Birmingham Moms Blog :: Introducing Mary



I haven’t always had the honor of calling Birmingham my home. I grew up in a small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My family moved to Montgomery, Alabama, when I was sixteen so that my brother could pursue his football career (at Birmingham-Southern). Montgomery is a special place for me: it’s where I met my husband. We met in high school and have been together ever since. We will be celebrating our four year wedding anniversary this November. As we were looking for colleges together, we fell in love with The University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Since I grew up in a small town, I wanted us to continue our journey together in a bigger city. Now we have lived in Birmingham for almost five years and couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. The food, music, and people make Birmingham a unique place that celebrates diversity. 

My family (mom, Claude, brother, father, husband, and me) supporting my brother at his last football game at Birmingham-Southern College.


I am a mother to a spunky almost-three year old named Claude. We were not planning to have Claude at such a young age, but God provided us with this beautiful loving boy. I love being silly with Claude, especially as he is getting older. We have been introducing him to sports and, most importantly, Tennessee football.
There is nothing better than seeing the joy in your child’s eyes and knowing that you get to be a part of their journey. We are his biggest fans, and he is ours. He was there when I graduated from college, and he will be there to see my husband graduate, too. With all that being said, time management is something where we’ve had to make adjustments. Since we did have Claude when we were in college, we had to plan our schedules according to him. It wasn’t always easy. Even now, between teaching kindergarten, coaching softball, and playing softball, it’s still hard to manage time.
Sometimes it feels like there isn’t enough time in a day. I know every parent out there can agree with that statement. I wouldn’t change being Claude’s mama for anything, though. We couldn’t imagine life without him now.


I am very excited to embark in this new adventure as a Birmingham Moms Blog contributor. I have always been interested in blogging but never felt like it was the right time. When this opportunity presented itself, I knew God was giving me a push and saying now is the time.

I am a young mom, so I will be using my platform to encourage and support young moms. Being part Asian and part African American, I intend to write about how I grew up and how it looks different for my son who is mostly raised in an “American” lifestyle. Birmingham, like I said before, is a very diverse place, and I am ecstatic to get the opportunity to embrace and share my diversity with you all!