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familyThe beginning is always exciting! Actually, the middle and the end are exciting, too . . . I guess it just depends how you look at it. My name is Kristin. I am 31 years old and the mother of four bold, beautiful, brilliant, and bodacious children. I have been married for 8.5 years to an amazing man, Connors. We met in junior high. I was the loud and obnoxious girl in class and he was the very reserved and quiet boy. Actually, he thought I was crazy and annoying and I rarely gave him a second glance. Then one day in our freshman year in high school we were sitting in art class and we clicked, like wine glasses on a rainy night, it was just right. We began dating at the ripe old age of 15 and 16 years later we are still going strong.

We discovered we were pregnant with our first child, Ethan, while we were living with my husband's parents. We were 20 years old, not married at the time, and both of us were in college. On a whim and a prayer we bought a town house with no savings to our name and no help from anyone, just leaped and landed! Ethan was born in June 2000. He was a challenging baby, but as he was our first we really had no idea what an unchallenging baby was like until our daughter, Annabella, was born in May 2002.

While Ethan was a stunning surprise, Annabella was much planned. I graduated in May, 2001 with my BS in business-accounting and decided to take the summer off before beginning my career in the 'real' world. Throughout the summer I thought about how much I loved staying home with Ethan and how much my pregnancy and his birth affected me. I loved the entire experience, but not just my experience. I loved the relationship I had with my midwife and how caring the nurses were with me during the birth. I had one of those Oprah 'AHA' moments where I realized my place was not in the business world, but rather in the nursing field. However, this revelation did not come until I had completed my junior year in business school. I thought about starting over and pursuing nursing, but instead I continued on with my business degree and graduated with honors.

familyBut I digress, back to Annabella. That summer of 2001 I thought a lot about what I wanted to do with my life. I loved being a mother and I knew I wanted more children. I also knew that I was not passionate about accounting, but who is, right? My husband (but not yet at that time) and I decided we would try to conceive again and if it happened right away I would continue to stay home and not pursue a career at that time. As fate would have it, we were pregnant immediately and Annabella joined us in May 2002. That pregnancy was quite eventful. We decided to get married and began planning our wedding on December 15, 2001. My dad was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer on January 7, 2002. We were married on January 20, 2002 and my dad passed away on February, 13, 2002. It was a whirlwind of happiness, sadness, and happiness again when Anna arrived in May.

Our third child, Owen, was born in April, 2004. He was quite planned as well. After Owen was born I decided to begin enrolling in prerequisites needed before I applied to nursing school. I also pursued my Certified Nursing Assistant certificate. When Owen was 15 months old I entered the work field as a CNA in a maternity care center at a local hospital. Our fourth child, Eli, was born in January, 2007 at the hospital I worked. In fact, I went into labor with him while I was working and called my husband to tell him I would not be coming home that evening, but instead he needed to come to me.

I applied to nursing school when Eli was 8 months old. I was accepted and began as a full-time nursing student in September, 2008. I am pursuing another bachelor's degree and will graduate in December, 2011. I resigned from my CNA job last January so I could focus on my family and school. I look forward to sharing our journey with you!

Kristin

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