Name: Hope Floberg

Age: 41

Moorhead, Minnesota

Hope Floberg was born and raised in Fargo. While a freshman at Fargo North, she met Chris who was a year older. On a ride home with a mutual friend, neither spoke a word to each other. Luckily, Chris had the good sense to call her later that night. Twenty-seven years later, 19 years of marriage and 4 beautiful kids, Hailey (15), Brooklyn (12), Ellie (9), and Easton (2), are evidence enough that phone call was worth it! The current VP, IT Marketing and Training at NAU Country Insurance Company, Hope thrives on growing teams and mentoring new employees and learning from their experience, but most importantly, she’s proud to show her children that with a good education, lots of hard work, and drive, you can do anything.

I spend my "me time" by doing...

lists! I know, it sounds like a task, but if I can sit quietly without interruption and create a list for schedules for the week, chores to be done, grocery items to be picked up, or even a TO DO, I am happy. I love planning and I love lists.

From a young age I knew...

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Unfortunately, my birth mom was not able to care for me and put me up for adoption. I was adopted on August 18th, 1977 by a wonderful family, Mike and Connie Hulne, that was unable to have children of their own. By the time I was two, my parents had divorced, and I was raised solely by my mom. I was always aware that I was adopted and always aware that God specifically picked my new family for me for a very important reason. My mom was obviously a single parent and worked upwards of three jobs at a time to care for our small family. She did not have a lot of time to be home with me, but when she was home, she made the most of our time. She was an inspiration to me. She grew up in foster care and never had a mother or father that cared for her. Her education was cut short at a young age because of her living situation and bouncing between foster home to foster home, which is why she could never get that high paying job. All she wanted in her life was to have a family of her own, one that she could truly love and dedicate her time to and then she was dealt with the blow of not being able to have children. That is why I know I was meant to be hers, we were meant for each other. I admired her, and I was so thankful that I was blessed to be her daughter. Although I grew up an only child, my mom did foster care for teenage girls when I was older and I have been so lucky to have some of these beautiful girls become part of our family, one, in particular, has been with our family for over 10 years and is truly a sister to me. Not to mention, as I got older, I had the opportunity to meet both of my birth parents, who are amazing individuals. They are both married and each has three additional children of their own. It has been a whirlwind of emotion, adapting, and being appreciative for the family that I never knew and now have the opportunity to share my life with. Was it easy to be open to all these changes? No. But seriously, how lucky can one person be to grow up an only child and end up with 10+ sisters and brothers as an adult. Try to explain that to your young children.

The kid snack I am most likely to eat...

fruit snacks. I love them! I love them!

Growing up, I...

was determined to be famous. I was going to work in television and theatre - that was my dream. After high school, I studied at NDSU and MSUM, and received a double major in Mass and Speech Communications with an emphasis on Film and Television production. When I was done with school, I was off to New York to fulfill my dream of working at MTV. Let me tell you how fabulous that was! I was a Production Assistant and got to work with some of the top music stars at the age of 22. It was amazing! However, leaving behind my mom, Chris, and friends and family made me want to come back home and find something closer.

Five things on my bathroom counter right now...

toothbrush, Clinique face lotion [the yellow stuff], deodorant, tweezers [we cannot all be flawless], and lipstick.

If I could change anything from my wedding day it would be...

to take more time and cherish the individuals that were there celebrating the day with us. I remember being so caught up in the moment with Chris and our friends and dancing and everything that goes along with the day, that I feel like I overlooked spending more time with my Grandparents, or my parents, or my family that traveled to be there. A few years after our wedding day, our best man passed away, although he was front and center that day, I would do anything to go back to that day and just hug him.

Something I admire, but would never do...

I admire all risk takers. I admire the people that will skydive, or bungee jump, or deep-sea dive! Not for me! I am an overthinker!

My mom taught me...

By watching my mom’s struggles, I learned the importance of education and being a strong woman, and I knew that I wanted to be successful in my life and career. I also knew that there were no boundaries to love and that I wanted to be a mother that had time to be present at my children’s activities, be present in their day to day lives, and be involved in activities that better my community [PTAC, Volleyball Board Member, Yearbook Designer, lots of volunteering.]

The best advice I can give my kids is...

you are in control of your attitude and your feelings. You can make the best of a situation by having the right mindset. Do not let anyone take that control away from you. It is powerful!

My ideal day would be spent...

scrapbooking with my girlfriends [however that never happens], on a beach with my girlfriends [dreaming], who am I kidding? I love to be in a school gym ALL day long watching volleyball, basketball, or sometimes I even get outside and watch softball. I love being with my kids and watching them excel in things they are passionate about. Plus, I love my mom friends!

The fulfilling part of my job...

I am passionate about how our company truly makes a difference in the lives of farmers, but on a day to day basis, I love to lead. I love watching my team members thrive and grow. It is empowering!

Three words my kiddos would use to best describe me...

loving, over-protective, and nosey! [I am always full of questions!]

The parenting trick i have learned from my husband is…

choose your battles.

The habit I hope my kids don’t inherit from me…

always having to have the last word.

I love a good…

laugh. There is nothing better than a true belly laugh!

One thing i vowed i’d never do when i had kids that i find myself doing…

constantly boring them with stories of “when I was younger...” However, now I cherish those stories from my mom!

Photo courtesy of exposures by j.linnea / Special to On The Minds of Moms
Photo courtesy of exposures by j.linnea / Special to On The Minds of Moms

Editor’s note: This story was written by On The Minds of Moms and originally published in the August/September 2019 magazine. Forum Communications Company is re-publishing these stories as On the Minds of Moms staff members develop a new online community.