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Hometown Stories: Mocha Mom volunteers, gives back to Huntsville

Highlight on Mocha Violet Edwards



After 13 years in journalism and some more time directing a non-profit, Violet Edwards decided she needed to focus on her kids.

"When you are talking with people who have not gone through the experience you kind of feel like you're alone and you're wondering what's wrong with you. Why you're making the decisions your making and you're thinking that something is wrong. But, that's not the case," explains Edwards.

Being a stay at home parent isn't easy and there's more challenges than one may expect to face.

"It was almost a time I possibly found myself slipping into a depression. and I just realized there were other moms out there like me that needed to laugh and talk and discuss things. I was trying to figure out what I was supposed to be doing with my life. I felt like I could be doing more than what I was doing. Everything I was reading about it, I was just like alright lets do this and a year later here we sit," says Edwards.

Edwards decided about 2 years ago, after 7 months of being a stay at home mom, it was the right time to start the Huntsville Chapter of Mocha Moms. Anywhere from 8 to 25 moms gather in Huntsville 2-3 times a week to learn from one another.

"We have full-time stay at home moms, part time working moms, full time moms who come share with us on the weekends and during their lunch hour but not everyone can understand the diaper changing stories or the nose bleed stories or the stinky feet stories. That's what we do we get together and laugh and talk and bond," Edwards explains about Mocha Moms.

The group laughs and share stories about kids and how to get through the good times and the bad times.

For other moms, it's a reality check that you may not find somewhere else.

"I have this thing I call a crazy check. If something happens to me in life, I need to bounce it off the other moms. Am I crazy, am I overreacting, do I need to react more? Just things like that so they're my crazy checkers," says Mocha Mom member Jamiah Shepherd.

Edwards says, "You know, what else is there do in life? Helping others I think is so great and I can't think of a time when I didn't look at my community and see how I could help. So, Mocha Moms just happened to be where I am in my life right now and this is my way of giving back. "

Read the full interview here on by Jillian Pavlica.

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