A Little Bit About Me
I thought I would share some things about myself, so that you could get to know me a bit better. This is me, you’ll have to pardon the squinty eyes, it was very cold outside, and bright, and my 8 year old son was taking the picture for me, so we were in a hurry to get back in where it was warm. As for the lack of smile, please refer to No.1. So, in no particular order, here we go. No.1 I have braces on my teeth for the second time in my life. When I was a kid, I had them to straighten out my front teeth. During my senior year in college (13 years ago, yikes) the disc slipped out of my jaw joint and I was in tremendous pain for quite some time. Even serious pain meds couldn’t make a dent. A year after that, we found an orthodontist that could make a retainer for me to relieve the pressure of that. I wore that for 10 years until I found another orthodontist who had massively high success rates of fixing TMJ problems with orthodontics. Almost 2 1/2 years ago, I got this set of braces on and he has slowly been fixing my problems. Boy, I thought I felt pretty dorky as a kid with braces, yeah, doesn’t compare to wearing them as an adult. I am extremely grateful that he has in essence made me pain free, but I am oh so ready for these to come off. They are due to come off next month, and I can’t wait. Then my smile shall return. No.2 My dad was in the U.S. Navy for a long time and mostly we lived overseas. I was born and lived in Japan for almost five years, then after living in Maryland for a couple of years, we moved to England, then Scotland. I loved it. We lived in Cheltenham, and I went to British schools. Those were the best years ever, and I can’t wait to one day take my family back there. As putting six of us on a plane is a tad bit over our budget, I’ll have to dream on for a little bit. One day…. No.3 I am a leftie. I love being a leftie. Sure, there are always annoying little things like scissors being angled incorrectly, or spirals on notebooks getting in the way when I write, but the only time being a leftie was actually a disadvantage was in second grade. My teacher thought it was entirely appropriate to ridicule me in front of the class for being left-handed. “Why can’t you write like everybody else?” she asked constantly, with disgust in her voice, loud enough for everyone to hear. Sweet woman. Oh, and as much as I wanted to use fountain pens, I wasn’t ever really able to, it just left a inky smear. Other than that, I love being a leftie. No.4 When I am overwhelmed, a good book, a slice of cake, and a cup of tea do wonders. No.5 I am learning way more now that I am homeschooling my kids, than I ever did growing up. I’m still amazed at how so many of my teachers made history so boring. I love homeschooling and look forward to many more years of it. No.6 I love flowers. I love pretty plants, and I need to get some more for inside the house. They cheer me up, especially in the winter. I prefer plants over flowers at the moment, because they are so expensive, and plants last a lot longer. I do have plans for a cutting garden one day, and then my home will be filled with plants and cut flowers in every room. No.7 For the last 9 years and 3 months, I have been pregnant and/or breastfeeding. It doesn’t feel that long, but between the four kids, it has. No.8 I love the rain, I think it must have something to do with growing up in England. I really do love it, I find it soothing, and beautiful. As long as it’s not freezing cold, I love to be out in the rain. It doesn’t bother me at all. No.9 I prefer to be barefoot. I don’t really care for socks or shoes and would go barefoot all the time if I could (well not out to the stores etc.) That is the part I like the least about winter. I don’t mind wearing sweaters, or snuggling up in blankets, but I really hate it when it finally gets cold enough that I have to wear socks. No.10 We bought 40 acres when I was pregnant with the babe. We are hoping to move out there in the next year. I can’t wait. I dream of one day having chickens, a beautiful barn, and lots of space for the kids to play. A massive veg garden, a small orchard, and a cutting garden. I have so many plans, who knows how long it will take for us to make them a reality, but I’m planning. So, we have four youngish (8,6,5 and 18 months) children and a pretty small house. We homeschool them, which means they are always here, always. Some days are more about keeping the peace than anything else. Some days all I need is an hour without any noise. There are plenty of good bits, way more than bad bits. I have four sweet, loving children, and I am very blessed to have them. But you know what, I love what I do, I have the best job in the world, and I wouldn’t trade a second of it for anything in the world.