Hello everyone, I'm Linda. I live in south east Pennsylvania, in the heart of Amish country. I was born in Maryland but have lived here for the past 18 years, and love it here. My husband Joe and I have four children, Megan (21), Grace (19), Mary (10) and Paul (11). I am currently homeschooling Paul and Mary and that keeps me busy. God has blessed me with a beautiful home and family and I'm so thankful to Him for that.
Prior to becoming a homeschooling mom, I was a therapist and I worked with individuals, couples and children. I liked working with children. For a number of years I was a behavioral therapist and mobile therapist for children, going to them in their homes and/or schools. I've also worked with developmentally disabled children and and adults which was very rewarding.
My faith is an important part of who I am. As a child I would go to church with any adult who would take me, and sometimes would go to churches in my neighborhood by myself. I have always felt a need to be close to God. I have gone to many different types of Christian churches, but in 1998 I converted to Catholicism. I felt God led me there, and am happy with my faith. My husband and I share this faith, it's the bedrock we've built our family on.
In 2009 I had bariatric surgery. Because my insurance would not pay, I had to be self pay and found a wonderful surgeon in Brazil. I know that sounds crazy, but I had a great experience there with my surgery and have been very happy with the results. I lost 110 lbs and feel wonderful. As a result of being int he WLS community I have discovered that many patients have problems afterwards with depression and transfer addictions. Someday, when I finish homeschooling, I would like to start a practice doing therapy with this population.
I would like to thank SEM for allowing me to be designer of the month for June. It is a great honor!
You can visit Linda on her blog at http://mgpmblog.blogspot.no/