Amanda Hill's Life

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My Birth

07/21/1982

I was born to Joe Arteritano and Charlotte Erderlt

My adoption

July 24 1982

I was adopted by my maternal aunt Deniece DeLane and her husband Danny DeLane

First trip to Germany

Aug 1982 - 1984

2 weeks after I was adopted my mom and I boarded a plane to meet my dad over in Germany where he was currently stationed

Move to Washington

1984 - 1985

My family moved to Ft. Lewis Washington for about a year to two years

Moved back to Germany

1985 - 1987

Moved back to Germany for 2 more years.

Learned about being adopted

1986

I remember asking my mom and dad where I came from and I remember them telling me that I didn't come from my mommy's belly but that I came from my aunt Charlotte's belly. It felt perfectly natural.

First move to Alabama

1987 - 1991

We moved to Alabama right before I was to start kindergarten. We were there until I finished out my 4th grade year.

Started School at Ridgecrest

Aug 1987 - May 1989

Went to Ridgecrest for both Kindergarten and 1st grade. I remember my Kindergarten teacher, Mrs Bowen. She was so nice. My 1st grade teacher was evil but I don't remember her name. I think I blocked it out.

Dad left for Korea

1988 - 1989

My dad for a year long tour in Korea while my mom and I stayed in Alabama. I remember my aunt Jackie came to stay with us for awhile to help us out. I also remember starting to become severely attached to my mother at that time. I had the sudden fear that she would die and leave me all by myself. It was the first time I was ever taken to counseling.

2nd Grade, Morris Mill

Aug 1989 - May 1990

Started my 2nd grade year at a new school.

Maternal Grandfather Passed

Oct 3 1989

My grandpa passed away from prostate cancer. That whole year prior to his death my mother and I would travel back and forth from Alabama to Texas so my mom could help out with my grandpa. My mother was a nurse.

It was the first time I experienced anyone close to me dying. My family was really good about explaining life and death to me in a way that it was ok.

3rd and 4th grade at Williams Elem.

Aug 1990 - May 1992

Was switch over AGAIN to a new school. Mind you, we had never moved. This is where I met new friends and started cussing because I thought it was cool. I also had a crazy crush on some boy in my class.

My Best friend moved away

Dec 1990

My best friend since kindergarten moved out of state. It was heartbreaking for me. It was the first time I understood the heartbreak that comes with being a military brat.

Moved to Arizona

June 1992 - May 1993

We moved to Ft. Huachuca Arizona so my dad could do a year of training there. It was so different from Alabama. I never grew to like Arizona.

Started 5th grade at Sierra Vista

Aug 1992 - May 1993

First time I ever had to deal with bullies. I was picked on by a few popular girls for a while. When I finally had enough I stuck up for myself and they totally backed off. It was a very valuable lesson.

Was diagnosed with HSP (Henoch-Schonlein Purpura)

March 1993 - May 1993

I became came really ill around the last quarter of the school year. I was in a lot of pain and in and out of the hospital. It took them forever to diagnose me. I missed 22 days of school just within those last 6 weeks of class. I still somehow managed to pass.

Moved to Watertown New York

May 1993 - May 1994

We left Arizona and drove all the way to New York. We took a week to stop and see site. It was an amazing experience. I was still getting over my illness but it was really cool to see the states like that.

When we first got to New York we had stayed in an apartment until we found a rental house. We lived in the rental house for a year before we moved to on-post housing.

6th Grade at Watertown Elementry School

Sept 1993 - June 1994

I remember being thrilled because I had gotten out of school in early May and didn't have to go back to school until mid September. I remember the classrooms being completely different from any other classrooms I had been in. They were more of cubicles.

Moved to Ft. Drum New York/ Evans Mills

May 1994 - May 1996

Oh man! What memories I had at this place. These were the beginning of my teenage years and boy was I rebellious. I started smoking, sneaking out, had my first kiss, was caught shoplifting, was definitely hanging out with the wrong group of kids

Indian River Middle School 7th and 8th grade

Sept 1994 - May 1996

First time in middle school. First time having to go from class to class. I made a lot of friend in middle school but I also seemed to have just as many enemies. I knew how to stick up for myself though. My enemies usually ended up becoming my friend.

Moved back to Good Ole Alabama

June 1996 - May 2005

We moved back to Alabama because that is where my father wanted to retire. For the last year of his army career he traveled back and forth from Augusta Ga to Huntsville Al every weekend. My parents had always told me that once I started high school they would make sure I stayed there all four years.

Hazel Green High School 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th.

Aug 1996 - May 2000

I made a lot of friends in highschool, I wasn't apart of any certain clique, I just got along with everyone. I dated a few boys here and there but I had one major boyfriend throughout my highschool years.

Graduation

May 15 2000

I had finally graduated highschool. My parents were so proud of me. They honestly thought that I wouldn't make it and I almost didn't. About 2 month before graduation I was about to be expelled for missing so many days of class. However, my favorite teacher told me if I didn't miss anymore days he would make sure that I would graduate. So I stuck it out for 2 whole months without skipping.

