My birth name is Aletra, but I go by “Aja-lexa” now for reasons very significant to me. I lived in Colorado into my teens then moved to Vegas; my ex and I didn’t like the idea of raising kids there, though, so we moved to the most beautiful region on the West Coast.
I live in the Pacific Northwest with five of my six children (see my “Seven Years, Eight Thanksgivings“ post for more info on my other-worldly-dweller, Riál).
Laughter is absolutely the most wonderful gift I have to offer my children. I love that we can be silly around one another without fearing the cricket chirps and resounding dead silence when others don’t “get” us.
I am a single mother who fully embraces the challenges of single parenthood. I was doing the two-hat parent thing for a long time anyway, but now it is ALL ME on paper as well. I say, “Bring it!” This journey is laden with challenges I’d never imagined when I first married. Looking back, I’d have made some changes long ago that might not have stunted my personal growth as such. Yet here I am. I’m doing this!