Hello! I’m Alison, a thirty-something mother to two heaven-side babies and three delicious children earth-side: Zane (10), Asher (5), and Ivy Kate (1). My amazing husband, Cratin, and our little family live in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area.
Our journey began 15 years ago when Cratin and I met while at Baylor University. Cratin was studying Radio, TV, Film and I was a Theatre Performance major. We actually met in a summer class Cratin was required to take at Baylor, but since I was still in my junior year, I dropped the class after three short days and took it somewhere else. Three days, and we didn’t even meet until the last day. Phew! We both held multiple jobs while attending school, but still found time to watch zillions of movies and eat lots of Chinese food together. It wasn’t long before we both realized that God had brought us together. One year later, on top of the Empire State Building in NYC, Cratin got on one knee and proposed. The following year we were married!
We were married just shy of a year and a half and, SURPRISE! we were expecting a baby boy. We rode the emotional rollercoaster that is a new parent’s first gift, and settled on elated terror. Ha! Thankfully God’s grace covers us and we have grown up as parents along with him. Our next two babies were given back to God before we had the chance to meet them. We look forward to the day we are reunited. Asher Reed was born nearly six years after Zane and has made his presence known (loud and proud) since he arrived on the scene. Ivy Kate was born a little over one year ago and already has all of us, dog included (his name is Baylor), wrapped around her little, precious fingers.
Shortly after graduating from Baylor I felt God leading me to pursue a career as an educator. I went back for my certification and then taught in public school for six years. I was able to stay home a bit when Asher was a baby before teaching at a private school for two years. I am currently enjoying teaching my kids from home while helping run our own business. Cratin and I own a video production company specializing in motion graphics and other video needs for companies, churches, and individuals around the nation.
After 13 years of marriage and three kids, I have a lot to say on motherhood and marriage: mostly about how we can give ourselves and others grace and encouragement as we navigate our own journeys. I am thrilled to be the newest member of the SnuggBugg BuggBlog team!