Your Waco Moms Blog Team
Adrienne moved to Waco just before middle school, attended Baylor, married a Sooner and adventured in OKC and Oregon before returning “home” to Waco in 2012. She and her husband Daniel have 3 spirited kiddos Brooklyn (almost 6), Griffin (3), and Dylan (2). She’s worked in various roles in the non-profit sector prior to staying home with the kids once their third was born. Most days you can find her wrangling her 3 kids and running a clothing business from her home. She finds joy in 90’s music, oreos, fall weather and good food. She has a stack of half-read books on her nightstand that she hopes to one day finish. Find her on instagram @adriennehare and say Hi!Alexandra Price is a Baylor graduate from Channelview, TX, wife of Mario Price, mommy to Marleigh Kai, and fur mama to two pups. As a coach's wife, she lived in east Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and North Carolina and has now come back to make Waco home. Having moved to town at 22 weeks pregnant and with a passion for fitness and pre-natal/ post postpartum health high on the priority list she established the FIT4MOM Waco/Hewitt/Woodway location. As a former coach's wife with a gypsy lifestyle and first time mom, she has deep appreciation for the NEED to find a village. She writes from that perspective with a bit of sarcasm and a lot of heart.Amanda moved to Waco for college ten years ago...and never left! Since then, she has fallen in love with Baylor University, Waco, her husband-Bryan and Texas. In 2013, Amanda and Bryan welcomed a baby girl, Lily Jo. Amanda works full time, attempts to cook to no avail, is an excessive coffee drinker and huge Gilmore Girls fan.Amy is a second generation Waco native and proud to continue to call Waco home. Amy got her bachelors in exercise physiology at Texas A& M University and her masters and doctorate in physical therapy at University of Texas Medical Branch. She moved back to Waco in 2012 with her husband Jeff and their oldest daughter Brintley. In 2013 they had their youngest daughter, Leighton and now reside in Robinson. Amy works full time as a physical therapist in Hewitt. Amy and her husband co-founded a veteran and first responder foundation, American Valor. Their foundation works year round raising funds to assist veterans, active duty military members and first responders and annually puts on the Chris Kyle Memorial Benefit in Fort Worth. Amy is really enjoying the "trenches" of being a working mom of two little girls. She is new to the blogging world and excited to embark on this journey in helping to connect and perhaps be an outlet for other moms in the Waco area. She would love to share a glass of wine, a sarcastic story or just an exhausted, "Good job momma!"Amy is a central Texas native! After graduating Baylor, she started her career in education as an art teacher and later, assistant principal. Years later, Amy decided that home is where her heart is! She shares her love of home remodeling, seasonal decorating and DIY projects at CuterTudor.com. She is wife to Preston and mom to a teenage son and tween daughter!Angel is wife to Jason and mom to Lily. With her little team she owns and operates three shops in Spice Village: Bee Angels, Tradinghouse Design Co., and Lily's Toy Box. On a daily basis you can find Angel and her family building handmade wares, unpacking boxes, or treasure hunting for finds from the past. For fun, Angel likes to hang out with family and friends, read, craft, and tag along with her hubby to various fishing holes to explore with Lily.Brandy Stoffel is an attorney working in compliance, and a co-owner of Modern Texas Living magazine. She is married to Ryan and mom to three girls: Kaylie, Wrenly, and Harper. She enjoys writing, sleeping, and anything farmhouse.Carrie is the Co-Founder of Waco Moms Blog and former Austin Moms Blog team member. She was born and raised in Spring, TX and now calls Waco, TX her home. While she obtained a degree in Business from Texas Woman’s University, she proudly began her college career at Baylor. Sic’ Em Bears! Carrie met the love of her life over New Years Eve and they tied the knot in May 2010. In 2012, they welcomed their first baby girl, Madison, and 27 months later, welcomed sweet Brooklyn. All signs were pulling the Maddux family to Waco and they relocated from Austin to Waco in 2016. Carrie is very excited to be a tiny part of the positive growth in Waco. She has a true passion for connecting moms. When Carrie is not working or taking care of her two girls, she loves to be outdoors, curling up in bed with Netflix, or enjoying a glass of wine while group texting her best friends. It's all about balance, right?Danielle was born in Clifton, Tx and raised around central Texas area her