About Me…

I am an almost 48 year old mother of three teenage boys trying to figure out who I am.  I know, I’m a little late.  I think I’ve been wrestling with this for a long time.  My Creative writing teacher in college told me I should write, but I thought she had it all wrong.  I pursued a career in Medical Genetics, but when I gave birth to three children in 11 months, I became a full time mom.  Life suddenly shifted to a walk on the wild side, with twins on the heals of a singleton.  Then two years into the parenting gig, we entered the world of special needs children–times two.  God has given me more grace than I probably deserve.  My children have made me a better person (sometimes by stretching my patience to single cell width thinness), and I work hard to see the humor in the things they do.  Life isn’t always easy, in fact it’s downright hard sometimes.

Solomon, who is believed to have written Ecclesiastes 3, writes words of wisdom.

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

A time of peace.  No matter what, peace will eventually come.  And that is where I get my strength.  The journey that brings us to the peace are the pages of our lives.  I hope you find in my pages a little solace, a little laughter, a little emotion and a little peace.

237 Responses to About Me…

  1. Lynne Ayers says:

    A very nice intro – I think I’ll come along on your journey, if I may

  2. Nicely put, Allthings! Life has a way with the curve balls, doesn’t it?? As the mother of three boys (including twins) and one very tough girl, I can relate a little bit to your story. I’m glad I found your blog–and thank you for visiting mine. 🙂

    • Thank you! Loved your pottery piece today, as well. I always find myself drawn to that kind of pottery when I’m out and see it. BTW I always love meeting moms of multiples–takes it up a notch doesn’t it–the whole parenting thing, I mean. And all the boys, whew, it’s intense sometimes. So glad to meet you! I look forward to more of your posts.

  3. Elisa says:

    Love your blog……looking forward to reading more!


  4. I just popped over here from Careann’s Musings – glad I did 🙂

  5. I’ve got a couple years on you in age, but you’ve definitely got me beat when it comes to children. (I have Zero.)
    The closest My Dearly Beloved Wife and I have come to kids is “the child of our heart”, who was a foster child of hers years ago. She’s stuck around, because she says we care more about her well-being than most of her biological relatives.
    A tribute I wish wasn’t necessary…

    • A fitting tribute none the less. It’s so good to hear positive stories about foster kids–seems like the negative ones are the ones we hear most. Congrats on a job well done-raising kids is tough even when the circumstances aren’t!

  6. As for Ecclesiastes, I prefer the first verse…

    Vanity of vanities, saith The Preacher;
    Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.

    But it is this very same vanity, this daring to compare ourselves to our gods, and to achieve what many would say is limited to the gods themselves, is our glory… and our downfall. (Both in one… Gee, ain’t we lucky?)

  7. fivereflections says:

    love this song – there is a time, i really think so…

    David in Maine USA

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    I am enjoying reading your posts!
    I’d love twins (when I’m married and stable!)..but am yearning more for triplets..I L.O.V.E children!
    Looking forward to more reading! 🙂

    • I enjoyed reading your blog this evening. Thanks for visiting mine! What a bummer about the grocery incident. I hate it when that happens!
      And as far as triplets, you might want to rethink that. Two’s company three’s a crowd when it comes to babies and children. Odd numbers are more difficult (odd man out). My oldest is only 11 months older than the twins. This is why they fight so much I think. I have a friend with triplet girls, she says the same. But now, if you really love kids, theres always twins X 2! I have a friend with two sets! LOL. But you can’t usually pick that to happen, so…Enjoy your time in school and being a young adult! (Which it seems you already do, from reading your blog). God orchestrates perfectly…

      • I totally believe that God orchestrates perfectly..I have been dropping hints about this already..for when I do eventually marry and have kids..*he he*
        I wouldn’t mind twins x2..hmmm..
        I think with the grocery incident, I’ve figured out..you know..all things work together for good..just haven’t probably realised what it was yet 🙂
        There is a reason for everything I guess 🙂
        I look forward to reading more from you! Thanks for the reply!

