I’m Back

Im back Im Back

I would like to say I’ve been on hiatus finding myself, traveling the globe looking for…

You get the picture.

Truth is… I had technical difficulties with my blog. One fine day after my last post in March of 2017, my home page was a blank white nothing. I asked around the internet and consulted a few people. The best I got was maybe a virus, and ghost something or another.

After a while, trying to figure it became less of a priority. From time to time, I’d type in my URL, and you guessed it… the blank page was still there. Funny thing was if I went to the Pinterest board for my blog,  the posts came up. Whatever the mysterious difficulty was, it only affected my home page, therefore blocking my login to the admin page.

This week, while recovering from eye surgery, with nothing but time on my hands, I did the unthinkable. I called my host. And within 15 minutes the lovely lady on the other end knew what was wrong, and had a solution. Within two hours of getting off the phone, my home page was visible again.

Oh, crap. Then it hit me… What am I going to say now? 

I decided to catch you up on what’s been going on with me in the past year in no particular order.

What I’ve been up to… 

  1. I recently hit a major milestone in my life, turning 50 years old. It sounds really crazy saying it out loud, and even more crazy typing it just now. Just yesterday, I was a senior in high school singing to the top of my lungs Prince’s ‘Little Red Corvette.’ It sounds cliche’ but where did the time go?!
  2. Just two weeks ago, I had my second cornea transplant. In May of 2016, I wrote Through The Fog of Fuch’s Dystrophy that explained my eye disease, Fuch’s Dystrophy. Yesterday, my doctor said I was “ahead of the curve,” being just two weeks post-op. I am grateful, thankful, and truly blessed!
  3. A little over a month ago, our sixth grandchild was born. She is an absolute doll! I love being Nunnie (grandmother) to my sugababies. I get to spoil them all, and no one can stop me.
  4. Soon, I will publish a brand new picture book, ‘Coon Stew, An Al-the-Gator Tale.’ I am looking forward to sharing more details with you in the near future.
  5. We have an empty nest! Last May, our youngest daughter graduated from high school, giving us at the time three college students. Although they all attended the university in our city, they lived on campus. And this May, one the oldest of those three graduated from college and moved to the DMV, D.C./Maryland/Virginia area.
  6. Since I turned 50, I decided to dedicate the year as a ‘year of giving.’ There will some things I’ll share, and other things that I won’t.
  7. One of the shareable projects of my year of giving is little free libraries. In February I started a Children’s Book Drive to raise books for little free libraries in my town. As of today, we have collected 600 books. I’ll have more news to share really soon.
  8. While moving our daughter to the DMV area, we made our way to the National Mall and the National Portrait Gallery.

Of course, there is so much more to tell about all of the above… and I can’t wait to share it with you!  What have you been up to while I’ve been away?

Six Life Lessons From A Mom of Five

Life Lessons Six Life Lessons From A Mom of FiveBeing the mother of five, and helping to raise a nephew, has taught me a few valuable life lessons. Following are six that stand out the most.

  1. Even with the same set of circumstances, there will always be a different outcome. Mr. Husband and I have produced five beautiful children. Each one, from the two of us, with vert different personalities, likes, dislikes, dreams, and goals.

Life lesson: Every life situation, even if every detail of preparation is the same WILL turn out differently! Recreating or duplication almost always never works. I’ve learned to be surprised and enjoy the outcome.

2. Preparation is key. It was going to be an awful day when I had to get everything, and everyone ready the morning of. Prior preparation of outfits, meals, along with knowing who needs to be where is essential! It has also kept me from losing my mind.

Life lesson: Although every situation is different, planning ahead for the things you can control helps to make life easier to handle. Flying by the seat of your pants will wear you out! 

3. Just wait for it. 

Life lesson: That rain or storm will soon pass over and the sun WILL come out again!

4. There will be lemons… Make lemonade! 

Life lesson: There will disappointments, disasters, and life storms. How you react, and deal with the situation is totally up to you. You have the option to wallow in pity, or make the best of the situation.

5. It’s okay not to have all the answers. When our children were little, I had the answer to most… okay some of their questions. And could fillibuster my way through the rest.  As they got older their questions became more complex and more difficult to answer.

Life lesson: There will be times when you don’t have an answer, don’t know anyone who does, and even Google can’t point you in the right direction. There isn’t always an answer or rational solution. And it’s actually okay!

6. Celebrate the small stuff!

Life lesson: It’s the little things our children, family members etc. will remember. Those little things impact our loved ones the most. Don’t believe me… try it.

There isn’t a MOM manual that comes with children. But growing and learning along the way benefits everyone involved!