Hello fellow Marshalltown Moms! As excited to introduce myself to all of you, I’m more excited to get to know some of you, and hopefully have our virtual meetings turn into face to face play dates, coffee dates or meeting up for fun events in our town. The quick facts are, I’m a single mom to two beautiful girls (ages three and one), I’ve lived in Marshalltown for almost seven years, and I’m currently an in home daycare provider, foster mom, and crisis care provider.
To be honest, my road to Marshalltown (and motherhood!) has been a little non-traditional and full of detours along the way that could’ve made me end up anywhere but here! Looking back with 20/20 hindsight, I am so relieved and happy to have found my place & home here in the middle of Iowa.
I started teaching in Marshalltown as an early childhood special education
teacher and after two years, switched to teaching Spanish Kindergarten at Marshalltown’s bilingual program at Woodbury Elementary. Four years ago I became a foster mom
and have had the amazing opportunity to foster many young children. Two of my foster placements became permanent parts of my family, and after I adopted my second daughter I decided to take a break from teaching and open an in home daycare, which has been a very fun adventure! It has also allowed my daughters and I to have more time to bond. Though most of my formal background is in early childhood and special education, I also am trained as a birth doula! My biggest passions–aside from motherhood–are bilingual education, special education, foster care/adoption, and all things pregnancy, labor, birth and babies!
When I’m not busy wrangling a house full of children (also, food prep, food clean up, food prep, and laundry!) you can find me outside biking the trails to Grimes Farm, running fun races across Iowa, sitting on my porch with a good book, or going to a concert or event with live music! I like to call this chapter of motherhood as “learning as you go” because I’m daily being taught life lessons that give me practical ideas of how to better manage a home and children, deep spiritual growth that reminds me to minute-by-minute rely on the strength and hope and peace from Heaven to get me through some of the tough days, and the best lesson of all–letting go of expectations and enjoying these precious moments that are flying by so quickly!
I have come to learn that no matter how we arrive on the journey of motherhood or what stage of life we find ourselves in as moms, we have in common the intense rollercoaster of emotion that being a mom entails! Out of a deep love for our children comes a deep sacrifice of letting go of parts of ourselves that sometimes can’t coexist with the busyness and exhaustion that comes with raising little humans. It’s easy to give in to despair and tiredness, but we are stronger together! My hope is to be able to share parts of my story that might help you, make you laugh, or give you ideas to try with your family!
Until next time,