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I am first and foremost a stay-at-home mother. I have two wonderful kids, age 8 and 9, and an amazing husband of 12 yrs. They are the center of my life.

I also recently decided to start my own home bakery. Dedicated gluten and corn free, and almost everything is dairy free, with strict rules regarding anything in our home dairy, as my daughter has a dairy allergy. Visit Silly-Yaks Bake Shop on Facebook or www.Silly-YaksBakeShop.com

We started on our Celiac journey about 3 years ago, after a while, I got really tired of spending a fortune, on food that did not taste good, and was not healthy. I began experimenting in the kitchen, and quickly realized the same things that made me not very good at 'glutenous' baking, made me very good at gluten-free baking.

I am also autistic; I now fall under the category of 'Asperger's Syndrome', A high-functioning autistic disorder. When I was an infant, I was severely autistic. So bad in fact that the doctors told my mother to put me in an institution, and forget she had a second daughter. My mother is (Thank God) one of the most stubborn people I've ever known, and she told them just what to do with that idea. She took me home, got a discharge from the Air Force, and over much time, healed me. It wasn't easy, it wasn't always pleasant, and it wasn't over-night.

When I was eight years old, my father divorced my mother, and took us, basically kidnapped my sister and I. He didn't want us, but he didn't want my mother to have anything she wanted either. He did not take very good care of my sister and I, he abused us, emotionally, and my sister physically. The only reason he didn't abuse me physically was that she protected me. He was drunk always, and as I've gotten older, I came to realize there was a lot more than just alcohol involved. When I was nearly 11, My sister called Social Services, they told her she was lying, and hung up on her. Later, my sister got some of our neighbors, who were scared of my father, to call, and we were removed from his home. We went to live with my Aunt and Uncle, until my mother was able to take us. She lived halfway across the country, so it took time. I thank God every day that my Aunt and Uncle are the amazing people they are, and took us in and started the healing that we so needed.

I spent the next several years in therapy, and even in an institution twice. Through guidance of these doctors, and my mother’s faith, I began to feel like a worthy person again. Many years later, I found Christ, I had always gone to church, but I was simply doing what it seemed I should. One day, while driving down the highway, i got myself distracted and went off the road. My car flipped more then 5 times across a 3 lane highway, and landed in our churches parking lot. The crucifix my mother kept in the car landed in my hand. Although the car was totaled, and the lady on the other side of the highway, who was a nurse, expected to find me dead, I walked away with only a few scratches. This was a big eye-opening experience, but it took a few more years to really understand myself and God.

I have half of my degree for music, and many credits in other courses, but I was never able to finish a degree. I have fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, thyroid-disorder, and arthritis in my hands, all of which are probably attributed to being undiagnosed with Celiac disease for more then 12 years, which made finishing school difficult.

When I met my husband, it was love at first date. We were 'work buddies' but hadn't done anything together, and when I was about to move to another job, I finally asked him out. We went on a date, spent most of the night talking, and eight days later we were engaged. Three and a half months later, we got married, and have been happy since, though of course there are rough times, we are human after all. In January of 2006 we were blessed with our first child, a boy, fourteen months later came along our girl! I am the kind of girl who said all through high school and college that I would NEVER have children. Even my mother came to believe I meant it, only my other Aunt, and my best friend said it would change someday. Well, with Jeff, it did. He made me want them, and he is a wonderful father. Our kids being born so close together has been a huge blessing, they have always had each other, sometimes as friends, sometimes as frenemies, but with love always.They do almost everything together. Being a Stay at Home mom has been the most amazing experience in my life.

I decided to start blogging because I have always been told I am a good writer, it's the only part of school other than music that I did well at.

Thank you for visiting, I hope you enjoy my articles. I also have posted many recipes since going on our gluten-free life journey, I've come to find a love for cooking.

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