About Me

10:11 AM Elizabeth Seckman 37 Comments


It's time...time to stop assuming that everyone who stops by is sent by my mother and knows who I am.


This is me. I was born Elizabeth Merry Hartman on August 5, 1969. (Yes, I just got busted sneaking a peak at a Christmas present.)  

I was born in Ohio and moved to West Virginia when I was less than two weeks old. My uncle (funny, funny guy) made the observation that it was a shame to turn a Buckeye into a Grit.

Hence the childhood nickname...Grit...a name that has spawned more questions than the White House Press Corps.

I grew up in Middlebourne, WV. It's a tiny town. It has no red lights. No fast food. It's the kind of town where everyone knows everybody. And in my youth...I hated that. Especially when my mom would go for her mail* at the post office and spend her morning catching up on gossip and hearing all about what happened over the weekend. When she got back and Elizabeth Merry were the first words out of her mouth, I knew I was on lock down for at least a week.
*there was no home delivery back in the day

Happily, happily...I went off to college at Marshall University in Huntington, WV. There I was a resident advisor. The boss warned us, "Get used to living in a fish bowl and be accountable for your every behavior"...I was good to go...I was used to small town, glass house living!  I graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Counseling and Rehabilitation, went to work at Youth Services System, Inc., moved to New Martinsville and got married to my husband Chad, all in the same week.

I had my first son, Caleb, in 1994.

He is a senior at WVU. He's a good boy, even if he did choose his parents' rival school to get his degree.

Caleb is set to graduate high honors this spring with a BS in psychology and plans to head to law school.

He seems to be a champ at beer pong, but he still texts his mom "good night" and keeps his grades in the A range, so he's a good boy.




My second son, Cole, was born in 1996.

Cole is also a smart kid. He is a sophomore in college, also at WVU! Seriously? Not a single Herd fan in the group?

Cole is an economics major with a creative spirit. He's a talented writer and funny, funny guy. I'm counting on him to give his mom a shout out when his screen play wins an Academy Award.


My third son, Carter, was born in 1997.

He's a senior in high school. Oh my goodness, where does the time go?!

 He is an honor student, and a sweet heart.

He also plays football, and I must say, he's pretty good at it.

I'm posting his first (and hopefully ONLY) nude picture on the internet! (you're welcome ladies!)


My fourth son, Conner, was born in 2000.

He is a sophomore in high school. He's also an honor student, but he sometimes gets B's his report cards, his brothers tease him for being an underachiever.

But nobody else can tease him.

When he was a baby, his big brothers got mad if he was even put in a time out. He's the baby, and they love him.

That's pretty much it. 

I have boys, books, and a dirty house.

It's all good. 


             
My guys summer 2015
Springer Point, Ocracoke Island
Cole, Carter, Conner, and Caleb






37 comments:

  1. This is so much fun! Love the pics, Elizabeth!

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  2. Great pictures!
    I am from a small town, too, about 2700 people. Although we do have one stop light, the only one in the county! :)

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    1. The town I live in now has about ten. I have become a city girl...lol.
      (small town high five lady!)

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  3. What an awesome family. You did a good job woman :)

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    1. I have to agree with you Kelley. I have some awesome, awesome boys. Thanks!

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  4. I love this :) What a beautiful family you have! I think towns with no stop lights are the best!!!

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    1. Now that I look back on it. I had a very special childhood. I'd leave the house at noon and come home at dark and never feared for my safety.

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  5. Great pics, Elizabeth. You've got a lot to be proud of!

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  6. Love that the boys are all "C" names... must share the story about our "ey" boys:)

    PS... wow, this is a post... you should keep this for a
    "cut and paste in case of emergency" time :)

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    1. They are all C's...the 4CSons...it's on my license plate!
      Yes, you will have to explain the "ey"

      My boys all have the same initials as their dad. 5 guys with CAS initials seemed like a good idea till they were all wearing same sizes and initial on collars wouldn't work...so I use numbers!

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  7. Hello, Elizabeth Seckman. I stumbled across your name just now on Amazon, and thought, "Huh. Another Seckman who's a writer." You seem like a very tech-savvy person who gets into blogging and pinning and who knows what else. I ignore the cloud as much as possible, but I also have books to promote, so I kick and scream as I'm stumbling through cyberspace.
    Just wanted to check in to say hi, and congratulations!
    Cathy (also a CAS)

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    1. Me?! Tech savvy? I'm giggling, but thank you! I sweat all things digital...but I do them because so many people say I should. (truth be told, my son, the red head, helped me start the blog...and wonderful bloggy friends have helped me along the way.)
      Nice to meet you! Keep in touch. :)

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  8. Your boys are absolutely adorable! Love the pictures. I had three girls. If The Husband and I kept going, I would have had six more...

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    1. I was one boy away from having my own basketball team! Me? I'd have had more, but my husband woosed out. Something about they're expensive and the cost of college...blah, blah, blah.

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  9. How cute! I have four boys as well. They are still pretty little though. I can totally see my oldest texting me 'good night' though.

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    1. We're lucky girls Shelley! Enjoy those boys, they grow up fast.

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  10. I just finished "Past Due". I thoroughly enjoyed it. We have been going to the Outer Banks for years. We were there the summers before during and after the big lighthouse move. I loved reading about places I am familiar with...from Avon and Salvo to Buxton and Ocracoke Island. I also found it ironic that you live in WV. I live in eastern KY...about an hour and 45 minutes from Marshall....and we lived in Moundsville for 7 years. I spent a semester at WVNCC in New Martinsville. Anyway thanks for a great book...keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks for the kind words Maria! I love the Outer Banks. My family went to OBX for the new millennium and the light was just settling in to its new home. There is so much history and beauty there, I could never get bored.
      It was great hearing from you! Stop by again!

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  11. i would take that sandwich anyday!!! num num

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  12. Hi Elizabeth,
    It's my first time visiting your page. I love your pictures and entertaining writing style. Congratulations on all your accomplishments.

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    1. Thanks Deanie! I appreciate you stopping by snd commenting. Hope you drop by again!

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  13. I love that you're so open about sharing so much about yourself and your life. :) And I loved your little About Me blip on the side, you made me giggle.

    Have fun with a-z. :)

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    1. Thanks Jessica! Laughter is good for the soul :)

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  14. Wow what's your secret, you really don't look like a mom to such big boys...Congrats, I can barely contemplate the idea of becoming a mom to ...one child :)....You're my hero.

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    1. Why thank you. Shall I send you chocolate?

      (One is the hard adjustment, anything after that is just numbers!)

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  15. Oh my! Four boys! I have two and think I'm losing my mind sometimes! Feel free to share secrets.. ;)

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  16. Bwhahaha! What a great "about me"!

    I'm childless and staying that way (because I'm emotionally and lazy) but kudos to you for raising some happy, high-achieving young men. The world needs more smart, wonderful guys.

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  17. Wow, all those years in high school with you and I never knew that's where your nickname came from!! You have a beautiful family Grit!

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  18. Love what you wrote. Very sweeeeeet.

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  19. Hey, I came from Jackson Co., WV and went to Ohio! We might have passed each other.

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  20. Very nice to "meet" you Lady Elizabeth! A fine website too. I raise my sword in salute to a fellow 2015 Joust contestant!

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  21. Very nice to "meet" you Lady Elizabeth! A fine website too. I raise my sword in salute to a fellow 2015 Joust contestant!

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