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In 7th grade, I sat across from my husband in class. He liked to light things on fire and I thought he was just about the funniest person I’d ever met. We became best friends our sophomore year of high school, I fell head over heels in love with him, and 2 years later we started dating.
After graduating in 2001, he headed to boot camp for the Marines. The day he left he pulled out a ring and proposed. I was 17.
We were married in 2003. Bella was born in 2009. In between that we did deployments, growing up, jobs, and life.
Bella is 4 and the light of my husband Sam’s and my life. She is a firecracker with a wild side. Currently she adores anything to do with stuffed animals, books, and art. We use a lot of paper and glue.
Our most profound story is of losing our 3 sons, Preston and Julian – identical twins born too soon at 20 weeks in May of 2012, and Kaden – born this past August full term and found to have a rare heart condition and virus which he passed away from 3 weeks later. We are in the process of rebuilding our lives without knowing quite where to turn right now.
A few years ago, we decided homeschool was the best choice for our family and moving situation. We recently had Land of Nod come out to set up an entire homeschool room for us, then shoot it for an upcoming catalog.
Find out about our life as a military family, a marriage of nearly 11 years after being high school sweethearts, and how writing is my passion both on this blog and several other sites I write for. You can read my work on Babble, Liberating Working Moms, Simple Homeschool, She Reads Truth, Still Standing Magazine, The New York Times, and The Huffington Post.
We are making our family whole again, and this is our journey. The good, the bad, the ugly, and the wonderful moments in our lives. It’s all here.