Chapter Four

My Adulthood

My Children

I have three children: Addison, Joaquin and Teagan

What I remember about their births, raising them, etc.

I woke up on the morning of January 5, 2005 and took my dog Cassidy for a walk. It was raining that morning and when I got home I remember thinking, that's weird, I wonder how water got into my sweatpants and at that point I realized my water had broke. On July 4, 2007 I took Addison to a 4th of July parade in Takoma Park and on the walk home my water broke again. On November 28, 2009 I went out to eat with my children, mother and sister. We had Mexican food. It was a Saturday and I was scheduled to be induced on Monday. When we got home from the restaurant my water had broke. I carried Addison and Joaquin 37 weeks and Teagan (also called Titi) almost 41 weeks, so I like to say she was a month overdue.

Special Memories

Addison is adventurous and speaks her mind. She is a loyal friend; someone who can be trusted. Joaquin is the sweetest boy on earth. He's an incredible athlete and more importantly an incredible teammate. He has a spirit about him that can't be taught. It is inherent in an individual. Titi is a dream child. She loves dogs, like her mama. She's kind and considerate and loving. I'm incredibly blessed.

Work Life

Most of my career I've worked for the federal government. I worked for a program that funds HIV/AIDS for over a decade. I've also worked with humanitarian aid and assistance. I've been a public servant my entire life. This can all be credited as a result of being a Peace Corps Volunteer.

When I wasn't working, I enjoyed....

I loved attending Phish concerts. I loved jambands, and Phish was my favorite during college. I love watching sports. Still do to this day. My two favorite teams are the Kansas City Chiefs and KU basketball. As a mother I spend most of my time watching my children play sports.

People who were influential in my life

My parents are hugely influential as well as my sister. My aunt and uncle played a significant role in my young adulthood.

Greatest Professional Accomplishment

Working with underserved and under-represented populations. Being an advocate on their behalf has been, on a professional level, my greatest joy.

Greatest Personal Accomplishment

I have the most incredible network of friends from all over the globe. The relationships I've built over the course of my life is something I will always feel incredibly proud of.

Community Impact

The most positive impact I've made is the relationships I have with my children, family and friends. Nothing means more to me than that.

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