I was born and raised in Austin, Texas and moved to NYC in 2004 to attend college at NYU. I had an incredible time in college, met some lifelong friends, and learned I was passionate about creative writing. I graduated at the beginning of 2008 (hello recession) and moved back home, where I worked as a nanny and applied to MFA programs.
A few months later, in April of 2008, I was accepted to McNeese State University. I had a teaching assistantship and a really good feeling about the next three years. The program director emailed me and told me another future classmate, Brendan, who was also currently living in Austin and had also graduated from NYU. Intrigued, I asked for his contact information, and we arranged a meeting at a coffee shop just five minutes away from my childhood home. It turned out, it was also just five minutes away from his apartment. We had so much in common and discovered that we had spent years in NYC living only 15 blocks apart. I left knowing that we would become good friends.
In August of that year, I adopted two kittens, Lola and Zoe, packed up, and moved to Lake Charles, Louisiana.
|Stacy with Zoe (left) and Lola (right)|
|Brendan and Stacy|
We graduated in May 2011, and once again, I found myself living at my mother's house (only this time, I brought my boyfriend plus my two crazy cats). Luckily, we only stayed six weeks, as we found teaching jobs that July.
So we packed (again) and moved to West Texas. Now, we both teach English (composition, literature, reading, creative writing--you name it!). Teaching is a great joy and gift (and it's challenging too!); we learn from our students every single day.
A year and a day after we graduated, Brendan asked me if I wanted to live my whole life with him.
|Spoiler: Yes, obviously.|
The following summer, we gathered all our family and friends and married under a live oak tree.
|July 5, 2013 in Austin, TX|
I've been writing this blog since February 2011. It's a way to keep in touch with family and friends, plus document life in west Texas with Brendan and our family. I post reviews, vegetarian recipes, daily musings, personal essays and fun ideas too.
In July 2017, after a pregnancy loss and a year long struggle to conceive, we found out we were expecting. You can read my blog posts about the pregnancy and birth here.
Our daughter, Willa, brings so much joy to our lives. She's totally patient with us as we navigate parenthood for the first time.
In April 2019, we were thrilled to find out our family was about to grow again.
Our son, Gray, was born in January 2020, and you can read those pregnancy highlights here. All three of us are over the moon for "our baby."
|Quick trip to ATX for 4th of July 2019|
|Kid-Free weekend in Fredericksburg, TX for our anniversary (Jul.2019)|
|Connecticut to see family (Jul. 2019)|
|Long Island, NY to see Stacy's College friends (Jul. 2019)|
|Austin, TX to see family (Aug. 2019)|
|Babymoon #2 Big Bend National Park/Marathon, TX (Sept. 2019)|
|Little Rock, AR for SCMLA (Oct. 2019)|
|New Orleans, LA for Elena and Byron's wedding (and Halloween!) (Nov. 2019)|
Brendan and I both write fiction, and Brendan also writes poetry. Check our Publications tab for the most recent news.
Welcome to our lives!
We hope you enjoy the blog!
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