      • I think sometimes we aren’t ever meant to know the why. I think that is what faith is. Thanks for visiting and reading my blog! Glad you worked out the bank issue. It’s hard enough being that far from home.

  9. robin says:

    I enjoy reading your blog, and I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! http://bringingeuropehome.com/2012/04/09/playing-favoritesbeing-versatile/

  10. Ma’am,
    Its would be very kind to be with this view, you have been trying to influence.(tag it with persuade)
    My sis has a hyper active destructive kid, I will suggest her to follow your blog to get things simply.


  11. klparry says:

    Thank you for your “follow”. I might add, that I too find your intro wonderful.

  12. askirtaweek says:

    Love your blog and humor. I have 4 boys and I am close in age to you. I am pretty sure there are extra blessings given to moms of boys!!!

    • I think I posted on your site, but just wanted to answer–boys are great, aren’t they? I like that they are just so out there with everything. Loved your blog, will be following.

  13. Greisy says:

    Thanks for following my blog. I’ve enjoyed looking through yours.

  14. Hello! Can I say ‘you had me at Hello’… Thank you for taking advantage of your writing skills to share with us the world over. As I started reading, I was intrigued immediately and am excited to continue reading your posts. You have a way with words that I truly appreciate and the way thread your spiritual outlook is so positive and fresh. Thanks so much!

  15. chrisrardin says:

    Wow, your life sound somewhat like mine. I don’t have 3 teenagers, but I am living a life as G &L’s mom and I hope someday when they are grown I will have the time to find ME. For right now I am (mostly) enjoying staying at home with them. I can’t wait to read more.

    • Thanks for stopping by! Love your blog! I remember when there wasn’t any time for anything but existing to do laundry and cook and give baths. Occasionally we’d sandwich in some fun.

  16. i added a link to your blog from mine under the section “OUR FRIENDS.” I reserve this section for those who take an active role of participation on my blog. It reminds me that people DO read my posts!

  17. Thanks for following…I hope you will be challenged and maybe occasionally laugh so hard you snort through your nose…lol.

    Be encouraged!

  18. WOW! Your story is so inspirational! I truly think most people don’t know what they want to be when they “grow up”! And those who keep pursuing that dream are the brave ones! Congrats to you for being so brave and strong! Your kids ar every lucky to have a mom that never gives up!

    • Thanks, Zoe! And thanks for visiting my blog! I’ve enjoyed your exotic pictures on yours and plan to follow!

      • Thanks you so much for the follow! I just started blogging 6 weeks ago, so I really appreciate the support! I look forward to the interesting diversity of your posts and could always use your inspirations!

      • Well, you are doing well for just starting. I started my blog about 18 months ago, and just made a resolution to be more active this past March! Nothing like a slow start. 🙂 Better late than never, though. Thanks for the support!

    • Thank you! I’m thinking I already replied to this–sorry if it’s a repeat! I appreciate you taking time to read my blog!

  19. veraersilia says:

    Good blog my dear new friend. You do not need to be modest about it. On aging I am several, even many years, down the road from you … any questions on older age, just asks – naturally you will get my quite biased answers, I can only speak from the spirit that inhabits me…. my own…
    Bye for now, Vera M.

    • Vera, Thank you so much for reading! I am so impressed by you, your travels, your life experience. I will enjoy getting to know you. How do you like living where you are, after such a traveling life? I confess, I’ve always been interested in learning Italian, and think I may actually do that in the next few years. We visited Italy six years ago, and I loved it. So much to see. So glad I have an opportunity to get to know you!

  20. robincoyle says:

    Ha ha! If you are all things boys, I am all things girls! I have three of them . . . 21, 23, and 25. Yikes. Where did the time go? Thanks for the follow!

