Five kids! That about says it all. Welcome to my crazy life. My name is Kristin, and I am a busy mother trying to fit in my love of crafts (Krafts if you are obsessed with the letter “K”) into my busy life.
My oldest child is 17 1/2 years older than my youngest, so I have been at this Mommy thing for a looooonnnnnngggg time. When my oldest of three girls was headed off to college, we were just bringing home our first adopted son from Korea. Later we got him a brother. God was kind enough to send us a VERY strong message that we were done with child rearing by giving us a son with night terrors. Yes, several years of sleepless nights will put an end to things very quickly. We heard that message loud and clear, five times a night, for about three years.
I am a trained teacher with a Master’s degree, but five kids spaced over 17 1/2 years, plus a workaholic husband who travels constantly, doesn’t leave much time for a real job. I have been lucky enough at times to find part time teaching jobs, but they usually want me to go full time, and, well, you understand….
I have taught secondary Math and elementary Gifted and Talented, and have volunteered in schools all my life. I love going to school, I love working in schools, and I just love being in schools. I have also worked as a computer programmer in an actuarial department. I am a passionate advocate for gifted and talented children, having raised three of them, but that’s another blog!
Most of the time I am just Mom. I keep myself challenged with my second love – arts and crafts. I actually have taken a large number of art classes. I can’t say that I have time to create “art,” but I have dabbled in every form of craft. I am a true jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none. From weaving to scrapbooking to sewing clothes for my kids, I have tried it all. Beading jewelry and knitting are my latest obsessions, but if you stick around long enough, that will change!
I know that there are others out there just like me – trying to find a way to be a good mother while keeping yourself challenged intellectually, trying to figure out how to find time, how to focus, if there is a way to make any money at it, and of course, trying to figure out how to rationalize it all!