Birmingham Moms Blog :: Introducing Virginia

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Birmingham 

Birmingham is my birthplace and although we moved down the interstate to Anniston, Alabama when I was just three years old, it still holds a lifetime of memories. I fondly recall numerous elementary school field trips to the Birmingham Children’s Theater, shopping excursions to the Galleria that would not be complete without a cup of Boardwalk fries, a spin on the food court carousel, and a huge treat from Cinnabon to devour on the drive home. My teenage years and beyond brought concerts at the BJCC, weekends at City Stages, and dinner dates in “the big city”. The list goes on and on. After spending the majority of my 20s and 30s living all throughout the Southeast, I have come full circle and settled back in the Birmingham area. I’m so happy that my children are making their own memories in this great city . . . trips to the The Pizitz Food Hall, riding bicycles at Railroad Park, Christmas movies at the Alabama Theater, Barons games, and enjoying all the fun food festivals. What an incredible city to call home!

Moms 

Like most little girls, I always dreamed of becoming a mother. I was going to have three kids: twin boys and a precious princess of a daughter. I still have my dog-eared copy of the baby name book that I begged my mother to buy me at the tender age of seven. So how did I find myself married for almost a decade and childless just shy of 30? For years, we enjoyed a footloose and fancy-free lifestyle, moving to new cities on a whim with thrice weekly date nights. Then one day it hit me like a ton of bricks — I WANTED A BABY!!! I made it my life’s mission to over-prepare for pregnancy. I ate obsessively healthy, tracked my ovulation, took pre-natal vitamins, read every pregnancy book on the market, and low and behold, NOTHING. Months passed and depression set in. I was cut with pangs of jealousy every time I saw a pregnancy announcement on Facebook or received a baby shower invitation in the mail. To make a long story short, IVF became the eventual avenue to motherhood. I was blessed with a successful first cycle and became pregnant with my little love bug, Britton, who was born in 2010. I’m also now stepmom to a 10-year-old little boy. Oh, the joys of blended families and new stepbrothers, but I wouldn’t change a thing. I love being a “boy mom,”  and motherhood has been my favorite journey and greatest accomplishment in life.

Blog

Being a stay-at-home mommy to a newborn with a husband that worked late hours could be a very lonely place at times. Writing became my outlet. That’s when I made the decision that instead of tucking away my writing in the back of a drawer, I could put out my daily musings for all the world to see. I started my own blog. Being a part of the blogging community, reading the sweet comments from other mothers, and devouring the writings of my favorite bloggers made that time in my life not so lonely. Although life has changed dramatically since those days and spare moments are few and far in between, I look forward to regaining my passion for writing and becoming an active part of the Birmingham Moms Blog community.

 

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Virginia was raised in Anniston, AL, a small town about an hour drive from Birmingham. After graduating from Jacksonville State University with a degree in human sciences, she married her college sweetheart and spent the next decade living throughout the southeast from Charleston, SC to Atlanta, GA. Fast forward a few years, and Virginia found herself back in her hometown working full-time, single, and raising her young son. At the most unexpected time in the most unlikely of places, she met the love of her life and soul mate, and they were married in a garden wedding in Savannah, GA in 2016. Virginia now calls Trussville home with her husband, Mark, and their two boys, Britton (7) and stepson, Gavin (10). Virginia works as a Employment Resource Specialist for the Alabama Department of Mental Health. She loves Hello Fresh, Starbuck's Green Tea Frappucinos, exercising, camping (more to the point, glamping), renovating their new home, and any occasion that lets her play dress up!!