My name is Katie.
I live with my husband Cortney and my children Eddie, Charlie, and Alice in a little city on the Lake Michigan coastline in Michigan.
My life is nothing like I imagined it would be.
It didn’t follow my plan at all.
I knew Cort almost all my life, but we didn’t fall in love until our mid-twenties when we had a quick courtship and lovely wedding.
And since then, we have struggled to find the “easy” part of life.
Oh we have had hurdles in our life. But we persevered by laughing through the tough stuff.
In the first few months of marriage we lost Cort’s dad to cancer (and on the same day his dad died, Cort lost his appendix).
We were suddenly aware of how much our vows would be tested.
In our second year, we lost an unplanned pregnancy.
It taught us that we truly wanted to be parents while simultaneously breaking our hearts wide open.
It was around that time that I decided to start blogging.
I needed to write our life. I needed to put our stories from my perspective somewhere.
I needed a physical record that I was here…that I wasn’t just a name on a family tree.
In our third year of marriage we experienced another miscarriage.
I was on the layoff list from my teaching job…four times.
Through it all we somehow kept trying to find the good in this life.
And we kept laughing.
So I kept blogging…even though there were times I wanted to quit.
I needed to keep telling our story.
Five days after our fourth wedding anniversary I gave birth to our first child. A son. Eddie.
My blogging took a bit of a change when I became a mom.
No longer was I posting silly pictures of my cat or updates about our jobs or the flower beds I was
ignoring tending to.
Now I was blogging about being a mom.
Things did not get easy after the baby in the baby carriage.
There have been more hurdles.
When Eddie was four months old, Cort lost his job.
And nine months after Eddie’s birth I was diagnosed with Postpartum Depression.
Our life hurdles don’t go away. They just change.
But we fight through them…together.
Each time we conquer another mountain, we are stronger.
we added to our family again.
Our Charlie was born in March of 2012.
Again there were challenges.
Along with PPD, I was now diagnosed with PTSD, OCD, and General Depression and Anxiety.
We have hit bumps, but we push on.
Recently we completed our family with the addition of a beautiful little girl named Alice.
She is exactly what we never knew we needed.
We are a little family doing what we do.
We experience hardships.
We experience joys.
We choose to keep our eyes on the joys.
This is why I blog.
To tell of the joy in all the things.
To write the story of our life for future generations.
I hope you enjoy visiting Sluiter Nation.
Besides being a teacher, wife, and mother, Katie Sluiter (pronounced Sly-ter) writes for The Educator’s Room and has been a featured writer on Borderless News and Views as well as on BonBon Break. She has been a contributor to Imagine Toys’ blog and has appeared in syndication on BlogHer. She was interviewed by TODAY MOMS in 2013.
Her writing has been published in the 2012 anthology of Every Day Poets, the May 2013 issue of Baby Talk Magazine, the book Three Minus One , the anthology My Other Ex, and in the Language Arts Journal of Michigan.
Katie was one of BlogHer’s 2014 Voices of the Year.
She holds a Master’s Degree in English Education and works as an adjunct college English instructor, a junior high school English teacher, and an advocate for the Common Core State Standards with the Michigan Education Association.
Sluiter Nation by Katie Sluiter is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License.