Many things happened over the next several years and I don’t mean to glaze over them as unimportant situations because they certainly weren’t. If I share each and every detail, we’d be here for days. My brother and I spent time in the foster care system, both my parents remarried, I experienced the eviction process from the house I’d grown up in which led my mom and I to sharing a room at a family member’s house for several months and spent some time at a jail. I also moved from my mom’s to my dad’s house after spending a summer there to try and make some better choices for my life which seemed to backfire.
Changing schools was a joke as I moved from a very structured, advanced curriculum to a very relaxed school (to say the least) where I had enough credits to graduate in the tenth grade. In addition to going to school full time, I worked part time at local businesses after school and on the weekends as well as babysat for local families. There seemed to be many trust issues along the way as I was always being accused of things – taking diet pills (really?? Have you seen me? The pills aren’t working if I’ve been taking them!) to sleeping with someone I worked with. The pain of being called a “slut” and slapped across the face by someone who’s supposed to love and protect you is one of the most painful things I’ve experienced. Before graduation I was put into a situation that ended with me being raped at 17 and further eroding my self image and self worth.
After graduation, I moved back to my mom’s house to attend college full time while working full time. After a year of taking classes for something I was already doing without a degree, I took time off from school. I again wound up trusting people I shouldn’t and was put in a very uncomfortable situation at my place of employment and found employment elsewhere and loved working in the medical field. Medicine and helping others has always fascinated me. Because of the commute, I found my own apartment within walking distance to my job which put me out on my own for the first time. A friend owned a store at a local mall and needed help so I also worked there around my full time job which left very busy days.
While working at the hospital I was injured twice and not able to return to what I was doing without the chance of becoming injured again so I was left to look for another job. I went back to another thing I loved – working with kids. I worked in a couple of child development centers and wound up being a nanny for a wonderful family which also brought me back to my mom’s house to be closer to my jobs. After work each night, I would spend an hour and a half at a local gym. It was the best way to wind down and relieve stress after a long day. Then I started dating more seriously and met my husband. I had been dating the person I thought I would marry and was just looking for someone to spend time with. The morning after my first date with my now husband, I came home and told my mom we’d get married. I do love being right! J
We started dating in January and by that Christmas we were sharing the news that our family was growing. After our first son was born on my then boyfriend’s birthday in 2004, we decided to get married in 2005. Our second son was born in 2006 and we were a happy little family. From there we had planned on moving to a bigger house and continuing to vacation in Charleston, SC – something we’d started after our first son was born.
Both my husband and I loved Charleston, the beach and the surrounding area and decided we wanted to move closer some day. Out of the blue, my husband was offered a position in January 2008 and we had two weeks to be in SC for him to start work full time. That was such a whirlwind of a time. We quickly found a house on line to rent and signed paperwork without actually ever seeing the house. This move is one of the things that led to my love of Disney, which I’ll tell you more about later.
We’ve lived in the Lowcountry for about three and a half years now and love it! My husband and I are both lucky enough to have great jobs and are in a good place right now which is a great feeling.
Now that you know a little bit of my background, let get on to more current (and more fun!) things. J