One of the things we love most around here is sharing the authentic stories of Milwaukee area moms — their experiences, perspectives, struggles, and triumphs. We are thrilled to welcome FOUR new writers to our team this fall, plus one returning mama from our original contributor team! Please join us in saying “hello” and “welcome back” to these incredible women who we know are going to make this community so much richer and stronger.
Photos are by the very talented Christopher Hyler Photography.
Charonne is a mama of FIVE kiddos, plus many more for a time through foster care and is a proud resident of Sherman Park. She is the director of OneHope27 and is passionate about the city, learning to love others well, good coffee and good food!
“I remember watching our daughter in a community dance class being affected by the fact that she drastically stuck out from the rest. There was no one who looked even remotely like her, no one she could identify with. It was around this same time that I became aware of a beautiful community in the heart of the city……”
Jill is a mom of 5 elementary aged kids adopted out of foster care, married to her favorite guy in the world and is constantly in pursuit of becoming who God has created her to be. She has no interest in beating around the bush or ignoring truth; She loves to face the world head on and figure out how to serve the world and become a better human in the process.
“Some girls dream of the perfect wedding. Some dream of finding their prince charming. Others dream of a career and a fairy tale life. All I ever wanted was to be a mom. I was the kid who wanted to help kids. Even my dolls were orphans, kids with special needs or someone needing somewhere to go….”
Shauna lives in Wauwatosa with her husband of 6 years, a Collie/Shepherd rescue pup, a two-year-old daughter, and are anticipating the arrival of a second little girl. Becoming a mom for the first time made Shauna realize this is the “job” she always wanted. It also gave her an opportunity to do several other things she loves, like TALK and WRITE. As it turns out other people really like to talk about it too.
“Two years ago, I became a mom for the first time I realized this is the “job” I have always wanted. It also gave me an opportunity to do a few other things I love. TALK and WRITE. And, now I really have a lot to say, ha. I love to talk about being a mom, being a new mom, being a loving mom, being a strong mom, being a hot mess mom, all of it…..”
Erin is a recently returned Wisconsin native currently living in Shorewood with her husband Bradley, dog Sheldon, and two kids, George and Francis. Her background in childcare and education have led to a borderline obsession with all things kid including safety gear, equipment, clothing and toys. This type A mom is learning to embrace the chaos and welcome that challenges that parenting brings. With a husband who travels often for work and two kids nineteen months apart, Erin relies on her mom tribe, Hulu and a heavy dose of caffeine to make every day a success.
“Little did I know that this experience was only the beginning of motherhood — messy, not at all as you had planned, but amazing and magical none the less.
Becoming a mother has been the most humbling experience of my life. My two children challenge me, requiring me to constantly shift and grow…..”
Welcome Back, Mariana!
Mariana is a Milwaukee transplant who feels truly at home for the first time in her life. With over a decade of professional experience in college admissions, Mariana now works in multicultural recruitment for a local university. She has a deep passion for empowering underrepresented communities to pursue education and fulfilling careers. When she’s not pulling out toy dinosaurs from her bag at staff meetings, you can find her on the couch, Netflix n chillin’ her with her two kids, Gabriela and Oscar, and her partner, Eric.
“If you must ask, and you happen to be asking me, I will tell you this: I will always want more babies. Having babies is addictive, a bit like the rush of getting your first tattoo or body piercing. The desire to do it again comes back after your body heals and you’ve accepted your new life…..”