Dearest Dr. Laura,
I want to share my story with you and your listeners. I've been listening to you for over 25 years. My boyfriend at the time turned me onto you right after we shacked up! How ironic is that!
We had both been married before, him for 14 years and me for 7. Thank God, no kids for either one of us. After 7 years of shacking up, I decided that I would no longer attend any more weddings unless it was my own. Please note that I had no plans of having kids at this point either because my own childhood was less than desirable; I just wanted a ring and a date because I knew it was the right thing to do.
Shortly after this decision, I found out that I was pregnant. Yes, Dr. Laura, I was on the pill! As soon as I shared this news with my then boyfriend and current one!, he got down on one knee and begged me to marry him and we married 2 months later. No, it was not the wedding of my dreams but my dad walked me down the aisle and my family and his family were there and that was the most important part.
We never discussed me being an at home mom, it was a given. I quit my job when I was 8 months pregnant and have worked many different jobs here and there to help out but my main job has always been raising my children and taking care of my wonderful husband. We went without but looking back now, we didn't!
Almost 19 years later, here I am with 3 kids; an 18 year old girl and 2 boys 16 and 15. I am not going to tell you how beautiful they are but I will tell you that they are beautiful people on the inside and we are raising them to be productive members of society, encouraging them to always do the right things and having meaningful conversations about how to accomplish this in such a difficult environment. Do we do everything right? No, but every day I strive to be the best mom I can be and won't stop until they are up and out - no snowflakes here!
I am one of the fortunate ones, who, besides doing everything wrong in the beginning, have come out on top. A loving husband who adores me and I him, we are loving parents who try to mentor our children even though these teen years which are the toughest, and look forward to the time my boyfriend and I will have alone!
I want to thank you so much for being such a positive influence on so many lives, mine included. I lost you for so many years and 2 years ago got a "new to me" car with XM radio and renew my membership mainly because of you. Your morals and values stuck with me for all those years even when I didn't have you to listen to. Thank you for all you do for all of us who listen.
With gratitude and love, Sandy