Here at Tomato Pie, we’re celebrating the release of my biblical historical fiction ebook “Working Mother” by celebrating the working mothers among us. Today marks the start of the novena to St. Jerome Emiliani, patron saint of orphans. In honor of St. Jerome, let’s meet working mother Jessica Roseborough!
What’s your name?
Tell us a little bit about your family.
My husband, Rob, and I have been married for 13 years. We have 4 children, ages 11.5, 10, 8 and 5. Our children are active, smart and fun. They keep us very busy!! We have 2 dogs as well. We own an adoption agency that we operate together, Rob has a full time job and I also work per diem hours in the ER as a social worker on the weekends.
Imagine you’re at a dinner party. Someone asks the question, “So, what do you do?” What’s your answer?
My primary job is a mother to 4 active children between 5-12. Professionally, I am a social worker. I work in both child welfare and as an emergency/medical social worker.
How do you think God uses your job to help shape you into all He made you to be?
That is a big question that could have a long answer. In a nut shell, as a mother and a social worker I feel that I have an impact on lives every day, which is something that I believe God wants from me and gave me talents and endurance for.
What benefits (besides the economical) have you seen to your family that are a direct result of your work away from home?
I feel more fulfilled and can therefore be more engaged and present when I am with my children. As part of our work with the adoption agency we foster newborn babies from time to time while the adoption details are worked out. My children absolutely love this and have learned a lot about how families are built, how God works through us to help babies be where he wants them to be and in general how to make sacrifices in their own lives to help someone else.
How do you balance any guilty feelings you might have in the tension between your workplace and your homespace?
I don’t really feel guilty because I know that for me working outside the home is necessary to be fully engaged when I am home. I would say my bigger struggle has been to create a lifestyle and set of professional responsibilities that can meet my needs as a person while not interfere with my needs as a mother. For example, choosing to own and operate an agency allows me the freedom to have total control over my own schedule and that is worth the challenges it causes me because I would have a great deal of guilt if I missed birthdays or school shows (etc.) due to work.
What is one thing that you would ask the people in your life to do to support you more?
The children: put your shoes and clothes away! I am lucky to feel very well supported and would say that the biggest struggle is feeling like there is not enough of me to go around. I think the only thing that would make me feel more supported would be to hear “don’t worry about it” when I am stressing about not getting to the housework, laundry or home cooked meal because being a mother and social worker at the same time has to come before all of that.
Too true. Thank you, Jessica!
Are you a working mother? So was (and is) the Blessed Mother! If you enjoyed this interview and would like to celebrate working motherhood some more, please consider getting a copy of my $.99 historical fiction ebook, “Working Mother.”