Welcome! I’m Lydia. I’m French-American, I’m a former broadcaster, and I’m wife to Andrew and Maman to our sweet Adelina and Baby Jonas. This is the part of life where I’m learning about myself quite a bit — as a mom, as a professional, as a person, as a wife. Ours is a bilingual home, and it’s a place we’re definitely learning and improving. Thanks for reading, and it’s nice to have you along for the ride 🙂
What’s this blog about?
Plenty of my own personal journey, of course, but also things I’ve learned from other amazing mothers and inspiring people around me. Silly (and sometimes maddening) childhood stories, some French recipes and how-tos, tales of raising a bilingual family, organizational discoveries, and stories of saving (and let’s be honest…sometimes losing) your sanity. I strongly believe mothers need to be whole people, not just martyrs or saints, and that means different things for different people, but to me it is: keeping your skills and education alive, developing your mind, taking some time for yourself and prioritizing your spouse, and continuing your professional development, so expect some of that too! (OK let’s be real though: early childhood and the newborn phase especially can really take you for a loop… so no pressure, but someday we’ll get back to our sharper senses!) As a former TV news anchor, I’m going to be creating some of all this content as videos and vlogs, because why not?! Finally, you’ll probably hear quite a bit about clubfoot: Jonas was born with bilateral clubfeet, and I’m sharing our journey because it’s been hugely helpful for me to hear about others’ experiences with this condition. I hope it’s helpful for you other clubfoot parents out there!
You won’t see a picture-perfect portrait of blissful motherhood, because that’s definitely not me, but I do try to stay positive and sane, and I’ll take you along on my journey in capturing the awesome parts of it while trying to shake the crazy! Join me!
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A little more about me:
I was born in Nice, France, lived in Virginia for a few years, then my family went back to Bordeaux, France where we moved about five times. My father is French and sings opera, my mom’s an American and a gifted learning teacher.
At 18 years old, I packed three suitcases with everything my post-high-school-self owned and moved to beautiful Provo, Utah to study at BYU. The broadcast journalism program there stretched me way past my comfort zone, and I’m so glad for it! I won a couple of awards, and worked on improving my voice and writing a solid story. I also met my handsome husband on the BYU Ballroom Dance Company, and it didn’t hurt that he was fresh off spending two years in Switzerland and France! We still enjoy tearing up the dance floor together, and Andrew still teaches dance and violin off and on. (This guy’s pretty impressive huh!)
We now live in Wyoming, and the small-town life is suiting us beautifully. Getting to know a community and immersing yourself in it is a rewarding experience, and it’s nice to put some roots down. I still get some funny reactions when people hear I’m from France though: “What in the world did you move here for?!” Ha! We welcomed Adelina to our family a few years ago (my goodness how time flies!), and Jonas two years later.
I was an executive producer, reporter and news anchor for a TV station for four years, and I loved my job despite the crazy hours and high stress levels. When we moved further west to pursue my husband’s dream job, I decided to take a break since we were expecting baby #2. It was a good decision for this moment in time, but as always, I reserve the right to change my mind! I am grateful for the opportunity to dedicate all my energy to raising our children for now though, and I’m glad to say I’ve adapted relatively well to the home life so far.
I’m also a contributor for the Mormon Women Project, which is an incredibly rewarding experience that has allowed me to meet some wonderful people. I guess even in my spare time I like interviewing people! The cooperative ministry that has grown from the project is important to me, and I’m always looking for ways to tell women’s stories.