"I Care" Project

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Meet Bianca Mendez (My Mom)

My mom was born and raised in El Paso, Texas alongside six siblings. My parents met in high school and started dating their senior year of high school. They graduated together as high school sweethearts and joined the United States Air Force. My mom served eight years and deployed while my sister and I were babies. After her comitment to the Air Force, she finished her bachelor and masters degree in Criminal Justice from NMSU. While completing her degrees, my mom was working for Child Protective Services and raising four babies with my dad. After graduating, she started working for the Social Security Administration's Office of Inspector General as a special agent. She led an impressive career and solved several cases alongside other government officials. Towards the end of her career, she continued her studies and was close to completing her PhD.

As I mentioned, my parents had and raised four kids throughout this time frame. My parents had me at 23, then had three more babies all one year after another. This might sound a little crazy to some, but this has been my biggest blessing! (Fun fact: in January we will all be 19,18,17, and 16!) My parents always made sure we had everything we needed and more. When it came time for back to school shopping, my mom would always make sure to get extra school supplies for the students in our classes who couldn't afford them-that means more than four extra sets of supplies! My mom always made sure to do this because when my dad was in kinder, he had a cigar box with a few broken crayons as a school box. (On my dad's first day as a teacher, she made sure to buy him a new crayon box, and another crayon box every year after that on our first day of school.)

My mom and dad also made sure to attend every piano or choir recital, end of year ceremony, soccer game, Thanksgiving lunch, etc! If you grew up with my siblings and I, chances are you remember that one loud mom who would cheer for her kids. My friends' parents would always joke around and call me, "Go Izzy!!" in my mom's voice since that was how they remembered me. People were always shocked when they saw my five foot mom stand up after these events as they'd ask themselves, "How could someone so small cheer so loud?"

My mom really had a way of lighting up the room. Her smile is genuinely the biggest and sweetest smile I have ever seen. She had the kindest heart and always put others before herself. She was known for her baking and cooking skills, goofy laugh, incredible mind, rock-hard bun, kind heart, and so much more. I live my life everyday trying to be the person my mom was for others. My mom was the greatest role model growing up, and I am so grateful for all of the life lessons that she taught me, and for every little laugh, smile, and memory.

  • My Mom
My Mom