The Dream- Then, Now and In-between
Reliving the journey
The only thing constant in our life is change! Missouri, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota , England, and the Caribbean all became home to us as our children continued to grow and my husband pursued his education. To say the least, life was very busy.
In 1992 my career path changed again when I married the most handsome man in the world. We decided to start our family right away and a year later our first son was born. We had such beautiful children that someone joked that that's why we kept having children! Thus began my career of being a stay-at-home mom of 8. I wouldn't change it for the world. There were ups and downs all along the way. The days were long but the years were short. My days were filled with the music of children's laughter and the patter of little feet. Always on the back burner was the plan to finish school once the children were older, but while they were little we were able we spent our days together.
I've always loved music. It was the one thing that I excelled at as a kid and the self confidence that gave me helped me survive the tough times of adolescence. I'd often skip the lunch hour to go to the band room and practice. I was definitely a band nerd! I joined every music group there was. I played the clarinet, flute and oboe in the concert band, trombone and saxophone in the Jazz band, and tuba in the marching band. It wasn't unusual to find me practicing several hours a day. There was nothing I wanted more than to be a band teacher. But... when it came time for college, I decided to major in a more "dependable" career path; accounting. Did you know that music and math are on the same side of the brain? I was good at both. I really did enjoy studying accounting in high school and that's why I thought it would be a fit. I still enjoy making spreadsheets and working on bookkeeping! Once I made the decision to major in accounting I signed up for the University band in the hopes that that would fill the need for music in my life. A week into my first semester, I was in a practice room practicing my clarinet. Auditions for chair placement for the concert band was the next week and I was pretty nervous! As a freshman, and a non-music major I was getting ready to audition for a seat in the concert band. As I was practicing a solo I had played in high school, the door opened and in walked the head band director. He said he had been standing outside the door for a while listening to me play and then he offered me a full-ride scholarship if I would change my major to music. Well, my week long accounting career ended right then and there.