Mandy was born and raised in Shreveport and married her best friend, Dustin, in 2008. When they moved to Baton Rouge in 2010 for graduate school, they had no idea how much this city would change their lives. After meeting some incredibly inspiring people, they decided to become foster parents in 2011 and adopted their bundle of energy, Joseph, in 2014. Mandy works part time as the Safe Families for Children Coordinator, a program that aims to support and stabilize families who are experiencing a crisis. She spends the rest of her time managing Joseph's therapies for autism and living out the gift and honor of being a mom. When she has a few minutes of spare time, Mandy loves to bake, draw, hit the pavement for a run, or even better- NAP!

I Was a Really Excellent Mom Before I Had Kids

We all have those things that we said before we had kids- the things we imagined we'd do, say, be. And then when we actually have kids, many of those things change. Here are 10...

The Art of Vulnerable Motherhood

Thanks to the Internet and social media, we now live in a world where our lives are on constant display. It's a territory that our generation is navigating for the first time in history-...

Behind the Scenes of Motherhood {Mandy}

There are moments that are our everyday. They become so ordinary to us, such a part of our lives that we don’t even think about it. It’s those little moments of cuddles, getting ready...

Mommy Must-Have: A Medical Binder

I can't tell you how many times I have stared at a form in a doctor's office thinking, "When did he start eating solid food? What will happen if I put the wrong answer?...

Using the “A” Word {Autism Awareness and What You Can Do}

April is Autism Awareness Month and, if I am being completely honest, a few years ago I probably felt like it was just another month of the year that we bring attention to some...