Who Am I?

It dawned on me that I want people to follow me and get to know me, but I haven’t done a very good job of letting you know who I am, so here goes.

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I am a Christian. I haven’t always embraced this idea, but I am. And I’m happy to share that now. I am still figuring out how to live the ‘Christian Life’ because it’s not always easy, scratch that, it’s never easy, but I’m trying.

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I am a wife to Justin. We have been together for almost 8 years, and married for 3. We met in Jackson Hole Wyoming and we’ve been inseparable ever since. We had a small wedding, nothing fancy. We are simple people with simple marriage goals: Make it.

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I am a mother to Jaxsyn and Adelaide. I have never been more in love than I am with my kids. They are truly incredible and I often sit back and remind myself that I helped make them. So crazy! For those of you who have kids, you know what I’m talking about, for those of you who don’t, my wish for you is that you get to experience this (only if you want to) because there’s nothing like it. I used to say that I only wanted two, but as I watch them grow every single day, and too fast might I add, I realize that I want more. I want more children because I am selfish, but also because I love being a mother. I love every single dirty, stressful, scary, perfect moment about being a mother. Now I just gotta convince the hubs.

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I am a writer. I have been writing forever. My grandma sent me a bunch of things she had saved over the years of mine and there bound in a clear folder, handwritten on notebook paper, was my first book. I don’t ever remember a time when I didn’t write.

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I am competitive. I love winning. I love pushing myself. I am driven. I love deadlines. I love people who doubt me. I love challenges. I love doing the unexpected. I love making heads turn and eyes roll.

I love to read. My favorite book is ‘Stargirl’ by Jerry Spinelli. I have probably read it 68342 times and I have no intention of stopping. EVER. Currently I am reading the Bible, no joke. It’s actually pretty cool and if the whole idea of God and Jesus is really a sham, well I think the author of the Bible is probably the best writer in the world. In the universe.

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When I’m not reading and I’m not writing I love to craft. I love crocheting. I love scrapbooking. I love making things, creating things. I have come a long way since painting cow spots on jars for my mom’s various gifts throughout the years (sorry about that mom!).

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Sometimes I wonder why I went back to college to graduate. I love the fact that I can say I’m a college graduate, but since I’ve chosen to stay at home with my kids it’s not like I use my degree, but who knows, maybe one day. Don’t get too excited, Justin.

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I moved to Texas a few months ago from North Carolina. There is not a single second, minute, hour, day, week, month that goes by that I don’t wish I was back home. Some people get upset by that declaration, but I’m sure they would feel the same if they were in my shoes. However, I’m learning to adjust and I’m learning to appreciate what Texas has to offer me, slowly, but surely, I’m learning.

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I don’t regret. I have done some pretty terrible things in my life. I have dealt with some pretty terrible things. I have made mistake after mistake and I still do, almost every single day. There are things that I wish I could have done better. There are lessons that I’ve learned as I’ve gotten older that I wish I could apply to something that has happened before. There are countless, COUNTLESS, times where I wish that I had just listened to my parents, but I know that if it weren’t for those mistakes, and those lessons, and those terrible things, that I would not have what I have now. I would not be who I am today. If there is only one thing that I can teach my kids, if they only listen to me one time, I hope that I can teach them never to regret. Never to waste their time worrying over something they’ve done.

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I’m nowhere where I thought I would be as I approach 30 in the next few months. Am I better than I had imagined? Hard to say. I’m different. I never imagined being as in love with a man as I am. I never imagined that I would have kids who have literally stolen every bit of my heart. I never thought I would ever write a book, let alone publish it. I never thought I’d be living in Houston. I never thought I would be this happy with a life as simple as mine, but I am and that, my friends, is who I am.

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