handsome and is proving to be just like his mama.  He’s making his mark on the world at such a young age.  For the past couple years we’ve gotten an email that he’ll be raising money for pediatric cancer research through the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and when he hits his goal, he and some of his 11 year old friends will shave their heads.  Each year we are so impressed by him and what he stands for! It’s a no brainer to donate and celebrate when he reaches his goals!

This year there was a new twist in the fund raising.  Lonna sent a follow up email that stated she too would shave her head with the boys if she could raise a certain amount.  I was surprised, but had no doubt if anyone would do this, she most definitely would!  Fast forward a few weeks and all the kids (and Lonna) had surpassed their goals and the time had come to celebrate (and shave their heads).


The pictures of that day brought tears to my eyes (ok, maybe I boo-hoo’ed a little) and all I could think about is the age old phrase…“Actions speak louder than words”.  (Now to my point….)  What a beautiful way to show your children what kind of a person/woman/mama you really are.  It’s one thing to joke about doing it, but SHE DID IT! And looked UH-MAZING by the way.  That was a huge message to me to ‘walk the walk, not only talk the talk’ around my children.  I want my kids to know that I have a loving heart and am a kind, compassionate person and not just  ‘a crazy lady that yells at her kids everyday after school because the run away from me :).’  In all seriousness, it makes me think, what can I do, so they will know what it means to stand for something and promote what you believe in.

Here are a couple examples:

My friend Olaf, well, he gives warm hugs.  That is a wonderful gift and his actions bring comfort and love to people.  I’m a huge Emily Ley fan.  I love her message, her work and all that she stands for.  She promotes the #whatmattersmost message and I love that her son thinks her job is to “make people happy”.  Simple, yet profound.

This story totally inspired me in so many ways, and I hope it does the same for you. Happy Wednesday friends.



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Erin Lausman June 4, 2014 at 11:38 am

Great story, Steph! It seems like in our outer appearance/ media obsessed society, we sometimes lose sight of what matters most. What a role model Lonna is…and her son too….but he probably learned that from her all along. Thank you for sharing!


Nan Rohrer June 4, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Thanks, Steph, for recognizing what our family knows so well — Lonna’s awesome! :)
Honestly, though, despite bragging about my sis, it is great to see someone who does what she says she will do and is willing to not just cheer her kids on, but be in the thick of it with them.

Hope you and “the hubs” are well!
Nan (MOY’14′s younger sis)


steph June 4, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Absolutely! Hoping to follow in great footsteps as a mama! Thanks for reading!!


Kay Rohrer June 4, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Lonna sent your blog to us and when I sat down to read it, I too boo hoo’d!! Joel and Lonna love their kids to pieces and lead by example in so many ways. We are blessed by them as well. Thanks for letting her know that others see her caring heart.
Lonna’s Mom


steph June 4, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Ya’ll are sweet! It was my honor to share this story.


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