Thank you for checking out my “About Me” page! I’ll keep it short and sweet; I promise. I know the ultimate goal here is to learn what we have in common. I hope you find a few things. Here it goes…
I chose the name “A Wine Glass and Bubble Bath” because this describes the end of my rough days. Light some candles and turn on the relaxing music. Now THAT’S what I’m talking about! Are all days rough? No, of course not! However, I had begun to find that most of my days were leaving me exhausted. Where is the fun in that? I was sick of using my weekends to clean the house and run errands. It left me no time to do fun things with my kids; and in fact, I shooed my kids away in order to get those things done. I knew my priorities were all wrong, but I didn’t know how to get out of the rut I was in. There had to be more to life than working and cleaning. I wanted to LIVE! It didn’t take long before I grew tired of being tired, and decided to do something about it. I have worked very hard the last few months putting in some extra time around the house, but my family is beginning to see the payoff – we have more time together than ever before! The ideas I will be sharing can be put in place by both mother’s who work full time, and those who stay at home. I LOVE that!
I am a “Jersey Girl” born and raised. I graduated college in my hometown (Glassboro, New Jersey) with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Immediately after graduation I started my family and chose to spend the next decade as a stay home mommy. Zero regrets! When I got divorced in 2008 I started working full time to support myself and my three children. The struggle of balancing work and family began.
I am now six years into my second marriage. Six action packed years as a blended family. My husband is a very supportive of my new adventure which makes all the difference in the world. I am also extremely blessed to have a husband that helps out around the house and takes a very active role with our children. We most definitely have ups and downs, but our relationship grows stronger with each and every one of those ups and downs.
My husband and I have a total of 5 children together. Four boys and one strong willed girl. As I mentioned, I brought three children into this marriage, he brought one child, and then we had one child together. It is very much a joint effort in raising them. The children’s ages range from an independent 20 years old to a 5 years old who started kindergarten this fall. Both of our teenage boys are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. Um, yes we have our hands full. No, I cannot imagine life any other way.
I knew nothing about autism when I met my second husband. I don’t declare to be an expert on the subject. I do know what works for my children with autism just like other parents know what works for their children. Autism is the main reason that I chose to become a stay home mom for the second time around. A decision I made six months ago. Our home needed structure that only I could best provide. Structure that is a full time job in itself. I quit my full time job of 7 years and never looked back. Now that I can take care of the home and run errands (including all those doctor and dentist appointments) while they are at school we have time every night to do things together. Yes, we relax now.
Why do I want to blog? I want to connect with you. Life gets busy with errands, cleaning, parenting, etc. We get tired and don’t have the energy to go out with friends even though we know it is exactly what we need. We isolate ourselves. Maybe we even feel a little trapped sometimes. We need a place where we feel understood. A place without judgment. A place where not only are we supported, but we can encourage other mom’s as well. Welcome to a community created for just that!