Thanks for taking the time to take a look at the “About” page.
My life has followed a winding path starting from being raised by a single mom in a blue-collar family in Onondaga Valley, (Syracuse) NY all the way up to the Hill (Capitol Hill) in Washington D.C. Waiting tables for nine years (through college and grad school), navigating through the corridors of Congress, and adopting three kiddos has resulted in some cool stories. I will share some of them here. And on that note, the theme of my blog is storytelling and interviews (which are essentially stories, too), but I also blog about random things. And the overall “feel” of my blog is complete and utter honesty. I want to be completely honest with my writing in hopes that my struggles and triumphs can encourage you, my Dear Reader.
I am currently a stay at home parent, and when my kids are in school I over-extend myself through volunteering — both at my kids’ school(s) as well as four years of professional volunteering on and off Capitol Hill in the area of child welfare (including training to become a CASA volunteer, which is an advocate for kids in foster care). When I’m not volunteering, I clean my house a lot and work out at the gym. When my kids get home from school I run all over the place taking them to sports and activities. I am happily married to Erik — a very smart and supportive husband, who is also the Editor in Chief of this blog (shhhh…he doesn’t want to be famous).
My current dream is to draft legislation to help babies and toddlers in foster care. My other current dream is to complete my family because we’ve been in the “keep adding to the family stage” since I was 30 and its getting old (and I’m getting old, too). We are currently in the process of adopting our fourth child from the country of Latvia. My other dreams are to become a better writer and to help and influence people through the power of the written word, as well as to be used by God to make this world a better place.
In my spare time, I love to read, hike, be outside, do ministry, play games, watch movies, go on fun outings with my family, and spend time with friends.
Before you leave this page, here are a few of my most popular or interesting blog posts, in case you want to check them out.
My most popular post: My daughter Khloe, who grew up in an orphanage for most of her childhood, tells about how hard and scary it was to come to America in her own words: My Adoption Story (by Khloe, Age 13)
We almost didn’t adopt our son Logan. Find out why here: Little Boy Lost (Logan’s adoption story)
And not to be outdone, here is the story of Claire’s adoption: a long awaited mother’s day
Why do people get divorced? My aunt is a divorce attorney and she dishes out the truth here: Confessions of a Divorce Lawyer
Read about my fifteen minutes of fame with, and how I did not end up working for, (now) Vice President Mike Pence here: Decisions…Decisions
Erik and I struggle with infertility. It’s very hard but it happens for a reason. We share our story here: My Thoughts on Infertility, Adoption, and a Mysterious Miracle (that hasn’t happened)(Plus a PS: for infertile women)
I should never have landed a job working on Capitol Hill for so many reasons. But I did. Read my unique and honest story here: From the valley to the hill (part 1)
My husband’s grandma (Anna) was a single mom, navigating around Latvia and Germany during WWII, barely avoiding death on numerous occasions. She was on the last train that left Dresden, Germany, two hours before it was completely destroyed. Her entire story is one big miracle. Read about it here: Escape from Latvia -Anna’s story, Part I
Venezuela is in complete and utter crisis: people dying, babies being left at hospitals, kidnappings for ransom. But there is an organization trying to help: Venezuela in Crisis
Do you ever feel like you are not making a difference in this world? Click here: Small Things with Great Love
Want to find out why the Capitol and White House were spared on 9/11? You will never believe this story: steps of faith -a 9/11 story
Want something shallow and mindless to read? I share my decorating tips here: Top Ten Decorating Tips
And finally, if you want a good laugh, and to see if you are committing any of the cardinal sins of conversation, check out this post: The Top 7 Conversational Styles that Drive us all Cray-Cray!
Thanks for stopping by! Please check back in a couple of weeks, because that’s about how long it takes me to get a new blog post released!