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Let’s Start at the Very Beginning

10 points if you can name the song and/or the musical it comes from.  (And my sincerest apologies if that song is now stuck in your head).

How do I even begin to write the first post in a new blog?  Outline my goals? Share my interests? Tell you all the back story that led me to this moment?

There are so many ideas running around in my head, paths that I want this blog to follow, and stories that I want to share and I am so SO excited to have an outlet after over two years of not blogging.

 

So without further ado, here is a quick timeline of my life.

I was born, raised, and went to college in Wisconsin.  My senior year of high school I worked security at Lambeau Field – Packers for LIFE!  (Also, I was probably the lease intimidating security person ever).

After college, I spent two years as a missionary in Honduras and blogged about it here.  I used to run on Central American HWY 5 that ran through most of Central America.  (So dangerous now that I think of it, but totally worth it because it’s where I fell in love with running.)

About two weeks after returning home from Honduras, I met my husband at a wedding (he was an usher, I was a bridesmaid).  Even though we exchanged phone numbers, we didn’t talk for almost four months, until he called me one day out of the blue, after which we dated long distance for 16 months.  He proposed on snowshoes on February 15th, 2014 and we were married a few months later.

After the wedding, I joined my husband in Missouri, and in December 2014, we moved to North Carolina where we got a puppy named Oakley (yes, he is named after the sunglasses brand)

Unlike many couples, we did not struggle with infertility, but we did struggle with keeping a baby growing.  After 2 miscarriages and an ectopic pregnancy, we were finally blessed with our sweet baby girl April of 2016 and she is the joy of our lives.

 

A couple random thoughts:

  1. Our family goal is to visit all the National Parks, Landmarks, and Monuments.  We have passport books and collect “stamps” at all the places we visit.  We’ve already collected 22 stamps, and have a few lined up for 2017.
  2. I have a degree in Spanish and Secondary Education and worked as a middle school teacher and LOVED it.  Middle school is my favorite age to teach, and saying goodbye to my students was the hardest part about getting married/moving away.
  3. I HATE buying things just to throw them out (ie. Diapers/wipes, paper towels, etc) so I am constantly looking for ways to cut down on the waste our family produces.  I’m 1-part frugal, and 1-part hippie.
  4. I only planned to run 1 marathon and my goal time was under 5 hours.  I finished in 5 hours, 43 seconds (stupid bathroom break) so now I HAVE to run another one to make my goal.