Jennifer Motyka's personal life timeline

By jmotyka
  • Grandfather passed away

    Grandfather passed away
    My dad's father. Unfortunately, I never met him. His mother re-married to my dad's uncle (His father's brother).
  • Born

    Born
    At Arden Hill Hospital in Goshen, NY
  • Baptism

    Baptism
    I was baptized at Sacred Heart Chapel, Monroe NY. My Godparents are in the middle holding me with immediate family members gathered around.
  • My baptism party

    My baptism party
  • Started to crawl (first 6 - 9 months)

    Started to crawl (first 6 - 9 months)
  • Exploring new foods (6months)

    Exploring new foods (6months)
  • My 1st Christmas

    My 1st Christmas
  • Having to depend on others to meet my needs

    Having to depend on others to meet my needs
  • My brothers gave me chicken pox.....my 1st bday party was cancelled

    My brothers gave me chicken pox.....my 1st bday party was cancelled
  • Holding my bottle on my own. Becoming independent to soothe myself

    Holding my bottle on my own.  Becoming independent to soothe myself
  • Learning to play

    Learning to play
    This is the phase when a child develops imaginitive play by copying what they see others do.
  • Developed speech later then most children my age

    Even though most 2 year olds start to put a few words together at this age, I wasn't. My parents were worried that I wasn't reaching this milestone like most, so they brought me to the doctor. He simply asked how do I communicate my needs when I want something. Apparently, I simply pointed to everything. My family just gave me everything I wanted. The doctor's solution: saying the word of what I wanted and making me repeat it before giving it to me. I was told I wasn't too happy with this.
  • Introduction to my transitional object

    Introduction to my transitional object
    At the age of 2, I fell down the stairs in front of my house. To make me feel better my brother's and my dad got me a teddy bear. It quickly became my transitional object and named "Bear" I then had to sleep with it every night. He even came along on every vacation and was carefully accounted for so he wasn't left behind!
  • Blood doesn't make family.....those who play the role do

    Blood doesn't make family.....those who play the role do
    Even though there's no direct relation, these were my cousins and their parents were my aunt and uncle. Family are those that love you and are there for you no matter what. They're there to give a hand and pull you up when you're down. Celebrate the happy moments in your life. I didn't have sisters but my cousins definitely were mine.
  • first day of pre-school

    first day of pre-school
  • Communion

    Received sacrament of Communion.
  • Girl scouts

    Girl scouts
    Learning how to make candles at Museum Village, Monroe NY.
  • Kennett Gymnastics

    Kennett Gymnastics
    I was always climbing and flipping on everything I could so my mom enrolled me in gymnastics.
  • School photo 1994

    School photo 1994
    This is the year I went to Disney World with my family.
  • Family Vacation

    Family Vacation
    We didn't take many vacations but this was one I will never forget. We went to Disney World for the week.
  • Started to learn how to play the violin

    Started to learn how to play the violin
    I chose to play the violin in 4th grade. Through my school years I was accepted to play in several special orchestra's. I was picked among many musicians in my district that tried out for the all-district orchestra. I also was a part of the strolling strings group in high school. I continued to play through college. After college, it was hard to find an orchestra to join so I stopped. However, recently I picked it up again and am trying to reach the level I was at.
  • First day of middle school

    No longer considered to be a young child but entering into the period of early adolescense.
  • Confirmation

    Confirmation
    Received the sacrament of confirmation at Sacred Heart Church, Monroe NY. This was considered to be a rite of passage. Like many ceremony's such as a quincera, bar/bat mitzfa; I made the transition from childhood to young adulthood.
  • 16th Birthday

    16th Birthday
    My parents threw me a surprise birthday party at Gasho restaurant.
  • Bridesmaid

    Bridesmaid
    My cousin Sue asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding.
  • Grandfather passed away

    Grandfather passed away
    My mother's dad.
  • My first time holding a newborn

    My cousin's daughter was born; Keleigh. This was exciting for me to hold her even though she cried the whole time. I babysat neighborhood kids growing up but never held a baby this young. I was so nervous. It was an incredible experience holding and looking down at her. I thought how the world is in her hands to explore and just know she's going to grow up to one special person.
  • Math award

    Math award
    For my senior class awards ceremony, I was given the award for the most improved student through the 4 years in math.
  • Graduation from High School

    Graduation from High School
    Monroe-Woodbury High School; class of 2003.
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    Camp counselor at a girl scouts camp

