27 September 2012

Perfection



Could this house be more perfect?  A huge porch, gorgeous wood work, darling windows and roofline.   I'm in love.

24 September 2012

Natalie, SAHM and Aspiring Author

Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.

Natalie with her family.


Today's interview is with my friend, Natalie.

Where do you live?
I live in Happy Valley.

What are your hobbies or special interests?
I love to quilt, read, play card games, eat chocolate...

What did you do, professionally, before staying home with your children?  Do you have career plans for after your kids are grown?
Right now I'm a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom), but I was a really great secretary before I had kids.  After the kids get bigger, I would really, really love to either stage houses or remodel them.  Or maybe become an agent/editor/author of books?  And I'm thinking of opening an etsy shop...  I just have to get brave enough to chance success!

What made you choose that line of work?

When I was a secretary, it was because I hadn't gotten my bachelor's degree yet, and my mother taught me a lot about being professional that I think translated well to being a secretary.  Plus, I love to help people.
Helping people is what Moms do best!
As for homes, I have found that I love LOVE the look I see in model homes, and I would love to be able to help people sell their houses.  The remodeling thing is just because I would like to do that for a profit, and I think I have some GREAT ideas for making houses pretty. 
As for being an author, that is a dream I've had since I was a really little girl, and it became a real goal of mine the day I turned 25.  I happened to be watching the morning news, and Jane Pauley was being interviewed because she was leaving her job of 25 years -- I thought that was a real omen!  I will never forget, she said that she wanted to try something new, and she wanted to not have any regrets about trying something new, even though she was so successful at what she was doing.  It made me reevaluate what I'd accomplished in my life.  I had done so much -- gone to college, gotten married, had a job, had a baby -- but I realized that the one thing that I would really regret is NOT telling a story.  And so, I made the goal to tell a story by the time I was 50.  Four more babies later, I am still keeping that goal in mind, but not much has happened in the last ten years.  I have every ambition of completing it by 50, though!  *note: Publication is not the actual goal, although I think that would be fun, too!*

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
What my best dirty-diaper-changing time is -- just kidding!  They usually DON'T ask a question -- most people assume that all SAHMs are pretty much the same.

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?

Hmmm... that's tricky.  I guess I wish people would just ask to know who I am and what I'm all about.  I really am a people-person, and I love to get to know new people, but it's usually me who has to make the effort.  I grew up doing that, and sometimes it's nice to just have someone else take lead on that.
Insider information: My kids are the cutest ever.  Hands down.  (Cabesh's are super cute, too!)

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I would ALWAYS choose to have my children and be a SAHM.  I know it's not always a possibility, and it's not even always the best choice for some, but for me in my circumstances, it totally is.  That doesn't mean I don't tear my hair out sometimes -- trust me, I do.  But it does mean that it's worth it!

20 September 2012

Southern Love

Know what I love about the South?  They know how to do porches.  The porch, the balcony, the screened in porch off the side, the bay window, the little window in the gable.  So sweet.

17 September 2012

Shannon, Mother and Lifelong Learner


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.

Shannon and her family.

Today's interview is with my friend, Shannon.

Where do you live?
Utah

What are your hobbies or special interests?
I like to hike, garden, can the food we grow, read, cross stitch, learn how things are made/done, learning how to make a budget work and stick to it, beginning to learn dutch oven cooking.

What did you do professionally before staying at home with your children?
I worked as a physical therapy assistant until Erica was 9 months old.  I've been a stay-at-home mom ever since.  For the most part I love it.  There were days when I thought going to work would be easier, but being home has been worth it.  

What made you choose that line of work?
I liked the medical field, but didn't really go for a lot of blood.  Physical Therapists spend their time on the recovery side of things helping people get better.

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
They are interested that I set school aside to stay home, but that's about it.  Most people at least say they understand when I explain why.

What question do you wish they would ask?  
Why would your family and/or children be more important to you than furthering your education and being a benefit to society at large?

