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I am a stay-at-home parent and a Fine Art/Photography student. We cyber and homeschool our children.

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On Turning 40

I recently turned the big 40 :-) I'm glad to have made it here and it has caused me to reflect on my journey to this point. I have kind of taken "inventory" if you will, and would like to share some of the highlights :-)

  • I have been with my husband, Jason, for over 18 years now through all the ups and downs that life throws at us all.
  • We have 4 wonderful children whom I blog about on the other pages.
  • Our oldest is graduating High School this year and going on to college.
  • Our second oldest is going into High School.
  • Our two youngest are in Elementary level homeschool (as you already know from the other pages :-)
  • I have been living with Lupus and Fibromyalgia for over 8 years (so has my family)
  • I've been slowly working on my college degree for over 11 years (I said SLOWLY!)
  • I have not worked outside the house in over 10 years. (difficult to give up that control...and not pick it back up...still difficult even now.)
  • I have lost both of my parents in the last 6 years. Mom, slowly, to Breast cancer and Dad, suddenly of an esophageal varices.
  • I have built a strong relationship with God over the last 17 years. It took me a while to give my life over to Him but I've never regretted doing so.
  • I have become a homeschooling parent (never would have guessed that if asked 20 years ago!)
  • We have become parents of an autistic child. I'm very glad this is a "we" because unfortunately, statistically this often ends in an "I" for many families.
  • I have developed a passion for Art, specifically photography. I love to capture the "moments" of life.
  • I have been to Disney World :-) as an adult, more times than I can count on one hand now :-) this began as a gift to my mother when she found out she was terminally ill and we have continued to honor her memory with our children as often as possible.
  • I have continued the family tradition of getting back into nature through camping with my children. This was a passion shared by my parents which I really enjoyed and wanted to pass on. We have had to adjust the "style" of camping from tenting to using a camper because of my lupus and J's autism but it still holds the same significance in our bonding as a family with out all of the "noise" we have in our normal daily lives at home. I really cherish this time of reconnection as my children are getting older.
  • I have learned many valuable skills such as forgiveness, patience, what battles to fight and when, humility, faith, hope, how to love...many, many more taught by all those around me. Most of which were not skills I had in the first 20 years of my life.
Looking at it all, there have been some downs but more ups and all together it has been an amazing 40 years. My family and friends have contributed so much to who I am and I am grateful for it all. I'm looking forward to another 40 :-) (at least!)