My Life in a Nut Shell

3 surgeries for Endometriosis, countless medications, and lots of difficult years trying to conceive. We put the medical stuff on hold and decided to work on being parents instead. In July of 2000 we were blessed beyond all measure with a phone call announcing the birth of our daughter, Megan. Megan's birth mother had given birth the day before and was leaving the hospital. We had no warning that Megan was coming. At 4:29 in the afternoon we were a couple, at 4:30 we were parents. Deciding that we wanted a sibling for Megan, we looked into all our options. This time insurance covered IVF. One round and we were blessed with triplets, Abigail, Brigid, and Caroline. Did you know that there is a 70% chance of divorce in families of Higher Order Multiples? Almost two years after the triplets were born my ex-husband and I separated and eventually divorced. During that time both my Mother and Father passed away from cancer. In February of 2007 my sister came to live with us to help out. In December of 2008 she had to leave so now it is me on my own with the girls. In February 2010, Lisa passed away and finally found her own Peace.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

My Girls Rock!!!

The girls were fantastic today!! They cleaned up the living room twice, cleaned their own room, helped set the table, brushed teeth, got jamas on, and did everything with no nagging from me. I could hardly believe it! Only Brigie got movie night last Friday. She was the only one who did not crawl into my bed during the week. The other girls were so upset that she got to sit up with me, watch a movie, and have a snack that they are working extra hard this week to earn movie night this Friday. I am so proud of them. Last week was one of those weeks where I feel like I am failing as a parent. It was really rough. And this week makes me realize that this family is working really well. Things I am teaching them are actually getting through.

Abby, Brigie, and Caroline are so excited about going to see their new school tomorrow. They have been planning all day what next Monday will be like. They get to bring their lunches and take naps there. There will only be 5 kids in the class and 3 of them are mine but that's ok. lol There is a website for the school: You can check it out but it is still really rough and as soon as the kids get into the school more then the pictures will change. The newspaper is coming out next week to take pictures and do a story. I hope the girls end up in it!!

On a much yuckier note, I had to go to LIHEAP today. They are a federal program that helps pay utilities. And as much as I hated it I actually went and got help with 1/2 of the electric bill. My bill was HUGE this month and I just couldn't do it. I went for help last month too. I HATE going. I feel so awful sitting there waiting for help. I hope and pray that this will be the LAST time I have to get help ever again. I always used to say that I would never need that kind of help. I couldn't understand how people needed that kind of help. And now I do. While sitting in the waiting room someone from one of those 2 year colleges came in and passed out info about going to college. She came up to me and asked if I wanted info. I quietly said no thank you. And just wanted to hang my head low. I have a frickin' M.Ed. and I am sitting in a waiting room of a federal program trying to get help. But I won't apologize for getting help. I would do whatever it takes to provide for the girls. I'm just going to keep on going and know that this too shall pass. One day I will be able to look at the last few years and think, "Wow. I made it. I survived."

I also had to borrow $25 from my brother, Erik. I need a TB test before I can start on Monday. I have $4. Thankfully Erik is loaning it to me so I can start work. I feel like the little engine that could. I just keep going up that hill. But damn. This is one looonnggg hill! :)

Monday, February 25, 2008

And Finally Some Good News!!

Yea! It's nice to post something positive. Are you ready?......I got a job!! I will be teaching preschool at a new center that is just opening up. I start on Mon. The girls get to come with me too! They are so excited about getting to start school. I will be broke as always but now I will be broke with bills getting paid first! The girls were high-fiving me today when they found out. I will start out teaching two year olds and when the center gets more kids then I will be teaching 4 year olds. Lets all keep our fingers crossed that this job stays with us for awhile. Now I just need to find a place to live. We are working on that daily.

Thank you God for prayers answered!!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Latest

In between commercials during the Oscars, I thought I would come down here and type a bit. I miss having Mom here to watch the Oscars with me. She would get as excited as I do about the dresses, etc. Even if we couldn't get together to watch we would watch while on the phone together. Just one of those odd moments when I really wish she was here.

