Andrena moved to Texas as a newlywed in 2006. She and her husband, Elten, have two active and loving boys, Ernest (born in 2009) and Andruw (born in 2010). Andrena finds great joy in simple living. She loves good food, good friends, and good conversation. In her free time, she likes to write and photograph her family. You can follow her personal blog at myandrena.com.
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Hysterectomy Care and Support

Learning you need a hysterectomy can be scary. In most cases, a hysterectomy is not an elective surgery. A hysterectomy is a surgical operation to remove all or part of the uterus. In my own...

The Dirty Life of the Mom Mafia

It has been a week since I had unexpected surgery. My suburban housewife glees and woes were interrupted. My fear of not being available for those I care about came true. I received an...

Such a Good Mom

Recently I have been having a discussion with myself about what makes a good mom. I realize I need to own a truth. Lately, I cringe at the phrase: You are such a good...

Legacy, Love, and Debt

Well, it’s almost my birthday. Though I see a very pretty designer handbag on display at my favorite counter in Nordstrom, guess what, friends? I am now a debt-slaying mama, and I won't bat...
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Love My Local: East Fort Worth

When my husband and I moved to Texas, our first home was a sweet and cozy apartment in North Arlington. Driving around one Sunday after church, we stumbled upon a quaint residential community in...
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If I Had It to Do Again :: Reflections on Birthing Children

This post is part of an editorial series, “The Stork Stories,” brought to you by the Fort Worth Moms Blog and Texas Health. We hope these pieces provide you with helpful information, encouragement, and answers...
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No Drama Mama

In just a few short years, I will join my friends in their 40s. I am cheerfully looking forward to it. My boys are school-age now, and my family dynamics have shifted. Growing older...