Currently, I live in the last place on Earth I ever wanted to live: El Paso, Texas. My husband is in the Army and we were stationed here. But – after three months here – I’m starting to think it’s growing on me. I love how very earthy it all is, how family oriented. Still, moving from Denver to here was a shock.
What language(s) do you speak?
I speak English, ASL, and a little Spanish but I’m working on learning more. Here Spanish is essential, we live about 15 miles from the border of Mexico so many people in this area only speak Spanish.
When did you first become a mother?
Bella was born November, 2009. She is our first child after 6 1/2 years of marriage. We weren’t sure we ever wanted kids, now we can’t remember life without her.
Are you a stay-at-home mom or do you work?
I’m a stay at home mom. This was purely an accident turned into a permanent thing. I was placed on bedrest, we couldn’t afford daycare in the area, and so I just kept staying at home. Now I can’t see myself doing anything else. We plan on homeschooling our children as well.
Why do you blog/write?
I blog to stay connected with moms who have the same viewpoint as me, and learn from others who have different ones. I write because I love to tell stories. I love to share parts of my life with others. Writing has been a great therapy for me; about my marriage, motherhood, alcoholism, and weight – to name a few things I’ve touched on.
How would you say that you are different from other mothers?
I don’t know if I am entirely different from other mother’s in that we all want the same things – to be great moms and raise happy, healthy children. I know that as someone who does Attachment Parenting, cloth diapering, organic living, and things along those lines I do tend to be the weirdo crunchy mom in the room at times. But I’m trying to feel a little more confident in that.
What do you view as the challenges of raising a child in today’s world?
The challenges of raising a child today are overwhelming. I think the biggest is trying to protect them from what they don’t need to know/see/hear while not keeping them in a bubble. Some of this is causing us to think about homeschooling but we also want to raise a confident, self sufficient child who can hold her own in the world.
How did you find World Moms Blog?
I found World Mom’s Blog by sitting next to Jennifer during our Pathfinder Session at BlogHer’11. I loved the concept of her blog and idea. I have always wondered about other mothers around the world – how they parent, how they discipline, how they live, what their lives are like. I’m so excited to be a part of this group.
This is an original, first-time post to World Moms Blog from our new writer in El Paso, TX, Diana.
The photograph used in this post is credited to the author.