I got married and started my family my first year out of high school. The next 15 years were spent raising my kids and taking care of the people that I love most. I knew that one day my kids wouldn't rely on me like they did when they were little, and I would be left with all kinds of spare time on my hands to fill. When my youngest reached the age of 11, my days opened up. The kids were all at school all day through much of the year and I had nothing much to do - that's when I went back to school.