As a family-focused company, it's no surprise that we've got a lot of moms on our team. We recently got our whole company together (in person!) and asked some of the moms of O'Farm to describe the most rewarding part of motherhood. From the silliest parts of this role to the most precious, here's what they had to say.
What's the most rewarding part of being a mom?
“My very favorite thing about being a mom is just having these kids that are the funniest people I’ve ever met and know how to make me laugh more than anyone else.” —Jen Garner, Co-founder/Chief Brand Officer
“The snuggles, and watching my babies grow.” —Kristin O’Connell, Director of Sales
“To watch my daughter grow into an amazing adult and still need me a little bit as a mom—I love that.” —Susan Reeves, Director, Materials Management
“I think I finally have my purpose in this life: my son, and making his life the most enjoyable and happy and fulfilling life that I can for him and being there for him.” —Charlotte Simms, Transportation & Supply Chain Specialist
“Honestly, just coming home or stepping out of a meeting and just looking up at them and seeing them smile at you. No matter what you’ve got going on, and what’s going on in the world, you just see that smile, and it completely warms your heart.” —Aanshi Shah, Senior Consumer Insights & Product Innovation Manager
“Just watching my daughter grow, develop, and learn—I love it.” —Cheryl Vanvalkenburgh, Vice President & Chief Customer Officer
“There are so many, but one of them is creating traditions. So, for instance, I sing a song—a lullaby—every night to both of my kids, and I still continue to do it even when I’m traveling for work and I have to do it over FaceTime. It’s something that has become very special for both of us.” —Katie Marston,Chief Marketing Officer
“It’s watching your children gain the independence and confidence to do something on their own, and that kind of is true through all stages.” —Karen Dow, Director of Sales
“So, my boys are now 24 and 20, and what just warms my heart is to see the fine young men that they’ve become, and I’m so proud of them and hope that they will remember all the things we did as they were growing up.” —Sue Yajko, Consumer Relations Associate
“For me, it’s such a privilege to get to see the world through their eyes and learn their passions, their likes, their dislikes—just how we can help guide them on their journey. It’s not really about us, actually, it’s about learning what they like and helping them become who they are.” —Amy Dreger, Director of Sales
“There’s so many things rewarding about being a mom—how am I supposed to pick? The smiles, the giggles, the open-mouth kisses, crawling, walking. I don’t know where to start!” —Nicole MacNeill,Director, Brand Marketing
“I think the most rewarding part about being a mom is you get to shape this little being’s life from the very, very beginning and have such a big impact on it. And the love between a parent and a child is just something that words can never, ever express. It’s so big—it’s the biggest thing I’ve ever experienced, and as hard as parenting can be, I wouldn’t give it up for anything.” —Cassandra Curtis,Co-founder/Chief Innovation Officer