|Newborn Lucas and I|
My name is Elizabeth, and I’m excited to join Mumbling Mommy. I’m at home with my boys, Jonathan (b. 2007) and Lucas (b. 2010). I also teach 1 - 2 Humanities classes per semester at a local university and run a women’s Bible study at my church. It’s a good thing that I like to be busy and that I don’t obsess about housework.
I grew up in the St. Louis area, though I also lived in Oklahoma and Maryland as a child. I married my college sweetheart in 2000, and we moved to Dallas in 2001. We lived there until after our second child was born and came back to St. Louis in the fall of 2010. We’re still adjusting to this thing called “winter,” but we’re happy to be near our families again.
Much of my time in Dallas was spent in graduate school at the University of Texas at Dallas. The program is interdisciplinary, so even though my main area was literature, I also studied art, history, and philosophy. It was a lot of fun, but after I finished my Ph.D. exams, I was burned out and not ready to work on a dissertation. Shortly after that I found out I was pregnant with Jonathan. I decided to focus on motherhood instead of academics “for a while.” That was in early 2007, so “taking a semester or two off” has turned into 5 years! I have taught part time ever since, and it’s a wonderful vocation. I also love being at home with the boys, so I don’t know if I will ever go back full time or just keep working part time. One year at a time!
My husband and I have a laid-back, attachment-style approach to parenting. We were together for such a long time before having kids that we had already had many long discussions about what kind of parents we wanted to be. We love the adventure and challenges of parenting, and we especially love discovering each child’s unique characteristics.
|Sous chef Jonathan|
As a family, we enjoy spending time outdoors, going on road trips, gardening, visiting the zoo or botanical gardens, or checking out the local museums. We also love to cook together. Jonathan has already declared that he wants to be “either a chef or a baker” when he grows up. He’s my go-to kitchen assistant, and he’s already showing his brother the ropes.
I admit I’m new to blogging, but I’m excited to share ideas, thoughts, and especially recipes with you. Plus, this gives me one reason to procrastinate on laundry...