    Link to the camp I worked atI got hypothermia and was disoriented. I hit the floating dock in the lake with my head. I suffered a severe concussion and neck pain. I had to eventually leave the job because I was too injured to perform the duties as a counselor.
  • 1st professional job

    1st professional job
    After my college graduation I started working at Footings, Inc (now known as AHRC) This agency serves individuals with developmental disabilities. The lessons I learned from them such as to never try to be someone you're not just because you're different and want to fit in with others. Being different is not a flaw. They taught me to be confident with who I am. Working with them made me realize those who are different make the greatest impact on the world.
  • 2nd dog passed away

    2nd dog passed away
    This was our 2nd dog; Zeus. He was a lab and shepard mix. He died shortly after Brian.
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    Out of work on disability due to injuries sustained from a car accident.

  • Brian's engagement

    Brian's engagement
    My brother Brian proposed to his girlfriend Colleen at Braiside Camp where he worked as the nurse.
  • Death of my brother

    Death of my brother
    My brother; Brian, was riding his motorcycle to school and a car cut him off turning onto the road he was on. He started riding the summer before the accident and loved it. He was conscious at the scene but later that evening he passed away with my family by his bedside. My parents lost their son, I lost my brother and brother Matt lost his twin brother that day.
  • Adopted 2 dogs

    Adopted 2 dogs
    Cleo and dexter
  • College Graduation

    I graduated from East Stroudsburg Unversity with a B.S. in psychology with a concentration in counseling.
  • Sacred Heart photographer

    Sacred Heart photographer
  • Paralyzed arm

    I woke up Easter Sunday and my left arm was paralyzed. I spent even more time in physical therapy trying to regain feeling and strength.
  • Car accident

    While I was driving clients home, a car that was speeding rear-ended my car. I injured my back badly and was forced to stop working. I had to go on disability for an income.
  • Matt and Phyllis' wedding

    Matt and Phyllis' wedding
    This was an exiting time for everybody and especially for me because my sister in law asked me to be her maid of honor.
  • Climbed Cascade Moutain in the Adirondecks

    Climbed Cascade Moutain in the Adirondecks
    Climbing this mountain was a huge accomplishment for me since I went through so much physical therapy to strenghthen my back after my car accident.
  • A new member to the family

    A new member to the family
    Phyllis found out she was pregnant. When we left the doctor's office, we noticed a rainbow. Whenever my family and I see a rainbow.....we consider it my brother putting it in the sky to make us step back from our life and notice that he's with us......and celebrating to the good times or giving us strength through the bad. He was celebrating the joyful news of a new family member to come.
  • DSP at AHRC

    Click here to see photos and read more about the program!When I was finally allowed to go back to workafter my accident it was hard finding a job. I found myself; a college graduate, working mediocre jobs just to make some money. I finally found a job I absolutely loved. I worked with developmentally disabled adults. The lessons I learned from them changed my life foreve. I wanted to do more for them but my position did not allow it. Because of this, I applied to Ramapo's MSW program.
  • Nephew was born

    Nephew was born
    Brian Joseph Motyka (named after my brother that passed away) was was born with a congenital diapfragmatic hernia. All of his organs were pushed through a hole into his chest during birth. It took multiple surgeries to fix and a long stay of 3 months in the NICU at Maria Ferari children's hospital.
  • The effect of praying to Mother Mary Theresa Tallon

    The effect of praying to Mother Mary Theresa Tallon
    When my Pastor came to the hospital to baptize my nephew we told him that in order for Brian to live, we need a miracle. He didn't have enough intestine left to stretch to connect the two ends after cutting out what needed to be removed. Mother Mary Theres Tallon was being considered for being a sain and needed proof of performing miraclest My pastor told us to pray to her for a miracl. We prayed to her everyday for a miracle and to the doctor's surprise and ours, we got our miracle.
  • Home sweet home for Brian

    Home sweet home for Brian
    After a rough start entering the world....my nephew finally came home! Brian makes me want to be the best person I can be, especially for him. I would do anything to protect his happiness and shield him from pain. "Find something you would die for, and live for it." This quote always keeps me going, especially when life is tough.
  • Brian's 1st Halloween

    Brian's 1st Halloween
  • Relationship

    Relationship
    We were good friends in college and was always there for each other. I connected with him again after many year went by. We started dating. This is my first serious relationship and realization of what it means to truly love someone.