My name is Vanessa. Though I am not a writer (or even like to write) I decided to start a blog. I thought this would be a great way to journal my crazy and exciting life for my kids one day. And in the journey to reaching that goal, possibly give someone a little bit of inspiration or a useful piece of information.
I am in my mid 30's, happily married six years to the best guy ever, with three kids. A 3 year old girl and 14 month old boy/girl twins.
I am very open about my experience with infertility, and my journey through IVF. If you have any questions or need any support, please please please contact me. I didn't have anyone to help me through my struggles, so if I could offer help to just one person, it would mean alot.
I was raised Mormon, but left the church along with my family in my teens. I was a spiritual drifter through most of my teens and twenties. I always believed in God, loved God, and tried to be a good person, but I knew something was missing. When I got pregnant with Lyla, I told my husband it was very important to me to bring our children into a church community. I was in my 30's, and tired of not having any solid beleifs or knowledge on what I actually believed. I was so blessed to go to a preview service with my brother Michael for a new church plant in town. My first visit to Journey Chattanooga, I knew it was where God wanted me. We have been going there ever since, and I am so grateful for that community of people! I am excited to be on this new path of faith. His unconditional love is amazing. I strive to be more Christ like and I often fail. But at least now I am in the right durection. He loves me know matter what! If you are in the Chattanooga area, please come visit my church. Everyone is welcome here!
I live in TN, but not born and raised here. I was born up north, grew up out west, and moved to the south in high school. A few years after graduation, moved to Myrtle Beach for three years (to the night, halloween night...spooky eh?). That period of my life was such an amazing and fun one, and the turning point in my life of when I became the me I know today.
I come from a huge family. On top of being huge, it is a split/blended dysfunctional family, but we make it work and we make it look damn good while doing so! From my mom and dad I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters. From my dad and step mom I have 3 brothers and 2 sisters. That is a grand total of 13 of us. I love it. Love love love having a big family!!! The majority of them live in TN, but we still have a couple up north. My siblings have given me the great gift of nephews and nieces, whom I adore. I love being an Aunt!
I work full time in the office. I absolutely love my job. I work hard and stay very busy, wouldn't want it any other way. I am the operations manager of a print marketing solutions company. I have been there just under 10 years, and wear many hats. People look at me crazy when they find out I have a job outside of the home with have three small kids. But that is just how I was created. I was not meant to be a stay at home mom. There are days I wish I was, but overall, this situation makes me a better mom. I believe I balance my career and mommy hood pretty damn well, and anyone who judges me for working....screw you. My kids are awesome.
I have a side business called Yarn Therapy. In the midst of my hectic life, I was constantly looking for a way to wind down. My brain goes non stop at all hours of the day. I have been searching for a hobby for years now, but just couldn't find anything that kept my interest, was cost effective, or even possible. In November of 2011, I had some left over yarn from an artwork display I created for our playroom. I just kind of looked at it, and vaguely remembered that my mom taught me a basic double crochet stitch when I was a kid. I went to hobby lobby, bought a hook, and have been hookin ever since! Within a week, I made my first hat. Then from there started creating flowers, scarves, designing my own hats, then got into bows and hair clips. I freehand everything I make, and create my own patterns. My kids had way too much stuff, so I offered to make stuff for friends. I didn't want to stop, so I figured I better start selling it so I could afford more supplies so I could make more. Yarn Therapy was born. And it is just that, my Therapy! I have created an Etsy shop where some of my stuff is shown. I also have a facebook page where I have everything I have ever made, listed! Please visit my FB page and like it!
I love to volunteer, and would actually love to be a full time volunteer someday. Anybody want to sponsor me? Haha! I am on some committees for March of Dimes and always open to anyone that needs help. It's hard for me to say no, there is so much good out there to be done!
I love music. Love it, love it. I crave to hear certain songs. Music puts me into a place that nothing else can get too. Hard rock is my favorite genre, along with classic rock, new rock, alternative rock, progressive rock, symphonic rock....so I guess I like rock music? I have been told I don't look like a rock fan or live the life of one. But whatever, it certainly doesn't make me less of a fan. I will challenge anyone on that! I just love music. I was not blessed with any skill or talent whatsoever. I accept that. I will just be a fan for life! My favorite band ever is Aerosmith. Have been a fan my whole life, but a "die hard" fan for 18 years and have seen them in concert 28 times. Some of my other favorites are Avenged Sevenfold, Sixx AM, Motley Crue, Led Zeppelin, Guns N Roses, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Korn, and many many many others. One day I will just have to post my play list.
Wow, that is alot of "I's" in one blog. So that is just a snippet of stuff about me. Now, what about you? Would love to know about anyone who stumbles onto my blog.....