whole life. She now resides in Whitney,Tx.She is a hairstylist by trade, but has recently become part of the Magnolia family here in Waco. She loves being part of a positive change in the city of Waco.Danielle enjoys spending time with her friends and family, especially her little boy Hudson. When she is not working or spending time with family, she enjoys movies, and trying new foods, and shopping!Dedra Davis graduated with a degree in Journalism, from the University of Texas at Arlington, in 1988, but because of raising children and life, she didn't start writing professionally until 2014. Based in Waco, she lives with her two dachshunds, black Lab and husband. They have three lovely twenty-somethings successfully thriving on their own. Dedra began her writing career freelancing for a newspaper and magazine, based in Waco. She is now a Contributing Writer for Taylor Magazine and freelances for other magazines. She writes her personal blog, Dedra Davis writes, and contributes regularly to Waco Moms Blog, as well as guest blogging as much as possible. Dedra loves to travel to new places and is blessed to do so many times a year. Her work includes online magazines, including Culture Trip, Everything Home Magazine and The Outfitter, Holl and Lane Magazine, The Groove and Victoria Lee Home. Her favorite thing to write about is the ever growing and evolving small urban town-Waco. You can read her blog, about life, travel and living in Waco, at http://www.dedradaviswrites.com/Destiny is a San Antonio native who moved to Waco in 2009 to study at Baylor. There she met and fell in love with Stephen, her husband, and they were married during her final semester. They both studied Music Education and are teachers at local schools. Destiny is also mommy to two boys, Zachary and Ryan. She is passionate about the postpartum period and about natural living. She also keeps an account of her busy life with little ones at thegracefilledplace.blogspot.com.Elizabeth Oates is an author, blogger, and speaker who writes about marriage, family, foster care, adoption, and general women’s issues. She attended Baylor University and Dallas Theological Seminary before writing two books: Dealing with Divorce: Finding Direction When Your Parents Split Up and If You Could See as Jesus Sees: Inspiration for Hope, Joy, and Purpose. Her third book, Mending Broken Branches, When God Reclaims Your Dysfunctional Family Tree is due for release in October 2017. She and her husband, Brandon, also founded Project Restoration, which offers reduced rate counseling and lay mentoring to married couples in the Central Texas area. While all of this sounds fancy, Elizabeth knows no matter how perfect our Instagram posts, no matter how Pinterest-worthy our homes—we all need Jesus. Today Elizabeth lives in Waco, Texas with her husband and five children, including three biological, one they adopted through foster care, and one they are currently fostering. You can read more from Elizabeth at www.elizabethoates.com and you can also find her on social media: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorelizabethoates/ Instagram: @elizabethoates_ Twitter: @elizabethoates_Jennifer Cotton was born and raised in waco texas. She has lived in lorena texas for most of her life and now raises her family in lorena. She is married to John cotton and is a proud mommy to Leland (11) and Ciara (18). Jennifer is involved in the special needs community with her daughter, Ciara , who has cerebral palsy. Being a mom takes most of her time and energy, but she enjoys crafting, baking and planning parties in her down time.Johnna King moved to Waco in January 2017. She met her husband in college and after 9 years in the Marine Corps, they prayed for place to settle down and raise their family. She is the Domestic Engineer of Team King which currently consists of five littles. Her oldest is 6, then 4, 3, 2, and 1. Johnna is due with their sixth baby March of 2018. Motherhood is one of Johnna’s many passions. She equally enjoys growing in obedience to Jesus, homeschooling the kids, running/weight lifting, photography, interior design, holistic living and writing. There is always a half-read book on her nightstand. She runs their family blog www.kingsparenting.com. You can always find Johnna looking for new places to eat, planning a date night or taking another picture.Katy Smith is a third generation Baylor Bear! She married her Aggie husband, Jarrod, almost 14 years and they have three amazing kiddos (Emma-11, Owen-8 and Hudson-2)! All three kids are in complete different seasons of childhood which means that they often live in what they like to call “joyful chaos”! Katy documents the many adventures of their happily-ever- after at www.smithtx.blogspot.com! They are