1- I met my husband when I was 16, we have been together for 17 years and married for 14.

2- I never wanted to have kids.....until I was 26, suddenly I had this ache to have a baby and boy was I tested to prove that I was serious.  I had 3 miscarriages before finally getting and staying pregnant with my daughter (thanks to medical intervention) at the age of 28.  Then I had my son at 30. Now I am done!!

3- I grew up dirt poor and I mean dirt poor.  We lived in a trailer, my parents worked hard but a low paying jobs.  My dad grew all of our veggies and we raised pigs for meat. My mom rarely bought "packaged" food, everything was made from scratch, so I was a teen before I had even ever had something like Kraft mac n cheese, or ramen noodles (at someone else's house of course).

4- My parents always encouraged me to go to college and make something of myself, but that (obviously) they would be unable to help financially.  So I worked hard in school, had a job when I was 14, AND still ran track and cross country.  I graduated in the top 10% of my class and had a full scholarship to our local community college.

5- I am a certified pharmacy technician, but I stopped working to stay at home with my children.  Before kids I was starting to work on my pre-requisites for pharmacy school, but it is on hold for now.  Nothing is more important to me than being able to be home with my kids. 

6- I got braces when I was 31!  My teeth were so crooked and I was always so self-conscious about it.  So when I left my job, I used all of my stock options that they had given me and payed for braces.  I got them off when I was 33, hooray!

7- I have also had laser eye surgery (twice).  I was almost legally blind. I had the procedure done the first time and it was like a miracle.  I could see!!!! But it wasn't perfect, they had warned me that because of the amount of correction that I needed that I would probably need a second procedure.  So when the first procedure healed, I had the second.  It has been 1 year and 3 months and I now have 20/20 vision.  Imagine what a sight I was with my crooked teeth and coke bottle glasses, lol!

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Dec. 3, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Thanks for such a thoughtful and interesting getting to know you... :)

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Dec. 4, 2008 at 12:38 AM

I have to say I usually don't like these types of posts, but yours is different. I am honored that you chose to tag me. Whatever I write won't measure up to yours in terms of style, but for some reason I feel encouraged to try, when normally I wouldn't.

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Dec. 4, 2008 at 10:18 PM

My post is so plain compared to yours. I'm so proud of you for working hard to reach your goals!


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Dec. 6, 2008 at 9:03 AM

I grew up poor too.  We lived in a trailer on my grandparents' land until I was 12.  I've had a paying job since I was 14.  I babysat at 14 and then had part time jobs when I was 15, 16, and 17.  Before the end of HS I was basically working a full time job after school as a second shift office manager in a wholesale warehouse.  That's how I worked my way through college with the help of academic scholarships, my parents- when they could help, and then DH. 

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Dec. 11, 2008 at 10:37 PM

I just read your this, Shawna and it is so interesting.  You have made wise choices and glad you changed your mind about having kids.  I did the same thing, but since I didn't get married until 34, had to convince my husband and that took a while, it was apparently too late.  I have my grandkids through my step-son and we did adopt our son, when he was 10 & now is 14.  He came to live with us when he was 7.

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Apr. 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

We grew up so poor too! I didn't have the love of a family. But I  met DH & have some great DD's and grandchildren.  You've done Well. My own DD bought her own braces and put herself through college. And paid for her own broken back. Life is quite the journey. May your family always love and appreciate you! May you have your  own Happily Ever After..!

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