Name: Mandy Scott
Children: Austin, 12; Brady, 10; Laney, 8; Dane, 6; Lucy, 20 months
Occupation: Stay-at-home mom
Favorite mommy moment: My number one, hands down, is eating dinner as a family, discussing everyone's day. Fall is our busiest season with sports, so it's a challenge to get everyone sitting down at once.
Ideal date: A night out on the May River with Rob, watching the sun go down. These nights are few and far between, but when we do have the opportunity I enjoy every minute.
What will you not leave home without? Lucy's woobie. It goes everywhere with us, and just pray that we don't lose it anywhere.
Who inspires you? All those moms out there who have a career and a family. I'm not sure how they do it. I have a hard time finding time to do it all, and my job is staying home, which is the hardest job I'll ever have.
What would you tell a younger you? To do better in school. I was never that great of a student. Rob and I always encourage the kids to do their best, and all their hard work will pay off one day.
What is something one of your children said that amazed or inspired you? Just hearing them tell me that they love me. Hearing this makes my exhausting and challenging days all worthwhile.
How do you stick to routines in your house? How strict are you? With five kids, sticking to routine is pretty important. Being organized is key. Without organization, I'd probably lose it. I have my mornings down pat during the school season. Come summer, we just go with the flow. I'd say I'm pretty laid-back between Rob and me. He's the strict one of the house. We equal each other out.
What's the one thing that's OK to let go? I hate saying this because I love it but running. I go through phases where I'll do it before the kids wake up or when Lucy naps. But it doesn't always work out. I know when they get older, I'll have plenty of time to exercise.
Most challenging moment: The minute we walk in the door from school. Everyone is hungry and tired, but there's homework, agendas that need to be signed and lunchboxes that need emptied. And then there is practice, which is always at different times and on different fields. Some days are easier than others.
Advice for other moms: Savor every minute you have with your kiddos. Life goes by so fast. Talk and listen to your children. Give lots of hugs and kisses. You can never say "I love you" too many times.
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