This Month’s Mighty Mom: Taylor Bleyl
I’m not a biological mother of any, but play the role of mom to many. I’m Taylor. I am your average 20-year-old girl living in a not so typical 20-year-old sort of way.
I was a nanny from the ages of 14-17 and loved every minute of it. I quit my nanny job when I moved out at age 17 and got a job as a secretary. One night I got a call from a single mother in need of a babysitter for her four children. After originally turning the job down, I was prompted to call back and accept the job. Little did I know that my life would be changed forever by listening to that prompting. 3 years later, all four of those beautiful children have moved in with me and I have accepted the role of pseudo mom. I love these children as if I would’ve had each one of them myself.
Payton, age 9, is your typical boy. He is hyper, full of life and loves to wrestle his siblings. Tori, age 7, is my tom-boy. She’s a blonde hair blue-eyed beauty who likes to do anything and everything boy. Xander, age 6, is a professional snuggler. He likes to stay by my side and is my partner in crime. He loves his teddy bear (Cooper the 6th) and his sense of humor keeps me laughing all day. Lily, age 3, is my princess. She is the sweetest, sassiest, most beautiful toddler around. She loves baby dolls and hair braids and won’t leave the house without lip gloss.
The Summer I got the kids I ended up quitting my secretary job and went back to nannying since I could bring the kids with me when I nannied. I started working for a family with four kids when I turned 18. Those four plus my four made for some crazy days. I had two 7 year olds, a 5-year-old, two 4 year olds, a 3-year-old and two 1-year-olds at that time. It was very hard and challenging. Many nights I went home crying because it was simply to hard. I was only being paid from one family and felt like I could never make enough. Quitting wasn’t an option since I felt no one else in this world could love those kids like I did. I learned so many lessons from those 8 kids and will never forget them. The happy moments when we would go to movies or ride bikes down to the sad moments when the baby had a seizure in my arms or when they would get sick. I felt like nannying all of them at once made me so much better of a “mom” when one family moved away and it was back down to me and my 4 babies.
Most Rewarding Part of Being a “Mom”:
The most rewarding thing about being a “mom” has been the relationship I’ve gained with my Heavenly Father while learning how to take care of the children. These kids have taught me how to be meek, humble, patient, submissive, merciful, and how to be a child again. In the past few years I have lost my brother and my best friend and I often wonder how I would’ve made it through such devastation without these children. My family is the reason I am able to get up everyday and go on.
The most challenging thing for me has been trying to learn how to be a “mom” while still being a child myself. Trying to give enough love to each of them. Trying to make sure they have what they need. Helping them be the happiest possible. Helping them through their trials. Teaching them about The Lords love for them. It’s hard for me to teach them all of that while still figuring some of it out for myself. I don’t know how well I do with all of that, but I do know that what I miss The Lord picks up for me and helps me out. I couldn’t do any of this without the Savior by my side. When I graduated high school I never would’ve guessed I would be where I am today but I would not change it for anything in the world. I love my job as pseudo mom!I’m not a biological mother of any, but play the role of mom to many.
Thank you Taylor, for being this month’s Mighty Mom, and for your inspiring example of compassion and strength. I think every mother naturally loves her own children, but it takes extra incredible people to care for other’s children–especially at your age and circumstance!