30% OFF Pride collection code: USAPRIDE! Free Shipping over $99

Spotlight Series: Courtney and Mia

by The Next Family May 14, 2015


TNF: How did you start your family?

COURTNEY: Mia and I have been together over 12 years and after finishing our graduate degrees, settling into our new home and jobs, we knew it was a good time to start a family. We also wanted to do some travel as a couple so we traveled to Italy in 2013. I wanted to get remarried (civil union in 2012) in Maui since it was legal. We made that a reality last June.

TNF: Did you always want to have kids?

COURTNEY: I always wanted to have children. It was a dream To be a mother ever since I was a young girl. Mia, did not have those same initial feelings. She wanted children but it took time for her to realize those wants.


TNF: How has marriage equality effected you (if at all)?

COURTNEY: Marriage equality has allowed Mia and I to get married in Hawaii. Yet to start a family in Kansas is much more difficult. I have no legal rights to Giselle. I do have medical power of attorney but if Mia were to die, I would have to fight for custody of our daughter. Luckily, our parents are both now supportive and would never want anything different than for us to keep our children. It is scary and heartbreaking.


TNF: Where do you live?

COURTNEY: Wichita, Kansas

TNF: What is the greatest (and the toughest) thing about being a parent?

COURTNEY: The greatest thing about being a parent is the bond you establish with your child. I get the privilege to help mold her into a happy, healthy person. The most difficult is the pressure (internal and societal) you feel regarding how to raise your child to set them up for success and happiness. Those aren’t always the same or a given. It takes thoughtfulness and accountability.


TNF: Does your family feel adversity?

COURTNEY: I would say we live in a community that doesn’t hinder us as a family but I think we have much unspoken adversity just being two females raising a daughter. Who will be her male figure in her life? Who is more motherly? All questions that are asked or want to be asked. I think all parents face adversity just by taking on the role of parenting.

TNF: Do you have any advice for LGBTQ youth?

COURTNEY: My advice is to surround yourself with accepting, loving people. That may be friends, family, educators,  peer groups. Talk about how you feel. Be accountable for your actions and those feelings. You do matter.


TNF: What’s one life lesson you want to teach your children?

COURTNEY: I want to teach our children to be who they want to be; not who mamas, friends, society think you should be. Do all things in love and kindness because ultimately that is what wins.

Thank you for sharing your beautiful family with us! 

The post Spotlight Series: Courtney and Mia appeared first on The Next Family.

The Next Family
The Next Family


Leave a comment

Comments will be approved before showing up.

Also in Parenting

Modern Fitness For the Modern Parent

by The Next Family March 25, 2016


Originally published on The Seattle Lesbian

By Laura King

Life can get busy. With work, kids, family commitments, friends, chores, and the general chaos of everyday life, it can be near impossible at times to sit down for a cup of tea, let alone squeeze in an hour of exercise regularly. However, all things are possible if you set your mind to them. Those that prioritize their fitness nearly...

Continue Reading →

Estate Planning: The Basics For LGBT Families

by The Next Family March 25, 2016

With the passage of marriage equality last year, laws have been quickly changing across the United States. LGBT couples with or without children weren’t just given the right of marriage, they were provided new protections and benefits within their families. All of a sudden, LGBT couples and families had to figure out how to file jointly when it came to taxes, how to add...

Continue Reading →

Representation of Modern Families in Kid-Friendly Entertainment

by The Next Family March 24, 2016 1 Comment


By Alex Temblador

I recently wrote an article for The Next Family called, “Family-Friendly Films That Feature Adoption and Foster Care,” that shared wonderful family films with adoption or foster care story lines. My reasoning behind doing so was because every family deserves a chance to see similar families like theirs represented in various forms of entertainment.

The same can be said of other...

Continue Reading →