actively involved in their church and community. Katy is a stay at home mom and works part time as a call analyst. She spends a lot of time in the minivan chauffeuring kiddos to and from their vast array of sports and activities. She is a thirty-something year old night owl, sweet tooth and queen procrastinator! She loves Jesus, pedicures, hot pink roses and cute shoes.Laura is originally from Houston, TX and graduated from Baylor with a B.A. in History. Although she never thought that Waco would be her permanent home, Laura has been surprised the blessing of living in Waco since 2009. Laura obtained her Master’s Degree in Education and has taught at both public schools as well as at McLennan Community College. Currently, she works full-time as an Academic Advisor in the Hankamer School of Business at Baylor University. Laura and her husband Kary have three children ages seven and under. Laura’s favorite things in life are spending time with her kids, watching movies with her husband, planning ahead in her planner, reading most anything, journaling with Jesus and drinking coffee before the sun rises.Lea Wolf has lived in Central Texas all her life, minus a few years for college. She married her high school sweet heart, Jake, in 2003, which is also when she began her career as a special education teacher. They settled down out in the sticks of Valley Mills where they now have 4 children (Reuben 10, Cooper 9, Amelia 6, and Jacob 4) and whole mess of animals. She enjoys date nights with her husband, good food, drinks with friends, pedicures, hugs and kisses from the family, beach time, and quiet time to read a book.Lyndsey is a native Texan who settled into her husband's hometown of Waco in 2013. She is "mom" to Michael (3) and expecting baby boy #2 in August. Some of her favorites include: Jesus, family, intimate small groups, Mexican food, camping trips, river floating, daydreaming, birth, cold beer, teaching, and the Texas hill country.Mary is a wife to Dustyn, a mom to son Dylan (soon-to-be 14) and daughter Riley (12), an eldest sister to 3 beautiful sisters, a former middle school English teacher and Dean, and now a writer. She loves Jesus, chocolate, reading, Hallmark movies, and dance fitness (but not because she's good at it). She found inspiration to write about the crazy adventure her family embarked upon in choosing to leave "Vacationland" San Diego and move to Waco, Texas. She is also working on a biography of a friend who survived a rough upbringing in the foster system and all the curve balls of life to live a redeemed life. Follow Mary also on her blog whyimovedtowaco.wordpress.com and on Instagram @whyimovedtowaco as she shares more about her Waco life!Paige is happily married to Andrew and became a mother to twin boys, Hayden and Ashton, in December 2016. Against all odds, a girl raised in New Mexico met a boy from Michigan while they were attending Baylor University in Texas. Andrew and Paige took a year off to start their family, and have now returned to reside in Hewitt and finish their bachelors' degrees at Baylor. When the twins are asleep, she enjoys curling up with a Common Grounds coffee and either a book or a Sudoku puzzle. She loves breaking stereotypes of young moms by thriving as a twenty year old mom of multiples.Rachel Whyte is a photographer, business owner, pastor’s wife and mom to two littles. She was raised in deep East Texas and because of that, she has lots of fond memories of pasture parties and small town fairs. Rachel is the second oldest of eight kids and came to Baylor University in 2007. She has not left Waco since then! Rachel met her Coloradan husband, Luke, their sophomore year, and after a few break ups, they finally got engaged and married in 2012. Soon after they got married, Rachel jumped head first into starting her own photography business and in her first year, she photographed 25 weddings. It became clear that Rachel had found what she was supposed to be doing. In 2014, Luke was working in real estate when he was asked to come on staff at Antioch Community Church as the young adult pastor. The Whyte's felt like that was what the Lord was calling them to, so even though it wasn’t what we thought our lives were going to look like, they decided to say yes. Soon after that Rachel and Luke had our first daughter, Haven, and 18 months later, they had our first son, James. It was crazy two years to say the least! About a year ago, Luke and Rachel began to notice the swarms of people that were coming to Waco each week to visit Magnolia. Together they decided to start a tour company with their friend David where they show people around our little city. It’s pretty fun! If you see two vans zipping around the city with “Waco Tours” on the side, that’s them! One