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Welcome to I'm Charlene Pacenti, editor of the site (and mom to 5- and 9-year-old girls). I'd like to introduce you to our team of bloggers, moms (and a dad!) from all over South Florida who will be writing regularly. You can find them on the home page, or under Blogs.

When you register, you can create your own blog, too. So join them, and tell your story. To learn more about the site, click on About Us.

Caryl Fantel

Caryl, 47, lives with her husband and two daughters in Coral Springs. She is vice president of public relations and communications in the family business: Mr. Food is her father. Caryl is also a pianist and professional musical director. As one of her daughters prepares to go off to college, Caryl will be blogging frequently about parenting teenagers. She will also focus on stepfamily issues.

Aimee Heller

Aimee, 36, is a single mom who lives in Miami Beach with her 1-year-old daughter. Aimee became a mom -- single by choice -- after struggling with infertility, miscarriage and divorce. She now juggles a full-time job, freelance writing career, a noisy cat, frizzy hair and her baby girl, all with a sense of humor.

Canisha Henry

Canisha, 35, lives with her husband and 9-month-old twins in Cutler Bay. A native Miamian who grew up in the Overtown area, Canisha works as a financial analyst for an energy company. She holds a degree in accounting from Florida A&M University in Tallahassee and an MBA from The American Graduate School for International Management in Arizona. Now she's finding motherhood requires on-the-job training: "I'm a first-time mom so really just winging it with the help of family, friends, and GOOGLE!''

Laura Hernandez

Laura, 34, lives in Kendall with her husband (a childhood sweetheart) and two sons, ages 6 and 3. She is part-owner of a landscape architecture business that her mother established almost 30 years ago. Besides raising her children, Laura is also caring for her aging parents, a story many of us in this "sandwich generation'' can relate to. She'll share some of those experiences in her blog.

Jeff Kleinman

Jeff, 43, is a Miami Herald editor who lives in Aventura with his wife, Beth, and two daughters, Melody, 11, and Sophia, 8. Jeff's job requires him to work at night, which gives him a different perspective on family time. His wife is a schoolteacher. His blog will often explore the joys and pitfalls of shift parenting.

Renee McLeroy

Renee, 40, lives in Hollywood with her husband, 4-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. A lifelong South Floridian, Renee is a stay-at-home mom and a former music teacher with the Broward County Magnet Program. She holds a degree in music and education from the University of Miami. Her daughter has been tentatively diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome. Her blog will frequently address the day-to-day challenges of parenting, including the paradox of raising a child with a special needs label.

Lissette Mendez

Lissette, 36, is a writer and program coordinator at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College, which presents literary programs year round, in addition to the annual Writers Institute and Miami Book Fair International. You might say literature has made a mark on her: She has a tattoo that says "Born to Read.'' Lissette came to Miami from Cuba in 1980 during the Mariel boatlift and was raised in Miami Beach. She blogs about life as a new mom instead of revising her Mariel memoir. You won't believe how much she paid for a stroller.

Sherry North

Sherry North, 34, is a freelance writer and children's book author who lives in Sunrise with her husband and 4-year-old son. They are in the process of adopting a baby girl from Kazakhstan. Her blog will focus frequently on that journey. Sherry is the author of Because You Are My Baby, due out in April, and The School That Sank. She has also written for Highlights magazine. Learn more about Sherry at

Te-Erika Patterson

Te-Erika, 28, is a single mom who shares custody of her two sons -- Sai, 7, and Solomon, 5 -- with their father. An up-and-coming journalist and inspirational writer, Te-Erika blogs candidly about her often tumultuous journey to build a stable life for herself and her sons. Her story is laced with laughter and sheer determination. In her words: "I'm still learning, growing and I'm willing to share my triumphs and failures while I do. My life is not a fairytale, but it will have a happy ending."

Jenni Person

Jenni, 40, lives in Buena Vista East with her husband, Chaim Lieberman, 4-year-old daughter, Goldi LieberPerson, and 2-year-old son, Izzi LieberPerson. Jenni is a freelance arts producer and writer, who writes a parenting column in The Biscayne Times. She describes herself as "a lactivist, semi-co-sleeper, green, artsy-hippie mom'' who, like many of us, struggles with identity, guilt and exhaustion as she is pulled between family, self and work. Jenni started Torah Tykes at Temple Israel for tot-centered Shabbat services. Her blog will explore various aspects of Jewish parenting.

Janet Stone

Janet, 62, director of the Dave and Mary Alper JCC Early Childhood Development Center, holds a doctorate in education. She has spent a good part of her life focusing on children and their development, teaching and writing for children, parents and teachers, besides being an active parent and grandparent. Her blog will help moms work a little magic. "I think moms work magic every day, and I'm eager to share tricks and tips on how they can have greater parenting success and satisfaction.''

Here are The Miami Herald staff bloggers who will join us on MomsMiami:

Sue Corbett

Sue, 47, is a children's book author, a freelance writer, and The Miami Herald's kids' books reviewer since 1996. She was formerly a staff reporter for The Herald, covering education and other beats. She and her husband have three children -- Conor, 13, Liam, 11, and Brigit, 8. Sue is the author of 12 Again and Free Baseball. Her blog will keep you up to date on good books to check out for the kids. You can learn more about Sue at

Cindy Goodman

Cindy, 43, writes The Miami Herald's Balancing Act column, reporting on creative solutions for people trying to juggle work, family and a personal life. She grew up in Miami and now lives in Plantation with her husband and three children. Cindy has been a reporter and business columnist since 1994.

Ana Veciana-Suarez

Ana, 51, is a columnist and writer for The Miami Herald. She is the author of several books, including The Chin Kiss King, Birthday Parties in Heaven and the young adult novel, Flight to Freedom. A mother of five, Ana still has two teenage boys and a teenage niece in the nest. She is also a grandmother to identical twin girls … which helps her keep up to date with the modern myths of motherhood.