I was born in West Valley, to my mother Janice who was also known as Gale. I still believe today that she must have been the prettiest woman to walk the face of the earth. My mother only got married once and never officially divorced her husband even though they weren’t together after I was born. I had three older sisters who were all born to my mother’s wedded husband. I was born of a different man, one who I can’t even recall the name of. I have never met him, I do remember an occasion when I had the chance to talk to him on the phone, but I was too shy to do it and regret that decision now.
After I was born, there were three more born. They each also had different dads. When I was 5, I started first grade. I went straight from a daycare to first grade because of my abilities. About halfway through the school year I found out that if I cut class then I wouldn’t have to deal with people, and could just go home. This was probably the biggest mistake of my life. When less I showed at school, the more police started coming to my house. This dragged on till the beginning of second grade. In the midst of one of the visits from the police, they heard all the screaming and yelling from my mother and stepfather (who was the father of the first born after me, and who later went to jail). The officers started coming more often to make sure there wasn’t any domestic violence involved in the household. One week before Christmas, during the middle of the night I was taken from my home from some officers. They had given my mother a drug test and she was positive for methamphetamine. At the time she was carrying my brother from a different man who was to be born in February.
We were sent to the Christmas Box House, for about two weeks, and then while my mother was in rehab I lived with my brother with my grandmother. We lived with her for about 1 year, until her house burnt down, and she was deemed irresponsible to take care of us. We were then again sent to the Christmas Box House, but this time was for a much longer period of time. In any way that I was ahead in school before I was now with people the same age as me, still in second grade. For a space of 5 months my brother and I were sent to many different foster homes around Utah. In 2005 we stayed with a couple who had the potential of adopting kids. They had only wanted two me and my younger brother, but the same day my youngest brother who was about 1 at the time, was sent by my social worker. She said that she didn’t want us to be split up. So the couple decided to adopt all three of us in the fall of 2006.
I know that my life would have turned out much differently if I hadn’t done the things I have done. I witnessed many heart wrenching things for the first 6 years of my life. I guess you could say that I have one the lottery of fate. After the court day was ordered for the adoption, everything else went by so fast. I remember being in a deep deep state of depression because it had just hit me that I would never get to see my family again. After the certificates were signed and sealed, years went by very quickly. I first I was very small for my size and mal-nurtured, so the first things that happened after the adoption was that I got put into many different sports and activities like gymnastics, swimming, soccer, violin, cello, piano, many types of dance, and karate. I began building up my strength, confidence, and social skills. I stayed with most of the activities until my sophomore year of high school. Throughout junior high and high school I was actively involved in the theater programs. My junior year my interests switched to debate. I also took on track my sophomore and junior year. Here I am now a senior in high school filling out applications for scholarships for college. I plan on graduating high school with my associates, so maybe that will fill my void from all these years and put me back where I feel I should be. Interesting fact: I will be the first person in my biological family to graduate from college.
This is a picture from my 2nd birthday. This photo represents a life that I no longer wish to ponder about. When I was 2 I didn't realize that I would only be spending 4 more years with my birth mother. At this age I loved dancing, and I loved my kitten Wanj(Orange).
This picture was after I was adopted. My first visit to Hogle Zoo. I am and always have been an outdoorsy adventurous kind of person.
This photo represents a time in my life where I truly got a second chance. This was my very last karate tournament that I went to. This is a picture of my sensei and two masters that came.
I have competed in dance for 10 years. I have performed many different types of dance, including; Tap, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Ballet, Ballroom, Lyrical, Modern, Pointe, Military, and mixtures of several.
Throughout High School I have really been able to find my true self. I have had many accomplishment that I have been very proud of. This was a debate tournament that was out of town, that I had the opportunity to attend with all my lovely friends and team mates.