Where in the world do you live? And, are you from there?

I was born in Chicago, grew up in the suburbs. In 2004, my husband and I moved to Ohio. We live about an hour east of Cincinnati in a small town. Well, it’s small after growing up under the influence of Chicago! We bought a 150 year old house and are ever-so-slowly restoring it.

What language(s) do you speak?

I minored in French in college, but only speak English.

When did you first become a mother?

My daughter was born in August, 1990. I was 19 years old. I’ve had 7 children between my 2 marriages. Two have passed away.

Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?

Um, is both an accepted answer? I am a stay-at-home mom who just got a part-time job at our local bakery. It’s only a few hours a week. But I enjoy saying “I can’t do that right now, I have to go to work.”

Why do you blog/write?

Many people have told me I should write a book.  I decided a blog was more realistic. Little did I know my blog would keep me sane.

How would you say that you are different from other mothers?

I think any mother that has lost a child and still has to parent the remaining children is different from other mothers. I see the joy in all my kids do – even when they are driving me crazy!  I think it was easy to take for granted the things my older kids did. Now that I have to approach birthdays, holidays, and special events without two of my children – I no longer take for granted the time spent as a family.

What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?

Whew, raising a child is very challenging – there are so many negative influences throughout the course of a single day. Friends, T.V, internet, video games, music and even school.  Can I shield my children from all that? No and I don’t think I would want to. Our kids are leading completely different lives than we did growing up. Yes, it’s my job to teach them morals, manners and responsibility, but it’s also my job to support and encourage my kids through whatever today’s world throws our way.

How did you find World Moms Blog?

Through Twitter! I had just started writing my personal blog and somehow stumbled across a Twitter post from Jen looking for contributors.

What do you like best about writing for World Moms Blog?

I love the community. When I first started writing, I was very unsure of myself. Everyone has been very supportive, especially during my leave of absence. I can’t wait to get back into being a part of such an amazing group of women.

You also can find Amy at her own blog, Transplanted Thoughts, hanging out on Facebook and Twitter.

Amy Hillis (USA)

Amy is a native Chicagoan that currently resides just outside of Cincinnati, OH. A city girl, through and through, she’s still adjusting to small town life. Amy has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art with a minor in French from Elmhurst College. She was working on her Master’s degree at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, when she became pregnant with her 3rd child. Although this angel boy was only here for a very short time – he left quite a legacy. Nathaniel was born with a rare genetic disorder called Citrullinemia. Amy and her husband, James, went on to have 4 more boys, 3 of whom were also born with Citrullinemia. In January 2011, her youngest son, David passed away from complications of a liver transplant performed to 'cure' the Citrullinemia. Now a stay-home mom of 5, she started blogging in October 2010, while David was still in the hospital. Two of her other sons have had successful liver transplants to cure their genetic disorders. Her 2 older children still live in Chicago. When not hanging out with her kids, she spends her ‘me’ time writing, sewing, reading & walking. Amy also spends a generous amount of time online. She can be found on Twitter @transplantedx3. On Facebook and on her Website <a href="http://mytearstainedlife.com"My Tear-Stained Life

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