Who am I?
Call me Dee.
I was born and spent almost the first decade of my life in one of the biggest cities in the country. Then my family moved to an extremely small town (population of 1,900 within city limits when we arrived), and that's where we stayed. It's also where I met my husband. We were married very young, and though I wouldn't recommend 19 as an appropriate age to get married, it has worked out wonderfully for us. We have three small children--a boy and two girls.
While I was pregnant with the last baby, we were in the middle of moving to an even smaller town (population: 228 within the town limits) and a much smaller house that we are completely remodeling. It has been an adventure to say the least. But this move allowed us the opportunity to gain some acreage that my husband has always dreamed of working. He's a farmer at heart. While this blog isn't dedicated to country living or farm life, I'm sure it will creep in from time to time since it's now a part of who I am. But, that doesn't mean that I've forgotten what it's like to be a kid in a close-quarters city!
Though I was married young, we didn't have kids for quite a while. At 19 we had a (super tiny) house to pay for and ridiculously expensive text books to buy, in addition to other life expenses. Thankfully, scholarships took care of both tuitions. So, I worked 2 to 3 part-time jobs at any given time while going to school full-time and my husband worked full-time and went to school as it fit in his schedule. Once I graduated and started working full-time, he scaled back with work and finished up his degree with rigor. After we both graduated and were working full-time, we got baby fever. And thus, the babies came.
While I was pregnant with my first and working full-time, I thought it seemed like a good time to go back to school and get my master's degree. Looking back, I don't know how I did it. I guess I've gotten too old to comprehend all-nighters following a full day of work while 8-months pregnant!
Two and half years after The Boy came, we had Little Mama. I continued to work for a while. It was after she was born but before I was pregnant with Tres (four years later) that I decided to stay home full-time with the kids.
All the above tells about, in summary, what I've done so far through the course of my life, but it doesn't really tell about who I am as a person. It is so hard to talk about yourself, but I'm going to give it a shot.
I am not and have never been shy. I don't usually start conversations, but I have zero issue with engaging in them if approached. Public speaking doesn't scare me. I give my opinions freely (probably too freely). I desperately want to be one of those classic, graceful women you see around. But rather than Audrey Hepburn, I am a total Lucy Ricardo (with reddish, curly hair to boot). I like to make people laugh. I don't write these things about myself as a badge of honor. I struggle to make sure I'm not running others over when in a group setting, and I constantly remind myself to not be obnoxious (though I suspect I fail quite often).
However, there are some things about which I do feel fine tooting my own horn. I am loyal, unjealous, and trustworthy. I tend to think (even if it's naïve) that most people are good and honest or at least capable of such. That doesn't mean my creeper radar is completely busted. I think I have enough good sense to avoid danger. I believe kids are capable of much more than we give them credit for, so I think I challenge my kids to go beyond expectations. I'm rocking the wife thing, and at least putting forth my best effort in the mommy department (but does anybody really know what they're doing as far as that goes?). I'm not so afraid of failure or looking foolish that I avoid trying new things. Hence this blog.
This has gotten quite lengthy, but I hope it gives you a glimpse into who I am. Undoubtedly, you'll get to know me better, and I look forward to getting to know you too, through this outlet as time progresses.