Every STORY Has a Beginning…

Day 1: Story
I’ll start out with the basics, telling my story 5 minutes at a time is going to prove challenging I think…

My story begins with me being born and growing up in Laramie, Wyoming. I was about 5 when it became just 3 girls in the house. My mom, my younger sister and myself… and it pretty much stayed that way.

I am now 51 years old, married to my hs sweetie (32 years this past August). We have 6 children, 1 grandbaby girl, and 1 grandbaby due in March.

My husband is a cradle Catholic. I became Catholic officially in 1997, after the birth of my second son.

We moved to Colorado in 1998 (I think).

Our sport (because kids need sports IMO) became Olympic Style Shooting. That has lead to many great things for our family including a West Point graduate (oldest son) and a business and quite a few mini-stories.

I love my family, my faith, writing, beading, homeschooling my children, and helping my husband with his business, and food.

I hate confrontation, depression, spiders when they come into my house, and having anxiety when we drive in traffic, and food.

I’m looking forward to getting back into writing regularly. Some of these prompts are going to be a little tough I think, some just plain fun.

About me: familyYup, that’s the whole family, this past May.

To see the whole “story” please visit my landing page where I will link each days bit as we go through the month of October.


About ~Me~ Hello, my name is Maxine. I am: Catholic and a stubborn child of God a wife (to my highschool sweetheart) a mom (to six wonderful kids that span 20 years in age) a daughter a sister a business owner an artist and a writer Like most women with a list like that, I'm also busy and sometimes overwhelmed. I'm on a journey to be happy despite the chaos, maybe even because of it.

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  1. Love the family photo. We had a photo taken 2 years ago when our entire family was together. I will do it again every year that I’m able because you just don’t know when the whole family will be together again. Your story is going to be fun to read. I joined the 31 days of free write too because my writing practices are so undisciplined and that has too stop!

    1. I like the challenges because it brings me to focus for a bit, but life is busy and I don’t see that changing anytime soon, they say if it’s important you make time for it… at the same time there is only so much time in the day. I usually go over my 5 minutes with the fmf, but knowing that is all that is expected somehow gives me a fighting chance. These days families seem to scatter, we don’t get together near often enough, and certainly not with all of us but I enjoy the time I have with my family and will take the opportunity to take pics as we grow. I look forward to reading your posts through this challenge.

    1. Thanks for stopping by, I’ll check out the link up, not sure I can keep two straight at the same time, but I’ll give it a shot. 🙂 Looking forward to reading your blog throughout this challenge.

  2. You’re off to a great start, Maxine. It’s fun learning more about each other’s stories through Write 31 challenges. We had our first grandchild (girl) this past January and have loved every second of it. Congratulations on almost having 2 grandbabies!

    1. Thank you! Yes, grandparenting is fun, I wish we were closer but I’m getting more and more used to the idea that facetime will have to be a substitute due to distance. That can be fun too right? lol Our first is a girl, the second we will find out around Thanksgiving. I’m so excited and it is amazing to see my children having children.

  3. Six children! I was thinking we were similar ages, been married similar time frame, and then got to six children! Ah! You’ve got me beat there! Nice to meet you.

    1. Six is a fun number. 🙂 We have three girls and three boys and it is an amazing journey. My oldest and youngest were born 1 day shy of exactly 20 years apart. That’s been fun to experience as well. Homeschooling them has probably been the most satisfying thing ever (well after the first graduated and I realized “hey, we aren’t doing so bad here. lol)
      I look forward to reading your posts.

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