I grew up in a small town outside of Rochester, NY. My mom was a single mom, raising two girls. We barely ever had enough to cover rent, bills and food. I was a smart kid, though I got a little stupid in High School, and graduated with a C average. Basically, I didn't try. I got lucky, got into St. John Fisher College under the Higher Education Opportunity Program, and while it took me a little while to straighten myself out, I did, and I graduated in 2001. Of course, in college, I met my best friend and awesome husband. I'd like to say we had an exciting adventure of courtship and dating, but truthfully, we were best friends, and our relationship grew from that.
In 1999-2000 we studied abroad in Cork, Ireland at the University College, Cork. We came back engaged, after John asked me to marry him in April 2000 on the Eifel Tower. You know, I couldn't even tell you the date though...
Upon returning home from Ireland, we moved in together, and finished our senior year of college. We were both accepted by the University of Buffalo, me for Social Work, and him for History. We moved to Buffalo, started Grad school and got married, all within a month. It was a crazy!
After that, we lived the married life, while attending Grad school. Eventually, I graduated with my MSW, only to realize that it wasn't going to make me happy, and it wasn't what I wanted in life. After a few years in the field, I left. In 2006, John and I went abroad again, this time so he could do some vital research for his dissertation. I was 3 months pregnant with our first child. It was a fun time.
We came home at around 7 months pregnant, moving again. On December 27, 2006, I gave birth to Lilia. She was an awesome child. I loved being a stay at home mom. We got a surprise in 2008, when I discovered I was pregnant with number 2. On January 6, 2009, I gave birth, at home, to my son Liam. It was a truly profound moment in my life.
Later that year, John got a job teaching at a community college in his hometown, so we packed up and moved. And here we are now. Family of 4, and a new house to call our own, and me at home, learning about myself.