  21. Already loving your blog, you and yours – three boys, a fat cat and the whole shebang called life! I’m so glad you came visit cos then I came to find this wonderful place called your world. Hugs across the miles from one mother to another! Sharon

  22. frizztext says:

    the song by the Byrds TURN TURN TURN is great too!

  23. Words We Women Write says:

    Looks like the climb on the mountain is one of the easier challenges you face.
    You made a priceless memory that day.

  24. curm says:

    A sensitive person! Can’t say I’m part of the club, but I try. Saw your like on my blog and decided to check you out.

    Like you we didn’t have our son later in life. I was 41 when he was born, and like your child he has special needs. (tourettes) Fortunately he is incredibly smart and the symptoms aren’t too apparent.

    Thank you for dropping by.

    • Curm, Thanks for stopping by! I must say, a sense of humor helps tremendously. There was long period for awhile that I seemed to have lost mine. But thankfully it came back! And the blogging really helps me feel anchored. I love this blogging community and connecting with so many different people! You especially make me laugh hard, out loud! Its a wonderful gift you have. In the world of special needs children it should be a requirement to have a sense of humor, even though it’s desperately hard to muster sometimes. But in the long run? It’s the best medicine. Looking forward to mare of your humor!

  25. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Yes, everything happens for a reason… I needed to remember that peace will always come. I’m glad I was brought to your blog this morning!

  26. redflamefire says:

    i nominated you for a versatile blogger award

  27. What a special person you are to be able to adapt with love to the bumps that came in your path! I would say your are one very wise woman. And for that we are blessed.

    • Why thank you! And thanks for stopping by and commenting. Now you’ve made me blush! Boy there are sure days I don’t feel wise–quite the opposite in fact. Looking forward to following your story!

  28. Sandra says:

    Good morning. Yes another nominateion for Versatile Blog. Do with as you wish, it is just my way of recognizing your work. You are like a reflection of my life (only I stuck a girl in there) and love your insight to life. You make be realize I am not crazy or if I am I am not the only one.

  29. Rhonda says:

    I’m glad you stopped by and liked my post on aging gracefully. I love to laugh at myself and enjoy sharing things that will allow others to do the same, for after a certain age, how can we not see ourselves in the silly things said of the aged. I find it refreshing also, if I may, that you take the time to respond to your readers’ comments (and it’s obvious you visit their sites as well) and respond with a very nice personal touch. Well done.

  30. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for dropping by this evening. I hope you found a little to smile about while there!

  31. Rhonda says:

    Thanks for coming again, hope you found a smile.

  32. Happy Mother’s Day.

    Be encouraged!

  33. Momma E. says:

    http://dje1231.wordpress.com/2012/05/12/where-is-the-love-right-here-on-wordpress/ Nominated you for several awards, you don’t have to do anything with them but accept them if you want to. Thanks for the support and the inspiration! Love and Hugs Donna

  34. victoriablt says:

    Hello!! Tag – you’re it!!! Please check my post for “rules” (I really enjoy your blog!!)

  35. Lilly Sue says:

    You’ve been nominated for the One Lovely Blog award!

    Here are the steps for the award:

    Name the blogger who awarded you this fantastic award
    List 7 random facts about yourself
    Award 15 other bloggers this award

  36. Imelda says:

    I love that passage that you quoted. And I admire you for your humor and oomph – raising them boys! 🙂 Well, I understand a bit, myself being a mother of 4 boys. 🙂

  37. Saint Stay At Home says:

    I hold that passage in my heart! ❤

  38. introvertedblogger says:

    I have happened upon so many mother of three boys, myself being one. It’s lovely to meet you.

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  40. Colline says:

    I have nominated you for the Tell Me About Yourself Award. Please read my post to find out the details: http://collinesblog.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/tell-me-about-yourself-award/

  41. Hey Arnel, I have awarded you the Awesome Blog Content Award because I think your blog is fantastic. Check it out at http://photosfromtheloonybin.wordpress.com/2012/06/03/i-am-humbled/. Congrats!!

