I am JuJu. You can call me Julie if you prefer as that is what is actually written on my birth certificate. My mom and dad nicknamed me JuJu before I could crawl & it really stuck. I can remember growing up with everyone in our family referring to me as JuJu. Thirteen years ago my sister had her first child and of course I became Aunt JuJu. I love to hear the many voices of my family, young or old, refer to me as that. It is who I am. Last year, my then 8 year old nephew, asked “JuJu, what is your real name?”. “It’s Julie”, I replied. My niece, who was 12 at the time, look shocked as she said “Your name isn’t JuJu? I had no idea! Well, I’m still calling you JuJu!”. I quickly reassured her “of course you can still call me JuJu…that’s who I am. I am JuJu”!
I am wife to Chris & mother to Skylar and Hailey. Skylar was diagnosed with autism in August of 2002. It was a devastating & extremely scary & lonely time as I knew nothing about autism. It has been a LONG road, but we have survived! Chris and I vowed from the first day that we would fight this fight together and do anything that we could do to help Skylar function as high as possible. We agreed that there is no better investment than our child and that we would spend every penny helping her to be the best Skylar she can be.
I am a registered nurse but I am taking a break from nursing as we have recently moved to Prescott, AZ for Chris to teach ROTC at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University for 3 years.
From the moment I met Chris, we have laughed! We try to find humor in almost everything….even autism. We would rather be laughing than crying. We have our fair share of tears, but we aim to laugh as much as possible! We definitely have a lot on our plates with school, work, therapies, biomedical treatments & just life in general. Our life is busy….but it is so good!