A brief summary of me:
I'm a Christian Mom, raising 4 boys (born in 1997, 2000, and twins born in 2005). I've been blogging (not consistently) since 2003. I've struggled with topics and what I really want to write about in my blog over the years, but when the moment strikes, I blog to my hearts content!
The extended version:
I'm Annabelle (aka Ann). I grew up in a small town Village (it's too small to be called a town) in Ohio out in the middle of nowhere! It was a 1 x 1 Mile square (surrounded by fields). I graduated with 36 kids in my class (yep, that small).
I met my husband (Kevin) the summer before my Sr. year of High school. He worked at one of the grocery stores in town...I shopped there after school for my nutritious snacks junk food! We started dating with the idea that neither one of us were ready for anything serious. How quickly that changed. 1 year later, we were engaged and 2 years after that, married. We moved to a nice sized suburb after we got married (45 minutes away from where we grew up). We had our first son ("M") 3 years after we were married.
When "M" was 18 months old, my husband got a new job and we packed everything up and moved to Colorado. That was difficult. We moved away from everyone we knew, I stopped working and became a stay-at-home mom. As difficult as it was to move so far away, as a couple, we grew closer together. I truly believe God moved us out there for those 2 years so that we would strengthen our marriage...and it did!
Our 2nd son ("N") was born while we lived in Colorado. The 1st week home from the hospital, I spent my time packing stuff up. We moved to Minnesota when "N" was 2 weeks old! We knew this move was coming before he was actually born, but we weren't sure if it would happen before or after he came. We lived in Minnesota for 4 years. Again, we grew, and I am thankful for what God has done in our lives while we were there.
After a long time dealing with the selling of a house, we moved back to Ohio and we were grateful to be back in our home state (even if it was 1 1/2 hours away from family). A month after moving here, I found out I was pregnant. This was an unexpected surprise. We had decided that our family would be complete with the 4 of us, but God wasn't done with the size of our family.
During my 18th week of pregnancy, I found out that we were having TWIN boys! What a shock to the system that was! I couldn't imagine taking care of 2 babies at the same time, along with dealing with 2 other boys! God graciously provided everything we needed. He has given me the strength and grace to be able to handle 4 boys and still keep my sanity in the process. Our twins ("D" and "A") were born at 31 weeks and spent 4 weeks in the NICU, believe me when I say, it was through prayers and God that they are the healthy boys they are!
Why I blog?
My blog is about my life, things that are happening in my family, and the changes that I'm making with God's help. I would like to be able to encourage others out there in the process. I have been through a lot in my short life and God has brought me through it all. I have tasted death twice, but God saved me from death (Kevin told me that I need to stop testing God, though...LOL).
I am working on being the person God has created me to be. Some day, through the Grace of God, I'll get there! It's a work in progress!