American writer Washington Irving said, “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.” In celebration of mothers, the North Gwinnett Voice has asked several local mothers to reflect on motherhood, including both the joys and the challenges of such an important and influential role in the lives of children as they grow and develop.
North Gwinnett Voice: When did you become a mother?
Amy Wilson: In 2005, our first son was born.
NGV: Tell us about your family.
AW: My husband and I are from Colorado, moved to Florida, got engaged and married then had our first son Jordan. We moved to Georgia when he was 1 and then had our second son, Ayden, in 2008. A blessing came in the form of a daughter, Kynzlie, in 2010, and now we have added two dogs and a dragon to our family. We are the fantastic 5 family and really enjoy spending time together.
NGV: What have been some of the joys you’ve experienced through motherhood?
AW: Finding out we were having a girl, watching my kids laugh, watching them playing sports, helping them with school projects. I love how they help me with anything I want or need.
NGV: What about the challenges of being a mother?
AW: Challenges are tough nowadays with bullying, teen drama, dating, school stuff, and social media. I wish my kids didn’t have to suffer because of the things happening now that are so different than when I grew up.
NGV: What does motherhood mean to you?
AW: I’m so blessed by God to have my beautiful babies and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the whole world. It means everything to me because they are my world and I’m thankful they are in my life.