Our Family

Hi.  My name is Patty and this is my husband Andy.  We have been married 13 years and have begun our parenthood journey a little later in life.  Pre-baby, we focused on each other, our two rescued dogs, and our careers.  We wanted to build a strong foundation if, in fact, we were to ever have  (what we called throughout our marriage) a “magical child”.  It wasn’t until a few years ago that the urge to have a tiny one to love would make our relationship complete.

The only recent pictures we have of each other are ones we take ourselves.

We were very fortunate to become pregnant almost immediately and in 2011 our son was born.

The O-ster; AKA: Buttercup, Cuddle Bear, Big O, and (most recently) Destructor

When we brought home our little bundle, our pug (Olive) didn’t even notice that anyone had moved in.  However, it took many months for our border collie/husky (Ebug) to appreciate the joy a baby brings.  After cohabiting 24/7, Ebug has finally taking a liking to the little guy and she even lets him pet her.

Olive, 14 years. Adopted at the age of 5.

Ebug, 14 years. Adopted at the age of 1.

Since Oster’s birth, I have been on a maternity leave from a career I am most passionate about – teaching.  I have over a decade of experience working with teenagers and have spent a great deal of my career researching strategies to help each of my students reach his/her potential.  Now that I’m a mom I’m focusing my research (and energy) on child development.  Both literacy and language are embedded in our child’s day.

At discover and devour you will find my experiences on motherhood, education, and everyday life here in the suburbs of Chicago.  Welcome, buckle your seat belt, and enjoy the ride.

10 thoughts on “Our Family

  1. WELCOME! Your family is lovely. Thank you for subscribing to follow my blog. I hope you are encouraged, inspired and enjoy the photos I take as I journey through my retirement years.


  2. Thank you for reading my “blackberries” blog-I appreciate you reading my blog, hope you will read some of the older ones. I became a mom at 19-had my last at 42-so I know both ends of this wonderful, exhausting, rewarding, traumatic adventure!

  3. Hi Patty, Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. I’m. Looking forward to reading more of your posts. We’re first time parents too later in life and so far its been an incredible journey.

  4. Found your blog from another blog! Loving it – especially the books you focus on! I am also a former teacher, although I have found my way into training, mostly just through circumstance and life. And I am also a midwesterner – living in Michigan literally right across the lake from Chicago (on a really clear night we can see the Chicago lights on the horizon!). Great blog – glad I discovered it! 🙂

    • So great to meet you and so glad you found my blog. I’m looking forward to reading yours and getting to know you. It sounds like you have an amazing view from your place!

      It’s funny because I got into teaching as my second career 🙂 I worked in the television industry prior to the classroom. Through the industry I found my way into education. The rest is history (although, there are some long boring stories in between).

      Thank you for your kind words. Have a fantastic weekend!

  5. This is a lovely introduction.

    I can relate to all of this. I am a teacher by training and passionate about it. I have two rescued dogs. My wife and I are also talking about having a child right now. So, I am definitely very happy to “be here” reading your blog.

      • Same here. 🙂

        The fact that you want to go back to teaching this much is a great thing. I am sure your students will benefit. Being a teacher I know you appreciate more than most that what we need are motivated and enthusiastic teachers, they play such a vital role.

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