This is the first time that I have used a blog. I can safely say this is not something I had ever thought of doing before. One thing that has been a constant in life is jumping into the unknown. Most of the “jumping into unknown” have been great experiences. So, here I go jumping into the unknown of blogging.
I grew up on an island in Maine. All the islanders lived a pretty simple life. The dad’s worked as lobsterman and most of the women were stay at home moms. Except my mom. She was a working mother before it became the norm. I come from a long line of woman who could be described as not following the normal beat of life. Strong willed and doing what needs to be done to care for a family is how I would describe them in a nut shell. Needless to say that kind of gene pool has made life interesting.
I am the eldest mom you will hear from on the blog(so far anyway). I am married to an awesome man who I raised four children with. My children Emily, Ben, Jacob and Hope range in age from 22-30. They have all left the nest and are living out their dreams. The empty nest syndrome lasted about 2 days. Then the thought came to me; I can start doing all the things I had put aside while focusing on raising my children.
I have two labs, Liddy and Rosie and a cat named Kimba. Love those animals. My children told me that I would get a new pet every time one of them left home. Not true(but almost). I work full-time as a Registered Nurse in high risk obstetrics. Prior to this job I spent most of my nursing career helping women to bring their babies into the world and teaching them about caring for newborns.
My husband Brian and I moved to Vermont in 1999. He took a job as a youth pastor in a small town in central Vermont. Then we moved into the Burlington area in 2003. It was a dream come true when we came to Vermont. As a kid I spent alot of summer vacation in the Northeast Kingdom with family on their farm. The mountains were a magical place then and I still see them that way now.
I hope to share some of my nursing experience from labor and delivery, talk about life from the perspective of a mother of adult children and the new experience of becoming a grandmother in May of 2013. Please feel free to comment or ask questions that may come to mind while reading. Phew! first entry done. Wasn’t as scary as I had anticipated.
[typography font=”Satisfy” size=”24″ size_format=”px”]Written By: Jan Ling[/typography]
Congratulations on becoming a grandmother. I can tell you from experience that it is the most wonderful feeling in the world. I have 2 grandsons. My daughter was living away from VT when she was pregnant and delivered my first grandson. I missed seeing her changing from a wife to a wife and mother. But she lives closer now and for the second grandson I got a chance to experience it all.
I look forward to your writings as a mother of adult children.
Can’t wait to read future posts, this was great!
A grandmother?! Congrats!!
Loved reading this Jan!