I am honored, grateful, and humbled to be one of the newest contributors to Austin Moms! This is going to be a wonderful year full of growth, learning, and support. I truly believe that life has a way of placing us where we need to be when we need to be. This year, this stage of life for me has been nothing short of amazing. Joining the Austin Moms team has already been a blessing!
I am excited that today, I can share a little bit about myself and my life journey!
Raised by my grandmother, Shirley, I learned a lot from her over the years. I grew up in the church. We were there Sunday, Wednesday, and some Fridays. I was a cheerleader in high school, a dancer on the dance team, and even ran track. After graduation, I completed a short stint in college. It was not what I hoped it would be, so I left college and proceeded to train for the Air Force.
During my tenure in the Air Force, I met my amazing husband, Daniel.
Serving our country has come with amazing experiences. As a family, we have lived in Florida, the North Pole (two blocks from the Santa Claus house,) and the beautiful state of Texas. Daniel and I have two lovely daughters, Dana and Alana. They are amazing kids that keep me busy and I wouldn’t trade it for anything! I’m sure you know what that feels like! We are raising our girls to explore and embrace all of the unique cultures of this world. From hiking to traveling and everything in between, we enjoy and value the time we spend together.
For thirteen years, I dedicated my life solely to my family. While homeschooling the girls, I returned to college and graduated with two degrees. I wanted to show my family that no matter their circumstances in life, they can do it too.
After graduating, I met with several doctors. The decision was made that I required surgery…A hysterectomy. One week after surgery, one day after my birthday, I called Daniel to my bedroom as I felt nauseous and lightheaded. Within a moment of him responding, I was passing out in his arms. With EMS coming to my aide, I was awakened from unconsciousness but unable to speak or move.
Interestingly, it was just like a scene in the movies. It took doctors quite some time to determine what caused me to pass out. After more episodes of passing out and more hospital visits and tests, I was diagnosed with epilepsy. How and why? Doctors had no valid reasoning; only that I had one too many surgeries in my life and “it” was laying dormant in my body.
It took a toll on the family. It was just the four of us here in Texas. Daniel juggled all the responsibilities of the home plus took care of me. One of my aunts came to visit and helped as much as she could. What we are most grateful for during this time is for our homeschooling community. Many of the families we had not met before my surgery stopped by to provide comfort and food. It truly was amazing.
Fast forward to today, I have been seizure-free for three years. Life has changed. After all of the challenges that we have endured during our almost 19 years together, Daniel and I are stronger than ever. This past year, we ventured into a new territory of entrepreneurship. We are creating a legacy for our family and having fun while doing so. We maintain positivity and love for one another and are excited about the next chapter of our lives!
I hope you’ll join me as I share about motherhood and all things Austin!