  42. yasniger says:

    I nominated you for the Beautiful Blogger Award & only got to see you already have one!
    Ohh Rats!!! Well now you have TWO!!!!
    (Just kidding)
    But you deserve to know you are quite a beautiful writer…. thanks!
    Please ignore…..

    • Thank you so much! You are too sweet! I really appreciate the thoughtfulness! I’m a little behind in awards, but will give it proper attention in a few days. Struggling with a summer cold at the moment!

  43. LyndaMichele says:

    What a coincidence – I am also a 48 year old mother of three teenage boys – I look forward to following you!

  44. Maribel says:

    Wow I just used Ecclesiastes 3 in my last post. Thank you for the recent follow. I know a thing or two about life all things boys as I was blessed with 2 sons. Life is definitely darn right hard but thank God for his daily reminders to keep us going. Look forward to following along~

  45. Gotcha! I’ve nominated you for the Lovely Blogger Award, drop in to my page http://crazytraintotinkytown.com/ for details – congrats!!!

  46. danbohmer says:

    I enjoy your blog so I have given you the One Lovely Blog Award (http://danbohmer.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/blog-awards). Look at that, same award, twice in 3 days!

  47. Smaktakula says:

    That verse from Ecclesiastes is one of my favorites (along with Ecc. 1:2-9, which I think has a similar vibe).

    3 boys in 11 months is pretty astounding. My wife managed 3 in 19 months, which we thought was pretty hard to top, but you went and shaved off half a year!

    • Ok, I’m doing the math…either you have twins or a preemie? How old are yours? I was shocked when I found out. The twins were actually a month early, but still. Wasn’t planning that!
      I love the Ecclesiastes quote also. Helps keep my head in the right place. 🙂

      • Smaktakula says:

        Our twins came first at 31 (almost 32) weeks. They were in the NICU for a month. It was a blessing in many ways, though, because as they were the first newborns we’d ever really seen, we didn’t realize how terribly undeveloped they were. They looked beautiful to us, but it hurts to look at the pictures now. Fortunately, at 4 1/2, they’re big, healthy, happy boys. Their little brother, a singleton (and a surprise), came nineteen months after the boys were born.

      • Ah so the reverse of us! It’s great though. Although they have their fair share of fighting, they are close! It’s nice.

  48. faithfulnibbles says:

    I have nominated you for the Sister Of World Bloggers Award. Go to my blog to get info to add your award to your blog. http://faithfulnibbles.wordpress.com/2012/06/29/a-sisterhood-o…-blogger-award/


  49. Hi ya !!!
    Just to say a BIG thank you for dropping by! Loving what i see here !! Looks like I have LOTS to learn. Soooo well deserved the Sister Of World Bloggers Award.- congrats ! Have a super weekend 🙂

  50. A time to break down,
    And a time to build up;

    This just about perfectly sums up my current battle! Really nice intro I think I might pull up a chair and stay a while!


  51. cocoaupnorth says:

    Beautiful introduction. I can’t help but follow your blogging journey.

  52. lisa winkler says:

    thanks for liking my Purple post!

  53. I have nominated you for The Lovely Blog award! Check out my blog post for the rules! 🙂

  54. I tagged you in a blogging game…thing…ummm, it’s much more interesting than I just made it sound 😉

  55. scottrandall says:

    Great blog! I’ll be back.

  56. Indira says:

    Very nice introduction, loved it.

  57. Thanks for liking my Growth post about the Bryozoans!

  58. PalomaSharma says:

    Greetings, Your Awesomeness. You have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award, the link to which is here: http://palomasharma.wordpress.com/2012/08/04/the-versatile-blogger-award/

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  60. Love your posts. Thanks again for the nomination for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Here’s the link to our award post. Cheers.


