“The beautiful wonder of parenting isn’t in “getting the formula right,” but in experiencing your child as they discover the world.”
Mom to Henry, age 4, Roy, 22 months, Washington, D.C.
Nominated by Kimberly Lucht:
Liz is our neighborhood unicorn. She is always connecting moms through her unlimited knowledge of the “mom scene” in D.C. While raising two amazing boys full time, she also serves as the executive director at Sacred Spaces Conservancy. It is an organization dedicated to saving religious spaces and converting them into community centers.
Q&A with Liz Laird
Stay-at-home mom, part-time nonprofit executive, Sacred Spaces Conservancy
Three fun facts about you and your family:
1. My husband and I are originally from other places, but we met and got married in D.C. Our 10-year wedding anniversary is this September.
2. Our younger son, Roy, is named after his 91-year-old great-grandfather who is still out and about riding his motorcycle.
3. Every week, the boys and I spend at least one day at a local museum, zoo or gallery. I am so thankful for all D.C. has to offer!
What advice would you give to new or expectant moms?
You will “mess up” at times, so give yourself grace. The beautiful wonder of parenting isn’t in “getting the formula right,” but in experiencing your child as they discover the world. If you’re too busy reading every advice column or trying to schedule your kid for every activity, then you might end up missing out on actually being with your children as they experience and explore the world. Be available.
What goals do you have for your family?
Every Sunday at our church, Church of the Advent: Brookland, we pray that our children will never know a day apart from God. Our goal is that our boys will always know how much they are loved by God and their family. Of course, we hope our children will grow up to be successful, strong men as well. But more than anything else, we hope and pray they will be men who do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly before God.
How has motherhood changed your outlook on life?
I always knew that I wanted to be a mom. After suffering an ectopic pregnancy before getting pregnant with Henry and two miscarriages before getting pregnant with Roy, it wasn’t an easy road. Struggling to get pregnant and stay pregnant changed my perspective on life. My two boys are truly a gift, and thinking of them and my own life as gifts creates this beautiful breathing room for me in our hectic city and world. It makes me slow down and really enjoy these treasures I’ve been given. When I’m feeling especially annoyed or stressed by my kids or exhausted from balancing motherhood and work, I remind myself that sharing my life with my husband, kids and friends is such a beautiful gift. This gives me a much better perspective.
Describe a favorite mom moment.
A few months ago, while sitting outside eating lunch at a local restaurant, my 4-year-old suddenly said, “Momma, I have to go pee-pee!” Moving to put his brother back in the stroller so we could all go into the bathroom together, I turned around (not even five seconds later) to find him with his pants down, peeing all over the sidewalk … at one of the busiest intersections in our neighborhood. Ah, the life of a mom.
What’s your superpower?
Finding parking spaces in downtown D.C. What are three things you use every day that you can’t live without? Really good mascara (Diorshow), sparkling water (plain, no flavors) and a good sound machine to drown out all the weird noises kids make in their sleep, which I can somehow hear from way across the hall.