I have been reflecting on my life and what to write about for this blog page. I have come to the conclusion that my history resembles a quilt. You know, one of those that is made up of all kinds of different scraps that are collected over the years. Every scrap by itself is a memory, or an element of my life, held together by the threads of faith, love, and hope. Bind them all up into one large piece with some determination, persistence, and a couple of stitches of inspirational creativity, and I have what I call my quilt of life.
I don’t want to go into a lot of detail about what all of those scraps are right now; those colorful details will be future posts. But, I do want to tell you a little about the colors in my quilt.
Rose: I grew up on a farm twelve miles from town where my sister and I attended a small rural school. My dad was and still is a farmer/rancher. My mom was a stay-at-home mom for most of my years growing up. When I got into my high school years she went back to work as a nurse. I’m not going to lie; my childhood was something all children fantasize about having. They were some of the best years in my life and I count myself fortunate to have two parents that loved each other and my sister and I. I am grateful for the bond that I share with my sister that is unbreakable.
Orange: I went away to college after graduation not really having a plan of what I wanted to be when I grew up. I just knew it was time to go and so I did. I moved to the big city with a couple of friends and enrolled in a community college. I still believe to this day that my downfall was in not having a plan. After one and a half short years of business classes and the boring required prerequisite college courses, I ended up pregnant and unmarried and moved back home.
Purple: That put my life on a crash course into the world of single parenting just 4 days before my 20th birthday. That was a very scary but rewarding period of time. In a lot of ways I was just a child myself. I learned a lot about myself at the same time I was raising a child. I tell my oldest daughter all of the time that she is one of the best things that ever happened to me and I’m sorry she had to be the guinea pig to my parenting skills.
Red: The love of my life came into the picture when my child was only 3 months old. He is one of the good guys even if I forget that once in a while. Since my hardworking husband is in the same profession I guess I proved the old adage true when they say you usually marry your dad. We got married about three years later and over the next 7 years, we added 3 more children to our fold. Since we are in the Agriculture business, you guessed it, we live in the country just outside of a small town community where we get the chance to raise our family. We built our own ranch-style house stick by stick with the help of my dad. It’s perfect if you ask me.
Yellow: I have had the privilege of being a stay-at-home-mom while my children are growing up. That’s right, I got to be the crafty room-mother for school parties. I get to stay in my jamies while I clean the house. I get to spend my day organizing our lives so that everything runs smoothly and we can all be together at meals in the evenings. I get to follow my kids around from event to event without worrying about taking time off at work.
Green: It’s not all about everyone else for me though. I have kept myself busy in various different ways throughout the years. My college classes paid off in ways I didn’t expect it to. The bookwork involved in agriculture is a full-time job in itself and I have been the bookkeeper for our farm/ranch operation for over 20 years and just recently decided to offer my services to other Ag based businesses. In addition to designing and building our home 10 years ago, I have tried my hand at setting up a booth at craft shows. I have been a barista in my own little traveling coffee trailer. I’ve been known to be on the tractor kicking out bale after bale in the wee hours of the morning. I’ve rustled cattle, worked in a dentist office, been a legal assistant, sat on the school board, and even now consider myself an author. That’s kind of an eclectic composite of skills! I guess you could say I never figured out what I wanted to be when I grew up and that’s okay.
Blue: Over the years I have dabbled and played in tons of hobbies which include reading, painting, photography, and crafts of any kind. I love to decorate my house for the seasons. I love taking vacations and learning about different parts of the world and the cultures. I love make-up and fashion and an occasional day-trip to the city for some shopping therapy. I love NCIS, Pretty Little Liars and NFL. I love my family, God, chocolate, coffee, and any book with romance in it, just maybe not in that particular order.
Turquoise: Right now, I am in the middle of trying to learn the in’s and out’s of the blogging world and I am working on getting my first romance novel published. My oldest is planning a wedding that will be held in July and is proving to be entertaining. I have 2 daughters in High School. One plays softball while the other is in volleyball. It’s keeping me running around like crazy trying to get to all of the ballgames but I wouldn’t have it any other way. My youngest is the only boy in the group and is still in elementary. He is the one that keeps his Dad sane.
The Sampler: When I look back at the things I have done or tried and the experiences I have had, it’s quite the beautiful quilt! The stories that I can tell are limitless! Come back often for some real-life entertainment!