Sabal Rockport May 2018

May 2018

1406 Hwy 35 N, Suite C., Rockport, TX 78382 |

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Adventures in Motherhood Lessons from Mom … and Granny!

I didn’t have any brothers growing up. I’m sure people who grew up with lots of brothers would tell me I’m lucky — and they would only be half joking. As the youngest of three sisters, God didn’t bless me with a brother, but He did give me two wonderful sons. I am truly grateful to have Duncan and Logan. I always knew I wanted to be a mom, and these boys certainly make life exciting. When Duncan was in kindergarten, the teacher asked the kids what their favorite part of summer vacation was. Duncan told a story about how he chased a bullfrog into a culvert in the

children in our community. She ran a day care out of her home and the nursery program in our church for over 20 years. My grandparent’s house was a wonderful place to spend the day. They lived out in the country, embracing the slow pace of life. I can still remember helping Granny pick blackberries in the garden.

Mom and Granny were different kinds of women, but they both taught me a great deal about being a mom. They were loving and selfless and sacrificed a lot to make sure their families were taken care of. The love each of them showed to their kids and grandkids really shaped me and how I try to raise my own boys.

Dr. Sperry with her sons Duncan and Logan

creek at the park and caught it! My husband got a picture of Duncan holding that big bullfrog and grinning ear to ear. Duncan and Logan can both be quite the handful in their own right, so I’m glad I learned so much about being a mom from the amazing moms who taught me. My mom and grandma were very much part of my life as I was growing up. Thanks to my mom, I knew I could have a career and a family. When I was a year old, my mom went back to work as a nurse. Though Mom’s job as a nurse was demanding, it was also pretty flexible. I don’t feel like I missed out on anything, because her job gave her the ability to be there for us when we needed her. I knew I wanted something like that in my life: the ability to be a working mom in a field that would allow for family time. When my mom was working, my sisters and I would spend time with our maternal grandparents, who lived right next door. My granny was a grandma to a lot of

Duncan with a bullfrog

My favorite part of being a mom is seeing how each stage of my children’s lives are different. Each phase is new and exciting; the experience of raising a 2-year-old is completely different than when they’re 5! And each experience is different between my two boys. They say kids grow up fast, so I’m trying to enjoy each stage of my boys’ lives with all the challenges and be present with them as we learn how to figure things out together. Sometimes being a mom feels like you’re just making it by the skin of your teeth, but because I’m able to rely on my mom for advice or remember the lessons Granny taught me, I know everything will be fine.

–Dr. Valerie Sperry

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