Here’s the short story. Raised in a small town in NW Oklahoma. Went off to college in Texas. Majored in TV/Film production. Worked in Texas a few more years then moved to LA for “the business.” Worked in various capacities as PBS producer and director for educational programs, assistant for special effects on shows like Star Trek – TNG, Max Headroom (anyone remember that?) and ended up as a Graphics Producer at ABC-TV for 5 years.
Meeting My Husband
Finally met my husband while visiting my hometown (it was his hometown too, but he was living in Washington DC at the time.) We had a quick, intense romance and, long story – short, we agreed that moving back to Oklahoma to marry and raise babies would be a good thing. We were tired of “the big city.” So 9 months after our first date, we were married.
Starting out in a small town
Worked as the Director of the local access TV station for 3 years. Then 4 months after baby #1 came, at age 37, I just had to quit. Felt like I was doing neither career, nor mom/wife justice at all. At about the same time, husband’s career was just getting to the point that we could survive on one income. Thank you God.
Since then, had VBAC baby #2 at home with a midwife (at age 40), VBAC baby #3 at home with midwife (at age 42), adopted baby #4 from Russia (at age 46), adopted baby #5 from Ethiopia (at age 50). I put these ages in here to encourage any other older moms out there. Today at age 55 with children ages 6-18 I feel better than I have in years because of a natural and healthy lifestyle. You’ll hear more about that as you continue here :) Follow God’s leading even if it seems crazy. (Of course, assuming your husband is in agreement:)
We homeschool. I like to cook as healthy as possible, though we definitely have our treats and eat processed food if we’re in a pinch. I’m totally into Young Living essential oils and using them for health and healing. We have had so much success with them over the last 5 years. There is a area on the side bar to the right where you can learn more. I struggle to find time to exercise but have recently figured out some new tactics. Yeah! I work hard to keep my God-time a priority, but I struggle with that too. Managing it all is a constant thought on my mind and how to do it better. Husband moved his law office to our home in late 2009. Wow! What a blessing. And just 6 months ago (late 2015) he moved it to a big office, hired a bunch of employees and is off on another adventure of focusing on Family Business Law. He’s so cool!
The blog (what a weird word) and other stuff
I started this blog in 2009 to encourage other mama’s in the highest calling God has given us. It is the hardest. It is also the most rewarding. It will be our legacy. Years later, we will want to look back and think we did a pretty good job. So I’m hoping we can all help each other achieve that.
And also to keep a journal of our life. I can’t seem to write in my children’s journals regularly at all, which I really wish I did, AND our family photos are spread from here to kingdom come. On paper, in bags and drawers and tons on my hard drive. Definitely NOT in a scrapbook. Creating these posts gives me at least a little semblance of order.
Of course, his face is what attracted me to begin with, but it is his mind that has kept me stimulated and interested all these years. I would have to say he is probably the most intelligent person I have ever closely known. He is gentle and kind, yet can be a bear when he goes into battle. I love that (when it is with his job – not me :). His morals are beyond reproach yet, he is not legalistic in the least. In fact, I would call him the opposite of that.
The God Factor
He believes in God strongly, in fact he is a big part of the story that brought me to Jesus about 15 years ago, though he never, ever pushed it. He just simply gave me his opinions when I asked (And I asked alot because I was searching.) Some would say he has the gift of knowledge, and there is also a side to him that is completely intuitive and able to speak real wisdom into people’s lives at just the right time.
As A Team
He is the flagpole to my flag. He is the stability and long-term thinker to my spontaneous and quick-decision doer. We are a good combination. And guess what? It took me quite a while to recognize that. I sure thank God I know now.
He is an attorney. A country lawyer in our small town. Also got his masters (after his law degree) in Public Administration from Cornell University. He is also interested in Politics, Education, Music (he’s a pretty awesome guitar player), and he is probably a farmer at heart. Loves to grow things. For a while he even had 4 acres of grape vines about 10 miles out of town, but after lots of babies came, that took a backseat. Maybe someday honey.
We have 5 children.
Here is our most recently family picture.
And here are a few older ones.
Emma 18 and about to go to college, Meg 14, Henry 12, Luke 9 and Sally 6. We homeschool them and love it because it allows us all so much more time to develop as a family and help lead them in whichever direction God is calling them.
So glad you have come to visit and I hope you will enjoy, comment and join in the conversation if you are so inclined.
Mama’s are on a difficult journey and we can use all the help we can get.