1. Chelsie Keller Q&A

1. What does being a mom mean to you? 
Being a mom is my everything.  It’s looking into my kids eyes knowing that everything i do will has an impact for generations to come, but that they have also taught me everything.   
2. What is the hardest thing you've done being a mother?

To see my kid struggle , and have to learn some of life’s truths.  To have to try harder or be denied things , because of things they can’t control would be my biggest challenge , but also my greatest source of strength.   They overcome and preserve and in turn will be stronger than those who never leap over a hurtle.  It makes me more proud than any of my own life accomplishments. 

3. What is your favorite thing about being a mom?

Kids put a perspective on life that is courageous, innocent, and full of hope and that they can conquer anything.  There is no other thing that inspires me like looking at life through their lens.   

4. Is there a moment or event that changed the way you view motherhood? 

When my both of my boys were diagnosed with a genetic disorder called Loeys-Dietz Syndrome.  The initial news was a hit to my heart, and no pun intended, but theirs too.  I decided right then it would never set them back , but make them stronger and that I would do everything to fight for them and only let them see hope from me.   They have never watched me shed a tear, yes I’ve done that in the shower and prayed many of hours, then wiped my face and said “we persevere and anything else is not an option”.   We put our faith in God and the rest is just a story I get to do with two kids perfectly designed for my chapter.  

5. Do you feel like your purpose has shifted before and after becoming a mom? 

The purpose of life shifted to everyone around me , as opposed to only myself , when I became a mom.  It’s more fulfilling than I would ever have imagined and I wouldn’t change a step.  Not that it’s easier by any means , but I believe you reap what you sow. I have a lot more sowing and look forward to every stitch. 

6. How do you reset? 

I reset by prayer, running, reading, listening to music, and giving thanks for the good , the bad , and the ugly.   

7. Where do you find your strength during challenging times?
During challenging times I find my strength in my faith in God.   I’ve been challenged, but I’ve challenged him, and not once have I been led down a path unequipped to come out of a challenge stronger than I was going in. 

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