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  62. alotonyourplate says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award 🙂 For more information, check out http://alotonyourplate.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/wordpress-fun-the-sunshine-award. Have fun and awesome blog! 🙂

  63. Lynne Ayers says:

    Hi Arnel – I lay down the gauntlet and challenge you to give us your interpretations of the colours red, blue, white, green and yellow for Capture the Colour – for more information see http://www.travelsupermarket.com/c/holidays/capture-the-colour/

  64. Eng.Hasan Al-Bahkali says:

    Good blog

  65. adinparadise says:

    Thanks for your message on my About page, but the link took me nowhere. 😦

  66. journeyman1977 says:

    what a supremely apt quote from the bible…sure sounds like Solomon. Huge hug

    • I love this bible passage. It reminds me that no matter how much things are fantastic, so-so, intriguing, interesting, sad, happy, or just plain suck, it will change. It’s a worn saying but it’s true: Life is a journey. It’s what you do along the way that will turn it into a fantastic story.

  67. Miljo Anne says:

    hi there… just to add to your collection..i have nominated you for an award… pls check out the rules at http://miljoanne.wordpress.com/2012/11/26/beautiful-blogger-award/… god bless!

  68. I am so happy to discover your blog!! I am 54 and just figuring it all out!

  69. I love your topic, I love your journey, and I’m thrilled for you.

    Actually, I don’t think you are too late. I think you are spot on (in terms of age). To find out who we are simply takes time; we need to collect data; and the biggest amount of data comes from the story of our lives. What do we like, what do we love, what do we hate, etc.

    I read somewhere that the biggest problem in life is connecting dots too early. She said, first we have to COLLECT the dots before we CONNECT the dots.

    Hey, I’m with you in this! Check out a friend’s site (http://thenobleheart.com/), he has the best material I know for discovering who we are.



    • Thanks Sam. I did check the link out. Interesting material! It makes sense we have to collect the dots before connecting them. I worry sometimes that my own boys are forced to pick a life before they’ve finished being kids. It sure has changed since I was a kid. Cheers!

      • I know what you mean about the kids. I have four kids, and my last just graduated from college (three boys and then a girl, ages 28, 26, 24, and 22).

        I’m not too worried about them getting it right. Most people I meet are not doing what they got degrees in (including you and me :-)). I think we try things and learn, then try things and learn.

        I’ve learned tons from mistakes, and I’ve even learned a little from success (though not as much).

        If we can teach our kids to try and learn, we’ll have done more than most parents; try and learn, sort of like collect the dots then connect the dots. (Hey, there’s a post in there.)


      • Congratulations on raising 4 kids and surviving! I look forward to the day. Although nowadays I’m told their not really on their own until bout 25. Don’t know if that’s true. What do you think? Until then, I’ll just try to enjoy their antics. 🙂

      • HI All About,

        Hmmm. I’m not sure if they are on their own or not, but mostly they are. Two are married with kids (yikes, I’m a grandpa), and the other two are living on their own in apartments.

        I think they are having fun exploring the world out there and the world inside as well.

        Will they come home for a spell?? Maybe. Statistically, probably.

        But they’ve begun the journey, and I like it.

  70. pattisj says:

    Having only a daughter, I look forward to seeing what life is like with boys. 🙂

  71. journeyman1977 says:

    Arnel , keeping up with the spirit of Christmas you, yes YOU have been nominated by me for a ridiculous award as I had nothing else to give…come check it out http://journeyman1977.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/a-time-for-giving/

    • Journeyman, THANK YOU! I am honored. My second star! I’m thrilled. One was amazing, two leaves me speechless! Sorry it’s taken me a couple of days to get me head on straight. Sometimes, (and I know you understand this) I let me fears run away with me and it takes me some time to firmly push the devil away, and breath out slowly, knowing I need to just trust in God. I’m on this!

