34, Montrose, CO
When I imagine my ideal life, I picture a family gathered around a cozy fire on a cool fall evening. My husband is stretched out on the couch reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to a gaggle of children draped across various chairs and corners of the floor. Left overs from dinner are put away and the dishes are washed, but a faint scent of roasted chicken and homemade apple pie lingers in the air. I am sitting in my rocking chair quilting a baby blanket to donate to the local pregnancy center and enjoying the story quite as much as the children. When the chapter is ended, we light the candles and pass out the rosaries. About half an hour later, when the Rosary and night prayers are concluded, the children are tucked into their beds, my husband and I will slip out hand in hand for a peaceful walk under the stars. (Don't worry, by this time, the oldest is more than capable of babysitting.)
What does life look like in reality? Well, I do sit around the fire on fall evenings, but its the disembodied voice from a book on tape that reads the Chronicles of Narnia. Sometimes I sew, but you might also find me working on illustrations for my sister's beginning reader series. The smell of homemade apple pie may be in the air, but you may not always find the dishes washed and put away, and I usually say my Rosary on the way to work in the mornings. Instead of being a stay at home mom who makes cheese and butter with fresh milk from the family cow and cans hundreds of quarts of fruits and vegetables each year, I teach third grade during the winter months and grow a modest garden in the summer. I do always manage to feed the chickens, cows, and foster kiddo's, but I must admit that I occasional resort to frozen pizza. I have a secret ambition to run a marathon, but I mostly only make it to the gym two or three times a week. Weekday nights are filled with appointments for my foster kiddo's and sometimes volleyball or basketball games for me. I reserve Sunday afternoons for relaxing things like fishing and hiking in the summer and watching football with Dad in the winter. I like entertaining friends with brunch or dinner every so often, and I enjoy their dry subtle humor as well as their silly jokes. Ask me to tell my favorite joke sometime. i will laugh, and you will roll your eyes.