After joining a handful of groups, I almost wish there was an introductory link so I wouldn't have to keep trying to come up with different ways to introduce myself to keep it interesting! Oh well, here goes again! My name is Karen and I live in Joliet, Illinois, which is about 45 minutes outside of Chicago. I have a daughter that is 19, an 11 year old daughter, and 5 year old little boy. Quite an age span, I know. Keeps me young! I'm excited to participate in this group. I never considered myself a stay at home mom, but I guess I have been since I lost my job of 15 years at the same time that my husband passed away. I've worked through the grief and recently have come out on the other side and really live my life with a positive outlook. I am empowered to provide for my kids and raise them to be compassionate, loving individuals.