I was born and raised in Albuquerque to parents who love all things southwest. Maybe it was my teenage rebellion, but I spent much of my life claiming that I “hated the sun.” I wanted to move away as soon as I could. My husband and I desperately wanted to move to the Pacific Northwest, where clouds and rain abound.
Then our oldest daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate. And we learned that the best cleft surgeon in the Western Hemisphere is located here in Albuquerque. That solidified that we were here to stay. In the years since becoming a mom, I have fallen back in love with New Mexico and all that it has to offer. I love being close to grandparents, being able to play outside with my kids from February to November, and enjoying the simplicity and slow pace of life here. I love that you can drive for fifteen or twenty minutes, and experience a completely different landscape.
It’s true what they say, southwest is best!
I was that little girl who always knew she wanted to be a mommy. I was the nurturer of my friend group and the one making sure everyone got what they needed. Even so, motherhood has thrown me so many curveballs. I expected to have sons and to space my kids apart by three or four years. My husband Ben and I have two daughters, Sawyer (3) and Hadley (2), who are only nineteen months apart.
My oldest daughter was born with a cleft lip and palate and has had two major surgeries and one minor one to date, with many more on the horizon. Although my introduction into motherhood looked much different than I had expected, I am so in love with the life I have been given. I love the little “girl world” that my daughters have given me. It’s full of sparkles and pink and adventure and dirt! I also have learned so much from the medical experiences with Sawyer. And I’m continually amazed by my resilient, little lion-hearted girl.
Motherhood is the hardest and most beautiful thing I have ever done.
I have always been a reader and writer at heart. As a child, my mom had to set me a weekly limit at the library of only checking out ten books at a time! I have goals to eventually write a book, and I currently run my own blog called Simply Sisterhood. I started my blog as a project to encourage and uplift women. And it has taken off in ways I never imagined. It has also been such an encouragement to me to accept and love myself. I love the idea of connecting with other moms and sharing experiences with them. I am so excited to contribute to Albuquerque Moms Blog and share in the joys and struggles of motherhood with other local moms!