I’m honored to share my words with you, and can only hope that you find something that resonates with your current season of life. A little about me:
I’m surrounded by boys! My husband, Ryan, is a professor of economics at Coe College here in Cedar Rapids. We met at a bar almost ten years ago and it’s been dreamy eyes and real life lovin’ ever since. Our first son is our bernese mountain dog Marshall, who is 130 pounds of fluff and chill. In 2017 we welcomed our first human child, Cal. He’s a dinosaur loving, imaginative, emotionally intelligent, silly, adorable little spitfire. His vocabulary shocks us daily. His little brother, Benjamin, was born in 2019. Ben is already showing his personality to be full of joy, curiosity, smiles, and grabbing anything within reach. It’s a miracle I haven’t eaten his chubby cheeks yet.
I was born and raised in Southern California, but have called Iowa home for several years. I alternate between lamenting every time we visit the golden state (the traffic! the crowds! the costs!) and wistfully dreaming of walks on the beach while in the throes of dark midwestern winters. More than anything I wish I could see my family more often; can we just make California and Iowa nearby neighbors somehow?
Mrs. Baranowski is my name and education has always been my game. I have taught kindergarten, ESL, intervention, K-2 at a residential treatment center, and dabbled in administration. This year, however, has been unique for me as I’ve taken an extended year off to stay home with my boys. It’s the biggest blessing I could ask for to have this precious time with them all day, even if it’s temporary.