Five on Friday--Five Things About Me!

Hello, everyone!  It's been a few weeks since I did a "5 on Friday", so I thought I would help you get to know me a little bit better.  I am a bit "anonymous" on my blog as you know, so I think I can open up a little . . . if you are interested!

1.  To start, I started teaching in 1991 (gasp!) and have taught grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 6 with the greatest chunk of that time in 4th.  I love their perfect (well . . . almost) balance of innocence and independence, and I love being able to help push them toward that next level of maturity.  Sometimes.

2.  I am the mom of two boys, husband of one boy, slave to one male cat.  We have a definite shortage of estrogen at our house.  My older son is into sports, music, and more and is too smart for his own good.  My younger son is severely autistic.  He is nonverbal, self-injurious, and our struggles with him are now entering their 12th year.  I try to keep a positive spirit, but as those of you who are parents know, watching your child suffer is a terrible burden to bear.  

3.  I am addicted to pizza.  It is absolutely my favorite food.  I keep thinking I will get sick of it--but, sadly, no.  I eat a piece of pizza nearly every day for lunch.  Am I proud of this?  Not so much. 

4.  I don't watch much TV, but I do have a guilty pleasure . . . reality shows.  Not the "Bachelor" kind--but the "Top Chef", "Project Runway" kind.  I think I have a secret dream to be an artist of some sort, and I live my life vicariously through the drama that unfolds in these shows.  I DID actually go to school to be an architect, but I quickly learned I wasn't really cut out for the business world.

5.  I am an avid scrapbooker.  Like--obsessed.  Like here are some of my scrapbooks.  It's an interesting habit for those of you who do it.  Do you have to bribe people to look at them?  I wonder what in the world I will ever do with them--but I can't seem to stop.  Is there a 12 step program for people like me?  Maybe this ties into the fact that I am a "wanna be" photographer.  Some days I dream about selling my work, but for now it is just a hobby.  I love taking sports photos of my son, my cat, and also love "macro" photography of things in my yard.  Here are few of my favorite shots. . .

So . . . there you have it.  A few little "tidbits" about me!  I hope all of you have a very blessed Easter weekend.  I appreciate you very much!


  1. I'm now dying of curiosity!! What's in all those scrap books?!! More seriously, watching children suffer IS a terrible burden :( I haven't had to cope with autism (and I can only imagine how difficult that must be) but we went through a rough 7 years with my daughter that put us all in family counseling and me on medication for 2 years. The experience changed me, the way I look at life and children and the way I teach.
    Have a great holiday, Meg - and a blessed Easter.


    1. Everyone has a story, right Lynn? I hope you enjoy your time off--when I am on the beach I am going to visualize those beautiful kite fluttering in the breeze.

      (The scrapbooks are full of the countless photos that I have taken of the boys and their adventures. Nothing too exciting--except for the fact that I go a little overboard. As usual.)

  2. Your photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing so much about your life. You are right, sometimes people do seem a little anonymous on their blog. I am sorry to hear about your struggles - I am sure it has taught you a lot about life and what is truly important.

    Looking From Third to Fourth

    1. Thanks for your kind words. We have all have our "issues", right? Hope you have a wonderful weekend...

  3. It's not easy to put yourself out there... you did it with grace and honesty. Although I don't have a son with autism, I can relate with going overboard on taking pictures of life with 2 boys. :)

    You are right, everyone has a story and a struggle... I lost my husband (at age 33) to cancer almost 4 years ago. Our son was 3 at the time. Teaching definitely was my "constant" and my salvation during that time. It was the one place where I felt like myself. My classroom was the only place I didn't obsess about cancer every single minute. Teaching those kids in my room became my sanctuary. I think all teachers can relate to that just a little bit.

    Just to not end it on a sad note... I am remarried and we have a one-year-old little boy together. My new husband is an incredible dad to BOTH our boys. Our little family is truly my happy ending.

    1. Thanks, Jackie. I appreciate your kind comments--and I am super happy for your happy ending!!!