My name is Rose Clearfield. I’ve been keeping some sort of journal literally ever since I learned how to write. I’ve been blogging publicly since late 2008. This is where I’m blogging now. It means a lot to me that you’re here.
I have my bachelor’s degree in elementary education. While my husband was in medical school, I taught special education for four years while earning my master’s degree in special education. When we moved to Milwaukee for his medical residency, I was ready for something different. I started freelance writing with the plan that I could keep writing when we had kids.
Credit: Lottie Lillian Photography
It took six and a half years to have our first kid. After five years of testing and fertility treatments, we changed course and pursued adoption, which is how our son Tommy joined our family. Our journey to have a child is one of the toughest I’ve ever been through and still holds a lot of uncertainty, as we’re still infertile and would like to have at least one more kid. Infertility and adoption aren’t major parts of this blog. However, I have shared and will continue to share pieces of our story. We appreciate ongoing prayers for our journey in parenthood and as of July 2018, our wait for baby #2 via adoption.
I live in southeast WI with my husband Jake, our son Tommy, and our three cats. All three kitties came from the Wisconsin Humane Society. Apollo and Ares turned six in August 2018, and Hobbes turned three in April 2018.
Those of you who have known me since before roseclearfield.com existed know our 18 year old cat Angel crossed the rainbow bridge in September 2014. She was Jake’s childhood pet and an integral part of the first eight years of our marriage. We miss her every day.
Photography is one of my biggest passions. I got motivated to better my photos for my Etsy jewelry shop and randomcreativeart.com blog, and the hobby evolved from there. I bought my first DSLR camera almost two years into trying to conceive. Improving my photography skills has been extremely empowering during a time in my life in which I’ve had basically no control over the one thing that I want most.
My writing influences (in no particular order) include, but aren’t limited to, Emily Giffin, J.K. Rowling, Michael Crichton, John Feinstein, Nick Hornby, and Madeleine L’Engle.
When I’m not writing or taking pictures, I love to spend time with family and friends in Milwaukee eating out and enjoying live music and shows, festivals, and other cultural events (which yes, sometimes does involve more picture taking). I spend a lot of time watching Lake Michigan, and my favorite local band is I’m Not a Pilot. I saw them live about 20 times in 2013-2015.