Monique is a native New Englander; she lived in Northern New Hampshire all her life until moving to Saint Albans in 2005. She has two daughters: Audrey, born in 2007, and Cloe born in 2011. She graduated from the VTC nursing program in 2010 and has found her calling as a Gestational Surrogate Coordinator at Vermont Surrogacy Network. Monique was formerly the third-party reproduction coordinator at Northeastern Reproductive Medicine. She speaks French, English, and sarcasm fluently, and loves reading, hiking, and spending time with her family.

A Tourtiere Tale: Christmas Comfort Food From the North

Food is one of those things that has the power to evoke very specific and detailed memories for all of us. When it comes to celebrating holidays, it’s even more true. For my family, tourtiere is...

Geek Files, or Why I Want My Kids to Be Proud of Their Quirks

I’m a proud geek. Have been all my life. In high school, I was the kid who spent her free time and study halls in the music room or memorizing lines for the...
Birthday wine

Reflecting on Why I Think My Halloween Birthday Is the Best Birthday

Early one Halloween morning way back in the dark ages (okay, the late 70s), my mother’s water broke.  Because she was on the downhill side of her 30s, she was considered “elderly” and “high risk”(rude)....

Day Tripping: Three Family Trails in Franklin County

My family and friends are always on the lookout for new places to go out and play. There are so many awesome trails in Vermont that we’ve explored or that we have on our...