Meet the Hippomum
Hi! I’m Diane “a.k.a.”The Hippo Mum”. I’m proud wife to an amazing husband and mom of three wonderful kids-three and under. I am also an AMI-trained Montessori teacher with a Masters in Education. I was in the classroom for several years until God blessed us with our first child. Since then, I’ve embraced my new role as stay-at-home mom who juggles our daily shenanigans not always with perfection but always with passion. Here, I get to share about discovering joy in marriage, motherhood and Montessori centered on my Master, Jesus Christ.
Meet the Cast!
First off, I’d like to introduce my main man — my wonderful husband of five years — named Chris! We met on Eharmony — yes, the online dating site — about seven years ago. We dated for a year, got engaged and got married a year later. We had a long-distance relationship. I worked in San Diego while he was in law school in Sacramento. He is currently an attorney by day and an avid golfer by night. His dream is to one day play in the Masters (a major golf tournament).
During our courtship, we decided to stay pure and shared our first kiss on our wedding day. It didn’t take us long to figure out how to expand our family. Ten weeks into our marriage, we found out we were expecting — a honeymoon baby! Nine months later, we welcomed our first born, Micah!
Micah is our eldest child. He is a smart, logical and independent young man. He turned four a couple of months ago but he is wise beyond his years. He is definitely the perfect definition of a (Chris) “mini-me.” Micah and Chris have very similar personalities and they even look alike too! He is a voracious reader and his memory is impeccable. He has been memorizing books since before he could read. We could hardly believe it. At times, he would randomly recite lines during bedtime stories. He is also great at following directions and building Lego sets. He is also a great big brother to Titus and Kaydi (on most days.)
Next comes our little charmer and the perfect mix of naughty and nice, Titus. He is a fun-loving, sweet and an intense little man. He is tender-hearted, sensitive and enjoys big hugs and lots of kisses. He draws people together with his loving smile and entertaining personality. He seems to make a friend wherever he goes. He is curious, adventurous and definitely a little daredevil. You say “jump” and he says “how high!” He loves to tinker, explore and learn from his environment. He is our little kinesthetic learner. He has slowly embraced his new role as a big brother and enjoys kissing his little sister’s hands and feet while she sleeps.
After two boys, God blessed us with a little girl. Her name is Kaydi. She’s ten months old and is already a character. She is the most serious of the three and maintains a more serene personality. It takes a while to get her to smile but when she does, it definitely captures your heart. She knows how to get her brothers’ attention and enjoys being around them. She’s independent, feisty and loves a good meal. I look forward to getting to know her even more.
Join me as I navigate through my journey in marriage, motherhood and Montessori. My entries aren’t about a perfect marriage, a perfect family or a perfect home. Actually, it is quite the opposite. It is about the amazing grace of God that sustains my imperfect life. It is about my Master who instructs me to submit joyfully to my husband when I don’t really feel like it, my Maker who encourages me to disciple my children when they drive me crazy and my Messiah who embraces me wholeheartedly when I just can’t get it together.