(Photo Credit: Be Lovely Photography)
I’m Brooke, a married, southern mom to three, ages 5 and under, which is why my blog is (appropriately) named the “Coffee & Chaos Blog!”
I was born and raised in the small town of Taylorsville, Kentucky, where we had 2 stop lights and a Dairy Queen and celebrated the last day of school by driving tractors.
It took me 4 years to get an Associate’s degree in Business, because I changed my major about 4 times; got my license in Real Estate and, next time you see me, you can sing the “beauty school drop out” song to me, because I did that, too!
I’m 28 years old and still not sure what I want to be when I grow up.
I just know that I like to WRITE
I am smitten with Amazon, Target, Coffee and solo trips to Kroger.
In 2012, I gave birth to my first-born, Peyton. I was a single mom and raised her by myself for 2 years before I met my, now, husband, Tyler, who adopted her after we got married.
While I was pregnant with Peyton, I was unexpectedly laid off, and in (several) moments of panic, started my own business to support us, selling bourbon cupcakes in a jar! After all, who’s going to hire a 6 month pregnant, 23 year old woman who’s due at the end of October?!
(Photo Credit: Sur La Lune Photography)
In 2014, I fell in love.
It’s so cliche, I know, but I did.
I’ll just go ahead and complete the list of cliches, because they all apply: he was different; he was funny; he was smart; he was handsome; and he treated me right.
Check, check, check, check, and check.
We got married less than a year later, and that still remains one of the best decisions that I have ever made.
Good men do still exist, y’all.
Shortly after getting married in 2015, we welcomed our “sour patch kid” into this world, broken heart and all! Miles was born with a Congenital Heart Defect and at 3 months old, went into congestive heart failure, which led him to having open heart surgery at 4 months old. If you follow my blog, you already know that he is doing exceptionally well! As a heart mom, I use my platform to raise money for CHD whenever I can, because there is not a cure for CHD and it is unknown what causes it.
Then, in 2017, my husband was offered a job that we could not pass up, so we sold our house, closed my business, packed up our stuff and moved to Nashville, Tennessee! Crazy story- we listed our house for sale on a FSBO website, with the expectation that it would take 6+ months to sell, however, in less than 30 days, we had sold our house, bought a new house and relocated to TN without the slightest hiccup.
Sometimes, God makes your path crystal clear.
Shortly after the move, we welcomed our 3rd (and last) baby into this world, to the tune of a 9 lb, 10 oz. Harper Grace! Harper was also born with a CHD, but it’s not expected that she will need any sort of intervention and she is a chunky and mischievous little girl!
Although, being a stay-at-home mom is my full-time job, the creative inside me has always sought out more. After Harper was born, I found myself dealing with a minor case of Postpartum Depression, that I contribute to the huge changes that we had in our life in such a short amount of time. Although, I loved our new house and state, I didn’t have any friends, and I didn’t have a creative purpose outside of motherhood and I did not handle that well.
I started my blog during this time, as a way to release some of my creative energy, connect with other moms and self-care. I would’ve never guessed that my blog would take off like it did!
“Apparently, a lot of us are in this same, crazy, chaotic, rocking and swaying boat! And if you’re new to this boat, well, welcome aboard Mama! I am your captain, Brooke. There are no rules. Just try to stay above water and let me know when you have an SOS.”
It’s so ironic, that I started this blog as a way to help myself, and in turn, I have helped others. I love to get those messages from other mama’s who tell me that they can relate; who thank me for being real and who sometimes get their only laughter of the day by watching one of my videos.
“What they don’t know is that they fill my bucket just the same, if not more.”
I am a stay-at-home mom, sharing stories about my life; about parenting and marriage
And doing my darnest to LAUGH about it.
(Photo Credit: Be Lovely Photography)
Sometimes, I’ll share stories that will make you cry.
Sometimes, I’ll share videos that make you snort-laugh.
Sometimes, I’ll even make a post that makes you scream, “YESSSS!!!!’
But, always, I hope to be that voice that tells you that this gig is BANANAS, and we’re all just trying to make it to the other side.
Just be prepared to drink a lot of coffee!
(Photo Credit: Misty Carter Photography)