My son. My beautiful little red head. It's hard to believe you are already three years old. Where does the time go?
Some day I hope to share with you how elated Mommy and Daddy were when God brought you into our lives after our previous miscarriage. BOY were you an active one--kicking and moving in my tummy like nothing I had known before. But you gave mommy plenty of sleep time and allowed me the endurance to finish my first master's degree just weeks before your birth.
When you were born, dear angel, we were in the midst of so many changes. We moved TWICE during your pregnancy and lived with several family members while awaiting your arrival. Your birth, a cesarean section, didn't go as well as we anticipated. Both you and I weren't in the best of health for those first few months. So you lived, breathed, ate, and slept right against mommy's chest all day and all night. It was the only way we could make it--together.
Brandon, I am so happy that you are my son. You have been appropriately nicknamed "Samson" for your strength and determination. You bring laughter, mischief and silliness to my every day. I enjoy snuggling with you under the blankets, making forts under the dining table, and playing "baby" with you during those times that I need reminding that you're not all that much bigger and older than Brighton. Thank you for teaching me that motherhood is a journey, not a single destination.
I’m a joyful woman who wears many hats, including: wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt, niece, granddaughter, cousin, friend, teacher, librarian, and follower of Christ. I’m also an ex-public school teacher turned SAHM turned unschooling mom. Our little midwestern family is tremendously grateful for the liberties we have to home school, homebirth, breastfeed, co-sleep, baby wear, non-circ, delay or not vaccinate, and utilize non-punitive, grace-based discipline. We work hard to keep up with the ins and outs of healthy living. It was painful, but we took the red pill and still continue to find new truths daily. I teach just a few short-courses for the local college each year, read and write book reviews and blog on the side. And if you must know, I have an undergrad in music (BA), a masters in library science (MLS), and a masters in educational technology (MEd).