Growing up in rural Ohio, I never met a university professor. In fact, no one in my immediate family had even attended a 4-year college. And although I clearly remember almost everyone within our small community, I can’t recall a single child who had two mothers. Yet today I enjoy a successful career as a chemistry professor at a primarily undergraduate institution and am happily raising a 7-year-old daughter who thinks nothing of the fact that she has two moms. How did I arrive at this point? Hard work, persistence, and, of course, a little bit of luck helped. But just as important were the encouraging mentors and a supportive group of family and friends who helped me successfully navigate the path to become a scientist and educator as well as a partner and parent. Although it can be challenging to balance my roles as a faculty member and parent, I find that the synergy that exists from being a chemistry professor and a mom is tremendously enriching and gratifying.