Moms are special. They welcome us to the world, watch us grow, sing us to sleep, and bandage our knees and elbows.

 

Moms are resilient. They hold their breath when we climb tall trees or swim in the deep end, occasionally pulling us from the rapids.

 

Moms are sentient. They know our fears, cheer us on, worry over us, soothe our disappointments and mend our broken hearts.

 

Moms are all those things and a hundred more, putting in long hours without complaint, juggling career, household and children, serving as cook and counselor, driver and confidante, with a ready ear and an understanding nature.

 

May is the month of Mother’s Day and an occasion to recognize the special women who have given so much to help us become the people we are. It is also the month AY About You spotlights Super Moms: very special women who consistently answer the call of duty on behalf of their families. Super Moms do it all and make it look easy, and we are proud of each and every member of this year’s class.

 

Here’s to you.

 

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Children:

Mason (37); Payton (36); Carson (31)

Occupation:

Owner, Spokes

Little Rock

Education:

Northeast High School

Favorite Song:

“I Speak Jesus” by Charity Gayle

Dream Vacation: Hawaii, with my husband, Mat, for our 40th anniversary.

 

If anyone thought life slowed down once the kids moved out, allow Regina Parks Seelinger to correct the record. Her three sons all live locally, and their demanding health care careers mean Seelinger has plenty of opportunity to help out with her 11 — soon to be 12 — grandchildren. Whether it be school drop off or pickup, watching the little ones during the day, or ferrying them to all manner of dance practices, piano lessons, ball games and competitions, Seelinger cherishes every chance to spend time with her still-growing family. “I drive a van with 10 car seats, and I wish I had all the seats filled everyday,” she said. “I like to think that at this stage of my life, grandkids are my ‘calling.’”

 

How do you make “you time” to recharge?

This is something I should probably work on. I enjoy getting out on my bike. I’m a casual rider, definitely not a racer, and I often bring some grandkids along for the ride. I also like working in my yard. I get the love of flowers from my mom and have been accused a few times of having too many around our home.

 

What has been the most unexpected part of being a mom?

I thought being a boy mom was the best it could possibly get, but grandkids are way up there too. Our first six were girls, so I’m getting to experience girly things this go around. In the nine years I’ve been Gigi, they’ve taught me a lot!

 

What other moms or mother figures in your life do you look up to?

My mom, Frances Parks. She passed away in August of 2022. She taught me so much. She had a servant’s heart, and I hope to be just like her and cook half as well.

 

Does your family have any interesting traditions?

We love to eat and appreciate tasty food. I enjoy cooking, so birthdays are celebrated with the birthday person choosing the menu, and I get to prepare it.

 

What is the most memorable piece of advice you received about motherhood?

Your children’s friends greatly impact their lives and make a huge difference. There is a reason why children from the same family, the same upbringing, turn out so different. Teach your children to choose friends that are like-minded with the same morals and characteristics they want to have.

 

What is your favorite part of motherhood?

Watching my boys grow and develop. When they were toddlers, I thought they were the perfect age. The older they became, my feelings never changed. Even when we had three teenagers in the house, I wanted to freeze time because I enjoyed them so much. Now they are grown, educated and have careers, spouses and children of their own, and I still feel like they’re the perfect age.

 

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave behind for your children?

Keep Jesus close to your heart. In the world we live in today, they will need him often.

 

Photo by Chris Davis

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