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.

Erica Easter-Arevalo

(Guest Blogger Since 2020)

My name is Erica Easter-Arevalo,
I am an Early Childhood development educator and trainer.  I am a member of the National Education of Young Children, The Early Childhood Coalition, and Black Child Institute.


I am a former Chairperson for BBA Monitoring, which helps with court-appointed parent/ child supervised visits, in a safe, healthy environment.  I am married to a renaissance man, David. We have a son, 26, and a daughter, seven.  I am a glam ma, to a beautiful baby girl. I love art, museums, history, family, friends, faith, and food!  We are a traveling family! We love great adventures!


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Vanessa Halter

(Guest Blogger Since 2020)

Hi, friends! My name is Vanessa Halter, and I am a 38-year-old single mother of one. I came to Wichita Falls in 2012, by way of Cincinnati, OH. While I was born here, my sisters and I (I am the baby) were raised in Northern Kentucky by my mother. I attended Eastern Kentucky University, where I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy. I worked and lived in Cincinnati for 7 years, prior to moving back to be closer to my father, Mike.

I am a proud mother to Jackson, my 5-year-old son, who is obsessed with baseball, infatuated with Roblox, and a proud “father” to his dog, Molly, our 2-year-old chihuahua mix. We enjoy board games, sling-shot wars, building pillow forts, and all things LEGO and Hot Wheels.

This year, I decided to strike out on my own, and I have established a private practice in pediatric occupational therapy. C.A.M.P. Therapy Center was founded in May 2020, and I am looking forward to my grand opening this summer.

When not working or playing, I enjoy volunteering with the Junior League of Wichita Falls. Having been a member since 2013, the opportunities that have been afforded to me through JLWF have provided me with a sense of belonging and purpose that I never had in Cincinnati. Additionally, I enjoy shopping for antiques, working on my 97-year-old home, and spending time with my friends, who have become my Texas family.

I am honored and excited to be a guest-blogger for Texoma With Kids, and I look forward to sharing a piece of my journey with you.

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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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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.



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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 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 that 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 Bishop

(Blog Editor Since 2019)

Small town born and raised!

I am from the tiniest town Holliday, Texas! My whole family still lives there and I moved back the first chance I got! I am a graduate of Midwestern State University where I received my Bachelor in Business Administration. 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 have my own small business Lines and Lavender and you can follow me on Facebook and Instagram @linesandlavender! I am a dog mom to my favorite little buddies Maverick and Rita!

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