I had a really good interview on Friday with a new preschool that is opening up in Norton Commons. They will allow me to bring the girls with and will have room for Megan in the summer. I think this will be a good place for us to be for awhile. I am going to call tomorrow and make sure that everything works out for the job. I'm still pretty sure I will be giving up the house though. the mortgage company is still willing to work we me but I don't know how much longer I can keep trying to keep this place. I'm hoping for a lottery win, Prince Charming, etc.....

The girls come back tomorrow from their Dad's and I can't wait. I miss them while they are gone! Megan finally has a full week of school. With all the yucky weather last week, they had a rather short school week. I think Megan does better when things are pretty organized and she has a set schedule. She is doing so well in school that it is scary. I always knew she was smart but it sure is nice to hear her teachers say the same thing. I registered the triplets at Field for next year as well. I can't believe they will be in Kindergarten. My babies. They are so excited that they will be at school with Megan. Field is such a good school and I like the teachers there so much. It's a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and the place I used to teach. I was working there when Megan came and when I had the triplets. So I feel like the teachers were there with me every step of the way. Everyone keeps such a great eye out for Megan. I know they will do the same for Abby, Brigie, and Caroline.

I'll update tomorrow when I find out about my job!

Friday, February 15, 2008


Crap. That is such a nasty word. Well I found out today that the sale date of my home is Mar. 25. I have absolutely NO IDEA what we are going to do. But I suppose I need to figure out something soon. I had so hoped we could have made it in the house until August when the girls start school. I've been having lots of interviews here recently. That is a positive. I'm going out tomorrow and just apply to restaurants and stores just to get something coming in. I've started looking for boxes on craigslist. We had planned to get rid of 1/2 of our toys this weekend because we still have too much. So I guess that is a good thing. I just need to be really ambitious about gettin rid of about 2/3 of what we have. I'm going to try and sell as much as possible through craigslist as well. Crap. Anyone have any suggestions?

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

It's Summer Time!!!!

Brigie and Abby decided, on the same day that Caroline didn't need a nap, that it was warm enough to swimming. Don't forget that it was about 30 degrees outside that day. They ended up wearing their swimsuits in the house all day. At least Brigid was dressed.

I Don't Need a Nap

We were eating lunch and Caroline said she did not need a nap that day. 15 minutes later, while I was cleaning up after lunch, Caroline crawled on the COFFEE TABLE and fell asleep. Too cute. I can't imagine that it was very comfortable.


Brigid is wearing Abigail's favorite Ariel wig. The wig actually goes to a Build-A-Bear but I think Brigie just got a little more creative.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I'm not Christina

I haven't posted here in awhile. We've been pretty busy. I've had a few job interviews. Yea for me! Keeping my fingers crossed. Right now we are concentrating on getting ready for Ash Wednesday and Lent. We've been trying to figure out what to give up for lent and I am trying really hard to have the girls make non-food decisions. It just seems that people during Lent like to give up food as it is an easy thing to do. So I think the triplets are giving up playing in the living room. Yea for me again as that will help keep things clean too!

Now for the title explanation...Lisa and I had a weekend off not too long ago when the girls were with their Dad. Seeing as how we are young "cough" single women we did what every free single woman does. We sat on the couch Sat. night with snacks, blankets, and pillows for an evening of uninterrupted TV viewing. A Christina Agulara (sp?) concert was on VH1. After watching it for awhile we both commented on how well a dancer she is too. And as the music had us rocking we decided to go ahead and stand up and try to recreate her dance moves. Not smart. As I am a wee bit overweight and way out of shape and my sister is even less athletic than I am this was not a wise choice. We decided to do this head snap that C.A. does. Needless to say, as we started we looked pretty pathetic. Then we did the head snap. The dance move ended in cries of pain as we both had to sit down. Lisa ached all the way to her toes and back with a pulled muscle. I hurt down to the middle of my back and decided that it would be a good time to go to bed. Just put that vision in your head. Therefore I restate my title. I am not Christina.