Tis’ the season, and the next couple of months we will be highlighting and celebrating Moms that Give Back.
As moms, we all have our regular day to day challenges. We have lives to take care of, homes to maintain, bellies to feed, clothing to wash, boo boos to heal, hearts to warm; and some of us have partners to support and careers to advance. If you truly stop to think about all the things that us Moms do in a day, even on our laziest day, it is truly amazing we are not pulling our hair out more often!
So what about those Moms that also put some extra time and effort into others, outside of their families, outside of their circle of friends, to ensure these others have a little more blessings in their lives. They are out there, and Amber Wirth is one of them, and we want to recognize her and thank her for her continued contributions as a heart felt huMomitarian!
What is your full name and where do you currently live? Hello Everyone! My name is Amber Wirth and I live out in the Mahoning Valley.
How many children do you have, and what are their ages? (Please include angel/fur babies) I have been married for 10 years and have 4 children. Two boys and 2 girls ages 10, 9, 7, and 3. I am a mother to a beautiful baby boy that went to heaven at 16wks. I have a black lab and a crazy German shepherd puppy.
What are some of your community outreach initiatives or organizations that you are involved with? My husband runs with the Mahoning Valley Fire Co so I help with some of those events along with being a Cubscout leader. I am also part of Wreaths across America where we lay wreaths down on Veteran’s Grave in December. I always try and help individuals as much as possible including letting a family live with us. There are challenges and blessings in everything in today’s world…even when we don’t see it at that moment.
I do believe that there are still good people in this world. I believe that we should strive to help someone out even if we have been burned in the past. I am a very giving and helpful person so I hope that even if someone is blessed that day by something I have done, then that is all that matters to me.
Is there something you wish you were better at doing? Something that I wish I was better at was making time for myself. I think as moms we get so wrapped up in everything we need to do (sports, after school activities etc.) that we forget that we need to take care of ourselves. I only work part time but with the 4 kids they definitely keep me busy the rest of the time. Balancing all aspect of my life can be a little hard. I make sure that what needs to be done is done and then anything else (like myself) can wait for a later time. Unfortunately that is not a good mindset to have because we do eventually burn out (which I have done multiply times) and at the end of the day we have children that depend on us.
Do you have a full time career in addition to being a mother and humanitarian? Yes, I work at the Mahoning Valley Nursing Home and I love it.
What do you do for YOU? I do have to say that my son and I do run 5Ks when we are able to (a couple times a year) and that has become something special for us.
Do you have any other hobbies or talents you would like to share? I love to sew. I haven’t been able to do it the last few months so I feel like I have forgotten everything, but I know as soon as I sit down at my sewing machine I will remember.
Tell us one of your funniest stories of motherhood. One of my funniest stories about motherhood…hmm there’s so many! I was having one of my kids birthday parties and my son walked over to the bank and was staring down the driveway…I called his name and asked what was he looking at and he turned around and everyone saw that he was peeing…apparently he couldn’t hold it anymore…so embarrassing but kids will be kids.
Tell us a little more about each of your child(ren). My oldest son, Gabe, is very talented in Math. It comes very easily to him. He also is a fantastic runner. He can finish a 5k in about 26 minutes. Aubrey has a giving heart. She loves deeply and will do anything for anyone. I love this about her. She always wants to help. Hannah is my quiet one, she loves to play with others but is more than happy just having her quiet time too. Gunner is my angel baby. I lost his brother before him. Gunner loves tractors and 4 wheelers. That little boy is one of the best drivers that I know and yes…he knows how to drive a tractor lol.
With the holidays quickly approaching, what are some traditions that you and your family continue, or have started? I love the holidays. I always make 6-10 different types of Christmas cookies and give them out to the houses that we visit on the holidays. My daughter is also a baker so my husband and her will make homemade apple and pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
If you could take your family anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would love to just be able to take my kids on vacation….anywhere. I feel like we get so wrapped up with busy schedules that we forget to take a break. Go somewhere..no plans..just relax and make memories. I always try and do something special with the kids at least 1x a month and make memories as much as I can even if it is going to the pumpkin patch.
Ask all of your child(ren), if you can, to say one positive things about themselves, or that they are grateful for, and tell us what they say. A positive thing that each of my children have said are: Gabe- Im a fast runner..I’m really good at it. Aubrey- I love to bake. Im really good too. Hannah- I have pretty long hair. I love my long hair. Gunner- Me. I like me