Yes, that’s right – I’m a returning contributor. And I am oh-so-happy to be back! I’m Andrea Scarberry, married to my husband of 10 years, Tim. We met in high school and dated 10 years before we married. So yeah, we’ve been together 20 years total! That’s more than half my life and it totally blows my mind. Anyway, we have two kiddos – our daughter Tatum (7) and our son Silas (5). Raising them to be strong, kind, and empathetic human beings is a responsibility I don’t take lightly. I am so proud to be their mama.
I currently work part-time at a local gym as their fitness and marketing coordinator. My job is to help with event planning and execution, marketing strategy/design, social media posts, and more. It’s such a fun job. I get to work with some amazing people and have lots of variety and flexibility in my day-to-day. Outside of the job I get paid to do, I spend most of my time carting kids to and from school, sports, friends, etc. I am SO here for it, and wouldn’t have it any other way!
I have lived in Albuquerque for the vast majority of my life. My family moved here permanently when I was in third grade, and I haven’t left since. I know this city like the back of my hand, but I love that even after all these years, there are still new and exciting secrets and hidden gems to discover. We live walking distance from the foothills, which is one of my favorite things about Albuquerque. I also love making visits to the valley, which feels like taking a vacation to a far-away place conveniently nestled right in the heart of our city.
Albuquerque happiness to me is Balloon Fiesta, the State Fair, monsoon season, the food (re: CHILE!), the sunsets, the mountains, the river, the landmarks . . . I could make a list a mile long.
Being a mom is my very favorite job. Not to say it hasn’t had its ups and downs. I am not going to lie and say I love every minute of it. Let’s be real. Being a mom is the truest, deepest, most beautiful love I’ve ever experienced. Being a mom is also the hardest, scariest, and sometimes most frustrating thing in the world. Just when I think my kids are the most fun they could possibly be, we grow into a new and even more fun stage. Just when I think things can’t get any harder, they get even harder. Some days I feel like I’ve got all the answers, and other days I wonder if I’m really actually qualified to care for these small humans. It is joy, it is pain, it is everything in between. I feel so privileged to be on this journey with my family.
I chose to come back as a contributor to ABQ Mom because I missed writing. Writing has always been an outlet for me; it’s one of the ways I create. I also think that this platform is valuable – connecting moms, sharing ideas and experiences, and reminding us that we are not alone. I know that I often need that reminder, and my hope is that maybe something I share will be that reminder to others who need it. Ultimately, I’m happy to be here – thank you for letting me share with you!