The things that shape my life now:
I'm a thirty-something married woman.
I am a mother of three beautiful children.
As it happens, I am not employed for monetary gain outside (or inside) my home, and I am blessed to have a husband who supports my choice to be the 24 hour caregiver for our children, and who tolerates my less-than-stellar homemaking skills.
My interests range across the spectrum, but since having children, they have honed in on healthy living, pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding. I've tossed around the idea of pursuing further education to be a birth or lactation professional.
I'm am happy to make "alternative" choices in life and parenting - "green" living, co-sleeping, cloth diapering, babywearing, extended breastfeeding... I am striving to be non-critical of others' parenting choices, and to support them in achieving the best relationship with their own child(ren), in alignment with their parenting choices.
Outside of that, I spend way too much time on my computer, when I could be pursuing other hobbies and interests, such as photography, sewing, quilting, watercolor and actual completion of projects around the house.
Things that shape who I have become:
First, I am a child of God, and follower of Christ.
I was born to great, hardworking parents - a nurse and a professional artist, and my brothers are kind of decent, for brothers. Actually, I love them a lot, even if I never tell them. My nieces and nephews are awesome. I have a huge extended family.
I've always been an academic overachiever. I like to say that I'm an overachiever even with my blood type - A+
I am proud of having been valedictorian of my graduating high school class, and valedictorian of my college class. Unfortunately, I let my academic prowess define myself, and still I am learning to live without that external validation. From a very young age, I have been interested in architecture, history and historic buildings. In another life-path, I would have pursued additional education and employment in historic preservation of architecture. I used to live in an old house, but I'm kind of glad to be in a very new house now. New isn't perfect, though, either.
Additional Cast of Characters:
Jude - an extraordinary man, husband and father. Photographer, singer/song writer. Inquisitive, questioning and intelligent. A wonderful friend.
Elizabeth - Clever, creative, and energetic. 5 years old. Might be a lawyer some day. Or a belly doctor.
Nathanael - Funny, thoughtful, and in motion. 3 years old. Might be like a few of his uncles, who are nice guys.
Adelle, Formerly known as Baby Cakes - She's just new, and changing every day. She is dark haired, in contrast to her siblings' blondness. At the time of her naming, the singer Adele wasn't a big blip on my radar. I have known other Adeles and liked the name. It is purely coincidental that our child shares a name with a lady who won an armful of Grammys.