I am the oldest of 5 children, born to two loving parents who always sacrificed everything to give us the best life possible. My parents just celebrated being married for 40 years, and their love is such a gift and an example for Mike and I to follow. They filled our home with lots of love and we always had lots of fun with family movie nights, swimming in the pool, barbeques, and just being together.
My Mom is always there for me. She and I talk on the phone every day and see each other often during the week. She is so invested in everything I do and is an amazing Nanny to Tyler. My Dad is always there to help us with whatever we need. He is Mr. Fix-It! He is always so selfless and does everything he can to help all of us. It brings so much joy to my heart watching what an incredible Poppy he is to Tyler. I am truly blessed to have them in my lives.
Growing up, we lived next door to my maternal grandparents. I had such a special relationship with my Nana and Papa. Papa would love to make us waffles in the morning, which I carry on his tradition and do for Mike and Tyler. Nana was so loving. I remember sitting on her lap at a very early age singing songs and being silly. I could tell her everything and she was an angel on Earth. I loved sharing everything about life, school, and family, and I miss her dearly. We loved having sleepovers at their house, even though they lived right next door. Family time and holidays were so important to them, and it was so special to sit around the dining room table and share meals together. In fact, after their passing, we got their dining room set and it means more to me than words can say to carry on their tradition of hosting Christmas Eve and eating at the same table we grew up eating at.
I also so loved visiting my paternal grandmother, Mama. We had so much fun going to visit her house and play with the toys she had for us. She always had 3 Musketeers bars and Milky Way bars waiting for us in the fridge! I loved when I got a special sleepover with her as I got older, and she took me to special spots, including a ferry ride and a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of the Island.
I am very close with my two brothers and two sisters. Even though there is an 11 year age gap between me and my youngest siblings, we are all so close and love hanging out together. We all have a big family group text to share what is going on and we all live close by. Even my sister’s husband and future husband have become like other brothers to me, expanding the love of our family even more.
My closest friends, cousin, and aunts and uncles are all so incredibly special to me and it means the world to me to have such a close bond with each of them. It is so wonderful watching my friend's children who are like nieces and nephews to me and my cousin's son share special times with Tyler. It is beyond special having friends who became family.
I was an elementary school teacher for years before having Tyler. It was an absolute joy and privilege watching these children learn and grow educationally and socially. It always amazed me how much they grew with their reading, writing, and math skills.
I love to cook and bake. I am always trying new recipes and it so much fun to make new things. I also love to go to the beach and the pool and spend time with my family and friends.
My dream in life was always to be a loving wife and mother. My dream sure came true with Mike and Tyler. They always put the biggest smile on my face and I thank God everyday for bringing them into my life. I truly enjoy being home with Tyler to watch him grow. I cannot wait to welcome another child into my heart and home and be able to watch Tyler develop the same close relationship with his new brother or sister that I have with mine!
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