Welcome to my blog! I’m Andrea!
I’m a mom to my two favorite people on the planet and we’ve been rocking this party by ourselves for nearly 5 years.
I grew up in a small town with great friends and a supportive family. I loved living in a small town, but left home with a relatively narrow view of the world. I spent 10 years of my college education fighting against the idea that my perceptions may not be the most accurate. It took a failed marriage for me to finally realize how much richer life can be when you try to see things from everyone’s point of view and stop judging others.
My younger self would certainly have judged the life I’m living as an adult. Divorce, even today, has a stigma attached to it. Good Catholic girls simply don’t get divorced. But I did. And I’m still here…and I still love Jesus…and I’m still Catholic.
I was incredibly idealistic when I got married and just 24 years old. We were so very different, but at the time I didn’t think that mattered. I was in the middle of veterinary school and so focused on the future I didn’t take a minute to stop and assess the present. Marriage and husbands are difficult to ignore though and our marriage quickly fell apart.
I wanted the perfect life complete with the perfect job and the perfect husband and 4 perfectly groomed children. Ten years later, I don’t recognize that girl in the picture. Not just because I’ve aged A LOT since then, but because I’ve learned to see beauty in the broken places of my life and to embrace the imperfections. It was so difficult to accept that my life didn’t turn out anything like the life I had planned. It was a long process to accept God’s will in my life rather than my own.
I try to balance my time between being home for the kids and my career as a veterinarian. Most days, I feel like I’m not giving enough to either but I’m grateful to be able to do what I love and work with amazing people. My kids, however, don’t see many benefits of having a mommy who’s a vet when they can’t have one of absolutely every animal on this earth. Right now, we have a cat and because she is gracious enough to tolerate our crazy schedule, we love her to pieces.
I’ve wanted to start this blog for years, but was terrified to take the last steps and put myself out there. I’m so grateful to my incredible friends who have tirelessly offered encouragement and asked me daily about it until I finally got over myself and hit launch. I’m so excited to be able to offer some words of encouragement to other single parents who are at various stages of finding their way through what can be an incredibly isolating and lonely journey.