B-Yourself: Anna Armstrong Emblom

Life With Two Sets of Twins

Name: Anna Armstrong Emblom

My hometown: Mountain Brook, Ala.

Age: 36 years old

Profession: Stay-at-home mother of 8-year-old fraternal twin girls, Camille and Ella, and 5-year-old identical twin boys, Haston and Lawton

My passion: My passion is making sure every day that my children know I love them to infinity and beyond.  When I go to bed every night, I sleep well knowing that I’ve hugged each child, kissed each child and said “I love you” to each child more times than I can remember.

What keeps me awake at night: The thought of my “to-do” list keeps me awake at night!

I am guilty of: I am guilty of eating late at night, spending money on unnecessary things, not reading the newspaper, getting take-out food too often, not playing with my children enough and letting a swim in the pool count as a bath.

My best friend says I am: That I am always late!  I am NEVER on time, and it makes my husband crazy!

What is your motto/mantra: The motto I live by is “A deep breath finds the calm within her.”  I have this phrase engraved on a charm that I wear often on a necklace.

What do you consider your greatest achievement: I believe my greatest achievement is having two sets of twins!  Wow…  I don’t understand how God made a woman’s body to nurture one baby, much less two at the same time!  God amazes me every day when I look at the beauty in each child of mine

What quality do you most like in a man: The quality I most like in a man is confidence.

Which living person do you most admire: I most admire my husband for many, many reasons.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse: “I’m exhausted,” “What’s wrong” and “I will help you in just a minute.”

Last time I cried: The last time I cried was when my husband and I went to Shanghai, China, a few weeks ago.  I cried the first time I talked to my children on the phone because I realized how far away we were.  Then, after I got over the jet lag, everything was fine!

What do you consider the most overrated virtue: I consider the most overrated virtue to be patience.

What is your current state of mind: Currently, and I hope for a long time, I feel at peace with my life.  I am at peace with my relationship with my husband, children, family and friends.  Most important, I am at peace with my relationship with God.

Interview and photo by Angela Karen

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