of her favorite things to do is to write, and now that she is a mom, Rachel realized that it’s a great outlet to write about her experiences as a mom. She chronicled these “adventures” on her Instagram @rachel_whyte under the hashtag #adventuresinmomming. Her heart is for moms to be encouraged, be reminded that they’re not alone, and maybe even provide a little comic relief. Rachel also loves to share her testimony, her story of redemption, as a way to give Jesus glory. If you ever want to hear it, reach out!Sarah lives in Waco with her husband, Mark, and their three children Seth (11), Hannah Grace (9), and Adalee (6). Sarah and Mark just celebrated 16 years of marriage. Sarah grew up in Coppell, Texas (a Dallas suburb), and graduated from Baylor University with a BBA in Marketing in 2000. Sarah started her career in Sales, Marketing, and Advertising, and spent five years in corporate business. She then chose to stay home when her first two children were born. In 2009, Sarah took on the balancing act of being a business owner while maintaining the role of “stay at home” mom. Sarah found the many aspects of creating and implementing business strategies very fulfilling, and loved working in the beauty and skincare industry. After seven years of juggling these roles, she sold the business and has enjoyed taking time over the last year to write and prepare for the next stage of her “crazy life” Sarah was born with a passion for music, and has been leading praise and worship in different capacities since she was thirteen. Sarah and her family are members of First Baptist Church Woodway, where she is on the praise team, and has the blessing to serve in different areas of ministry. Over the years, she has been gifted with opportunities to create music, and to work with organizations such as the American Family Radio and Gospel Music Association, while releasing original music an independent artist within the Christian Contemporary genre https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/everypage/id373073044. Over the years, Sarah has loved getting to know the women of Waco by being involved in organizations such as Junior League, and MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers). These experiences, along with being a mom, have given her a heart to encourage and relate to other women. Over the past two years, Sarah has felt led to begin to share some of her own experiences as a woman and mom to help minister and to encourage others. She recently started a personal blog www.saranelsonblog.com, which is still in the process of completion. Sarah is currently writing a series on dealing with crisis from a spiritual perspective, which is based on her own personal experience. Her goal with this project is to help others find hope in hardship. Sarah is beyond excited about being able to share, and to be a part of Waco Mom’s Blog. The last sixteen years have been an adventure! Eleven of those years have been spent living in Waco. Sarah and Mark moved away from Waco twice to live in Austin and Miami, and moved back both times for business opportunities. They are grateful to have laid down roots that have grown deep within the heartbeat of the city. They are thankful for their community, and dear friends they get to live life with. Sarah is beyond blessed to call Waco home.Stephanie is a blogger at The Vintage Modern Wife and essential oil educator. Born and raised in Corpus Christi, she moved to Waco 8 years ago and married her husband Mathew in December 2011. In 2014, Stephanie and Mathew welcomed their daughter Addison into the world. Addie required a 10 month hospitalization which required Stephanie to leave her teaching job to be by Addie’s side. Now, Stephanie blogs and teaches essential oil classes all while staying home with Addie, and they’re always having fun around Waco. You can read more from Stephanie at www.thevintagemodernwife.com. You can also find her on social media on Facebook: The Vintage Modern Wife, Instagram: @Mathewsbambina, and Twitter: @MathewsbambinaWhitney is married to her husband Trent, and mom to their son Beckett (age 4), their daughter Kennedy (age 1.5), a 6 week old (Adleigh), and their lab Raley. She was born and raised in Texas, and she has lived up and down I35 from Dallas to Austin and recently moved to Waco. She is a Registered Nurse by trade, but since having kids, she has become a nurse only to them while doing a couple things from home. She maintains her nursing license by doing a small amount of work each month, and she is also a Executive Consultant for a skin care company, Rodan+Fields. She enjoys being outside with her kids, Crossfit, good conversations with friends, her church, and trying new restaurants.
Photo Credit – Rachel Whyte Photography