June 2012 Pearls of Encouragement for CWMs
Article – Renee’s Mommy is Here Part II
Final Thoughts


The Voices of Christian Working Moms

Newly Released Book
written by
Author Kimberly Chastain


Summer is here (not technically, but school is out) in the United States. Often, that means a more relaxed schedule. Don’t forget to have fun with your children. Often, we are so focused on the items on our to do list at home that we forget to have fun.

I apologize in advance for the article this month. This Mom is taking a break this month to brag on her daughter. So, you have been warned (sort of kidding!).

Article – Renee’s Mommy is Here Part II

Many years ago I wrote Renee’s Mommy is Here, I think it was back around 2001 (I can’t remember). That was the beginning of www.christianworkingmom.com. I had no idea what God had in store at that time for the website.

The article was about me realizing I was Renee’s Mommy and also my son’s Mom as well. Today I’m often best known as Renee and Zachary’s Mom.

Renee’s Mom and Dad just watched their “baby girl” graduate from high school this past Saturday. Where has the time gone? There are many things I adore about Renee. She is an independent thinker, intelligent, bold, and courageous. She is a leader and doesn’t mind leading alone. The thing I adore most about her is that she is a Christ follower and wants to be in the center of God’s will. A mother could not ask for a better daughter. One of the wonderful things about Renee is her independence and that can also be a challenge for her Mom as well. I often say to people that some of the things that frustrate you as a parent, from your children, are often great characteristics as an adult. An independent child or even a strong will child is an adult who finds ways to make things work when no one else can.

Can I share Renee’s Mom is now facing her own separation anxiety? Much different than when Renee was a toddler. Now, my daughter in less than two months will be going to college and living on campus. For some reason they don’t let parents stay in dorms, who knew? I’m excited for her and can’t wait to see how God will use her for His glory. Honestly, it will be hard but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I am now an “old” CWM and time really does fly when your children are growing up. Were there things I would do differently? Of course, but I have taken comfort that God is continuing and will continue to be sovereign in Renee’s life even with parents that are less than perfect.

So, I celebrate Renee and couldn’t be more proud. She is a gift from God and a treasure.

Final Thoughts

As a Mom we all have our cute stories. When Renee was little I told her she was a gift from God. She then went around telling everyone she is a present from God. Loved it then and I love it still now. Thanks for listening to my “shameless” tribute to Renee.

Till next time,

Kimberly M. Chastain

Kimberly M. Chastain, MS, LMFT is the Christian Working Mom Coach and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She is the author of The Voices of Christian Working Moms, 2 ebooks and an online Bible study. To find out how to receive coaching tips by email daily, go to http://www.kimberlychastain.com/cwmtips.htm. To find out more about her books go to www.christianworkingmom.com. For a free, initial coaching session send an email to free@kimberlychastain.com.