Later Mom Features
RELATIONSHIP STATUS: Married
RESIDENCE: North Carolina
CHILDRENS NAMES/AGES: Trey-28, Audrey-25, Luke-7, Wade-7, Zoe-7, Olivia-5
I am an ex-corporate ladder climbing professional turned Alpaca farmer, and I never saw that one coming. There was a time in the not so distant past when I was a senior account analyst in the corporate world. Then I had a set a triplets at 43 years old, and could be found quite often curled up in a corner sucking my thumb. Metaphorically of course. Life was crazy. So crazy that I developed a life threatening illness which literally knocked me down about a year after the babies were born. I planned and worked hard on the “big one year old party” for the triplets and then the day my triplets turned one year old, I spent it in the hospital after emergency surgery for a perforated stomach ulcer. I found myself not one of the fabulous women who can do it all. I decided that the best place for me was at home taking care of my family, and my husband supported that decision. Turning into an Alpaca farmer is something that just sort of happened. It began with laughter over my kids saying Hot Llama after hearing it on a TV show. Then I googled Llama. And googling Llamas means you will not only see Llamas, but also Alpacas. And that is when I fell in love with them. Without writing out all the details that happened from there to here on this journey, we now own an Alpaca farm and sell yarn and Alpaca fiber products. It is very rewarding to have a family run business that my kids are involved in. I have a website called, I Grow yarn, featuring crochet and fiber art tutorials, country cooking, homesteading, Alpaca farming, and of course, parenting humor. www.igrowyarn.com
What do your children think of your work? My work is also their work and like all children, sometimes they grumble and complain. I do too. Alpaca farming is not all sunshine and roses. Sometimes we love getting out and taking care of the Alpaca’s, watching them eat, spelling the sweet hay, and grabbing one while sinking our hands into their soft fiber. Other times when it is pouring rain, frigid cold, or sweltering hot, none of us enjoy it. As far as my website, my kids are pretty much clueless and couldn’t care less when I am writing about yarn or recipes.
What was your road to parenthood like? I was 22 and 25 when my first two children were born. I became pregnant so easily then I could just picture a baby and poof! Pregnant. Then at 34 I found myself divorced. At 39 I remarried. My husband had no children and really wanted to be a dad. And being the people pleaser that I am, I said OKAY!! Our road to having more kids involved many things medical, and a lot of heartbreak. I felt like a human pin cushion who had no more tears to cry. But in the end, we did get the prize and were blessed with a set of triplets. Our family was complete. Almost. Shockingly at age 45, I found out I was pregnant again, spontaneously. And I was scared to death. But the pregnancy was a healthy one and we had our last baby girl. I like to remind my husband of the fact that at age 45, I had four kids all under two years old! Especially when I want presents.