I grew up in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. I am the third child of four. When I was 11 my parents divorced and obviously turned my world upside down. When I was 13 my mom remarried and we moved to South Jordan, Utah where I still live today. I went to a little bit of college but wasn't happy there and felt like I was wasting time and money because I had no real direction.
I got married when I turned 21 to Clint and we have had lots of adventures together. We lived in Uganda, Africa for 4 months and we happened to be there during 9/11. It was hard to be away at that time but we were safe and it was a life changing experience. We were there for service learning so we took some school classes and gave lots of service and traveled around the country. We also traveled to South Africa and Zimbabwe while we were in Africa.
After returning to the U.S. I started massage therapy school and found my direction. After graduating I went and learned the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and fell in love with the work. We moved to Monticello, Minnesota for Clint's job and lived there for 3 years. I worked as a massage therapist and in a retail clothing store. We love Minnesota! It is such a beautiful place and the people there are amazing. If I had the opportunity I would live there again. I moved up quickly in the retail world and my job moved us to Chicago, Illinois and I loved my job there but we didn't love living in Chicago. It was so expensive and we missed our family. I imagine if we never moved to Chicago we would still be in Minnesota. During this time we tried to have kids but never could. We went through artificial insemination but it never worked. It was very hard. We moved back to Utah and tried to stay in the retail world but I was not happy and that's when I started working for my father-in-law's engineering company as the HR Manager. Less then a year of being back in Utah I finally got pregnant. I used Clomed to get pregnant with my first but after that I have been very fertile.
|The only pictures I have of me are those I take myself.|
I am now a mom of 3, Eva (5), Scarlett (3), Merrill Dee (20 months). I am pregnant with my 4th!
In October of 2012 my father-in-law died and it changed a lot of things in our lives. It stopped a lot of the things I had going and put me and my family on new and different paths. For those who have read my blog for a while and are wondering, Clint and I are together and working on staying that way. We both saw the negative impact it had on our kids and our relationships with them and decided to try harder to stay together. Almost one year after my father-in-law died I left my job to stay at home with my kids as a full time mom. It is the hardest job I have ever done.
On my soapbox about marriage and divorce.
Marriage can be really hard. My parents are divorced and I know what it is like to be raised by divorced parents and what it is like to go through a divorce and I say that if you have kids you should do everything in your power to make your relationship work either together or divorced. If you have kids together you are a team for life. With my new perspective I view marriages differently, those marriages that have kids and those marriages that don't. To have kids with someone is a true commitment. It means you are bonded together forever. If you don't have kids you can cut ties and literally never see each other again but if you have kids you better figure a way to raise those kids together for the rest of your lives even if you aren't living together. And you better figure out a way to work well together because your kids deserve that. It's not their fault you aren't together and all the hurt and pain is not their fault so stop punishing them and using them to punish each other.
Off my soapbox.
Our little family unit is very happy and doing well. We have lots of adventures in our future.
6 things about me:
1. I am a loud talker and never realize it until it's too late.
2. I am a sugar addict but working on giving it up because it causes my ocular herpes to flare up. It is really hard but then ocular herpes is really painful.
3. I am very social and get my energy from being around people.
4. I hate to sleep and wish I didn't have to do it.
5. I have fine, stick straight hair but wish I had crazy, poofy, out of control, big hair.
Things I love:
Snuggling with my kids
The Walking Dead
Astrology (Sun: Capricorn, Moon: Scorpio, Ascending: Leo)
Kombucha (I brew my own and love it!)
Sunshine, sunsets, the moon, unicorns, sparkly things...etc, etc, blah blah you know the rest.