About The Headless Family

In 2007 when I started this blog my kids were all in school, (a new thing), all in sports, I was team mom, room mom, this mom and that mom. My husband had just herniated a disc in his back. Each day I would wake, run from school to the hospital to doctor’s appointments, pick up a kid, go to a sports practice, pick up another kid and then attempt to get them fed, bathed and asleep before I had to do it all over again.

So it’s logical that I would start a blog amidst all of the craziness, right? And logical, too, that our name, The Headless Family came out of that time.

I suppose that my days now are not quite as harried as they were then, but like every American family we’re still busy. I think that’s the new American Way and we’re no different.

My daughter, Headless Girl or HG, is a college graduate and was married in the fall of 2013, and now lives about 1,500 miles away from us. Thank goodness there are no grand babies yet, because that would be terrible to be so far away. I suppose we'll cross that bridge when we come to it, yes? Although she is technically my step-daughter, I feel like her mother in every real sense of the word. I snuggled her to sleep when she was young, was her Brownie leader, dried the tears of teenage heartache, and continue to try and be the mother that she needs as she steps gingerly into adulthood. 

The Headless Boy #1, or HB1, is 18 years old and no longer a boy. He is a young man that I am so proud of. He found music and photography, plays multiple instruments, is in a local band, and is incredibly gifted. I am constantly amazed at his tender heart and crazy smarts. (The kid has a memory like an elephant, no lie.) His dreams of attending Berklee College of Music in Boston upon graduation have become a reality! And even better, he will be in their First Year Abroad program in Valencia, Spain, studying with people from around the world. I'm so excited that I get a front row seat to all of his adventures. 

Headless Boy #2 is now 16 and is our resident football player. Standing at 6'2", and over 240 lbs, he is my sweet and gentle giant. Sometimes he's hard to read, but he's sweet, easy-going, and has a long fuse. It's hard sometimes to remember that he is 16 and will be out of the house in a couple of years. I will be trying my hardest to get the most out of these last years, the only time we will have had him alone, without a sister or brother in the house also. 

When I started referring to Headless Dad as HD here on this blog, it was before I realized that “dh” in blog-speak meant ‘darling husband’. Sorry for the confusion! But I think we’ll stick with it. Most days he has a perfectly normal job in the power industry-one that involves words like ‘transformer’, ‘sub-station’, ‘KV’, and ‘bus duct’. Sometimes those things blow up, our phone rings, and I then don’t know when I’ll see him again. Before we met and got married he had been a single dad for several years and has a unique perspective on stay-at-home-parenting that few men seem to have. That means he’s amazingly supportive of me, and this blog, and I’m one lucky woman to have him. Don’t get me wrong, he leaves his socks on the floor just like most husbands do, and I throw my hands up in response, but in general there is no one I’d rather be headless with.

Our newest addition is Libby, joining us in June of 2014. All three of my boys have been wanting a dog since forever and I finally relented. Her mother is a Golden Retriever, her father is a Black Lab, and she is 100% the Cutest Puppy Ever. It's a good thing I like her too because she is my shadow. In all honesty? I don't mind.

So I guess that brings me to me. I’m Kendra, or Headless Mom as I’m known around the internet. I'm no longer a SAHM, but a 50 year old that is rejoining the workforce after nearly 19 years. I spent my youth thinking that I would marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. That dream died with the lack of a high school sweetheart. So I went to college, got a job, and then another, and then another, and finally went on the business trip that would change my life forever. Over 20 years ago I finally got my dream: A husband that adores me, 3 great kids, and the life I always wanted, and the opportunity to serve a big God that is still in the business of love and miracles.

I also like queso and chips, cool weather, wine, Jimmy Buffet, and blogging about the chaos that is our Headless family. Welcome!

Contact me at: headlessfamily5 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

(updated June 2018)
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1 comment:

Kristine said...

Hi Kendra, I just read your blog. I'm looking forward to more! Kristi-hopeful blogger!