Meet Beth Dawson. I think she is absolutely fabulous. Go ahead and read her interview as part of the “February’s Fabulous Females” series and see for yourself why she is so fabulous. I remember the moment that I met Beth. It was only 2 1/2 years ago (which is crazy because she is such a wonderful friend of mine.) I saw somebody pull up in my neighbors driveway (Lauren – you can read her interview HERE).
Beth and Lauren were supposed to have a play date, but Lauren forgot to inform Beth that she was in labor and in the delivery room! I got to go out and tell Beth that I didn’t think the play date would be happening that day. I am so thankful that Lauren befriended Beth, because it gave me the opportunity to become close with her too. Beth is that friend who kidnapped me for my birthday last year and took me away to a girls weekend, who wakes up before dawn and then would knock on my door at 5 am to do our Insanity workout together, who has the best parenting advice, and who I love to sit on the deck with in the summer and open up our hearts together (over a glass of wine of course!). Not only that, but Beth is the most organized person I have ever met. Look in her closets and you will be amazed at how neat and tidy they are! Beth, you are an inspiration to me and I love you so much!
My strengths….hhmmmm. I would have to say that I am honest; brutally honest, actually. I didn’t used to be … I actually used to be quite the over-exaggerator/drama queen. I might still be a little bit of a drama queen but my husband says I make life interesting. Ha! Ha! That’s a gifting too, right?!?!
I love helping people. I also think I have knack for making someone feel really comfortable … people I have just met tell me things I shouldn’t know! That is one of the reasons I went into social work as a career. Oh, and I can organize the crap out of anything in a matter of minutes. Seriously, it’s scary! — (YES, this is very true! Beth helped me organize and pack up most of my house in Michigan in a matter of hours!)
2. If you could have one day off alone, with nobody else to look after, how would you spend your time?
Honestly, at this point in my pregnancy, and our family’s crazy life right now, I would probably just sleep. Lame answer, I know. Ask me this question 3 months from now, my answer would be: at the beach with a bunch of my girlfriends, adult beverages in our hands!! We live in Michigan and the summers here are amazing. Grand Haven Beach is breathtaking in the summertime!
3. If you could sit down and have lunch with one person, who would it be and why?
Can it be 2 people…one in heaven and one on earth??
One would be my grandmother, Betty Beimers. She was an amazing woman that changed my life for the better in so many ways. Unfortunately, she passed away three months before our wedding. I would LOVE for her to meet our 2 ½ daughters. She would get such a kick out of them! She was so worried that I would never get married or have kids….I was such a wild child back in the day!
The other person would be the sperm donor that helped my parents to have me! It would be so interesting to see who he was … I often wonder, do I look like him? Have I ever passed him on the street?? Does he ever wonder about me?? I have contacted the university (where the insemination occurred) a few times to see if I could get any kind of information (like ethnicity/medical information) but have had no luck. It goes with the territory.
4. What is a fun fact about you that not everybody would know?
See previous question. It’s equal parts fun/creepy. My parents were part of an experimental study (artificial insemination by donor) in 1973 at the University of Michigan. I had a “special doctor” that would come to our house and check me out every couple of years until I was 18. He would ask me a bunch of questions and bring me a gift. My mom said he was just a good friend of hers that was doing a study on children so I never questioned it. My parents had never planned on telling me that I was not my fathers “biological” child but I had a medical scare in my mid-twenties and they had to tell me. That was a life changer!
5. Who are your role models?
Oh my gosh, my friends. I am blessed to have so many amazing women in my life. Some are near and some are far but the one thing they all have in common is that they inspire me daily! The one thing I learned early on in life is that you cannot compare yourself to anyone else. And why try to be someone you are not?? You are the best you. Period. I love having women in my life that can do things I am horrible at! That way, I always have someone I can go to for help!
6. What is one piece of advice you would give to a girl who is engaged and about to be married?
An old friend of mine and his wife, Ryan and Jill Anderson, author a blog called For Better AND Worse (forbetterandworse.com). They just wrote an amazing post entitled, “Taking the Fall out of Love”. It is a quick but amazing read. Here is an excerpt from the post:
“Love isn’t a condition; it’s a commitment. Love is a choice, or more specifically, it’s a series of choices that live themselves out daily. Love simply boils down to a being committed to doing what’s best for someone else – to choose selflessness over selfishness. So when someone makes the decision to move on (0ften to someone other than their spouse), it may be liberating to think that it’s love’s doing, but that too is a choice.
Each of us should be on guard so as not to fall into this trap. While marriages have their great times and their tough times (which can unfortunately last for weeks, months, or even years), we should be cognizant of the covenant into which we’ve entered. Our wedding vows anticipate the low times, and the scripture that is often read in weddings point us to the epochal event of our faith – that God himself entered our world and redeemed us through his love, through Jesus sacrificing himself for us.”
I LOVE this blog….they are so honest and real!
7. What is your favorite place in the world you’ve traveled to?
Another fun fact: I am claustrophobic and afraid of heights …. so needless to say, airplanes and I do not get along. My husband’s family did get me on an airplane to Maui, Hawaii two years ago (along with our 2 year old and 6 month old) to celebrate my in-laws 35th wedding anniversary. I know, call me crazy, right?? If I am going to get on a plane, I might as well take an 8 hour flight and bring along 2 small children. Maui is what I imagine heaven will look like … seriously. The landscapes were absolutely stunning and the sunsets had so many vivid colors!
8. What is your number one piece of “mom” advice?
ahahhaaaa! Is this a trick question?!?!? You will make mistakes with your kids every single day. Some of them will be really BIG ones. Forgive yourself and move on. Jesus has and so have your kids.
Beth and Gracie – her oldest daughter.
9. Are you looking forward to sleeping on your stomach again, drinking, and wearing regular clothes?!?
I laughed out loud when I read this question … my last shred of sanity is based on the simple thought that these things will occur in less than 13 weeks!! Oh my, did I just say that out loud?? Baahahahahahaaaa!
10. How has being a mom changed your perspective on life?
Oh my! What hasn’t it changed??!! I love it … it’s fun, scary, hard, crazy, fulfilling, beautiful and the best thing that has ever happened to me. There is nothing like becoming a parent … and nothing can prepare you for it.
I didn’t truly understand the love of God until I became a parent. Wow, huh?!? What a profound difference becoming a mom has been in my life. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
I love Beth so much and I wish you could all meet her and be her friend! She is such a good mom, wife, and friend. Sadly she lives in Michigan and I live in Denver now, but we will be friends forever. I can’t wait to meet that little baby girl that will be here in May and celebrate with Beth over a glass of wine!