      • journeyman1977 says:

        Hugs Arnel….push him away…guy’s been really getting to me today…this evening…lol

      • A most annoying chap, isn’t he? There are days I’d like to give him a right hook…

      • journeyman1977 says:

        Right now I could rip his head off, Arnel 🙂 hugs I so need to get outta here….climbing the walls.

      • Try a long walk on that treadmill. If it has an incline button, try walking uphill for awhile. 🙂

      • journeyman1977 says:

        i did 🙂 mindreader! I did 3 miles on it lol

      • Good for you! My best days are the really long runs. Greater than 10 miles. Doesn’t matter what the speed is, something just changes, and I’m really calm then (or maybe it’s just exhaustion. 🙂 )

      • journeyman1977 says:

        You’re blessed to be in VA Arnel….best scenery around….especially around Charlottesville, those counties are gorgeous. runners paradise

      • They really are. Except for the hills. I detest hills. Although I still make myself do them, and I get great gratification from conquering them, I don’t love them.

      • journeyman1977 says:

        Hills are the best, Arnel 🙂 but to each their own 🙂

      • Did I mention I complain LOUDLY about them? Probably why I can’t keep any running partners…. 🙂

      • journeyman1977 says:

        lmao….well whenever I do eventually come out I’ll come run with you. I have a friend who has been asking me to come out there…well charlottesville. Can always drive to Richmond.

      • Your young lungs would probably be annoyed with mine. Although as a smoker, maybe that will make us even. You should quit, you know. Those things will kill you!

      • journeyman1977 says:

        lol young? I’m 35. Arnel…I know the smoking really effects me uphill but I push myself. But on flat ground I can run a mile in under 7 minutes. not bad for an old dog eh?

      • Aw, you dog is right. But in your situation, that might be a good thing. 🙂 And yes, young. I’m almost 50, remember? Pretty fast alright. I have never run that fast. My speed workouts I could never get under 7:25 pace for a half mile. My half marathon was 1 hour 46 min, which I think is about 8:06? I’m O.K. with that!

      • journeyman1977 says:

        that’s way better than ok, Arnel…I had to run to save my life for a living in uniform…so this is no big deal with running shoes and shorts on lol

      • Point taken. I can’t believe how fast some of those kids are at the track meets. The last one, the fastest mile was 4:48. I looked on the college reqs to see if my kids would qualify to run for college. Not unless they take 1 min 30 seconds off their time. I guess if they trained really hard, they might be able to, but it is just astounding to me.

      • journeyman1977 says:

        yeah, athletics is more addictive than nicotine sometimes lol. Running especially…marathons and triathlons and training for them just make you push yourself to places you never knew existed. Very proud of you when you finished that marathon ignoring the pain. I loved that post.

      • Thanks. You are right. You come out on this plateau that you didn’t know what there. It’s an awesome feeling. I was so bummed after that race. I was happy to finish, but the whole poor race management really got me down. I want to do it again in 2014, and do it right, without second guessing myself. I ran the first half at 1:48 and change, and the second half at 2:28 and change. Live and learn. As the character Tess says in Working Girl, “Shoulda checked the milligrams.”

      • journeyman1977 says:

        well said, Arnel. you can do it. huge hug. i’m gonna turn in, Arnel. No smokes is making me miserable 🙂 Just need 3 days and I can kick it. 72 hours and no cravings. Then I could break the treadmill by doing 10 milers every morning lol

      • Good luck. Sweet dreams.

      • journeyman1977 says:

        Thanks, Arnel…you guys have a fantastic day. Hugs and love

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  73. Sebastian says:

    Hello! I look forward to really diving more into your blog. Also, thank you for following my blog at Faith1st Ministry. I hope it has and will continue to be a major blessing in your life. May God richly bless you as you continue to write and blog. Please continue with us on this journey and remember to have Faith 1st. — Sebastian

  74. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comments and encouraging words.

