Kid’s names and ages: Derek Zebert, 25. Derek is married to Samantha and they have a 1 year old son, Weston. Hilari Stockton, 24. She is married to Ryan and they have two little girls, Zoei, age 2 and Lydia, 11 months. Brianna Zebert, 20. She is engaged to Braiden Vaught. We are planning a wedding for 2016! Evan Zebert , 17, Senior at Pierce City High School
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Southwest Missouri? I was an Army kid and lived in San Antonio, Texas, Heidelberg, Germany and Hagerstown, Maryland. I attended 8 different schools before I graduated from Monett High School. After college, I married Mike Zebert and moved to Pierce City, MO, where we raised our kids. Mike and I are celebrating 26 years of marriage.
What is your favorite thing to do with friends in SWMO? Spend time at the lake or find local bands playing in the area and go dancing.
If you could have an entire day to yourself, how would you spend it? Workout, sew, read, try new recipes, shop, spa…I’m sure I would run out of day!
Describe your typical day.
- 5:00 am: workout, shower, coffee, news, get ready for work
- 8:00 am – 5:00 pm: work
- 5:00 – 10:00 pm: dinner, catch up on everyone’s day, laundry, dishes, go on a walk
- 10:00 pm: bedtime.
What is the most enjoyable thing about being a mother? Watching them become adults has been so fulfilling. They have each become hard working, respectful, kind, fun-loving adults. I couldn’t be more proud of them!
What is the most challenging part of being a mother? Turning them loose has been the most challenging. When it’s time for them to move out of the house, there’s some mourning involved. I had always heard about ‘empty nest,’ but didn’t expect it to be so difficult. Mike and I have grown closer through this chapter, thankfully. And now with more time on our hands, we’ve found things to do together; kayak, golf, travel, cooking classes, visit wineries, etc.
Now that you have grandchildren, how does being a grandmother compare to being a mother? When you’re a Mom, you’re pulled in many directions, trying to get everything done and keep everyone happy. Mom (and Dad) also has the important balancing act of giving the kids what they need, but not all they want. Being a Grandma is much easier and so much fun! I get to love and spoil those babies without all the work that goes into raising them. The love I have for my kids has magnified, since they have given me grandbabies! I am blessed beyond belief!!
Best advice you could offer to someone that is getting ready to have her first baby? Not everything will go exactly as planned, just go with the flow. Do the best you can and don’t sweat the small stuff. Get a babysitter (Grandparents) at least once a month, so you and hubby can rekindle your marriage, that’s soooo important!
Favorite spot to vacation? Dominican Republic
What’s something your friends might not know about you? I play the violin and clarinet. Not well, but that may surprise a few friends.
One word to sum me up: Optimistic