My name is Jessica Murphy and I am a married mother of boy/girl twins, Clara Blue and Cormac Leo, who were born on October 24, 2011. I am a stay-at-home-mom in rural New Mexico, where I cloth diaper, breastfeed, grow vegetables, feed chickens and love my family.
I am passionate about sustainable living, self-sufficiency, local foods, high-quality handmade items and doing it all on a budget. I take pride in my ability to think critically about how to best meet my family’s goals on a limited income. I enjoy splurging on amazing things occasionally, but overall, I try to be as frugal as possible without sacrificing quality or safety. It is also important to me to live simply and not be overwhelmed by all the “stuff” that tends to accompany infants. If I learned anything during my stay in the hospital (see my birth story) it was that I didn’t really need anything I owned, excluding a few items.
My husband, Jedediah, is a wonderful provider and an excellent father. He has a full time job as a wildlife specialist and I am thrilled for the day when he brings an animal home to show our children. He has been a very attentive father and has been known to assist me with (or take over) DIY baby projects. Jed and I met in college, where we were both working on a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science. He got his dream job, I got him and after a stretch of strange jobs that turned my resumé into a menagerie of part time weirdness, we had two babies at once and I entered the new (to me) world of stay-at-home-mommydome.
I am thrilled to be headed down this new road. I feel, like most moms do at some point, thoroughly overwhelmed and unprepared, despite all my prior planning. And when that happens, I wait until I’m feeding my children and they look at me, or at each other, and I know that everything is going beautifully