I'm Mandi, a 20-something Catholic wife and mother. You'd think this picture was taken at my wedding, but it wasn't. Earlier this year, I slipped back into my wedding dress to take some pictures with my husband for our anniversary. Our daughter joined us for some of the pictures too. We've created a full and beautiful life in the past three years and even though the dress still fits, I feel like a much different person than that young woman who walked down the aisle.
I started this blog shortly after our wedding. I moved out of state, away from all friends and family, to where my husband was at grad school. After a two years long distance relationship, I was grateful to be with my new husband, but also lonely. Not only was I physically distant, as the first of my friends to get married (and later to get pregnant), I was isolated by lifestyle as well. This blog was my attempt to form community with like-minded women. I'd say it's been successful and count many readers as friends, including some that I now see regularly in real life.
These are my loves. David and I met on CatholicMatch in March 2008 and married in July 2010. He has a PhD and teaches biology and chem at a Catholic prep school. He's much cleaner and more organized than me. He also cooks more often. Truth be told, as a parent he blows me out of the water. His love and patience for our daughter are incredible. His patience toward me is pretty extraordinary as well. I first fell in love with him because of his faith and dedication to the Lord. He enjoys playing classical guitar, tennis and science. We're still very much in love.
Lucia was born in December 2011. She loves MiMau (Mickey Mouse), PooPoo (Winnie the Pooh), her baby doll, talking on the phone (real or imaginary), and running around naked. She's incredibly compassionate; every time she sees the DVD cover in which Pooh is stuck in Rabbit's hole, she screams "Duck! Duck!" ("Stuck! Stuck!") and falls into hysterics until we talk her down and remind her he gets out.
When I'm not spending time with my family or blogging, you'll probably find me baking a sweet treat, selling Lilla Rose hair accessories, starting (and rarely finishing) craft projects, reading dystopian fiction or war history, watching The Amazing Race or any Gordon Ramsey show, playing word games, doing cloth diaper laundry. Or sleeping. Wish I did that more.
If you're curious not about what I do do, but what I don't do (but would like to), you can check out my 30 before 30 post.
Photography by Dandy Little Lens Photography (Northern Colorado).