Before my husband and I decided to start our family, I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Japanese and English, with a teaching certificate, and then taught Japanese at The Waterford School in Utah to both middle school and high school students. I treasure that time I had as a teacher, getting to work with the youth and helping them gain a desire to learn the Japanese language. After three years of teaching, our oldest child was born, and I made the decision to stay home all day, change diapers, pick up Cheerios off the floor, wipe snotty noses, and wear sweats until dinner time because I was too tired from waking up every hour the night before---and I loved every single minute of it! OK---that's a lie, I admit. Some days seemed to never end. But, if I had to do it all over again, I would do it in a heartbeat. Being home with my kids everyday has been such a huge blessing. Now that they are all a little bit older, are in school all day, and can pick up their own Cheerios, I have decided that I need to fill my time with something almost as important as being with them. So, I have decided to further my education and pursue another degree!
I started up school again in the hopes of earning a degree that did not even exist when I first went to college over twenty years ago! My kids think it is so funny that "back then" the Internet wasn't around like we have it today, I didn't own a computer or a cell phone, and CDs were just starting to become popular. Times have changed and so have my interests. I am now studying Web Design and Development and hope to graduate next year, and begin a professional career as a freelance web designer. But for now, I will stick to designing scrapbooking products (when I am not studying or taking care of a family) because I really enjoy creating digital designs---and I hope my designs will be used to help others create lasting memories for many years to come!
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