A fun look into the lives and lifestyles of some of our favorite mamas.
This month I sat down with the lovely Molly Cox, artist and mama to James and Carson, to find out what life is like living with all boys.
Q & A
by Catherine Hill
D - Take me through what your typical morning looks like.
M - I usually wake up around 6:30 so I can throw on clothes, have coffee, and make James a hot breakfast before he gets up at 7:00. I'll feed him before Carson gets up at 7:30 or 8:00. It's nice for me to focus on feeding one child at a time after I have had a little time for myself. I know it won't always be this way, but I am enjoying it for now.
D - What is your advice for moms about to have their second child?
M - Make time for yourself. Also, don't be too hard on yourself if everything isn't always "perfect." Learning to juggle more than one child takes practice. My friend told me that being a mom "doesn't get easier, but you get better." I love this!!
D - Do you miss painting since taking a break to have children?
M - Honestly, I haven't had too much time to even think about missing it since I feel like I am so busy with two. My passion for oil painting will never go away, but I am happy to take a break and go back to it later in life when I don't have little ones. I had to stop oil painting when I was pregnant because the fumes are so bad, the chemicals can be dangerous, it's not good for your skin, etc. I boxed all of my supplies away to kind of close that chapter in my life while I had babies in the house. It's not good for them to be around. However, every now and then, I get out my acrylic paints and work on a canvas. It's therapeutic for me to get in the zone and get lost in a painting. Anyone can paint-you just have to make time for it and not overthink about what you are doing. Just have fun with it!
D - Is painting one of your favorite activities to do with the kids?
M - I love painting with my boys. For now I just use safe, washable, kid friendly paint. I have to mentally prepare myself for the HUGE mess and find a good time for it. Music is playing and everyone is covered in paint. It's the best.
D - How would you describe the way you dress your boys?
M - Justin always likes for them to look like "big boys" in button downs, khakis, and loafers. Usually we are outside in casual, comfy "play clothes" since boys are so messy. I love having them wear Dondolo clothing when we are out and about doing something a little more special (smocked outfits, too).
D - What is your favorite Dondolo outfit and why?
M - I truly love all of Dondolo's clothing, but my favorite is the boy's baby button-ons with the white collared shirt! Such a classic look with the tall white socks.
D - How does it make you feel to know that when you buy Dondolo clothing you are providing jobs for single mothers in Colombia?
M - It's absolutely amazing. There is nothing a mother could want more than to make sure their babies are safe and nourished; giving them this opportunity to work and provide for their families is priceless.
D - What is one thing you admire most about your mom?
M - My mom is the kindest friend. She always says it is important to have friends of all ages. I admire her for making life special for so many people and for having so many friends.
D - What is one of your dearest philanthropic organizations in Dallas?
M - I love everything about The Salvation Army! Providing shelter, hope, comfort, nourishment, health, stability, clothing, and love to struggling men and women (some of whom are overcoming addiction) while spreading God's Word is just incredible. They also have amazing children's programs which can help a child feel love and support even in a broken family. Justin and I toured the shelter in Dallas while chairing the inaugural 30M Gala for Echelon and it really made a special impact on our hearts.
D - What is one thing you hope to teach James and Carson?
M - Give. Be Kind. And never take anything for granted. Everything you have is a gift from the Lord and it can all disappear in an instant. Family and friends are what truly matter in life.
D - What is your proudest mom moment so far?
M - My proudest mom moment is at the end of the day, when I am worn out from two boys pulling me in different directions, I try to always be in a good, happy mood for my husband. He works so hard for us and even if I have to "fake it until I make it," I try to be cheerful and loving for him (even if I feel cranky and exhausted at times). Marriage comes first.