After graduating from Brigham Young University with highly marketable degrees in Philosophy (him) and English (me), we did what any respectable Humanities graduate would do-- we moved our jobless little bums back to Idaho to live with my parents.
Eight months later our first son, Soren, was born. A year after that, we got our own house. Hooray! A year after that, we welcomed another little guy, Liam, into our lives.
After acquiring our own home, we invited in a steady stream of live-in friends and relatives. First Abe's brother Quentin came to live with us. When he moved out, our friend Nick came to spend the summer. After Nick left, Abe's sister Hillary arrived, followed shortly after by another sister, Briar. After two years Hillary left us for grad school, but Briar remained, acting as a third parent to our children, until she got married in 2017.
That means for the first time in almost a decade, our house only houses . . . our family, which grew again in 2016 when we welcomed our spunky little Isabelle home.
When I was expecting Soren, a coworker told me, "Your life will never be the same after that kid is born." Understatement of the century. Motherhood has rocked my world in about twenty thousand different ways. It has also taught me that sleep-deprivation can do crazy things to the brain, like making it count compulsively by 18s.
I also use this blog as place where I can record the details of my kids' childhoods, track my reading journal, and pin down some of my thoughts about life and keep them from strangling me in my sleep. So if you think the mommy blogging stuff is boring, don't despair: sooner or later I'll up and out with something potentially offensive.
Since graduating from BYU, Abe earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of North Texas. Naturally he now works very happily in the mortgage industry.
In 2013, I was able to land my dream job: A part-time gig writing and editing for an adoption website. It was an incredible experience and I learned so much from that job and still dearly love many of the people I met through my work there. In 2016, after my baby was born, I switched my focus to freelance work that I could do from home.
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