New to the “empty nester” phase of life, I am learning how to enjoy life as a parent of adult children. Our boys are still an important part of our everyday life, but in a different way. I have an amazing husband who complements me well and a blended family of 4 boys, ages 26, 24, 21, and 18.

2020 Christmas Card was a great representation of the year!

I currently teach middle school and manage our vacation rental. MoonLight Falls is our vacation rental/ event center located in Saint Jo, Texas. I graduated with my Bachelor of Science and MBA from Texas Women’s University (TWU).

As a result loving running and finding it very therapeutic, I have completed 3 full marathons and 57 half marathons in 17 states as of June 2019. To celebrate my 40th birthday in 2014, I ran 40 half marathons in one year.

What I do well as a mom

I am good at encouraging  my children in a way that builds confidence and good work ethic. I believe this teaches them how to reach their goals and be responsible citizens.

What I have learned from other moms

Don’t be overprotective or feel like you always need to help your child, because allowing a child to learn from his or her own mistakes creates independent, strong adults.

Lessons learned from my children

Accept a child’s interests and choices in life as their own; not my choices for them.

Successful Motherhood Moment

When my son, Garrett, voluntarily gave back to the community as a local middle school mentor.  Garrett owns a screen printing and graphic design business, sharing values that I instilled during his childhood years to help him become a successful entrepreneur with the students.

Mother I admire

My grandmother, Elnora “Bennie” Smith, modeled a life of kindness and integrity. She displayed this by treating all people with love and respect no matter their position in life and strived for excellence with everything she did, always leaving places better than she found them.

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