My Gray Stripes

Becoming whole through family life. Desserts help.

About Angie Mc

Recently I was watching an Arizona Diamondback special with World Series Champion, Matt Williams. Todd Walsh, one of my favorite sports journalists, says to Williams, “Every guy’s got to have a dig me room.” Matt replies that he loves his wife (endearing) and then says, “The dig me stuff I don’t do so good with.” Me either. But my daughter reminded me that people like to connect to each other through their “how I got from there to here” stories. So here’s a brief version of mine.

I started earning the gray stripes in my hair, slowly but surely, when I became a mother for the first time. Literally. Before that, I had dark brown hair and I was a competent professional woman. I was raised in Scranton, PA, (yes, I love “The Office”) and I earned a degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. I married the handsome man of my dreams, Dave, a hard-working graduate student from a neighboring town with big dreams of becoming a clinical psychologist. We met working with “emotionally disturbed” children. We shared an enjoyment of kids, a love for music, and a desire to see the west coast. We still do.

My husband fulfilled his professional dreams, became an officer in the Air Force and Public Health Service. We moved a lot. We had our first baby and I chose to stay home with her. Then we had two boys, chose to homeschool, then we had another boy. During this time, we mindlessly wandered away from the Catholic Church of our cradles then mindfully returned. Did I mention that we moved a lot?! I fought flourishing grays at first.

We settled down in sunny Arizona and are grateful to call this wonderful state home. We’ve continued to homeschool and over the years I have helped mothers who wanted to nurse their babies. Our family provided foster care for a short time to sweet children who didn’t stay with us. Now we participate in crazy amounts of baseball and we’re true-Sonoran-Red Diamondback fans. We have a cozy home and a friend who coaxes beauty out of our desert yard. We miss our family and friends back east and all the places we have lived. And we’ve lived here long enough to develop friends into family. We’re settled, for now. And my gray stripes are a part of me, comfortable, and well earned.


7 comments on “About Angie Mc

  1. Jennifer
    July 17, 2012

    You look beautiful, Angie! (:

  2. Donna Marie
    July 20, 2012

    Angie, you look lovely and your blog is lovely too! I think of you every time I am in Scranton! {{{hugs}}}

  3. angiemc6
    July 21, 2012

    I’m glad to know! I’ll be visiting Scranton soon. I have a small window of opportunity & am going for it! I see family, friends, & PIZZA in my future:) Thanks for leaving a comment (((hugs)))

  4. burnettfreelanceimagery
    January 15, 2013

    Great blog! And thanks so much for stopping by mine and liking my recent post ‘WOrd a Week Challenge entry – Clouds’ – your support is appreciated! And um…. Springsteen Rocks!!!

    • angiemc6
      January 16, 2013

      Thanks so much, Stan. Glad to connect! Looking forward to following your blog.

  5. jubileejourney
    February 22, 2013

    You are one of the 11 blogs that I’ve chosen to award the “Liebster Award”. Check it out for more details.

    • Angie Mc
      February 22, 2013

      How very kind of you to think of me, Ana! Thank you. I will check it out 🙂

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