By Susan Swanson DeBouver
I’ve known no greater joy nor greater heartache than being a mother and a grandmother. Then there’s all the stuff in between, like regular life stuff that is neither joyful nor heartbreaking. Being a mother covers it ALL. There’s someplace inside of us, inside our hearts, that drives us to do all we do for our children. It’s the same place that also defies logic. Prior to having children or grandchildren, I know I said something along the lines of “….my kid will never do that.” Now, well into the motherhood thing, all I can say in response to that naive statement is: Bahahahahahaha, right! The shock value from motherhood could be considered on the same level as shock therapy. It’s a wild ride, but one I’m glad I took. My kids will always be my babies….they may not look at it that way; however, moms do. We will always be mom and proud of it. When my kids have joy, I feel joy, when they hurt, I hurt.
It’s quite a learning experience. That deep of a connection is magical and powerful and something to be very grateful for. The more you age, the more you hopefully learn. You learn not to sweat the small stuff so much and you learn to take moments just to stare at your child (and not in total disbelief, although that does happen!) just to take in their beauty and magnificence. You take the time to be in awe, even if it’s for a fleeting moment. Everyone always says they grow up so fast, and it’s true. When they do grow up, there’s a good chance you’ll become a grandparent, and THIS is where the REAL fun begins!!! Pure Love! Pure Joy! Pure Magic! Pure Fun!
There’s so much more I could write; however, I’ve been sleep deprived since 1981, the year I had my first child. I need some sleep.
Susan Swanson DeBouver,
Proud parent to:
Proud “Gamma” to:
Nina Delilah DeBouver
Olivia Madilynn DeBouver
Asher James DeBouver
Below are the bios of each amazing mom that participated in this project.
Jen is a mom to two angels and one rainbow baby. She loves spending time with her daughter, husband and two dogs. Volunteering has become a great passion for her since losing her first two children. To her it is a way to keep them with her.
Tori Smith is a mom and an advocate. She believes everyone has a story and when we share those stories, we begin to heal and become stronger.
Carol Raimondi is an adult CHD patient, a mom and a former nurse, living with Congenitally Corrected Transposition of the Great Arteries. She currently is the President of Pediatric Congenital Heart Association of IL(PCHA-IL).
Susan Swanson DeBouver
Susan is a mom, grandmother, and busy owner of Pilates Plus of Schaumburg. She is a self-professed, spirit junkie and combines her fitness/anatomy education with her spiritual education.
Michelle Williams is the mother of three children: Sadie, Sawyer and Landon. After Sawyer's death in 2010 she formed Sawyer's Heart Project - a non-profit organization that supports bereaved families in the Chicagoland area.
Sarah has a passion for the non-profit sector, working with volunteers, writing, and educating. She holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and works in non-profit management.
In 2016, she partnered with two colleagues to form a non-profit, where she serves as the President and CEO of the organization, which helps families experiencing medical conditions.
She and her husband have two sons and enjoy spending time together outside doing many activities like riding horses, running, fishing, and gardening.