About the Authors

Interested in becoming a guest blogger for Texoma With Kids? We’re always looking for new unique voices and perspectives, and we’d love to have you! Check out this post for details.



Lauren McKechnie
(Blog Editor)


I am a big city girl gone rural.

In 2012 I moved 400 miles away from everyone I knew in Houston to Wichita Falls, all for my husband’s dream job.

Since then, I’ve embraced the “Grow Where You’re Planted” mentality, and it’s made me a stronger, more grounded person who has come to love this new life with less traffic and more of a focus on the things really matter.

Together, my husband and I parent two feisty dachshunds and one even feistier preschooler.

I am a marketing and PR professional (serving as Marketing Director at Texoma Community Credit Union), and a terrible yet motivated DIY-er in that spare time I so rarely have since I became a mom.

I have blogged since I was sixteen years old, and absolutely love writing. I hope you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them!

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Shelby Reese
(Guest Blogger)

I am 23-year-old from Holliday, and I’ve planted my roots in Wichita Falls with my husband, Tyler, and our son Oaklee. Tyler is a diesel mechanic that travels to majestic places like West Texas, and Oaklee is a free-spirited kindergartner.


In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors with my husband at the deer lease, volunteering through Junior League of Wichita Falls, and watching my little guy explore the game of golf and the art of playing the violin.


I am a fundraising professional at United Regional Foundation serving as Children’s Miracle Network Specialists. My cup is overflowing with opportunity and love for the pediatric patients helped at United Regional. I am excited to expand awareness about Children’s Miracle Network at United Regional.

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Carol Dorrough
(Guest Blogger)


I was born and raised in Brazil. (Google Recife and you will see the wonderful place I am from!) People always ask “what brings you to Wichita Falls?” And the answer is always the same: my husband! Michael worked in Maryland for a few years, and as soon as he got the first opportunity to come back to the Lone Star State, he did it and never looked back. We got married back in 2009 and in 2011 I made my way to the USA. After a few months, we found our perfect house in a green cul-de-sac in Burkburnett.

We are parents of Trudy (6), Logan (4) and Emma Grace (2). Trudy is a Staffordshire terrier adopted through the Humane Society and Logan, who is an American Bulldog Pit Bull mix, was rescued after his family moved and left him behind. Miss Emma came to our family after a long struggle to get pregnant. She is the love of our lives!

Candlewood Suites is my second home and my very first job in town. We work hard to make our hotel a home away from home to any and all guests.

My heart is on minimalism and organization. I love all things organizing and probably read all books related to it. That’s what I love to do to help people find quality of life, peace of mind, time and money to do what matters most.

As a mother who works full-time outside of home, my hope is to be a righteous influence to my family and help as many people as possible around me, being a good Christian, active in the community, sharing information, connecting people, but mostly being a true friend!

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Lauren Bush
(Guest Blogger)

I am 37 years old and live in Seymour, TX with my husband Joe and our two sons, Josiah and Benjamin.  My favorite color is orange and my favorite activity is hoeing weeds and forgetting to buy eggs at the grocery store.  I work for the City of Seymour as the Economic Development Director as well as serve on several community boards.  Most mornings you can catch me in the office listening to Missy Elliot.

My children are 10 years and 1 day a part, and I tells people often that this happened because “God has a sense of humor, and thankfully, a plan.”  One is a toddler and the other is a teenager.  Right now, life is completely insane. Being a full-time working/volunteering mom is hard and I feel fortunate for this opportunity to share my story, my struggles, and my triumphs with moms in the area.

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Laura Ritchie
(Guest Blogger)

I was born and raised in Wichita Falls and moved back recently after ten years away. I’m married to my high school sweetheart and together we have two children, Luke (age six) and Cadence (age two, nearly three).

I am a licensed professional counselor intern in the state of Texas and I’m passionate about helping children and their families to overcome every day obstacles and become a stronger unit.

I also help those who face more challenging issues such as adoption, divorce, or trauma. My hope is to help the parents of this community by sharing my experience not only as a counselor, but as a mother.

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Tiffany Jetton
(Guest Blogger)

I am a born and bred Wichitan.

After graduating from Rider High School (go ROHO!), I migrated to the DFW area to attend college where I earned my Bachelors in Education.

Despite parental protest, I stayed in the area to begin my new teaching career. The next eight years in my field were spent answering to: Miss, Miss Jetton, Miss J, and Miss Crouton (yes, kindergarteners are very creative). I have taught almost every grade from Kindergarten to 12th. Please don’t ask me to pick a favorite. Just like your mom I loved them all equally!

After 8 years of teaching and my first gray hair, I decided to move back home to be closer to my family, and planted roots in Burkburnett with the purchase of my first home.

Through my position at Texoma Community Credit Union, I am able to use my teaching skills to bring much needed financial education to those in the Texoma area. I have had the opportunity to teach in area classrooms, after-school programs, parent nights, and adult financial education classes. I also serve as an internal trainer to the employees of TCCU.

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