I'm not going to go into much about early Melis... I'll tell you I had a difficult childhood and that my adolescent years weren't easy. They weren't unhappy times, always, but I did face some issues within my family that were challenging enough to make me scoff at Meredith Grey's drama and think she's a gigantic weenie. I grew up before I should have and had racked up a decent amount of experience-based wisdom by the time I went to college at the University of Notre Dame. Ambitious and anxious to make my mark, I joined Air Force ROTC and took on Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry as my majorS(!). I met an incredible man, Justin, and began dating him at the end of my first semester. By my second semester I knew a few things: I would spend the rest of my life loving Justin. I would not make the same mistakes my parents have made. I was an adult. And I would only be happy if I chose happiness; life wasn't going to grant it to me. I determined soon enough that ROTC wasn't the path for me, and I had exhausted myself with my absurd academic expectations and dialed back my ambitions a bit, switching to Political Science (oops) and History, graduated with Justin in 2005, married him 6 weeks later and we set out on our journey together. We conceived our son a year later, and then our daughters about 2 years after that.
So, great, boring. I'll illustrate; it'll help.
My wedding day.
My honey and I on our honeymoon in Kauai.
Holding my son a few hours after his birth.
Our first family Christmas card photo.
With Jack at Disneyworld.
34 weeks pregnant with two amazing little girls.
Rocking some contractions and smiling about it.
Marveling at Addison during the 9 minutes in which I was a mother of only 2.
A rare moment (Halloween) in which I was holding both girls and not a single one of us was crying AND I had make-up on.
Photographic evidence that I need a hair-cut
Trying to steal a snuggle from my son when all he wants are presents on Christmas.
Okay, so you get the drift. That's what I've done. School, marriage, babies.
But, who am I? Well, friends, I can't 100% answer that because it's an ever-changing response. But I'll try to flesh out a little more of me for you. I'm a woman who takes her role as wife and mother seriously. My family comes above all else and I will fight - I'm a fighter - for that against any adversary. I've been there... you know, those tough places in life we'd rather not think about. If not myself, then I've held people's hands while they were there. I've seen and felt sorrow and injustice and pain and desperation and I've faced those dark feelings head on, not looking away for a second, and I cherish the times that were hard for they make what is good so much brighter. I'm Catholic. I follow the Lord and am growing closer to Him in my faith each day, but I rarely, rarely talk about it - even with my husband. I am deeply spiritual but nearly silently so. I would rather lead by example. I strive to be a good person. I fail. I nurse my babies no matter how hard it is and feed my family home-made food, no matter how tired I am. I often eat Ramen when no one is looking because I'm just so tired of dealing with healthy crap. I cry at sappy things on TV and avoid like the plague sentimental movies. I drink straight tequilia and can funnel a beer but adore my Cabernets and Pinot Noirs. I am petrified at the thought of losing my husband or one of my children. Without them, I'm barely a whisp of a person. I'm a fiscally conservative liberal who never knows who to vote for because I feel so strongly about so many issues, no one ever quite lines up with me. I love to learn. Everything. Anything. Science thrills me and I hate that I wasted college on Political Science (blech!) but know that if I hadn't, I may not have this amazing life. This life I lead is amazing because I choose not to dwell on all the things that make it suck - like fleas, landlords, inequality, distance, stress and laundry. I especially do not dwell on laundry. I keep an immaculate house but only because I get annoyed when I have crusties on my feet all the time - they're gross enough as it is. I don't take care of my feet. I don't give a hoot about my hair. In fact, it's been nearly 2 years since my last hair cut. I suffer migraine headaches, am a snuggle-fiend and adore the written word. I've published poems and flown jets, saved lives and driven backhoes. I'm nearing the end of my life as a Navy wife who has survived deployments and, more astoundingly, the drama of life as a military spouse. I am strong. I am weak. I cannot sing to save my soul, so I don't try, but I could talk your ear off. Football soothes me like classical music and a bubble bath. I am stubborn and loyal. I drive a minivan and don't care how uncool that makes me. And I am daily thankful that I am as fortunate as I am.
So... That's who I am. What about you? Please share!