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My name is Christina Stuchl, 35 years ago I was born In La Junta Colorado and lived in Colorado for the first 3 weeks of my life before moving to Nebraska with my mom shortly afterwards my parents separated and divorced and long story short I didn’t see him again until I was 12 and then again at 17. We have a friend relationship now which I am grateful for. I was however blessed to get to meet the man I call dad at 10 months old. The man who raised me the man who walked me down the aisle on my wedding day is one of the greatest men I know, he became a dad when he didn’t have to be and loved me and my brother as his own. I am so incredibly grateful and blessed to call my best friend my husband. We have been together for 15 years and married for 11. We have 3 children together. Our oldest is Alexandria and she is 13 going on 30 lol. We also have 2 boys, Logan who is 9 and Ethan who is 2. And if that doesn’t keep me busy enough for the last 2 ½ years I have cared for other kids in my home. I started my own in-home daycare after my youngest was born so I could stay at home with him and still bring in some income. Currently I have 3 other boys which I care for during the day, so I have house full of wild and crazy boys filled with lots of energy. Let’s just say it gets very LOUD in my house. I have also worked in the health care field as a CNA/MA/HHA for the past 15 years.
When I do manage to get some free time, I love to watch a variety of things on tv. I love to go to the movies or rent them and watch them at home. I love to sit down and read a good romance book. I love summer and being outside, some of my favorite things to do are in the summer when I can be outdoors, hiking, swimming, going to parks, BBQs with family and friends. I also like doing craft projects; however, I am not very creative on my own so lucky for me there’s Pinterest! I love family time and we as a family really enjoy playing board games and card games. I also really enjoy pedicures and massages.
Share your favorite vacation/staycation/camping trip with us. What did you enjoy most? What is a must do?
My husband and I were incredibly blessed to be able to travel to Hawaii this past summer. Hawaii is a beautiful place. The local people were incredibly kind, and I could tell that they loved and respected the state they called home. One day we were out walking around checking out all the tourist shops and enjoying the view when we came across a local man who was sweeping the streets with a giant leaf from one of the trees. As he was walking along the street sweeping, he was whistling and waving at traffic and other tourists out walking around and had a big smile on his face. I was amazed at how incredibly happy he was to be walking down a busy street filled with tourist. If you ever get the opportunity to visit Hawaii I strongly recommend you stop and check out the view from the top of the volcano and of course if you go during a time that the volcano isn’t active you must make your way down into the crater of the volcano. We had no clue this was an option, but it was probably my favorite part of our trip. To be able to say I stood in the crater of a volcano in Hawaii is something I will always remember.
What has motherhood taught you?
The last 13 ½ years since the day I became a mom the one thing I can say I know for sure is that being a mom is HARD!
Parenting certainly has its ups and downs and life always throws you a curve ball when you least expect it, but I strongly believe no one is ever given more than they can handle. Which means I can handle little miss too old for her age, who just rolled her eyes for the 100th time today, all about the drama; “why are you ruining my life?” teenager. I can certainly handle my sweet sensitive, smart boy who loves all the things I know absolutely nothing about but of course listen to him when he’s telling me of these things that I have no actual interest in. Lastly without a doubt in my mind I know I can handle my wild and rambunctious toddler who I still believe will grow up to be the stunt man because he has no fear! Life is messy but the mess is only temporary, these little humans we created will grow up entirely way too fast so I do my best to just let them be little for as long I can. Life is too short to obsessively stress over all the small stuff, sometimes I will have to go to bed with a sink full of dishes and laundry still in the washer and guess what it will all still be waiting for me tomorrow.
One of the most important lessons I have learned in the last few years is that I am a more present mom because I finally started taking care of me first.