I’m a part of a wonderful online community called voiceBoks. It’s a great place to connect, network, socialize, and make new friends! )ne of the “events” I’m participating in right now is the ABC’s of me! I found this a bit tricky, but fun! It’s a great way to get to know more about me, and I’ve enjoyed reading others to get to know more about them! Enjoy!
*I’m going to try to make sure this is updated in case any details change! Updated 2/27/13*
A – ABC’s – although I don’t share our kids’ real names for privacy reasons, I will share that their names start with A, B, and C (technically they’re “out of order” by age – B, A, and C, but ABC nonetheless!) 🙂 Son, daughter, son.
B – Breastfeeding. I’m a breastfeeding advocate and supporter. I was unable to nurse our oldest due to lack of support and body stress from the unexpected c-section, so I like to offer encouragement and support – but I am never negative towards people’s parenting decisions should they choose not to nurse or are unable to. I believe we make the best decisions for our children and ourselves and simply like to share information to help people make informed decisions. Our youngest weaned at age 2 1/2 (almost 3).
C – Cloth Diapers – not that it’s a secret, but I LOVE cloth diapers! Sadly, that journey has ended as well, and we are not able to have more children. I hope to continue to fulfill my love of cloth through my sewing business and supporting others in their cloth journeys!
D – Dogs. I love dogs, and we have a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff) named Caprice. I used to be a dog obedience trainer.
E – Emilee – my first name. Friends and family mostly call me “Em,” and I actually find it weird when they call me “Emilee.”
F – Fibromyalgia. I have Fibromyalgia, which I have improved tremendously by improving my health and fitness. I used to have a site, 1 Fit 2 Serve, that I started to share that journey, but it kind of got put on the back burner. I may start updating it again some day. For now, though, I do touch on it here on Pea of Sweetness and also talk about health and natural living on Deals of Sweetness.
G – God. He is my Father and Redeemer! I seek to know Him more every day!
H – Homeschooling. I homeschool all three of our children and blog about it frequently here on Pea of Sweetness! Our oldest two are on the same educational level, and I often do a lot of “one room schoolhouse” type schooling to include our youngest as well! Another benefit of homeschooling – I can make those decisions and do what is best for them and our family! 🙂
I – Inspiration. My husband is a 2x cancer survivor and Disabled Veteran. He has had to adapt to a “new normal” after various surgeries and a hard regimen of chemotherapy. He is my inspiration because he never loses faith and is such a wonderful Godly role model for our children and for others!
J -Joey – my husband’s first name.
K – Kitten. We adopted a one-eyed kitten the year I originally wrote this post and named him Bartholomew. It turns out he is a Maine Coon rather than an American Short Hair, so he has grown rather large!
L – Little. All of our kids are small for their age. Our youngest two in particular have always been small even as infants, though our youngest is quickly catching up to our daughter!
M – Mompreneur. I originally started Pea of Sweetness as a website to showcase products I make such as: cloth diapers, nursing wraps, nursing pads, bags, etc., which got put by the wayside when my husband got cancer as I no longer had time at the sewing machine. I plan on getting back into sewing really soon as well as offering decals for wall, windows, vehicles, etc. (available now!). I started venturing more in direct sales when I was unable to sew, but am getting back into sewing and away from direct sales. It has been a huge relief! 🙂
N – Nerd. It’s true, I’m a nerd. Whether you use the word “nerd” to describe someone who is academically smart or someone who is a gamer. I’m both! haha And I love it! 🙂
O – Open. I’m a pretty open person, though I’m also non-confrontational. I share openly what I believe, feel, etc., but will also agree to disagree.
P -Patience. I DON’T have it, but I work on it daily, and it’s tested daily! haha Whoever says “I don’t have patience to homeschool” should know you don’t have to have patience to be able to homeschool!
Q – Questionable ingredients. I started becoming more aware of ingredients and weeding out questionable ingredients after my husband’s cancer diagnosis in food, household products, and personal care products. Some people say there’s not enough evidence to stop using certain ingredients, I say there is enough to not want to take a chance – particularly when there are natural alternatives!
R – Radio. When I was going to college in my early 20’s I was a DJ for the college radio station. It was a lot of fun!
S – Special needs. Our family has a vast array of them. Besides having Fibromyalgia, I also have Sensory Processing Disorder. I was also born with an Atrial Septal Defect I had repaired via open heart surgery right before I turned 17. As I mentioned my husband is a 2x cancer survivor and has an array of new issues – vocal cord dysfunction, neuropathy, some memory loss, an Atrial Septal Defect (new – not sure cause yet, but not a birth defect like mine). Our oldest has Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS = Autism Spectrum). Our younger 2 have Sensory Processing Disorder. And you know what? Days can be really tough (some worse than others), but we manage, and we’re happy because God is good!
T – Thirteen. 13 is my favorite number. It was my number when I played sports. If I couldn’t have 13 I’d choose 7, though once in a while I ended up getting stuck with something completely different altogether! haha (I played a lot of sports in high school.)
U – Underdogs. I tend to be a fan of the underdogs or more “unpopular.” If it’s something everybody likes, has, or is a fan of I most likely will want/like something different.
V – Vacation. My first and only vacation outside the US was the Bahamas for Spring Break when I was in college. I’d like to go back, but definitely NOT as a Spring Breaker! LOL I’ve changed a lot since then – for the best!
W – Writing. I LOVE writing. Some people tell me I have a “natural gift” for writing. I have always wanted to write a book (or books) some day and hope to make that a reality in the near future!
X – Xrays. I’ve had a lot of them. (Sorry, that’s a bad one, but seriously what starts with “X?”) Actually I love names that start with “X,” but my husband and I didn’t agree on one for any of the kids. I did have 2 gerbils names Xander and Xavier, though! haha
Y – Years. A lot of people I noticed shared their age, so I will, too! I’m 30 years old, though I will be 31 in less than a month. (As of this update on 2/27/13 I’m 32.)
Z – Zzzzz’s. I don’t get enough of them! I originally mentioned our youngest son’s sleep issues which are still a bit of a problem, but not like they were. Mine, though? I still seem to have major insomnia. It’s terrible.
*Well, I hope you enjoyed the ABC’s of me! If so, I would love to hear your feedback/comments! Thanks for reading! :)*