Howdy. I’m Laura, formerly known here as “Laura(LS)”. The LS comes from my incognito appearance on That Other Blog where I ‘met’ Joy. It stands for Laura Sue. Yeah, a good hillbilly name. Too bad I grew up just outside Chicago. But it fits now. I live in Iowa, out in the country.
I’m 39 (for the first time), married for almost 16 years to Steve, and we have one son, Josh. At the moment, my full time job is Mom. And I love it.
Steve and I met in college, dated all through, and married a little less than a year after graduation. We’ve lived in Illinois, Texas, Indiana, and now, Iowa. Josh came a month before our tenth wedding anniversary, and is the light of our lives. He’s an imp, constantly on the go, and wicked smart. I often call him Hot Rod, since he’s so into cars, airplanes, boats… pretty much anything transportation that has a motor.
Last year, at the beginning of May 2008, Steve was in a car wreck (known going forward as “The Wreck”), where he cartwheeled his SUV through a ditch during the wee hours of the morning. He lay in a field, soaking wet and freezing, for about four hours, until a passing neighbor found him (we live in a VERY rural area). He survived, but his sight did not. Since then, our family has been in a state of adaptation and transition. Adaptation, in that we are learning to live, as a family, with a disability. No more leaving cars (or laundry baskets) in the middle of the hallway floor! And transition… where do we go from here? He can’t do the job that he once did, in finance, at least not yet. Who will be the breadwinner? Who stays home? What are our roles now? And how do we do all this and still be good parents to Josh?
It’s a learning curve, and it’s an amazing journey, learning all this stuff. Some of this stuff, truthfully, I never WANTED to learn! But as Tori Amos recently said, “if it’s on your plate, then it’s your time to learn this at Earth School.” Kinda weird, but yeah, I get it.
I only know Joy, Nikki and Sue through the Internet. As I said, Joy and I met over at That Other Blog, and struck up a friendship over a football rivalry. (It’s a shame that such a nice lady is a Vikings Fan!! Go Bears!) I’m hoping that one day, sooner rather than later, we’ll get to meet for real, face to face.
Joy has graciously offered an “out” for my writing passion. I’ve done little bits here and there, including a stint with the local paper, and keeping my own blog, and now I’m excited to pull a chair up to her table, and join in the conversation. I’m very excited to join, and look forward to throwing in my twenty cents (inflation, you know!)
.. It’s nice to learn about you and meet a new person. Sounds like what your hubs “the wreck” went through was so traumatic and I’m SO sorry but also really happy they found him in time! I cannot even imagine how hard that would be. Your son is a cutie and I wish you all luck on forging ahead and the best to you and yours in the future. I also look forward to getting to know you better!
Laura, I was reading your blog when “The Wreck” happened. The gambit of emotions your family was going through at that time were… heart wrenching. How will the bills get paid? Is The Wreck going to go into depression? Will you all be able to adjust? Learning to read brail and on and on.
What incredible challenges were thrown your way!
Amazing, isn’t it; just how resiliant a mother and wife can be when she has to be?
Glad that you are an overcommer!
Welcome – I look forward to your writing here!
Hi, Laura!! Welcome to the LoonyBin!! You’re safe here, well, as long as safe means we won’t hurt you! We may laugh with/at you, make you nuttier than a fruitcake (i.e. Traveling Buddies) or push you to say or do crazy things but you’re always welcome!!
Sorry to read of the trials your beautiful family has endured. I’m sure with a little help you’ll do well. You seem to have a lot of strength and resourcefulness about you. If you ever need a strong shoulder to cry on or a friend to help you find the humor in a crazy world, you’ve certainly come to the right place.
*hugs* to my new blogger buddy!!
The loony bin?? Not us. I think you must be thinking of a different group. NO??
Uhhh, yeah! I’m pretty sure it’s us, Joy!! 😯
Yeah! Loony!! For sure!! But I love it!!!
hey hey hey don’t be scaring her with that nutty fruitcake Trisha!! 🙂
yep you’ve found a safe haven here. And most of us don’t bite and those that do are up to date on their shots 🙂 (at least I think)
I’m actually a little behind but I only nibble. I NEVER break the skin so it shouldn’t be a problem. Paula needs to get on the stick and get me into the vet. 😉
that calls for a “dir-ty”!
What’s wrong with fruitcakes, JJ? Nutty ones are the best!!!!
oh nothing…I’m betting gary’s fruitcake has mustard in it! 😉
As a matter of fact it does. 😉
It’s nice to meet virtually meet you. Your biography was fun to read and we have a little in common actually. We both live in the same general vicinity on the map. I live along the Mississippi River in Illinois. Iowa is about a 5 minute drive from my house in heavy traffic.
I will be 39 in June (for the first time), married and my full time job is being a dad which I love as well. I’m also a Bears and Cubs fan!! It’s nice to have a fellow Bears fan here on Joy’s blog. LOL
I’m very sorry to hear about your husband. I somewhat understand what you are going through as far as the adapting. My grandmother lost her sight when I was a young boy and we all learned to adapt. I’m happy to hear that he survived the accident and I’m sorry this happened.
Looking forward to reading your posts!
Hahahaha too bad she’s a Vikings Fan!!??!! Them are some fighting words! JK…not really! 😉 You’re going through a lot of changes and I hope everything works out!!! I am so happy you are writing with us, not only do we need the help keeping this up but you’re one smart, witty lady Miss Laura Sue!! We are privileged to have you at our table! WELCOME!!! 🙂
Hi other half of the Lauri! Just wanted to let you know I’m following you here, too!
the other Laura
Welcome “the other Laura.” I’m so glad you came and hope you do so again. Great to meetcha.
Howdy, roomie! Glad to have you aboard!
Well, the very best to you and the blogging world you live in! Have fun and enjoy!
Nice to meet ya! I can’t wait to read your 20 cents worth!
Welcome!! Josh is a cutie. My first grandchild is due in the next couple of weeks. You seem to be facing the difficult challenge of your hubby’s disability with a positive attitude.
I have to say I am a Patriots fan and a member of Red Sox Nation. I’m sure the Bears and the Cubs are nice too. 😉
I really think you are going to love everyone in our blogging family. I know I do. They are a wonderful bunch and I don’t know what I would do without them.
No Joan, the Bears and Cubs are NOT nice!
They really aren’t nice, no. I would best describe them as “WINNERS”.
Hi Laura! . It’s nice to meet you! Its funny about meeting on the internet. 2 of my very closest friends i’ met over 5 years ago on the net. One of them i’ve known 10 years now. It sounds like you’ve been through and are going through a bit of a journey.. I’m sure we’ve all got some lessons we could learn from you in surviving.
Twenty cents, LOL funny I just gave my two cents recently I’ll have to raise me rates too. Sorry to hear about your husbands wreck, such a shock for your family. I look forward to seeing you at Joys blog posting. How nice to have another writer at Joys Place! Welcome!!!
Hi, Laura! That’s my name too. I’m Trisha’s daughter. She’s the nutty one. 😉
I’m very sorry to hear about The Wreck. What a bunch of challenges you and your family must continue to deal with. I’m interested in hearing more about it, if you decide to talk about it.
You and your son are both adorable!
Welcome, welcome Laura!!!!
You have made a good choice, joining this loving, funny and family oriented group of women and writers over here! It is good to meet you. I have met most of the people currently closest to me in my life here in the internet world; it has been an amazing experience.
Thank you for sharing your story and transition for your family; it seems like the love that you have as a family will help you answer those unanswered questions. Best to you and hope to read you more!!!! Peace, Vanessa