I befriended my first Birminghamian when I was in college in my hometown of Mobile, Alabama. I instantly took to her and her Southern charm, love of botany, and her beloved talk of Birmingham. After we graduated, I decided that it was time to spread my wings and fly — but not too far — to another branch of the state and foster some independence in Birmingham. I fell in love with what it offered me then: a thriving social scene for young adults, a job market in almost any field, an amazing food scene, and friends that I would treasure as a family away from family for life. A decade later, my life here looks a bit different, but I still love what Birmingham offers me now — a home, a church, an amazing school system, and still great food and great friends.
I’ve been married to my husband, Chris, for nearly nine years. We have two girls, Violet – seven, and Hazel – four. I met Chris when I was living in Birmingham after college, and he was living in Mobile. We met through a mutual friend who “just knew we’d be perfect together.” She was so happy with her decision, her toast at our wedding was a simple two words: “You’re welcome.” We moved to Birmingham together after spending a year in Mobile in 2010, and we wasted no time. By 2013, we were married, homeowners, and expecting our first child. By the time I got pregnant with my second baby in 2015, we decided it would be best for me to start my career as a stay-at-home mother for a while, which I’m currently still doing. However, never one to stay still, I’ve filled any little free time I have building a freelance writing and editing career; being a room mother, troop leader, and Sunday school teacher; and perpetually commiserating and celebrating the ups and downs of motherhood with my friends, family, and social media.
I love to write. Writing has always been how I feel best expressed and has helped me to not only document my life as a mother but to help others to speak out about the unexpected joys and hardships we all seem to face. I’m excited to be a contributing blog author for Birmingham Mom Collective because I feel that even if every child is different, we’re all in the trenches together. As Truvy from Steel Magnolias says, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion,” so I love to bring a humorous point of view to the everyday issues we all face together, and our own unique issues as a family. I look forward to writing about my passion for motherhood and hearing others’ stories as well.