I met my hubby in college and we started dating in October 1999. Not sure how he won me over, but he did so quickly and we were engaged in January 2000 and married in September of 2000. Now, paying for college is one thing, but paying for two to go to college is another…so our journey took us on a very interesting jaunt around the Northwest. From Montana to Idaho to Washington/Oregon, we managed to obtain our Associate of Arts degrees from Walla Walla Community College….then it was North to Alaska!
We loved Alaska and survived the winter in our cabin without water in Fairbanks. I pursued my Geology degree while my hubby went in to Wildlife Biology. During my last semester, we weren’t sure if we were on the path we wanted to be on and we dropped out of school. Crazy, I know, but that’s what we did. We spent time working in Anchorage and realized our mistakes and sucked it up and went home to Montana. In Montana, we rebuilt. We worked, finished our degrees, and tried not to acquire any more debt…which involved living with roommates, family, and cabins without water again.
If you know anything about Wildlife Biology, then you know that most of the jobs are seasonal, so when we found out we were expecting our first child, seasonal just wasn’t going to cut it. My hubby took a permanent job in Wyoming while I stayed in Montana working until later in my pregnancy. To say my hubby loathed this job would be an understatement but he stayed there until finding a new permanent one. I just didn’t realize the new one would be in Southern California and in two weeks. So, my hubby got the stuff ready in Wyoming and I packed up in Montana. We were able to meet in Utah and carpool down towing a huge 5th wheel we bought to live in…our next adventure. Mind you, this was in June and I was due July 1st….I’ve never seen my ankles swell so much and to put them up meant we had to stop since I had to drive one of the vehicles. Let’s just say it took awhile to get to our destination.
We settled into our 5th wheel and set up a crib, it fit…barely. We made our preparations for baby and she arrived with style at 11:45pm on July 4th. Now, living in a 5th wheel with a newborn isn’t too bad…they are always near by, but later when she became mobile we knew this wasn’t going to work that well. We also have a cat and a dog, so space was tight. We decided to go ahead and purchase our first home and although it is literally out in the desert, I am really happy we were able to find a home in our price range. I really can’t imagine if we would have stayed in the 5th wheel because now we are expecting baby #2, who will only be 18 months younger than our first. So it is at this time a thought began to grow in my mind. What are my obligations to my children and how am I going to be successful as a stay at home mom?
When a thought lingers in your mind for far too long, you must either finally dismiss it or act upon it. I have a hard time giving up on anything, so I decide to act upon this lingering thought of entering the blogging world. Wait a minute…I was just talking about being a SAHM and obligations to my children…what does that have to do with blogging? If you check out my new blog, Preserving a Sense of Wonder, you will understand the connection.
It has been 30 years since my journey began and I never realized that life would lead you to so many unexpected places. I am excited to start this new expedition and I have already been blessed so much by the helpfulness of fellow bloggers. Now that you know what is behind the name Cassie, I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and understand that my opinions have definitely been influenced by my adventures in life.