A mother's love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.
— Helen Rice
In April of 2010, I became a proud mother of a very energetic little boy, Harper. My journey in the past few years has been quite the adventure. My son is only four-years-old and has already taught me some of the most important lessons: enjoy every smile, don’t worry about the small stuff, watch more cartoons, drink more milk, and most of all patience.
When I was introduced with the idea of working together to create a magazine that would be a valuable resource for parents in the community, I was extremely excited. I am truly thankful to be a part of From Our Nest and I hope that the experiences I have encountered as a parent will help others.
In May 2007 I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design with a minor in art history from Missouri State University. My first position out of college was for an interactive marketing company in Dallas, Texas. My position included designing the look and feel of various Procter & Gamble websites and email campaigns. Shortly after leaving there I began working as a graphic designer for a highly acclaimed insurance company in Dallas in their in-house marketing department — designing emails, websites, flyers, logos, brochures, and other in-print marketing materials.
After having my son in 2010 I felt the best thing for us was to move back to Missouri to be closer to family. I continued to do freelance design work but needed something more than that to allow myself time with my newborn son and still make steady income.
In the fall of 2010 I began working for an elementary school as a paraprofessional in their early childhood special education department. As much as I loved working with kids I missed designing. At the end of the school year I started looking for design jobs and found a part-time summer position for a company in Springfield, which quickly turned into a full-time position. The job allowed me to further my knowledge in magazine layout and print media.
While working there I was introduced with the idea of a magazine created by parents for parents in the Ozarks. I immediately jumped on board and the rest is history! I am now proud to be a stay-at-home working mom, doing freelance design and being the Creative Director/Co-Publisher of From Our Nest magazine.