CELEBRATING OUR DOWNEAST MOTHERS
We wanted to highlight a few of our Downeast team members this Mother's Day. These women all gracefully balance their careers and motherhood and we think they are all rock stars! We asked each of them to share what being a mother means to them. Here's what they shared:
DANI ALSTON - APPAREL AND ACCESSORIES BUYER
Becoming a mom has been the greatest thing ever to happen to me. It has taught me so many things- how to love unconditionally, how to laugh on the hard day’s, how to embrace change, and many other things. I have so much respect for moms. It is not an easy job, but the joy that it brings far outweighs the hard times.♥️
HEIDI CURRIE - GRAPHIC DESIGN MANAGER
For me, the best part about being a mom is watching your children grow up into such good people. Unfortunately, I spent too many years feeling inadequate as a mother and would think too often about all the things I wished I would have done better as I was raising small children, teenagers, and then young adults.
Recently, I read a quote by Dr. Julie Hanks (follow her on social media, she’s amazing for dealing with mom/women guilt! https://www.instagram.com/drjuliehanks/) that said, “What children need most is connection, not a perfect mother.” I think our culture puts a lot pressure on women, but we are often our own worst critics. We need to focus on those things that really matter, creating connections and relationships with our family, and cut ourselves some slack on stuff like outward appearances. Appreciate the moments you spend together and don’t be afraid to let them go build their own futures!
LISA SMITH - DIRECTOR OF STORES
My journey to become a mother started about 20 years ago, and I was finally able to welcome the sweetest little boy as my son on February 8th, 2010. I share this blessing with his Birth Mother, who is an amazing, selfless, kind, and courageous woman. I feel so lucky to be able to share all of his milestones with his Birth Mother and family. They are truly the best, and we became a family after Maddox was born.
Mother’s Day has taken on a whole new meaning after adopting Maddox. He now has two families who love him beyond words, and we celebrate his Birth Mom as well on this special day. This experience has taught me patience, a deeper way to love and show compassion to others, and how to laugh so hard, I am brought to tears. Maddox is so funny and witty, he keeps me on my toes! There is never a dull moment in our house. He is very spiritual, loving and caring. I can’t believe he is really my son, sometimes; it’s so perfect. It’s like he was always meant to be in our family.
Without another brave Mother in the world, I would not have had the opportunity to have this amazing experience. I have no words to describe how grateful I am, and the love I feel for his Birth Mom.
It’s been a decade since this incredible human was born. Every day since has been the best day of my life.
I love you, Maddox to the moon and back.
MELISSA HAACKE - DIRECTOR OF RETAIL OPERATIONS
My kids are my rock. They lean on me as much as I lean on them. Their personalities are beyond compare. They have made me a better, more caring person. They make an impression on everyone they meet. I love my children with all my heart.
NAHOMY CASTANEDA - RETAIL OPERATIONS ASSISTANT MANAGER
My favorite part of being a dog/bunny mom is seeing them love their lives every single day. I love watching them play together and show each other so much love. They have taught me to be patient even when Lucca ( our dog) steals the napkins from the kitchen and runs away with them or when he tries to swallow whole socks. I love my fur babies and I love being their mom.