For most people, the plan goes like this: grow up, go to college, get married, have kids. Somewhere in there you buy a house, then a bigger house. City life or country, the timeline remains consistent. But not for me.

When I was 15, I had a baby. When I was 22, I got sober. When I was 36 I took the leap and got married, then divorced at 39. I graduated Canada College with an A.S. in Liberal Studies in 2012 after over 20 years at junior colleges, taking off time to be a mom for several years. In May 2015 I will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Human Service from Notre Dame de Namur University.

My child, my sobriety, and my families have been invaluable assets and inspiration on my path. I believe we all have two families; our family of origin and our family of choice. Both have helped me grow and become who I am, and continue to develop into.

Day 2: Megan is wearing the same outfit my mom brought me home from the hospital in.

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Our first Christmas together. I think  we were both exhausted.

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I don’t know where she gets her sassy attitude.

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Summer 2014. She really is the love of my life.

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Graduate! May 2012

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New Years Eve with some of the girls

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5th Annual Target Shopping in our Pajamas Night

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Maui 2014

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