Missy grew up in the Midwest, spent several years in the desert and has now landed in East Texas. She is wife to Lucas and mom to E (2014) and L (2015). Missy completed her Masters in Social Work at the University of Iowa and has over a decade of experience in nonprofit work. Her favorite jobs have been her years with Big Brothers Big Sisters and her experiences as a psychotherapist. She now spends her days at home in Tyler wrangling her two toddlers while trying to squeeze in her part-time job as a publication editor. Missy loves naps and exploring with her family.

Birth Stories :: When Birth Goes Wonderfully Right

Pregnancy is full of worries. You desperately want everything to go wonderfully right, but your fear kicks in. Google becomes your best and worst friend. During my first pregnancy, I often found myself crying and...
The Internet Makes Me Lose My Mind :: Worry In the Modern Age from Albuquerque Moms Blog

The Internet Makes Me Lose My Mind :: Worry In the Modern Age

Worry. The monster bared its teeth now and again as I grew up. The claws came out when I got married. And it finally reared its head when I had children. One day in the early...
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Family Thankful Tree :: Focusing on the Season of Thanksgiving

The holidays are upon us. Our Halloween sugar rushes are over and now, it’s time to please pass the Peppermint Mocha and crank up 104.7 FM. Wait, mommas. Slow your roll. If you are...
Tent Rocks :: Adventuring in New Mexico

Tent Rocks :: Adventuring in New Mexico

Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is another one of New Mexico’s unique landscapes. Tent Rocks makes a perfect Albuquerque day trip and is great for families. Additionally, my family often takes out-of-town visitors to Tent...
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Toddler Approved Meal: Easy BBQ Pineapple Meatballs

I’m always on the lookout for an easy, toddler approved meal. One can only eat so many chicken nuggets, right? Wrong, according to my toddler. But in the interest of providing him some sort of variation,...
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White Sands :: Adventuring in New Mexico

Spring Break means travel! And since my husband has been in college our entire marriage, we love to take advantage of a freer schedule. Where does a family go on Spring Break in New...
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Pressure of Presents & The Ugly Mug Valentine

Valentine’s Day is next week and with it comes the pressure of presents. Exchange gifts at all? What to get? How much to spend? Who gives and who gets? The pressure builds and inevitably...
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Adventuring in New Mexico :: The Very Large Array (VLA)

My family loves to adventure around New Mexico. Our schedule with two toddlers revolves around naptime and bedtime, so we typically try to get all our adventuring done by noon. However, occasionally we live...
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Bloom Where You Are Planted

While roaming the aisles of Target one afternoon, I stumbled across a message directly written just for me. On a home décor clearance shelf, there it was – Bloom Where You Are Planted. I...
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Tag Your Tree :: Christmas Tree Cutting in New Mexico

Recently, an acquaintance of mine mentioned how much fun her family had cutting down their own Christmas tree near Jemez.  With eyes raised, I thought to myself, “That must be illegal!” But much to...
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Nighttime Parenting: a funny look into parenting after the sun sets

The sun sets and instantly our cherubs are sleeping soundly, ready to rise cheerfully twelve hours later. Wrong. Our infants need us around the clock for both physical and emotional nourishing. Toddlers need soothing...

Pregnancy & Infant Loss :: October 15 Remembrance Day

October is Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness Month. On October 15, thousands of parents in the United States are invited to light a candle at 7 PM (in all time zones) to remember the...
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Let Your Child Lead :: Tuning out Others & Tuning into your Child

My first child slept like a baby. That is to say, he woke up frequently throughout the night for the majority of his first year. Since I was a brand new mom and had...
Birthday Traditions: Making the Memories Count Each Year - Albuquerque Moms Blog

Birthday Traditions :: Making the Memories Count Each Year

My daughter’s birthday is today. It has been exactly one year since she decided to rush into the world eighteen days early and in record time. So what do I have planned for my...