Being spouse of an Army vet- my intro to parenting was solo - hubby deployed while we were at Ft Bragg, NC - beginning when oldest (McKenna) was exactly 1 mo. I was first of my friends to have kids, and really didn’t have a local every day community of mamas until daughter was 2 and pregnant with second (Ryan) - moved to Quantico VA and living on base, or in a primarily military neighborhood near Ft Hood TX the next 3 years was a huge blessing for raising kids, going through third pregnancy, and the automatic, quickly formed friendships with other military wives are incredible and powerful. Something I still miss about Army life! Once out of the Army my husbands job landed us here in East Cobb but with his traveling and three kids age newborn to 5 I was almost too exhausted to get out and meet people. By the time I met a few people his job relocated us to NJ where we moved twice, had our fourth -and final!! 😉 - before getting back to Roswell which we loved. Now with four kids and determined not to move again I wanted to immediately meet some like minded mamas. A friend from NC had years before raved about Stroller Strides and there hadn’t been one in NJ close to us. I was thrilled to see it now that we were in Roswell! After a few emails with Sylvia, I got to class, loved it, and signed up immediately after (thanks, Katie Lilley). The workout pushed me, the other moms encouraging one another was uplifting, everyone was having fun, and it was precious time spent with my two littlest, Jack and Connor.
Being involved with Fit4Mom makes me a stronger, calmer mama from my workout, sets a good example for my kids, gives me a bit of “me” time to spend with other mamas who truly inspire me and push me to be better. I love all the opportunities for play and learning that are afforded to the kids also!I thank God for one of the nicest, most genuinely kind and welcoming group of women I have had the pleasure to know. It is good to have a village again!