Hello! My name is Julie Cornewell. This is my first year participating in the Ultimate Blog Party. I can't wait to meet all of you!
This is me. I am a 38 year old freelance writer and blogger. I am a single mother and I have five children ranging in ages 13 months to 20 years old. I am a political and latte junkie, bibliophile, feminist, and newbie at attachment parenting.
This is my 13 month old daughter Skylar. She likes growling, saying the word "hi" over and over, and pushing the buttons on the computer keyboard.
This is my 9 year old daughter Lily. She likes making doll furniture out of cardboard and duct tape, gymnastics, and has a talent for choosing stylish outfits.
This is my 13 year old son Bailey. He likes computer games, the family dog Yogi, and buys a donut everyday after school from the bakery.
This is my 18 year old daughter Jaylee. She is a singer and songwriter who plays the guitar, refused to wear dresses since the age of three, and has an active social life.
This is my 20 year old son Zachary. He loves music, just recently graduated from Heritage College, works at McDonald's, and is a medical intern.
I had my first child when I was a senior in high school and married my first husband months later while still in school. We divorced after five years. I tell people that he was my "practice husband."
I didn't get permission to share his photo so I found the closest likeness that I could.
Then a few years after my divorce, I found a wonderful man named Scott who loved me and my oldest children like they were his very own. We fell instantly in love and were engaged within a month. I shared 8 years of marriage with him until he died unexpectedly in a car accident on Oct. 11, 2006.
This blog is about my life as a divorced, widowed single mother. It is about parenting children of all ages. I have to deal with diapers and teething all at the same time I deal with my kids moving out and going to college and everything in between. I have always had a traditional way of parenting but am learning to practice attachment parenting.
I have always had feminist views but I wasn't a practicing one. I stayed home raising the kids while my husband worked and took care of us. The extent of my feminist ideals was that we had equal share of chores in the home. After he died, I was completely on my own. I had to be the woman and the man of the house. My views evolved more out of necessity than choice. Single parents are more likely to be in poverty than any other group. I want to use this blog to empower women, especially single mothers, to improve their lives.
This doesn't mean I don't still blog about the domestic arts. Even feminists need to do laundry, clean the house, and cook dinner.
From time to time I actually blog about dating. My dating life was far more active before my daughter was born but I'm itching to get back out there. I look forward to being able to blog about meeting my future husband and how our relationship grows.
I'm sorry that this post ran far longer than I planned, so thank you so much if you have read this far. I'm glad to have this opportunity to share what my blog is about. Enjoy the party!