Varied ages are a balancing act


Brooke Ramirez photographed with her children Will Ramirez, 1, Maya Terry, 11, Reo Terry, 14, and Annebelle, 2, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at their rural Franklin, Indiana home. In the span of a year Ramirez went from having no children to adopting two older children from a relative and having 2 of her own. Scott Roberson / Daily Journal

Becoming a mom gives an entirely new meaning to the concept of hard work.

Sure, there’s the changing, the feeding, the washing and the hundreds of other duties that come with keeping babies healthy.

But mothers also have the responsibility of raising their sons and daughters to be happy, healthy children and successful adults.

They provide encouragement, support and guidance when their kids struggle.

That’s a big job. But it comes with rewards that far outweigh the extra work.

Three Johnson County mothers have shared the challenges and joys that come with motherhood. Their stories are unique, but all share a theme — that none of the women would trade motherhood for anything.

“It’s really cool that you have these little babies, and you get to hug them and teach them and train them to grow up to love the Lord and maybe make a difference in the world. It’s a big responsibility, but I love it,” Franklin resident Brooke Ramirez said.

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