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
I was accepted to physical therapy school but didn't go.  I was accepted to school in Philadelphia.  Greg was accepted in CA and we decided to go to CA.  Someday I'll go back to school, but I'm not sure that I still want to do physical therapy.  It's an interest still, but the last 20 years have opened my eyes to all different likes and interests I have.  Things like accounting, engineering, dietetics, and even plants or agriculture are possibilities.  Eventually I'll need to settle on something- or spend a lot of time in school learning different things!- but that time isn't now.

10 September 2012

Cody, Accounting Student

Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.
Cody and his family.

Today's interview is with my brother, Cody.

Where do you live?
Northwest Arkansas

What are your hobbies or special interests?
Muscle cars (or performance), motorcycles, camping/hiking

What is your current profession?
Student of accounting,  payroll/bookkeeping account manager

What made you choose that line of work?
I'm good at it. (8 months as Mission Financial Secretary while in Brasil)

When people find out what you do, what question do they usually ask you?
"You enjoy that?"

What question do you wish they would ask?  Or, what insider information would you give them?
There are too many questions asked to have a mode and there are too many tips to give out. 

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
Considering I'm still in school, it could change, but no, I enjoy it.

04 September 2012

Moving on

I write this as a packer is fitting my home into cardboard boxes.  It seems so unreal.  We are moving.  It was only three and half weeks ago that Craig got a job offer that would take us to Philadelphia, so I'm still reeling from the surprise.

I spent five of my almost seven years here, in New Hampshire, wanting to leave.  Craig had a job that would allow him to work from anywhere, and I desperately wanted that where to be the Pacific Northwest.  I spent my daydreaming time imaging a miracle that would allow us to escape from the prison that is our underwater,  upside-down home.  It was the thing that was technically possible, but that I just couldn't seem to make happen.  So I felt robbed and tortured by the idea of what could be.

Nine months ago I stopped feeling that way.  I decided that we were in New England for the long haul.  I stopped looking online at houses in Spokane and wishing I could be elsewhere.  I figured I might as well make the best of where I was, so I set to it.  And perhaps I finally decided to bloom where I was planted, as we so often hear we ought to do.

And now we're on our way to a new adventure.  Craig's new job requires him to be in an office in downtown Philadelphia, so I don't anticipate the longing for what "could be".  I'm looking forward to exploring a new part of the country and to making new friends.  But, I'm surprised to find myself a little sad to be leaving our neighborhood, friends, and school.

03 September 2012

Meri, Mechanical Engineer


Last year I wrote a blog post about my brother-in-law that generated a comment about how interesting my family is.  I realized that it's so true!  My family is super interesting.  Each Monday I'll be interviewing a family member (or dear friend).  I hope you enjoy these Meet Me Monday posts.

Meri with one of her darling angels.

Today's interview is with my friend, Meri.

Where to do you live?
New Mexico

What are your hobbies or special interests?
Sports, Traditional cooking, Reading

What did you do professionally before staying at home with your children
Mechanical Engineer

What made you choose that line of work?
I wanted to be MacGyver when I grew up.  The major involved only one English class.  Plus I thought Engineering would make me rich.

When people find out what you did what question do they usually ask you?
"Really?"  I don’t think I fit the traditional engineer mold.

What insider information would you give them?
Some of the best Engineers I know are those that were pretty bad at Math and Science, but were natural designers.  They understood how things work and were curious to learn more. They struggled through the entry level classes but really excelled when the classes became more focused on design concepts.  I would tell anyone who likes designing and building new things to consider engineering even if they don’t like math and science.

If you had it to do all over again would you choose the same thing?  Why or why not?
Yes and No.  Some of my reasons for becoming an engineer were stupid, but I did enjoy learning it.  I’ve discovered that I don’t enjoy straight design as much as I once thought and I like to interact with people more than the traditional engineering job requires.  I think that Engineering is a great jumping off point for so many other careers, so I think I would still have gotten my degree in engineering, but would have molded my career a little differently.
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