What's her secret?: Take a moment to be thankful for your children

abredeson@islandpacket.comMarch 10, 2013 

Delayna Earley, Staff photo -- Julie Bowen, middle, poses for a portrait with most of her family surrounding her on Sunday afternoon at her home in Bluffton. Bowen has five children and five grandchildren.


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Name: Julie Bowen

Husband: Forrest

Town: Bluffton

Children: Anna, 28; Bekah, 26; Sarah, 24; Emily, 22; Forrest Jr., 17; and five grandchildren

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom and grandmother

Go-to dinner: Julie likes to add grilled chicken, black beans and grated cheese to Progresso enchilada soup for an easy, delicious meal.

Biggest pet peeve: The lack of engagement of parents with their children

Hobbies: Reading, bicycling, watching movies, going on road trips, antiquing and thrifting

Volunteer work: Julie teaches the homeschooled children at Community Bible Study every Wednesday morning.

Favorite mommy moment: Being together in the car with the whole family

Most challenging moment: Julie said she and her husband have experienced many challenging moments as parents. She rather would not go into detail on what those moments were, but she is happy to offer this piece of wisdom: "All of these challenging moments are neat mom moments, to be honest with you. They really are because God shows up in magnificent ways. ... Walking with our children through challenging moments or crisis has been both incredibly humbling in how God has been faithful and merciful to us, and has also been rich in the depths of love. ... My hope and belief is that God has walked my family through very profound issues early in our lives because he's working from the inside out."

Stress reliever: Riding her bike

Advice for other moms: Julie said it's important to enjoy your children. Take time to stop and look in their faces and really enjoy who they are. "Even when you're in the middle of a very bad moment, stop in that moment. I remember the Lord taught me that one day and said, 'Thank me right now. In the middle of the mess, thank me right now for that child, just as the child is right now.' ... I think it is that sense of being thankful. Otherwise, you'll spend your whole life waiting for the moment when you think you would be thankful, and it won't ever come. ... Be thankful for them just like they are. Pray for how they need to be, but thank God for them just as they are right now."

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