Welcome! I’m Michelle Weber and I’m so glad you are here.
I’m the proud mamma of two daughters I absolutely adore. I can’t help but look for and see the beautiful opportunities and blessings that we can too easily miss when focusing on the not so beautiful things. Life is too precious to live it any other way... not to mention, a positive mindset sure makes life a heck of a lot more fun and easier to deal with!
Why? These two little nuggets right here!
I don't know if there's any stronger motivation than our children. Our world is the most amazing classroom where Mr. Experience is the best teacher helping us learn so much if we just pay attention - preparing us for life's unexpected realities. Even though I received my degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland, my biggest learning and motivation came from being a mom. I found that the timeless wisdom of real-life examples helps us better understand our world today and teaches us how to be better humans and parents.
When Amanda was six years old she was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy. If you’ve ever received similar news regarding the health of your child, you know exactly what this does to a parent.
During this same time, Amanda's big sister, Emily, was a gifted gymnast and Olympic hopeful. Life could not have seemed more unfair, especially since Amanda was Emily’s biggest fan and wanted to be just like her big sister.
I eventually kicked myself out my personal pity party and decided there were going to be no victims here; not me and especially not Amanda. Even though Amanda’s legs were weak and they weren’t always there for her when she needed them, Amanda could still be strong. Amanda was strong.
I began focusing more on character. Emily and Amanda were both equal in their ability to be successful and strong. They both could be kind. They both could be perseverant and work really hard. They both made me proud when they fell and hopped back up, whether it was off the balance beam or falling just trying to walk across the room. They both had promising and happy futures ahead of them filled with loving relationships. I was going to make sure of it.
I turned my private pain into a passion for what it was going to take to raise Emily and Amanda into strong, loving, capable and happy adults. Like all parents, I figured it out as I went.
Amanda enjoyed being on a cheerleading team even though tumbling and jumps weren't possible. She always showed up to practice with a heart for encouragement and support for her teammates. With that attitude and spirit, she was nomination by her coaches and later won "Cheerleader of the Month" for a National Cheerleading Magazine. Yes definitely a proud mamma moment!!
Meanwhile, a series of injuries (2 broken arms and a blown out knee) all in one year ended Emily's career as a gymnast. After healing up she too entered the world of cheerleading - eager to take on a less rigorous sport. Her gymnastic skills, size and nick name of "monkey" made her the perfect flyer resulting in one final injury - she was dropped and broke her back. Remember "life's unexpected realities"?
I had been focusing on Amanda. I was determined that she would know her true value and have the skills required to lead a happy and fulfilling life. I just assumed Emily was going to be fine. Her accident made me realize that even though I became super intentional as a parent to help Amanda, Emily was learning the same things right there with her. Thank God, because it was her character, emotional strength, confidence and amazing relationships in her life that helped Emily (and me) get through those years of loss and recovery.
My mission? How do I not share what I've learned and the parenting tools I've created with other parents? I want to empower and inspire parents. I want to replace some of their everyday stresses with fun and powerful solutions/traditions that will have a lifelong impact on everyone: Mom, Dad, the kids - the entire family as a whole! Now instead of the feeling of "what the heck am I doing?" the FAMILY HONOR PLATE and TABLE THYME DISCUSSION CARDS empower parents on so many levels. When we have the tools to do a job we become more confident and empowered and the fun factor goes up. I am excited to be making a difference for parents so they can easier weather the storms of parenting and learn to cherish and appreciate this awesome leg of the journey.
There were times when I didn’t know how I was going to make it through the day. I questioned myself. Out of all the jobs I've held in my life, parenting has definitely been the hardest and most stressful.
Parenting can turn our lives upside down, sideways and every which way. Yet, without a doubt it is the most important and rewarding part of our lives. Especially when you know why you are doing everything. When you can look back and know that while you were not the perfect parent, and you made all kinds of mistakes, you can know that YOU DID YOUR VERY BEST! And when your children turn to you and say “Thank you”?
That's as good as it gets.