My Story


Hello! I hope you feel welcome here. This blog began as a way to keep family and friends updated on our experiences in hosting Ma, a little Ivorian girl who came to the States to receive treatment for what turned out to be eye cancer. When the journey became much longer than we planned and much harder than we thought, the struggle became real. I learned quickly that courageous love involves risk, sacrifice, and even loss. I was challenged to leave the comfort and safety of our happy yellow house, to get lost in the halls of the hospital, and to walk the streets of Cote d’Ivoire, Africa.

I continue to write here about our ongoing journey with Ma. You will also find thoughts on parenting in the form of open letters to my daughters in the series Mama Always SaidAnd if you stop by on Tuesdays, you’ll sometimes find a new addition to my Travel Diaries where I share our family adventures in traveling the world.

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Ma in her hometown. 4/2017

Bio: Nicole is a research scientist turned full-time mom and medical host mom, living with her husband, Dave, and two daughters – Bizzy (age 13) and Pippa (age 8) – in their happy yellow house in Ann Arbor, MI. In between trips to school, the grocery store, and the dry cleaners, she strings together words hoping that some day they will be woven into a memoir.

Nicole earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Wheaton College, her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Michigan State University, and absolutely no degree in Motherhood, which is what she now needs the most. In her free time (as if), she dreams of traveling to far-flung places, singing like Aretha Franklin, and having a private chef who makes fresh salsa and guacamole every single day. She’s sure her family dreams of the last one as well.

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