Welcome to my world! Here’s the Cliff Notes version of my life (Are Cliff Notes even still around? Should I say Spark Notes for the young’uns out there?): I’m the mother of 3 girls under 3 and 1/2, including a set of twins. I’ve been married to the love of my life for 5 years. I converted to Catholicism 3 years ago. I work full-time outside of the home as a fraud investigator/analyst for a bank. My most common sins at reconciliation can usually be tied back to impatience and temper.
If you’re still reading, here’s some of the details. I was born and raised on a farm in southeastern Virginia and was baptized as a Baptist. I went to a small-town school where I thought I was a big shot. Then I went to college and realized just how middle-of-the-road I was. It actually worked out pretty well for me and I had a lot of fun but, alas, I graduated. From there, I moved to the “big” city to get my master’s degree in Criminal Justice.
I hadn’t even started the program before I met and fell in love with my husband to be, C. We got married a year later, I finished my degree, and then I got laid off. I was lucky enough to find a good job in fraud at a bank fairly quickly. It was about that time that I felt called to the Catholic Church. C is a cradle Catholic and when we got married I agreed that we would raise the children Catholic but was determined that I would not convert just because of the marriage. However, between attending mass every week and the help that I had gotten from our parish during that agonizing (though remarkably short) job hunt, my position changed. I was confirmed in January of 2010 in the middle of an ice storm.
In February of 2010, one year and one day after I started that new job, I had V. Life continued in its crazy way through V’s first year and a half – C had job difficulties, my job responsibilities were becoming ever more complex, V had weight gain issues, and I was a first-time mom just trying to figure it all out. Then we got a positive pregnancy test that turned into the biggest surprise of our lives – twins! In May 2012, I gave birth to two more beautiful girls, L & S, and began life as a mother to 3 kids under 2 and 1/2. Now here we are – just trying to make it from one day to the next in this crazy thing called life.
That was still a pretty broad overview. Over the next few weeks and months, I will publish my conversion story, the birth stories for the girls, and other background information that will help all of this craziness make a little more sense. Those won’t be the bulk of the posts though. Most of what I will be posting will be about my life, raising the girls, and how I make it through each day. So please be patient with me as I learn the ropes and pray that Saint Monica doesn’t get run ragged interceding for me in the meantime!