Birmingham hasn’t always been home, but it’s felt that way for as long as I can remember. Growing up with relatives in Birmingham, it was often the destination of choice for holidays and summers for my Florida family. The rolling hills and basement homes were a novelty to the sea-level living I was used to. We enjoyed trips to the Botanical Gardens, Birmingham Zoo, and what was then the area’s hottest new shopping experience . . . the Galleria. We were always so thrilled to make the trip to the Magic City. There’s just something homey about this place. Since I had grown up loving Birmingham, I was excited to be able to attend the University of Montevallo and be even closer. After my first year in college, I just had a hunch I’d always live nearby. Finally, in 2005, I was thrilled to be hired as a speech pathologist at a local hospital and could officially call Birmingham home!
I have three young children ages six, four, and two. Since Ben, Mamie, and Phils are so close in age, many days are a countdown to nap o’clock or a survival-of-the-fittest scenario ’til bedtime. When my oldest was 12 months, I took a temporary retirement from speech pathology to be home with him and before we knew it, the other two came along, completing our family of five. A few million diapers later, here they are getting all big with the ever-present hashtags of #blessed and #dontblink looming in the back of my mind. Having children has been one of the delights of my life, but wow . . . it’s hard! There are times when I have no idea what I’m doing with these little ones, but that keeps me humbled to ask for help. Ultimately, my husband and I trust that God cares for our kids way more than we do and that He will be ever-present with us as we parent them.
At the end of the day, we all want the best for our little ones. I’m privileged to be able to lend a voice to this arena of thoughts and ideas that fosters a camaraderie in mothering here in our little corner of the world. Over the past eighteen months, I’ve watched BMB grow into a unique community of women who, while extremely different in many ways, share one main passion: mothering well. There’s a lot out there that tells us this job is a fierce competition, but I’m confident that we can all tell a different story.