After some gentle arm twisting, I decided I better hop on over here and at least introduce myself.
I had been out of nursing school for a couple of years when it was suggested to me to consider applying for a physician's assistant (PA-C) program. My research to figure out how to finance the program somehow lead me to sitting in a Coast Guard recruiters office in Atlanta, Georgia. My husband came along with me and patiently listened while I chatted it up with the recruiter. After nearly a month of discussions about what our expectations were for our future (children, finances, goals), my husband enlisted in the Coast Guard the same week I took a fantastic position at one of my favorite hospitals. And that's how we made life work. He got orders for us to move places and I got great jobs with my amazing resume. Everytime he traveled for a class, I traveled for a seminar. He moved up in rank, decreasing the little number that proceeds his name, and I moved up in seniority, adding more alphabet soup behind my name.
A few years later, and a house full of kids - that alphabet soup became less and less important to me. Making my home a loving and stable place for the kids is my number one job now. I don't work full time outside of the house right now. I am completing the remaining classes for a Bachelors degree, and applying for a Family Nurse Practitioner program, which I will graduate in 2010. I homeschool our kindergartener, cook with our preschooler and potty train our toddler. I cut coupons and buy things on sale. I share hand-me-down clothes that have circled the island from another family that hasn't lived here in about 3 years. I love to run and I love to read and I love, love, love to sit in my tub. I love to write about everything...I have a homeschool/family blog, a recipe blog and now here.
Pretty much, I'm your average 32-year-old minivan driving mom of 3. And yes, add us to the list of families that are moving this summer.