I have been so thoroughly enjoying this series on celebrating moms, and I really hope that you have too. Each mom’s input has been so unique and has shone a spotlight on different areas of motherhood where she’s had important and unique experiences and growth.
Marisa Waag has been a mother for almost 23 years, and has been teaching children for many years as well. I have actually known Marisa in more of a teacher role, as we met when her boys were already grown. You can not have a conversation with Marisa and not learn something new, feel ridiculously loved, and be encouraged greatly. Marisa serves joyfully with her whole heart and is always ready to jump in and lend a hand.
Understanding the truth that every single person is important, Marisa lives her life in a way that exemplifies that reality. I love to watch Marisa talk to children. She gets down on their level and listens to them like they are the most important people in the room, because to her, they are. Seeing someone talk to children this way is not common, and it challenges me in my parenting. I am challenged with the realization that these small people have big feelings and need to feel valued just as much as (or more than) the adults that I often find easier to give my respect to. I am often blown away at how Marisa can draw the attention of a room full of kids without even raising her voice. She leads with love, and children are drawn to her like flies to honey.
Name: Marisa Waag
How long have you been a mom?
Almost 23 Years! (as of June 2)
How many kids do you have?
I have two boys ages 21 & 22
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
I love that I can shape and affect my boys’ behavior and attitudes, as they have their own unique little souls. Giving them lots of love and support helps them to be happier and healthier, even though they are very different from each other and from everyone else. We did not choose each other but Father God did and I’m entrusted with such a privilege that now I have to let go and let Him take over!
What has been one of the most difficult things you’ve experienced as a mom?
Letting go as they got older. I gave them Jesus and all the advice I could. I showed them right and wrong. They experienced Jesus as we did mission work. I see myself standing by the sea, waving goodbye as my children take a journey in the ship of life, wondering if I will ever see them or talk to them again; wondering if they will return. This stage has been humbling!
What is something you’ve learned through being a mom?
We all know that once you become a mom, your life changes drastically. Each time I was pregnant with my boys, I felt more connected to the Creator and His fullness for my life. Motherhood inspired me to appreciate my calling in life. I know now how complicated and amazing it is being a parent.
Have you surprised yourself in your motherhood?
Yes! I’m amazed God has such confidence in me being a mom that he entrusted me with these two boys! Oh Lord, Oh Lord!
If you had to repeat one thing in your parenting that your parents, did what would it be?
My mom loved me the way she was able!! Being the youngest of 16 and working all the time to provide for me and my siblings, my mom loved me as best she could. She showed her love through acts of service to her daughter. I appreciated this!
What is one encouragement you would love to pass along to a young mom?
Time is important. Everyone wants your attention and it can wait. Your child should not wait for you to give them your time. Prioritize your time with them. Build strong memories as often as you can. Spend one on one time with each of your children. Being a mom is not easy, but it is the most wonderful, amazing and rewarding experience in the world (after sex).
I am still learning and I’m open to suggestions in this new season!
Throughout the series I was intentional to ask some moms who had more experience than I do, as well as some who have walked through different experiences than I have. Marisa is originally from Mexico, and has spent time living on the mission field with her children, which, honestly, I need to hear more about! (Maybe we can do a follow up series in the future.) Justin and I have lived in several countries, but as far as living on the mission field with children goes, Chai was only in my belly when we left Nigeria. That tells me so much about Marisa’s faith, and it truly inspires me.
Every day is a mission field for Marisa because she carries the kingdom powerfully wherever she goes. Jesus said, “Let the children come to me,” and as a mother and teacher I love watching Marisa make the kingdom accessible to children in fresh new ways right where they are.
A true sign of wisdom is even if you might have the most experience in the room, you are still learning and open to suggestions. I so love Marisa’s humble, teachable, and always ready to learn spirit.
Thanks Marisa for taking the time to share with us from your heart. I appreciate all that you have brought into my life and realized I actually have so much more to learn from you!
As I close out the series of Highlighting Inspiring Moms, my prayer is that you have been able to see that no two moms are alike, community in motherhood is worth working for, and you are more than enough for your children.
Let me know if there was one story that stuck with you the most, or if you learned something in the last two weeks that you would like to implement into your home in the comments below!