Friday, June 1, 2012

I Was an English Major

When I was a kid and someone asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say two things:  artist and author.  Back then, I had no idea that A) I really wasn't that great at art, and B) that someday there would be something called a blog that one could write professionally.  I've never been terribly ambitious, at least not in the traditional career sense of ambition, so I have a feeling that if I'd seen into the future and understood the blogging genre, I would have said, "Wait, I can do that in my pajamas? While eating chocolates?  In the middle of the night?  YES, PLEASE, THAT IS MY DREAM JOB."

Then real life hit, and there was all this talk of marketable skills.  I had two other majors in college before settling on English, which is also commonly known as the "Paper or plastic?" degree.  Some people do things with their degree straightaway, but most of us English majors do something else.  My something else was nannying.  I loved it, and I was good at it, and I truly believe that I was meant to do it professionally for the years that I pursued it.  The transition from that into motherhood has been easy and natural, and I am so grateful for all the skills I gained and relationships I forged during those years as a childcare professional.

Still, throughout the years of nannying, I never stopped writing.  I started my first blog in 2002, took it to a better platform in 2004, and started this blog in 2009 as we prepared to adopt for the first time.  To be honest, the most I hoped for on a professional level from this blogging endeavor was that I'd get enough page views to warrant making a little bit off of ads.  For me, blogging has always been about telling a story and making connections, and everything else is just icing on the cake.  I have been incredibly happy to make mothering my primary concern and to let thoughts of anything resembling an actual job fall away.  My life is busy and joyous and full, and on top of that, we are leaving for Ethiopia in twenty days.

countdown to ethiopia, 20 days

When people asked me what I wanted for this year, what my goals were, I said one thing, "To bring home our next baby."  And I meant that.  It is the only thing that makes the list of what 2012 is about for me.

But that doesn't mean that when opportunity knocks, I'm not going to answer and invite it right in, especially when it knocks in the form of a dream job.  Internet friends, I am pleased as punch to announce that I am writing for Babble's Being Pregnant blog.  You can read my first post by clicking here, and follow along every weekday as I post about what adoption is like for us as a family.  I will still be posting here, of course, but I'd be thrilled if you'd join me over there, too.

Happy weekend, internet friends.  Happy, happy weekend.


  1. Congratulations! Your girl is so cute in that red bow. I am going to link over now and read your post. Best, Eileen

  2. As a fellow English major and adoptive parent, comgrats! That is great news. And Godspeed on your upcoming travels.

  3. Congratulations -- that's wonderful news! Hurrah!

    Since you shared the news of sweet Elvie, I've often thought of her as I'm falling asleep, and I have been praying/hoping/sending thoughts for someone to hold her, to look deeply in her eyes and just pour, pour, pour love into her until you three arrive. It's something I want for her so much!

    Blessings on all three of you as you prepare to go love her with your very own hearts and hold her your very own arms ...


  4. Congrats! Will definitely be following along on both platforms :) Kudos to Babble for recognizing and snapping up your talent!

  5. Congrats on the dream job!


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