I have been happily married to my childhood sweetheart, Alan, for twenty-nine years. I grew up in Chelmsford and have lived in Dracut since 1985. I left my engineering career after having my first daughter and have never looked back.
Life as a mom was just as challenging and exciting to me as life in the work force. My husband and I have been blessed with four boys and two girls ranging in age from 27 to 12. My oldest two children, Cassie and Andrew, are both married and live close by. My middle two, Charles and Tessa, are in grad school and college, and my youngest two, Raymond and Teddy, are ages fourteen and twelve. I’ve homeschooled all my kids until they’ve entered college, and I’m now in my twenty-third year of homeschooling. It looks like I only have about six more years to go!
Cooking, which I usually do it in mass quantity, is always a production. Sometimes when I have the whole gang at home, I boil four pounds of pasta just to feed everyone. I’m a grandmother (called Yiayia’, because I’m married to a Greek) to three -year-old Amelia and 17-month-old Elias.
In the summer you can find me wandering around Great Brook State Park with my kids or just relaxing at home weeding my flower garden. I love everything about weather, and friends often call me for weather reports when they’re making important plans. Hiking with my husband in the White Mountains is what I enjoy doing in the warmer months, and it helps me to recharge my energy and allows me to spend some much needed time alone with him. In the cold weather I cozy up to the wood stove and read classic novels.
My philosophy in a large family is, “Everyone needs to pitch in to get the job done, no matter what the task! ”
I would not change the life God has given me. The good and the bad events that we have experienced over the years have both strengthened and shaped our family into what it is today – a treasure, more valuable to me than pure gold.
Amy Dienta is a busy working wife and mother to a 7-year-old boy. Never knowing what she wanted to be when she grew up; she has gone to college for everything from nursing to being a daycare teacher, while raising her son. She recently received her Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Daniel Webster College. In what free time she has left; Amy enjoys going to the beach, art museums, concerts, zoos and all the great things that the Merrimack Valley has to offer. Having grown up in the area she finds herself taking her son to the same places she enjoyed as a child and letting him ride on the same horse outside of the grocery store that she rode on as a child.
A little about me. I am 31 and have been married since 2006 to a wonderful man named John. In September of 2009 we welcomed our first child, Iain, into our loving and crazy family. Our family consists of Iain, me, my husband and a goofy and lovable Goldendoodle named Denver (he is named after my hometown). We also have a large extended family on my husband’s side.
Becoming a mom has been one of greatest highlights of my life and I cannot remember what life used to be like pre-kids. Granted, I do get these hazy flashbacks of spa days, lounging around doing nothing, and spontaneously deciding to go away for the weekend; they seem to arrive when I am trying to figure out how to get my son, the dog, and all of the gear I seem to think I need for the day in the car- and my son has decided I can’t be out of his sight for more than a nanosecond. Ahhh, those kid-less days, they were fantastic but there is nothing better to me now than seeing my little man give me a big gummy grin or watch him pull himself up to a stand and then realize he can’t figure out how to sit back down. On top of being a mom I also work as a Sr. Business Analyst & Project Manager in the Planning Dept. for Lowell General Hospital. In my free time (not that there is a lot of it these days) I love to read, write, ride my Harley, cook, bake, and just in general enjoy life to the fullest each day. My philosophy on life is that I do not know what tomorrow will bring so I try my hardest to enjoy today and try not to have any should of, could of, would of, or if only moments in my life.