About

 

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Welcome! I’m Lydia. I’m French-American, I’m a former broadcaster, I’m wife to Andrew and Maman to our sweet Adelina and Baby Jonas, and I’m a Mormon. Ours is a bilingual home, and it’s a place where we’re definitely learning and growing.

What’s this blog about?

Plenty of my own personal journey, of course, but also things I learn from other amazing mothers and inspiring people around me. Yes, there’s a lot of motherhood, because I’m at a point in my life where this role is sometimes all-consuming, and that’s OK. There are silly (and sometimes maddening) childhood stories, some French recipes and how-to’s, tales of raising a bilingual family, organizational discoveries, and stories of saving (and let’s be honest…sometimes losing) your sanity. 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, 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!)

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!

A disclaimer: I do not consider myself an expert in motherhood — far from it. What I share here is what I’ve learned, and I realize sometimes that may be narrow and limited in its scope. But I benefit immensely from hearing others’ stories and experiences, which is why I share mine. I don’t have all the answers, but talking things out is a great way for me to process experiences and feelings. So please, do be patient with me! Even I sometimes roll my eyes at my naivete in older posts, but I promise it always come from a place of great earnestness.

You won’t see a picture-perfect portrait of blissful motherhood, because that’s definitely not me — there is immense joy and immense pain in this work, depending on the day — 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!

Please, make yourself comfortable, comment, participate, but stay respectful. I will moderate comments for language, personal attacks and discriminatory remarks.


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!)

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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.

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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. (OK, it was a love-hate relationship some days. This work is not for the faint of heart, let me tell you…)

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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 the right decision for us at this moment in time, but who knows what the future holds! (No, seriously, if you know, please tell me, because it’s a mystery… ha!) 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. Actually, I’m surprised at how much I’ve been loving it.

I’ve been a contributor to the Mormon Women Project and Their Story is Our Story: Giving Voice to Refugees, causes that are near and dear to my heart. Check them out if you have a minute, you’ll come away uplifted and inspired.

You can find me on Instagram @LydiaDN and YouTube every once in a while. Thanks for reading!