,My name is Roikensha Craig. I am the mother of two beautiful daughters. McKenzie Brooke is 4 years old and Madison Grace is 3 years old. I am married to Keith Craig, my high school sweetheart, best friend and love of my life. Keith and I are natives of Mississippi, where we spent the bulk of our childhood and young adulthood. I thought my career-driven, single life was busy, carefree and energetic......nah....being a mother, wife and an executive gave the terms "energetic", "responsibility" and "simultaneous", all new meanings. Hah! Sometimes I think I even passed by myself in our hallway! At the present, I am a stay-at-home mom and I. LOVE. IT!
I started my blog as an outlet for me to express the frustrations, happiness, ups and downs of being a new mom and new wife while maintaining a career. I also wanted to uplift other moms via my experiences. I have to believe that I am not alone in experiencing the many emotions and thoughts that I experience on a daily basis. I was single for a long time. I married at the age of 40. I had my first child at the age of 41. I guess you can say, marriage and children was quite an adjustment for me! This is not a blog where I explain how to schedule time on Saturdays to prepare your family's weeks worth of meals and freeze them, maintaining a spotless house, or how to mend your husbands pants. I am willing to share how I seem to manage or not manage everything. At times, it can be quite overwhelming. I share the many interesting, frustrating, not-so-perfect and perhaps hilarious experiences and mishaps of managing the roles and responsibilities of mommy, wife and career.
Above all, I am not timid, nor ashamed to admit that I depend on the Grace and Wisdom of God. He is my foundation. He is my rock. He gives me strength, guidance and peace of mind to carry the title of "wife" and "mom". I will be the first to admit that it takes determination, unconditional love and a sense of humor to manage it all. Marriage is work. Both partners must be committed to the journey and all that is required while on this road trip. Raising children is tough work. Including Christ and making Him the center of marriage, child rearing and family helps to keep me grounded on those days I feel I am up to my eyeballs in madness and mayhem.
My M life....it is simple and sometimes it is complicated! I'm beginning to think it's all about how I manage.... being the best mother to my children - loving and nurturing their emotional, physical, social, cognitive and spiritual development and realizing the importance of "mothering". Philippians 4:13 has become my mantra. Oh yes, I can do ALL things through Christ Who Strengthens me! My grandfather, the late Elder Superintendent Roy McSwain, use to quote the phrase by W.R. Wallace, "The hand that rocks the cradle, is the hand that rules the world." That quote alone, is what I mean when I express, "the importance of mothering". As mothers, we have the God-given power to impact the overall being of the world.
My M life is also being the best wife to my husband. This includes respecting him as the head of our family, supporting his goals and dreams, being responsive and obedient to the will of God to enable me to truly understand my husband, listening with an open heart and mind, being attentive to his needs and maintaining my beauty.
Last, but certainly not least...ME...making and scheduling time to take care of me, both spiritually, mentally and physically. If "me" is not emotionally sound or physically coherent, my M life would be ineffective, having a direct impact on my family and community.
Until next time....take it easy and in the words of my grandmother, "Love yourself". Oh my...if only we could simply learn to love ourselves.....
"The hand that rocks the cradle,
"The hand that rocks the cradle,