FARMINGTON — The mother of the year is “wrapped up in family.”
Lorraine Thatcher and her husband Aaron have six children, and her love of children was evident to her husband-to-be early on.
At the time of their meeting, she was teaching at a school in Cache County. More than a dozen years later, she still receives letters of thanks from some former students for how she helped them, he said.
That love of teaching and children has continued, even as she has focused those efforts on her young family of four girls and two boys, ages 3 to 11, Aaron said.
“She grew up with one dream in mind: to one day be a wife and mother, to be able to teach those kids the things she feels so strongly about,” he said. “That was so impressive to me. It seems that family in many situations these days is taking a back seat to other priorities.”
“She’s a teacher at heart and finds situations in everyday life, whether it’s in current events or in experiences the kids are having at school to make these experiences stick with them, to make them meaningful,” Aaron said.
“She enjoys things that children enjoy, whether it’s watching a children’s cartoon or reading children’s book,” her husband said. “She has a collection of children’s books she started years before we were married. I think those kids feel she in many ways is on their level, that she’s fascinated by the same things that fascinate them.”
Raising six young children holds challenges enough. In addition, three of the six children have cystic fibrosis.
“The care of these children takes a tremendous amount of time from Lorraine,” adding up to three hours a day in therapy, alone, he said. “It’s a marvel what she’s able to accomplish. She shoulders most of that burden.”
Bread “of all kinds” counts as her favorite food, and she bakes homemade bread, as well. She enjoys the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter books, as well as books on parenting, the family an of a religious nature, Aaron said.