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 Since 2016)

 

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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Leah Gilliland
(Blog Editor Since 2019)

 

Small town born and raised!

I am from the tiniest town Holliday, Texas! My whole family still lives there and that is where my heart has stayed! I am a recent graduate of Midwestern State University where I received my Bachelor in Business Administration in Marketing. I am also an alumna of Gamma Phi Beta where I learned how to be the best woman I could be!

I currently work on the marketing team for an amazing credit union– TCCU!

I am an avid DIY-er and love to do projects for my house! I am also passionate about baking and my food blog is coming soon!

I am a dog mom to my favorite little buddy Maverick, and I am currently planning my wedding and loving every minute of it!

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Brooke Holley
(Guest Blogger Since 2020)

 

A Georgia girl, who fell in love with a Cowboys fan; I found myself moving to Wichita Falls in 2014 after marrying my college sweetheart.

I am wife to my handsome husband, Cameron, and mom to the world’s sweetest girl, Tayla. Together with our goofy dog, Brynn, we make up the Holley House. We are also licensed foster parents, and occasionally have the opportunity to open our home and family up to children in need.

Cameron works in Marketing for the Better Business Bureau of North Texas, and I am the office administrator for our local church, where we also serve as youth pastors. On my day off you can usually find me surfing Pinterest for a project or dreaming about our next vacation. I am a foodie, art lover, but my greatest joy comes from the sweet girl that calls me “mom.”

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Trel Welker
(Guest Blogger Since 2020)

 

Hey y’all! My name is Trel and I’m originally from the East Coast but my heart is forever a Texan now! I grew up being an Army brat and moved a lot, so it’s nice to have a place to call home.

I’m 35 and love anything planner related, stickers, Washi tape, sticky notes, colored pens, because if it’s not written in said planner, it’s not getting done! Pink and glitter are my favorite colors! I’m married to Mark and together we have seven kiddos, spanning in ages from teen to toddler! We own a small mowing business in Burkburnett. 

I’m a stay at home mom who homeschools and volunteers with my church often. I’m looking forward to sharing the good, the bad, and the ugly in hopes that you know you aren’t alone and we are all hot messes!

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Joey Fino
(Guest Blogger Since 2020)

I was born and raised in the big ol city of Wichita Falls, TX. I still live here along with my Wife Jessica and two daughters, Auria (7) and Addison (5). Life with 3 ladies in the house is very adventurous and interesting to say the least. They ALL keep me on my toes and remind me daily how lucky of a man I am to have 3 great women in my life…My youngest said I had to write that statement or she will disown me. 

I am a recent graduate from Wayland Baptist University where I studied Business Managements. I am the Overdraft and Fraud Specialist at Texoma Community Credit Union. I have been with Texoma for five years now and love the line of work I am in. 

I am also a worship leader at a local church, and have way too many hobbies to list. Blogging gives me the opportunity to not only add to my list of hobbies, but gives me the avenue to talk about my life with the girls to a new audience. Usually I just talk and discuss that topic with all the Barbies and stuffed animals in the house, so I really don’t get any feedback.

Being the First dad blogger in Texoma with Kids is very exciting and I hope you enjoy reading my posts and look forward to all the feedback!

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Erika Schmidt
(Guest Blogger Since 2020)

Hi y’all! I am 31 years old. I am from a tiny town in the Hill Country, Mason, but now we call Graham, America our home. We love our red, white and blue little town.

I am first a Christian, then a wife and girl mom to the extreme. We have 4! Their ages range from 1-13. My house is full of pink, drama, sass and mostly love! I am also a proud wind wife. My husband works for Vestas as the lead wind tech at Trinity Hills Wind Farm, in Olney. 

I work part time as the Bereavement Coordinator for Beyond Faith Hospice, LLC in Graham. I am full time housewife and mom. Any given day you can find me volunteering for organizations in town or my kids’ schools and activities. 

Two of those organizations near and dear to my heart, are Choices-Young County, a pregnancy resource center and Graham Young Life. I serve as the Social Media Coordinator for Choices. Being a teen mom, this is a cause near and dear to my heart. I am the committee chair for Graham Young Life. We are currently trying to start this ministry in our town. God, my testimony and heart drive me for kids to know they are known and loved. 

My girls are super involved as well, with Graham Regional Theatre, Renee’s Dance Factory, serving in children’s ministry at HighRidge Graham, piano, 4H Food and Nutrition and lots of school activities and sports. 

I am sure you will hear lots about my kids in my posts and how we do this beautiful, crazy life of organized chaos. I am excited to serve as a guest blogger, bring insight from all the walks of life I’ve walked from being a single, teen mom, 13 years ago to a new NICU mom 15 months ago,  and to also show you another part of Texoma that is pretty special! 

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Shelby Reese
(Guest Blogger Since 2018)

I am 25-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 Since 2018)

 

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 Since 2018)

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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