Wednesday, September 15, 2010

No regrets

I have lived much of my life by one series of thoughts:

Every decision I have made in life,
whether seemingly good at the time
or seemingly poor,
has led me to where I am now.

I have no regrets.

So I've decided to take a sort of "life inventory." Here are the stats for the last 18 years (I'll include pictures where I have them digitized.)

Began taking college classes (18 years ago)
Left high school and college for the Navy (16 years ago)
Got married (11 years ago)

Had our first son - Maestro (10 years ago - born the week before our 1st anniversary)

Left the Navy (9 years ago)
Sold Pampered Chef (8 years ago)
Had boy #2 - Smeagol (8 years ago)

Stopped selling Pampered Chef (8 years ago)
Moved from Georgia to Maryland
Joined the Orthodox Church

Visited Ireland (6 years ago)

Had boy #3 - Bruiser (5 years ago)
Began homeschooling Maestro

Worked as a mystery shopper (3 years ago)
Started a writing business from home
Began homeschooling Smeagol

Had our first baby girl (22 months ago)

Graduated from college after working at it for 18 years (9 months ago)

Now I am homeschooling all three boys, working on baby #5, finishing some big projects for my writing business, and enjoying the process of moving toward the next step in life. Still big on my dream sheet: earning a pilot's license - saving for that now!

This is the culmination of 20 years of work, patience and love from those around me. I can't wait to see what is next!


  1. That's quite a list of accomplishments for such a young woman. I would be willing to bet that you are an inspiration to all of those who know you. I enjoy reading your blogs.

  2. Thanks very much, Richard! I'm not always sure that what I write is worth reading, but I try to put some thought into it and make it interesting at least. After so much time in life, I have just come to accept that things are going to go the "right" way and try to make the best decision I can at the time it happens. In the end, it's all an adventure!

  3. Melissa,

    I love your life. Guess what? My neighbor is a flight instructor!


  4. Hmmm... Miranda, perhaps one day I need to meet your neighbor! I know without asking that your life has an equally fun, impressive and interesting listing that you can put out if you thought about it. I've met your boys - what life they hold - and they do because of who their parents are. Isn't it funny being the "tree" that those "apples" fall from?! See you soon!


I look forward to hearing your thoughts!


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