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March 28th, 2013, 08:55 AM
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What made you decide to have a second baby?
I have always envisioned having 3 children. So having a second was necessary in getting to 3…. But seriously….. we have so much love to give, and I wanted Hannah to have a sibling to play with. I never intended for my kids to be so far apart in age…. 8 years really is like starting over again. It’s long enough to forget all those sleepless nights, the fussy baby, teething, spitting up….. but short enough to want more….. Growing up I never had the same goals as other people my age. Some aspire to be an actor or actress, so a writer, biochemist, or president. Me, I wanted to be a mom. I wanted to be the best mom possible to my children because I have so much love to give. My only regret is not having them closer in age….. but who knows maybe that’s the best way for us. My heart hurts knowing that I can not have another child, knowing that I will never get my little boy. But I am determined to raise a couple of strong, independent, I don’t need a man to make me happy, opinionate women. The world better get ready for that. Ha!

How has Hannah adjusted to being a big sister?
Hannah is AMAZING!!!! She is handling being a big sister better than I expected. She is so helpful, loving, and considerate. She never makes me feel bad for taking care of Sophia, even if it encroaches on her time. Instead she jumps at the chance to help me, to play with her sister, or to sit there and make silly jokes to ease the moment. God I love this child!

Do you cook/bake from scratch? If yes, share your fav recipe.
I love to cook and bake. Sometimes I don’t always get the chance too. But I always bake the deserts for our family functions… so that my mom and hubby can eat them to without messing up their blood sugars….. Splenda is my friend.
Since Pumpkin Pie is my fav…. Here is a recipe for diabetic pumpkin pie… I swear it taste better than store bought.

• 1 deep dish pie shell
• 3 large eggs, Beaten
• 1 (15 ounce) can solid-pack pumpkin
• 1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
• 1 cup Splenda granular, sugar substitute
• 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

Bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until a fork inserted into the center comes out clean…. YUM!!!!

What's the wildest color you've ever dyed your hair?
You ready for this….. The way it is now…. Dark with Burgundy Highlights… I know… I’m wild huh

Do you have any brothers or sisters?
Yep! I have 7 brothers, and 3 sisters (That I know of, My mom only had 4 of those sibling…..)
But the one’s I have relationships with are…. .
Erik (35, Medic in the Army), Melissa (29, D.C), Andrew (28, Cook in the Army), Daina (27, the sister that has gone loopy, and took my nieces out of the state), Raymond (He’ll be 26 in Sept., Airforce), Joshua (He’ll be 25 in Aug., He’s getting married in June!)

I know that you are a very Christian lady – Raina. Were you raised that way, or was your faith something that you developed later on in life?
]Both. I was brought up in a Christian home, and accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior early in my life (Age 4). My mother is a pastor, and performed the wedding for Ryan and I. In a perfect world every child would know that they are loved, never be hurt, never see violence, and never witness a parent dying. Unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. My biological father was extremely abusive. My earliest memories are those of my father beating my mom and me trying to save her. At 4 yrs old I had a tumor in my left hand, and I knew that Jesus could heal me. So every Sunday when the pastor would ask who needed prayer I would run to the front of the church to receive my prayer. I never had surgery cause my tumor fell out on its own…. Mystified the surgeon. Then a couple of months later I watch my father’s health deteriorate and become unable to move off the couch, and die of cancer. At 9 I went through preparing for court because I was raped, but the man was never tried because I tried to end my life before he could fulfill his threat of killing me and my mom. At 19 I married the man of my dreams, or so I thought. But he turn out to be abusive and addicted to pornography, to the point that I found him holding my 8 month old daughter looking at it. So I took Hannah and left. When Hannah was 5 I found out she had an untreatable, uncurable genetic illness. I tell you all these things because anyone who has been through all this should not be ok… It would be completely understandable if they had issues, needed therapy, needed some form of assistance, or had lost it. But my God is amazing…. He is a wonderful healer, counselor, dad, friend, and lover of my soul. He has carried me through all of these things and more. Just when I thought it was more than I could bear, that I couldn’t possibly handle what was laid before me, He picked me up and carried me. When the church has turned their back on me, and I had no one to turn too, He was always there. So yes, I accepted Christ at an early age, but He has continued to develop my faith and make it even stronger.

A BIG thank you to *Kiliki* for my beautiful siggy!

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