I am a 41-year-old motherless daughter, wife, and mom of two. Two completely different kids. One boy, Jamie, who is 15 years old and has cerebral palsy. One girl, Riley, who is 10 and neurotypical. Jamie is sweet, giggly, and learning on a two-year-old level. Ri is funny, artistic, and striving to be independent. She’s outgoing, he tends to withdraw in large groups of people. She’s loud and very verbal, he’s non-verbal. She’s easily excitable, he’s so laid back. I love them both so very much and couldn’t be more proud of them.
Joel and I have been together for almost 20 years; married for 16 of those. We have a wonderful relationship, with all the normal ups and downs. We love, fight, and genuinely enjoy each other. We are committed to our marriage and our family.
I have a full-time job as Co-Commander-in-Chief of the Family Eck. I enjoy reading, writing, music, and being with friends and family. My other full-time job is Human Resources, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Social Media Marketing at our web design firm. Because I don’t have enough on my plate, I also run a non-profit adapted sports league.
If I learned anything from my mother and grandma, it’s that family is everything. They were both big influences on my ideas about family and friends, forging lasting relationships with those you love, and helping your fellow man.
I have been told that I’m talkative (I guess that’s due to my childhood where I tried to get attention). This is a good thing because I write like I talk. I am not afraid to talk/write about any subject. Nothing is off limits with me. I may discuss sex, boogers, and poop. Hopefully not in the same article, but you never know. This whole motherhood thing is like quicksand. You never know where your feet will land, or if you’ll be standing at the end of the day. I hope you feel comfortable enough to ask us anything!
If you choose to come along for the ride (and I hope you do) you’ll find that it gets a bit bumpy along the way. After all, I’m a work in progress. I’m still being “Modified by Love”.
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