I was born in Portland, Maine to my crazy parents. So crazy, they left all their family ties to move all the way across the country. When I was only four, they moved my brother and I from Maine to California. Together we were stuck in a red Ford Galaxie 500, only stopping at night. Once the car was turned off, it would not start again for several hours. We ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during the day in the car and had one meal at night when we stopped. What a journey it was!

My dad worked construction and we learned at an early age that it was either feast or famine depending on whether or not he had work. My mother stayed at home and took care my brother and I until we were teenagers. This is almost unheard today in this economy. We only had one car and my dad usually had to take it to work so my mom, brother and I had to walk everywhere. My parents had to make many sacrifices us. However, I never remember it being hard because my mom always made life fun. One night, when we didn’t have electricity we pretended to camp-out. We cozied up with flashlights and lots of blankets and stories. I will always remember the fun times we had as a family. I guess it is all a matter of perspective. Is your glass half full or half empty? My grandmother died when my mother was only eleven years old. Because of this, she had a pretty tough life until she met my dad- her prince charming! She told me she always wanted to have a family and make a better life for herself and her family. She never lost hope. My parents have both passed away but they have left a legacy. They had a huge impact on mine and my brother’s life. They are always with me and I have wonderful memories of them that I share with my children and grandchildren.

I married my own prince-charming who matched my adventurous spirit ! In 1998, we moved half-way across the country from California to Illinois. I have also been blessed with a wonderful family of my own. I have four children and two marvelous grandchildren. I  truly have a abundant life. My husband and I both work full time and shepherd a church family in Rock Island, Illinois. They are truly our extended family and we have each one of them in our hearts.

My hobbies include writing and cooking. Currently, my dear friend Sharon is sharing her wonderful talent with me, and teaching me how to quilt. Most recently I have taken up the ukelele!

Please, join me in laughter and tears as I share with you pieces of my life. Feel free to leave thoughts and prayers, I would love to hear from you!

Last updated on: October 12th, 2012

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