Omaha Moms Blog:: Introducing Mary

Hello Omaha, friends of our dear city and followers!

This is my first official blog, and I am beyond excited to share my thoughts with the community! Thanks for clicking, and bear with me; I’m literally new here. 


In Millard, West Omaha, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days… 

But seriously. I was born and raised in Omaha; I am a Cornhusker through and through. As with many natives, I often wonder, especially during a Midwest winter, “Why the heck did my parent’s decide to live here?” 

I grew up in Millard, was homeschooled, and married young. I loved to travel, and always knew that I didn’t want to live my entire life without experiencing something different. And so, as newlyweds, my husband and I decided to embark on a new adventure together. 

The ocean was calling this Nebraska girl, and I was ready to answer. Charleston, South Carolina is where we hung our hats, and it was absolutely lovely! Strolling through downtown, or one of the beach-side communities, bicycling the cobblestone streets, combing the beach and wading in the surf, golfing, or dining at one of the famed establishments is how I preferred to spend my days off. In many ways, it was all I had ever wanted. But it wasn’t. The cost of living was higher, and struggling financially was already a major contention point of our marriage, combine that with zero degrees, wedding debt, and then some, we were off to a shaky start to say the least.

Congratulations: you’re pregnant! Now what!?

Shortly after a weekend trip to Hilton Head (that was gifted to us) we found out that we were expecting our first child; we were ecstatic! We knew, however, with the struggles we were facing, we would need to be close to family, and support if we were going to get through this.  Although I realized that strictly financially speaking the move was a mistake, it was an experience never to be taken for granted. It came with some lifelong friends I will never forget.

Soon enough, we were back home in Nebraska, living in Lincoln, and a lot of life unfolded from there. Insert life, jobs, nursing school, move to Omaha, career change, two kids, living in my parent’s basement, life was hard for a little while, but ya know what? I survived! We Survived!

There was a lot of learning to cope, learning to live this new life, while trying to find out who I was again, and I was so glad to be able to do that here! I don’t know if it was the family, friends, the grace of God, the great people that I was surrounded with, this city, the affordable cost of living here, or the Hy-Vee grocery store that I had missed so terribly, or some magical formula of all of the above, but I know that I am so #blessed to be exactly where I am, in this great community of people today!


As seen above, I’ve been through a little bit of life. I’m so grateful to be the mom to two crazy, obnoxious, whiny, life-sucking, fantastic, wonderful, smart, adventurous,  funny, sticky little boys! They made me my favorite thing to be: their mom! They were my sanity, and my constant when I was going through the trenches of a divorce, and they were my grounding wires throughout the process!

Sebastian is 6 and heading into first grade in the fall. He loves to run around, play soccer and baseball, and has energy to last for days!

Noah is my little 4 year-old snuggle bug, and he loves his mom so much. He’s been through some major health struggles, and has been so resilient and such a champ through it all. He is planning on beginning preschool and soccer in the fall.

I am now a single, mom. I work full time, part time, and some time! I am attending Metro Community College for another go-round, and plan on a spring graduation with an Associates degrees in Business Management. 

I have been a mother to a child that was never to be. I saw my youngest bottom out and almost die in a hospital bed in front of me, while I watched helplessly and doctors did their finest work. I stayed by his bedside for weeks in the ICU. I have attended every soccer game so far that I could, and try to make it for a school event or two when I can get away from the grind. I’m a mom. It’s what we do.

I will be the first to admit imperfection, but I guess in retrospect I am somewhat of an expert, as we have survived all of our days, so far!


So, why a blog? Why not?

I feel that I can bring a different and unique perspective based on the life that I have lived and the lessons that I’ve learned. I believe that everyone has a story to tell, and as an aspiring writer, why not begin with the one I know best: my own?! 

I am currently working on a line of children’s books, among a few other projects, and thought this would be a great way to reach my target audience, and get the feedback and experience that I need to make some amazing stories! 

Thanks for stopping by, this is gonna be fun!

Hello Omaha! My name is Mary Mahowald. I am an Omaha native and have lived here most of my life, and I know it’s such a wonderful place to raise a family! I am a single, hard working momma to two little crazies, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Sebastian is a 6 year old, whom is heading into 1st grade, and Noah, 4, is preschool bound! Mom works full time as an Customer Support and Rental specialist at our local Freightliner dealership, works a couple of side hustles to support these little dudes, and is also attending the Business Management program through Metro Community College. In my “spare time,” I am pursuing a writing career, and am excited to reach our local community through the Omaha Moms Blog! Happy reading!