My name is Carley, often know as Mrs. Pigeon.  Welcome to my coop.  I’m a mom, wife, and homeowner.  In today’s day and age, it’s difficult to become any of those things and still remain emotionally, physically, and financially stable!

About the Blog:

“Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle” – Jon Acuff

I have always compared myself to others.  I’ve done it for as long as I can remember.  This quote really hit home for me because of that.  As a kid, I compared myself to the kids who did better academically, as a teen and young adult, I compared myself to my classmates who were “living the dream” in college while I stayed behind, and as an adult, I’ve compared myself to the other parents and homeowners.  No more, though.

This blog is here to help you center yourself.  To help you realize that your journey is 100% unique to you and that you are where you are for a reason.  I hope that with this blog, you can become the best you by disregarding the judgements of others.  Only you know the magnitude of the struggles you’ve overcome, the strides you’ve made, and the successes you’ve celebrated.

Since the dawn of Pinterest, we, as a people, seem to strive for perfection like few before us.  On this blog, I will share with you my journey.  I will share not only my “perfection” but the entire process it takes to get there.  It’s exhausting trying to achieve in an instant what it took someone else perhaps decades to achieve.


About Me:

Prior to launching Mrs. Pigeon’s Coop, I worked as a medical secretary for a local mental health agency after earning my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Penn State University.  I loved my job.  My coworkers became my family.  Over the years, they taught me so much and they made it exciting to go to work every day.  Mental health can be a challenging field but I truly enjoyed working with the clientele.  I got to know the clients and had the opportunity to watch many of them overcome their demons.

After the birth of our second daughter, my husband and I realized that even with our incomes combined, we could not afford the steep costs of childcare in our area.  It would have cost me money to go to work!  Thus, I became a stay at home mom.  It was difficult to leave my job but it really was the best decision for our family and I wouldn’t change it if I had to do it over.

I have always had a knack for writing, DIY projects, and baking so naturally, a blog was the next step!  Now, here we are, together, striving to be the best we can be.  I’m so glad you’re here!

Pictures of Mrs. Pigeon and her family

Why “Mrs. Pigeon” You Ask?

It’s a funny story actually.  My husband and his friends had joined a trap shooting league.  For those of you who may not know, that’s when you yell, “PULL!” and shoot at the little thing flying through the air.  That thing flying through the air is called a “clay pigeon”.  Being that my husband’s name is Clayton and family and friends call him Clay, his friends immediately started calling him Pigeon.  Before I knew it, I was Mrs. Pigeon.  Now, all of our friends and the kids that I babysit call me Mrs. Pigeon.  I didn’t choose the name.  The name chose me.


Read more about Mr. and Mrs. Pigeon in My Picket Fence is Blue.