Jennifer Laughlin Bumgarner of Cedar Falls just got her first book published, Walking in Mommy's Shoes.
She actually wrote most of the book about ten years ago and kept it in a desk drawer.
"I was inspired to write the book because I was a teen mom. Working and going to college and having a child was hard, and I wasn't home much," said Bumgarner.
Jennifer's inspiration for the book is her daughter Kaylee. Now 18, Kaylee used to hide her mom's shoes so she couldn't go to work.
Bumgarner said writing the book helped her work through the guilt of having to leave home, with Kaylee and her two other children.
"Even though I wasn't home as much as I'd like to be I learned during that drive home how to forgive myself and when I walked in the door be the mom I wanted to be," she said.
After being diagnosed with a heart condition, Jennifer decided she wanted to try to get her book published.
"Basically, I have a really fast heart rate. It made me think about the book and if something happened to me I didn't want it to get lost in the desk. I wanted to pull that out and at least try to have something to leave for my children," said Jennifer Laughlin Bumgarner.
She said it's an educational book. It helps teach children colors and the days of the week. She's already writing more books for what she's calling a mommy series. Bumgarner also plans to produce a daddy series and a blended family series, based on her relationship with her fiance and his children. She hopes to have a total of 18 books out within the next two years.
The Waterloo West High graduate said if you asked her years ago, she never would have predicted she'd be a published author.
"I never thought this would be part of my journey. I had a learning disability, and I didn't even learn how to read and comprehend what I was reading until sixth grade," she said.
Jennifer Laughlin Bumgarner hopes her books give parents an opportunity to create positive memories with their children.
Walking in Mommy's Shoes is available online at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. It's also available at Peekaboo Baby in Cedar Falls and at Taste of India in Cedar Falls.