Moms Who Make It Work * Connie Langston

by Camille on August 10, 2010

Call me biased, but when I think of a mom who makes it work (and made it work), I think of my own mother. Of course, as a child growing up, I was more concerned about the lack of donuts I wasn’t eating than all of the time, sweat, and love my mom put into making sure she was a mother for us 8 children AND making all the ends meet. It takes being a mother myself to really appreciate what she did as a mom, and now as a grandma!

Your name and hometown:  
Connie;  Utah
 
Blog(s) / Website (s):
I Started Out as a Child

How many kids/grandkids?
I “grew up” with 8 (4 boys and 4 girls) fun, amazing, and crazy kids who have turned in to some pretty fun, amazing and crazy adults.  I am blessed to have 10 children who call me “Grandma!”

Besides being a mother, what else consumes/consumed your time?
I was a SAHM when my children were younger.  However,  since we weren’t independently wealthy, I  worked from home.   I was a state licensed day care provider, taught preschool, painted rugs, took in ironing (yes, people really do have their clothes ironed) delivered newspapers,  sewed, did phone surveys, stuffed envelopes and collated books.  None of them brought in an enormous amount of money, but every little bit helped. 
 I now work at an elementary school in Special Ed  and I really enjoy my job! 
What is/was the biggest challenge you’re faced with right now?
When the kids were younger, it was hard to work inside the home and keep everyone happy.  Someone would be upset because the daycare kids wiped boogers on the wall by their bed. (maybe I should have invested in kleenex)   At times, because of all the bodies in the house, someone would feel ignored or picked on. I never bought in to that!  Another challenge was dealing with my kids who hated my singing!  So what if I made up the song on the spur of the moment, and can’t carry a tune?  It was all done out of love.

Even though my kids are now grown and almost all of them are out of the house, I still have many obligations with my family.  I feel bad when I can’t take the time to help a daughter with her kids when she goes to school or work. 
I can’t always make it to a grandchild’s school program and I’d like to be able to do that.  Maybe now would be a good time to be independently wealthy.
 
With so much demanded of you, how do you “Make it Work”? 
I am only one person and can only do so much.  I  prioritize – then do what feels best!
 
If you had a full day to yourself, free of daily responsibilities, what would you spend it doing? Where? 
I’d probably spend it reading,  going to a nice restaurant or drag racing.
 
What would be your advice to other mothers trying to “Make It Work”?
A sense of humor and a stash of chocolate are key elements to making it work.  You need to remember to enjoy each moment, each stage of life, and each challenge that comes along because, believe me, the time goes by too fast!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristina P. August 10, 2010 at 9:43 am

Your mom is clearly an amazing woman, mother, and grandmother.

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2 Joanie August 10, 2010 at 9:50 am

Camille,
You have the best mom. With a surplus of energy and get-up-and-go all the time, she is an inspiration to all of us.

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3 Jill k August 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

Who is this lady??

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4 Emily August 10, 2010 at 10:15 am

Wow! What a fabulous woman! Seriously amazing! (And as her daughter you have every right to be biased…)

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5 Cherie August 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

Connie you are great and obviously so was your mother! Love the interview – you were the perfect person to pick for it!

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6 Cherie August 10, 2010 at 10:18 am

Oh wait I just realized that this is YOUR daughters blog!! Camille you are so lucky to have the mom you have!! I have met Connie in real life – had dinne with her and she is truly a wonderful lady!!!!!!

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7 Valerie August 10, 2010 at 11:19 am

I’m casting my vote for Connie’s awesomeness as well! Great interview & I love the pictures!

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8 Whatever DeeDee Wants August 10, 2010 at 1:33 pm

With that many kids you HAVE to know how to make it work :)

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9 keely aka LKP August 10, 2010 at 2:41 pm

awesome role model for us ladies to take after! =) thanks camille & connie for today’s feature.

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10 Kazzy August 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love this lady. She is an inspiration to me. Thanks for the interview!

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11 Julie August 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

What a great mom she really is! :) I loved this interview. Great pick today :) She can make anyone smile it seems. :)

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12 Connie August 11, 2010 at 8:34 am

Camille,
What kind of brownies do you want? Thanks for featuring me today!

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13 Lady of Perpetual Chaos August 11, 2010 at 1:42 pm

You have an amazing mom. When I grow up, I hope I’m half as awesome as Connie!

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14 MommyJ August 11, 2010 at 2:17 pm

I’m pretty biased when it comes to my own Mom too. I feel so fortunate to have been raised by such an incredible woman. Your Mom seems spectacular too! I love the grandkid picture. So cute.

(finally making it to all the new blogs/bloggers I discovered at CBC. I have no excuse… well, wait. I do have an excuse. But she’s four months old now so life is getting easier!)

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15 Rebecca August 11, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Oh I just love your mom. She is truly amazing. Drag racing would be what I would do on a free day too. =)

And that top picture is so precious.

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16 Tauna Egan August 12, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Wonderful woman I can tell! I totally love her.
I think you are a lucky girl to have had such a wonderful mom!

What a beautiful family.

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17 Amy August 13, 2010 at 9:25 am

I’m so glad you spotlighted your mom. She really is an amazing mom and has done a fantastic job. I love that she continues to be a great mom and grandma and a mom/grandma figure for her kids at school. What an amazing woman.

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18 Valerie M. August 13, 2010 at 11:55 am

I agree that you can’t really understand how hard it is to be a mom until you are one! I want to see your drag race, Connie. :)

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19 Steph August 14, 2010 at 10:52 pm

Your Mom pretty much rules.

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20 Serene August 16, 2010 at 3:42 pm

You mom is awesome! And so is her daughter.

Love, love the family pictures!

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