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Meet Tyra Baird, 2023 Oregon Mother of the Year®

March 21, 2023


Tyra was born the first of four children to loving parents Morgan and Karen Haroldsen. After living her first twelve years in Utah she moved to Houston, where she finished high school with honors. After high school, she moved to Idaho to study Interior Design at BYU-Idaho. She was married in 2003 and had her first child the next year, all while tenaciously working to complete her bachelor’s degrees in child & family studies and home & family living. 18 years later, she is now in Oregon changing lives and building her community. Over the years she has welcomed six more children, moved five times, spent a year at beauty school, and hosted three exchange students. Tyra spent ten years as a military spouse covering three deployments and currently home-schools a portion of her kids. She continues to dedicate herself to serving her family and community in multiple ways.

Who has been impactful in your journey as a mother? What lessons do you carry with you and share often through motherhood?

The Savior and my Heavenly Father as they continue to remind me I’m not parenting alone and that my kids are their kids too. Then there’s my village, my mom friends. They encourage and uplift and have taught me that we aren’t alone in our struggles and that our kids need that village of positive influence and strength as much as I do and to be that for other families. The biggest lesson is that the Lord just asks me to do my best, ask for help when I need it, and that He loves me and my kids.

What continues to inspire you in your motherhood journey?

My kids, it’s navigating their struggles and celebrating their successes that keep me moving forward and digging deep for my best self to give them. That love for them, and my “adopted kids” (their friends), drives me to keep learning, growing, trying, and evolving so I can help them be better humans than I am. But mostly so that they know they are loved. Every kid should feel loved and that someone sees them. Every mom and person needs that too. We nurture more than just our own families.

Share one of your favorite stories from motherhood?

Wow, that’s hard! I think it’s when my kids have met their siblings for the first time. There’s this buzz like they are being reunited with a best friend after many years and to see the love and adoration for someone they are just meeting is amazing to me. As a mom, I feel like they are experiencing that same rush of love that I feel! It’s such a joyous feeling! Especially as it carries over at home and they strive to help and care for this new sibling, reading, and cuddling. Those sibling moments are a reoccurring joy.