First Apartment

Aug 2000 - March 2002

My parents felt it would wise for me to move out on my own before we killed one another. So at 18 years of age I moved into a ghetto 1 bedroom apartment 5 minute away from my full time job. I LOVED every minute of living in that apartment. So many parties, so many memories.

Soul Searching

Dec 2001

At this point in my life I was having a lot of fun but probably a little bit to much fun. It got to the point where I had to take a good look at myself and my life and figure out what I was going to do. I remember kneeling down and praying for guidance and pouring my heart out to my heavenly father above. When I was finished I felt a calm peace. The next day at work a coworker randomly asked me if I wanted to go to church with her that Sunday. I knew then I had my answer to my prayer.

Baptized

Feb 27 2002

On this day I was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It was one of the happiest, most memorable days of my life. I will never forget the feeling I had when I emerged out of that water. It was amazing.

Moved back in with my parents

March 2002 - Aug 2003

I moved back in with my parents so I could afford to go back to school. I started taking night classes at the local community college.

Moved in with Carly (my boyfriends sister)

Aug 2003 - Aug 2004

Decided that I wanted to live in an apartment again and I moved in my boyfriends sister for a year.

The Break Up

Jan 2004

It wasn't your typical "I don't want to be with you anymore" breakup. I just knew then that it wouldn't work out. So I started to distance myself from his family.

Met Graham

Feb 2004 - June 2004

Graham was the rebound guy. However, Graham changed my life. I wouldn't say he changed it for the better or the worse but he definitely set me on a path that I had not originally planned for.

Moved back in with my parents

Aug 2004 - May 2005

Moved back into my parents house for the last time. My life had completely turned upside down at this point and I had no idea what I was going to do.

The Day that changed my life

Feb 15 2005

On this day I was sick with strep throat and I was waiting in the pharmacy waiting room to get my prescriptions. I was still my fathers dependent so I was being seen at the onpost hospital. I kept noticing all of these people in uniform coming in and within 5 to 10 mins being called for their prescriptions. (Soldiers have first dibs) I decided then and their that I was going to join the army so I could get my prescriptions in a timely manner.

Obviously there was so much more to it than prescriptions but that is what it took to make me even consider joining the army. After thinking it through thoroughly, I knew it was the right choice.

Joned the Army

May 25 2005 - May 24 2011

I served in the army for 6 years as an Radiologic technologist. I hated being in the army from the very first minute I knew before I even joined that I would only do my 6 years and get out. Staying in was never an option.

Reception

May 25 2005 - June 1 2005

This is where we in-processed into the army. We were given all of our clothes, shots, financial information, and any other basic information

First round of Basic Training

June 1 2005 - Aug 2 2005

I did my first round of basic training and completed everything minus the basic rifle marksmanship. Since I didn't do the BRM I was suppose to recycle to a new company so that I could finish up the BRM. However, they decided to recycle me back all the way to the beginning of Basic training and have me do it all over again.

Met my husband

Aug 3 2005

This is the day I met my husband for the very first time. I hated him the moment he opened his mouth. My husband was my drill sergeant. It took a while before I actually started to like him.

2nd Round of Basic Trianing

Aug 3 2005 - Oct 6 2005

Went through basic all over again. The second time around wasn't nearly as bad. I already knew how to do everything and I was already in shape from the previous 9 weeks.

AIT for Radiology Technologist

Oct 7 2005 - May 27 2006

For my job training I was sent to Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio Texas. There we learned about all kinds of Radiology information. There was a lot more freedom during this time compared to basic training. I met a lot of great friends here and had a lot of great times.

On the Job Training

May 28 2006 - Oct 26 2006

Went to Ft. Belvoir VA for my on the job training as a radiology tech.

First Duty Station

Oct 27 2006 - March 3 2008

My first duty station was Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. I was a little upset because I had wanted to go to Korea but everything worked out in the end.

Joe moved back from Korea

March 2007

Engaged

Sept 2007

Joe proposed to me over Labor Day weekend

Married

Oct 5 2007

Joe and I went to the courthouse on a whim that day and said our I do's

Stationed to Ft. Benning GA

March 8 2008 - May 25 2011

Bought our first home

July 18 2008

Bought our first home in the State of Alabama.

Joe left for Transporation School

May 15 2011 - Sept 1 2011

Joe had just became an officer and had to go to transporation school before he was to go to his first duty station. I stayed in Alabama

Last day in the Army

May 25 2011

One of the best days of my life!!! I cried I was so happy to be done with it.

Bachelors in Psychology

Aug 2011 - May 2013

Went back to school to obtain my Bachelors in Psychology

Husband deployed

March 2012 - Feb 2013

Graduated College

May 15 2013

Graduated from Troy University with a Bachelors in Psychology

MA Program

Aug 2013 - May 2014

Working on my Masters in Clinical and Mental Health at Troy University