Ava Grace's Closet: Mama Monday : Chene from Protype Mama
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Monday, November 26, 2012

Mama Monday : Chene from Protype Mama

I'm taking you from France to Louisiana this week.
Kinda like travelling minus the long line ups and bad airplane food!. 

This week, our featured mama is my sweet friend Chene from Protype Mama.
Chene and I met through a social media site some time ago and I always love checking out her blog to see what she "spies that's fly" or if she "pinned it made it"  on any given week.
Adorable family, super sweet hubby and mad creative skills.
Welcome Chene!

Do you work outside the home or are you a stay at home mom? What led you to either decision? 
I am a stay at home mama, something that was decided when our family moved from the busy life of Dallas, TX to a slow moving comfortable life in Louisiana. My husband first approached me about it after a discussion I had with him about how I felt like I was missing out on some important times in my 3 (at the time) kid's lives. When he started his business back in his home town, the transition just felt right at that time.

Did you always see yourself as stay at home mom/career woman? Was it a dream of yours? 
No, I didn't always see myself as a stay at home mom. I did however see myself as a supermom; a mom that could have a great career and still be at every basketball game, dance recital & spelling bee without missing a beat. I soon woke up from that dream. I always knew that there would be A PERIOD in my life where I would be at home with my children, I just didn't think that it would be at this point in my life. It's just my season.

What frustrates you most? What would you change if you could? 
Besides not being able to just go to the ladies room without a knock at the door (!) the only other thing is when I hear people say 'staying home with your children isn't THAT hard'. Are you kidding? You try it and then report back to me (lol). Another one is when they ask you " What do you do all day"? If they could be a fly on a wall :)

If you are at home, do you plan to return to work one day? 
No I don't see myself going back into the workforce anytime soon, however, I do see myself having my OWN career doing my own thing, with me being MY own boss. Allowing me the freedom to continue to raise my children & do what I love. I'm working on it (check back later).

Any words of advice for mama's who are struggling with this decision? 
I would say, 'Do what's right for your family and your family needs. GOD has a purpose for everyone, so whatever purpose that is-- go with it! Don't look at someone else's situation and try to make it yours, this is your purpose at this moment. Your season might change tomorrow so enjoy your little guys while you can & are blessed to do so.

The decision to work outside the home or stay home with your children is such a personal one. There is no right answer or right decision but rather, I truly feel each woman must do what is right for her and her family.
I commend each and every mother out there for this. It is not easy.
We are women and man, we're amazing.

Chene, thanks so much for sharing your story with us today. 
see previous Mama Monday interviews


  1. This is a great series! I am enjoying reading (and though we don't have children, these women are truly inspirational ~ for they are not just moms they are women). Wishing you a great week! xo C. (HHL)

  2. I can totally relate to hearing that question, "What do you do all day?!" from people when they hear I stay at home. I think it's great encouragement to tell women that God's purpose is different for every family - and that it might change from season to season.

  3. I enjoy reading your Mama Monday posts! It's nice to get a peek into other Mom's lives aside from reading their blogs.

  4. Love this feature! It's great to hear about real stories from other moms.

  5. I love the advice of not copying someone's else life but listening for your own calling or niche to become clearn.

    And I'm so happy to see so many stay-at-home moms now! This was a nice post and the family pictures are great!

  6. I am loving these post and all these interviews!

  7. Hey lookie! lol
    Thanks so much for having me-- this is such an awesome display of motherhood and I look forward to reading your future interviews!

  8. Amen. I have definitely been criticized for working outside the home... but reasons that I do it are very personal and go beyond financial need. Anyway, nice to meet you!

  9. Another SAHM chiming in here. It is THE hardest thing I've ever done. Wouldn't trade it in for anything different, but it is hard work. And I'm sure the moms that work outside the home don't have it any easier. I think as moms we have to do what feels right for us and our family.

  10. Oh that "what do you do all day" question makes me laugh. Another lovely interview with another cool mama ... seriously loving this series and reading everyone's varied points of view.

  11. this is amazing! thanks for the intro S!
    Xo Megan, www.TfDiaries.com

  12. I agree with the others. It's fun to read about other moms. And yes, that "what do you do all day" question makes me laugh too. While I do think that working moms have it a little harder than the sahm, it doesn't make the challenges of parenting any easier because I am at home all day.

  13. Love these interviews. Thanks for sharing!

  14. I love this, getting to know other lovely mamas out there!

  15. What do you do all day? Hiss boo...I hate getting asked that.
    I love that you have hopes of doing your own thing when you're ready :)


I love reading every last one. Thanks so much for stopping by our little blog. xo.