Dr. Connie Butler
Kid’s names and ages:
Evan and Elizabeth–age 8–Twins!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Southwest Missouri?
I was born in North Central Nebraska and grew up on a ranch near Bassett, NE. We moved to SWMO nearly 10 years ago after I completed my residency training in Wichita, KS
What is your favorite family activity in SWMO?
Our favorite family activity is spending time on Table Rock Lake with our lake “family.”
If you could have an entire day to yourself, how would you spend it?
If I were to have an entire day to myself, I would spend it at the spa. Being in a quiet place to reflect, rest and just breathe for a moment sounds amazing!
My typical day begins with waking early to get a few minutes/hours of work in before the kiddos wake. We all leave home as the school bell is ringing to start our day. I arrive at Mercy medical clinic and begin my day with patients. I am blessed to work with an amazing group of people and my patients have become my extended family. My work as a physician is very different now than even 5 years ago—healthcare is a complicated machine that can be a challenge. Although there are challenges, I feel extremely lucky to be able to be a part of people’s lives—from prenatal to hospice care. My goal is to leave the office by 6 and reconnect with my family for the evening’s activities. We have something scheduled every night—Dance, wrestling, church, gymnastics…..! We truly try to seize and squeeze every moment out of every day. After the kiddos are in bed, I then return to my work to try to finish the work from that day. Late nights and early mornings….the life of a mama, right?!
What is the most enjoyable thing about being a mother?
The most enjoyable thing about being a mother is watching little humans turn into their own, special, unique person. They amaze me everyday. I cannot believe how fast they are growing and with each day, how much they change. It fascinates me to think about how their current personality traits will look when they are grown.
What is the most challenging part of being a mother?
The most challenging thing about being a mother is watching little humans turn into their own, special, unique person! While it is the most enjoyable thing, it is scary and at times overwhelming to realize that God has entrusted these lives to me. My job it to get them to adulthood as kind, caring, sincere adults. What an amazing responsibility!
The last thing they did to make me laugh….Recently, my daughter was given a collection of old makeup from her Auntie. My sister and I became her first make-over clients! The amount of blush used created the appearance of a horrifying sunburn but the giggles that ensued and the look of pure delight on Elizabeth’s face was priceless! Since Evan has been in wrestling, he and his sister have “practiced” frequently. Watching him “teach” her the moves is quite comical. Chad and I find ourselves laughing so hard we are in tears.
What is your number one tip for keeping your house clean (or “cleanish”)?
My number one tip for keeping the house clean is, ask for help! My house definitely falls in the “cleanish” category! I have a decoration in my house that says, “Pardon the mess, my kids are making memories!” and that is what I practice.
For me, relaxing does not happen daily but rather in blocks of time on vacation. It is difficult for me to escape work unless we leave town and therefore you will frequently find us on the road. Traveling is my escape. I treasure the time that I have with my family when we take vacations. In the summer, we spend a lot of time at the lake. Being there surrounded by sunshine, family and friends is my favorite place to relax.
What’s something your friends might not know about you?
Something my friends might not know about me is that, for a short time, I was in a band while in medical school. I played keyboard with a group of fellow students. What fun we had!
One word to sum me up:
Blessed–more than I deserve!