Mothers Arise is a photo series celebrating incredible mamas who rise to the occasion by juggling relationships, work, their homes, and child rearing in an exceptional way. All the outstanding women participating in this project are at different stages in their journey. But they all have one thing in common; they give their all in the most sacred role they hold as mothers.
Q: When you aren't working, you can often be found...
A: Spending time with my family, blogging, and staying active! I am not a homebody and never have been. So you will always find me doing something fun and spontaneous!
Q: Tell me about yourself...
A: I am a big kid at heart that loves to laugh, have a good time, spend time with my family. If you grow up hispanic, you learn merengue and salsa before you can walk! I have always loved to dance, from family parties to my drill team team days in high school. Staying in shape amongst this season of life we call motherhood, can be a challenge. But I have learned that balance is KEY! Just because you're a mother, it doesn't mean, you need to stop being human! I usually take Zumba, You-Jam Fitness, Yoga, and HITT classes at the gym. When I can not squeeze those in, I like to take my kids to the park and chase my toddler around. That counts as a work out right?
Q: Tell me about your family...
A: You will hear me refer to my family as my B's: Bryce, Brynn, and Babe! My sister and mom are my triplets! We all look alike, and share just about everything with each other, from secrets to our closet! So spending time with each other is something we have always done and loved!
Q: Let's talk about your blogging gig...
A: I've always had a love for writing, sharing, and connecting with others. I'm a social butterfly by nature, so sharing my passion of motherhood through social media is something I have fallen in love with doing! I can't wait to see where this leads me!
Q: What story do you hope to tell the world?
A: I hope to tell a story of young moms like myself, that are juggling relationships, careers, child rearing, all while reaching for their goals and overcoming all odds. I became a mom at the age of 21. Drew and I had mutually talked about starting a family and decided it was a good idea to do it in a couple of years. Little did we know Bryce was already in my belly at the time. I had just graduated from college and had no job lined up. I was in despair and at the time, I felt I had all odds against me. I was not married, had to tell my Hispanic parents the news, and certainly not prepared to be a mom. But I will never forget the moment we knew that sweet baby boy was going to make us a complete family, and that this was as REAL as it GETS! I was about to be a mom, something I had always dreamed about! I soon learned that there is no perfect timing to be a mother. You learn as they go, and they teach you a thing or two along the way! I was soon able to start my teaching career and buy our first home at the age of 24! Hard work and persistence is key. Through my blog, I aim to erase the negative stigma that young moms tend to have.
Q: What message would you share with the women who read this blog?
A: As young moms, we too, can mommy full-time, carry a career full-time, be a wife, have fun, have friends, and laugh and support one another along the way because this thing we call “Motherhood” is not easy! Just because we are moms, doesn't mean the world has to come to an end. Enjoy life, dance a little, or a lot, and laugh mama, because life's too short to not!
Carlota of Criando Ando is an amazing mommy blogger who I first met in 2016. She blogs (en español) about her adventures in motherhood as a Venezolana raising her kids in Houston. This is our third shoot together. And every time, I feel like I am meeting up with a life long friend. We talk about the joys and struggles of motherhood, marriage, and being work from home mamas; but the best part is that we can do it en español! This time around, when Carlota reached out to me to book another session, I knew it was going to be so special. You see, she told me how she was getting ready to wean her now toddler - who I've been photographing since he was just a crawler. She wanted a photoshoot to remember this stage of motherhood and milestone with her last baby. As we discussed locations, Carlota had the genius idea to have her session in the Texas bluebonnets, which happened to still be in bloom in Houston at that time. For Carlota, as for many other families, visiting the fields of bluebonnets for a photo-op has become an annual tradition. But bringing a professional photographer along to capture it, is something that every Texas family should do at least once. Neither one of us is a native Texan, but we both agree that the photos from this session are postcard worthy in every way.
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A few weeks ago, the family and I had the opportunity to visit The Cage Houston, before its official opening to the public. The Cage, is a family owned and operated baseball training facility & batting cages indoor. It is the first of its kind in the heart of the Houston Heights, conveniently located near downtown Houston, and easily accessible from Loop 610.
This cool space with an urban-industrial vibe, was built by a Houston dad and his wife, who are passionate about America's favorite pastime and dedicated to providing a quality facility within the city. While this establishment is team focused, it can also be a great place for off season training, for baseball players of all skill levels wishing to perfect their techniques.
The best thing about The Cage is that, unlike fields, it can be used in any weather. Even on days when we experience all four seasons at once - which is typical of Houston. Rain, scorching heat, or heavy humidity, are no longer excuses for cancelling practice at the last minute. Which means baseball moms can rejoice knowing their calendars and schedules will not be shifted around. Though if your child's team practice will be held here, I recommend arriving early to avoid a long hike. Parking is limited. On the plus side, there are two tv's, so you could send the hubby instead and he'd never have to miss out on watching the home team play for the win!
I must confess that my favorite feature is actually the amazing mural of the Houston Astros, created by commissioned local artist, Frankie Cardona. You can enjoy the arts and support a small business, while also enjoying your family's favorite sport. It's a win-win for all!
The Cage Houton is all set for its Grand Opening on May 14th, with the ribbon cutting ceremomy being held at 4pm, and you are invited. See you there!
Hey there! I'm Anel. Houston photographer, wife to my high school sweetheart, and mama to four wild kids who I homeschool. I love nature, motherhood, taking photos, and living a slow simple life.
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