About Maria Hass

Once upon a time, I had a blog over at blogspot.com (ok, I had five), and I also had my own blog with GoDaddy and… that went south, along with two years worth of blogging and a PERFECTLY crafted “About Me” page.  Fifth time is a charm, I s’pose, so here it goes:

My husband and I are on either side of our youth pastor (now my brother-in-law) Tim, at the age of 15.

I was born and raised in Venezuela until I immigrated to South Florida, where I met my future husband in middle school.  We got married after high school and lived wherever the Air Force told him to, until a civilian job opportunity led us all the way to Alaska.  We have lived 6000 miles away from our family since 2009.

It was in Alaska that we completed our family of three children and two dogs and a cat.  I was always a full-time working mom and my kids went to day care or public school full time as well.  Come 2013, my life got flipped turned upside down (see what I did there? I dated myself with a Fresh Prince of Bel Air reference) when I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, my son had to be pulled out of public school, and I started the blog “Confessions of a First Timer”.  It was a season of a lot of firsts; healthy living with an auto-immune disease, homeschooling, and retiring from  the work force I knew since I was 16 years old.

The first year I did the Alaska Run For Women 5 Miler, was about 8 months after my RA diagnosis.

When I no longer felt like a “First Timer”, I kept my moniker and went with “Confessions First”, beginning each blog post with a confession of how I was currently failing at whatever would follow.  That’s right:  If you are looking for “10 easy ways to …” Move along.  However if you are just a real mom, having a real mom day, grab a cup of coffee (or your favorite hot drink) and join me for a while. It will be worth your read: You’ll discover that for every area where I fall short, God’s grace provides!

Now I’m in a new season in life as well.  After a few years of teaching here and there, I decided to invest in my own Educational Support business and became an Anchorage School District vendor – working outside of the home part-time while still homeschooling my own children full-time.  After a rocky “what not to do” first year, my husband joined me as a Middle School science instructor.  Here is to hoping and praying God works everything out for our good as I do my best for the children under my care!IMG_0409