A mom, who loves nothing more than spending time with my family. I prefer the quiet of living in a small town than being in a city. I’ve always loved to read, and being at home with a good book is just as exciting to me as traveling the world.
What do you love most in the world?
I love my family. I grew up around all of my grandparents, my aunts, uncles and cousins. And I have a sister and two brothers, who all still live in the same town with their families. My girls get to grow up knowing everyone, and see the importance of family above anything else. Being able to just do things on a regular basis with my family is truly the thing I love most in the world.
What do you fear most?
This is a tough one. I have some fears, but I think the one that gets me the most is just that my kids won’t be happy. All I hope for them is that they find happiness, and never have to face life with worry. When I went through treatments for breast cancer, I felt so bad that they were having to deal with that at such a young age. I wish I could take that fear away from them, and show them to grab life and just be happy, no matter what happens.
What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Well, it had always been to write a book, but since that’s been done, my largest unfulfilled dream now is to earn enough money for my husband to be able to give up truck driving. I want the kids to have both parents home regularly, and he’s worked hard to allow me to be a stay at home mom when the kids were small. I’d like to pay that back.
What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
The hardest thing I’ve ever done was say goodbye to my grandparents. I grew up with them all close to me, and they were a huge part of my life. I was with each of them when they passed, and each time, having to let them go was the hardest thing for me to do. But, after all they’d done for me over the years, I knew I had to be there when they needed me.
Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
My story…well, I decided after I had cancer that I didn’t want that to be what defined me. I didn’t want that to be what people thought when they saw me. I get told all the time that people actually forgot I had it. It was a horrible time of my life, but I’ve moved past it and now try to just stay positive. It helped me to realize what was important, and that nothing is ever guaranteed in life. So, I took a chance and started writing—the thing I’d always wanted to do but was too afraid to even try. And, I’m not going to let myself say “someday I’ll do that” anymore. If there’s a way to do it now, and it’s something I want, I’m going to do it. And I want to teach my kids to do the same thing.