HI Everyone! To borrow a quote from one of my favorite books, Anne of Green Gables, “If you’d let me tell you what I imagine about myself you’d find it alot more interesting.”:)
I’m a bit of a daydreamer so my inner world is usually alot more exciting than my reality. Not that my reality is such a bad place to be! I’m a 37 year old stay at home wife married to an amazingly wonderful man (John Zarbock ) whom I love more than life itself. Recently we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl we named Nora, also known as the Blue Moon Baby, because her birth occurred on New Years Day under a blue moon.. Currently I live in Virgina but I left my heart in Southern California where I lived with my husband from 2005-2008.
Before my years in California I grew up in a trailer court in a small town in Missouri, just outside of St. Louis. I come from a long line of Scots-Irish and German subsistence farmers or share croppers as they’re known in the South. My grandfather broke with farming as a young man after serving in both the Army & Navy in WWII. He worked in a factory, as did my parents. My family never had much money. Survival was about all anyone aspired to in life. Making do, learning to do without, putting aside dreams and simple pleasures just to make ends meet was what I thought life was about. Yet I still yearned for something else. Something more. I loved reading the Transcendentalist writers like Thoreau and Emerson and I found myself wishing to “live a life Less Ordinary” and I worried often about “Coming to the end of life and finding out I had not Lived”. Even though I dreamed of a life of MORE (more beauty, more pleasure, more simple enjoyment, and more creativity). I didn’t really know how to get it or what exactly I wanted. I spent a long time feeling kind of lost. My life felt like it was in limbo. As sappy as it sounds everything changed when I fell in love.
In 2003 I met my future husband on a message board. He began visiting the blog I had at the time. We fell in love on line, through emails and instant messages, marathon 9 hr phone conversations and streaming 24hr webcam access to eachother. The only problem was that he lived in Southern California and I lived in Missouri, 1500+ miles apart. Yet it didn’t seem like a problem at all. Strange how love can make everythign seem so easy and inevitable, huh? He visited me and I, who had never been more than a 3 hr. drive from my home, got myself on a plane, took an actual vacation (something most people in my family hadn’t ever done) and went to visit him. We were married within 2 years, on New Year’s Day 2005 and I left my life in Missouri behind to be with him. It was the best decision I ever made. He’s my soul mate, though of course there are days we want to strangle eachother! Lol.
Since then I’ve been on a journey of discovery trying to figure out who I truly am and what I really want my life to be; without the limitations I’d always assumed were there to hold me back. So far I’ve discovered a deep love for photography and for taking road trips to visit & photograph new places. I’ve found a strong connection to nature, particularly the ocean. I’ve learned I’m a deeply passionate person who can only be happy when I’m savoring the small pleasurable details of life. I am a contradiction because I love the feeling of home and yet I have a gypsy streak that enjoys exploring and living in new places. With the birth of my daughter, the ultimate creative act, I’ve felt my artistic and creative side come alive and now I’m looking for ways to channel this new energy. So that’s where I’m at right now, just your basic 37 year old wife and mom still trying to figure out who she wants to be when she grows up and learning to love the journey along the way!
That’s my lifestory in a nutshell. Here are a few other tidbits of information about me: I have a dog but I’m really more of a cat person. I have a tiny garden where I’m growing my very first vegetables. I’m not a great housekeeper or cook. I’d rather spend my time reading a historical romance novel or looking through blogs instead of dusting or doing laundry. I collect pretty rocks and gems. I love handmade everything and aspire to learn to craft someday. I’m very Spirtitual but don’t belong to an organized religion. I love flamingos, the colors of periwinkle, deep lilac, hot pink, cherry red, apple green & soft orange. I love seashells. I love scented candles. I was a really excellent pre-school teacher before I got married. I love ‘children’s novels’ like Anne of Green Gables & little women. I entered a professional photo contest in 2006 in Orange County, CA and one of my photos placed 3rd. I was really proud of that because the other photos were amazing. I started an online shop in 2006 and even though I haven’t updated it since then I’ve managed to sell t-shirts, cards, & prints to people in 37 states and 7 foreign countries, though I’ve only earned a small amount from it. Eventually I’d like to get the shop updated and expand my designs. My baby girl keeps me pretty busy at the moment and she’s my top priority. Hmmm, I could go on and on but by now you’ve learned way more about me than you probably wanted to.
I hope you enjoy your visit to my blog and come back often!! Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know a little bit about yourself!!
Sending you lots of happy energy,
Meegan, the blue moon mama