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It takes a strong woman to raise a son, and it takes an even stronger woman to raise 4 of them! This Mother’s Day we want to honor the strong women in our lives. We chatted with mumma of 4B, Julie Burgess, on her journey of motherhood and grandmotherhood. 

  1. At what age did you become a mum? How did your life change?

I became pregnant at 24 and was 25 when Luke arrived in the world. My life changed from that moment… it was love at first sight. A love and a pride that fills you with a new found purpose. I absolutely loved becoming a parent- I’ve always loved children.

  1. What piece of advice would you give your pre-mum self on becoming a mum?

Try to enjoy each moment and age stage with your children at each stage of their development. 

  1. What’s your favorite memory with all 4 boys?

Mark and I bringing the twins home from the hospital a week after their birth, with their two older brothers in the car… we had just bought a 7-seater car to fit everyone in. It was an unbelievable feeling of complete happiness and amazement at creating a family of four boys. I knew that my family was complete! I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of happiness.I remember Mark saying, “there’s still room for one more!” Haha! 

  1. Describe motherhood in 3 words.

Love. Laughter. Happiness

  1. Describe grandmother-hood in 3 words.

Love. Blessing. Pride

  1. Which of the boys gave you the most grey hairs/tested your patience!?

No-one in particular… I’ve got lots and lots of patience!! 

  1. What lessons did you learn from your parents that helped you raise your own children?

I think that you always remember the positives from your own upbringing so I focus on that. I was always taught to have good manners, respect my elders and to be kind to others. I remember growing up in a  house with books and music. I’m sure that my boys grew up listening to a wide range of music and listening to my bedtime stories every night. I think that growing up in a household of love and affection is so important.

  1. The best and worst mother’s day gift you’ve received? (we won’t tell!)

Tom and George took me to Melbourne a few years ago for a special Mothers Day treat. That was such a great trip. I always love a nice card, Luke is always good with his words and his cards. Sam makes me feel like it’s Mothers Day every day, he’s very thoughtful. 

  1. What’s on your Mother’s Day wish list this year?

Tom singing me his version of Kanye’s ‘Hey Mama!’ …. I love it when he sings it…. “It don’t have to be Mothers Day or your birthday for me to just call and say…. Hey Mama!”