  75. Greetings from a far away land
    I just wanted to say that I love the spirit of love that shines so strongly within you. It is evident to me that suffering has tempered your heart and moulded your soul into a vessel filled with love. I sincerely hope that peace joy and above all love grace your journey in life, for you are indeed a beautiful soul
    God bless you and your family in every way

    • Thank you so much for your kind words. You seem to be a very deep, thoughtful and creative soul, and I enjoy your blog as well. Suffering does have a way of moulding us, hopefully into better people. Thank you for the wonderful well wishes. Your words are very comforting to hear. God bless you as well, in this journey we call life.

  76. Hello,

    Diane mentioned you and your blog to me, so I thought I would drop by and say hello.

  77. Just realized haven’t heard from you for awhile…not sure if you ever check in but if you do..hope you and yours’ are okay…Thinking of you today…Diane

  78. Just being a ‘nuisance and checking in again…thinking of you….hoping you’re okay…Diane

    • Thank you Diane. I so appreciate it. I have been very busy, with good things and not so good things, so I guess it’s balanced, at least. Kids home, and summer started. Still trying to clean up stuff from my Dad’s estate, but hopefully it won’t be too much longer. Brother still crazy. But I got a job, and I love it, and that has made all the difference. I am doing photography for a company called Milestat. They cover track and field meets for 8th grade through college. It’s totally insane, busy and a learning curve, and the pay is absolutely horrendous. But the experience is invaluable, and the other areas of gain are indescribable, like having people appreciate my work! Not quite the same as the thank you I get for cooking breakfast. 🙂 Someone bought three photos from me the other day, and the Athletic Director at one of the high schools is considering one of my photos for the athletic hallway at his school. So, those things are a definite big plus. Thanks for checking on me. I am going to try to post tomorrow.

  79. oldspouse says:

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    At the bottom of the smashwords page you’ll see a link labeled “View” and other download options for mobile readers under reading formats. Take a look at the story; see if you get hooked. If you like the story, please share with others. This is the only way good things happen today–agents and publishers are of the dinosaur era. They’re slow; they’re frightened; and they’ll eat you if you’re not careful. We’re on our own. I truly believe in this book. If you do, too, share it with someone. Thank you!

    And thank you so much, again, for being one of the faithful.

    Best regards,
    Roger White
    “This Old Spouse”

    • Hi Roger! Sorry to be so very delinquent in my response. Thank you for the link. Congratulations on the book! I am interested, and will do my best to spread the cheer. Hope you are well, and happy. Take care!

  80. Bipasha says:

    Hello there! thanks for visiting my blog. Yours is very interesting. Great posts!

  81. Thank you! I just saw your comment and really appreciate your honest feedback! You’re right, sometimes it is hard to see outside of ourselves and that has been the problem with me trying to put myself in the others shoes. Not sure what I’ll do with it, but I really appreciate your honest feedback.

    Have a nice day,

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  83. Bird says:

    I nominated you for The Sunshine Award. You’ve earned it!


    • Thank you Bird. I have been somewhat MIA for awhile now. I am focusing (no pun intended) on launching a photography business, and the writing has slipped to the wayside for now. I hope you are well, and life is settling down a bit for you!

  84. ncmpastor says:

    At 48, my wife had six sons & 3 daughters. You don’t have time to try to figure out who you are. Just do the job of wife and mother and it will all work out. Now with all these grandkids and helping our children with their next generation (even though we still have 3 at home), doing what was and is now at hand instead of considering our ‘needs’ certainly has paid off.

    • Wow! Hats off to you and your wife! Sounds like a lovely family! It’s funny, but I think some people just naturally function well in this realm, but I struggled because I lost my sense of self. Photography has given that back to me, and the thing I like most about my photography is making other people happy with the images I take. I love my children and my husband, and their needs will always be foremost. But that doesn’t mean I have to forget about taking care of myself in the process. Thank you for stopping by! I look forward to visiting you site!

  85. I’m so glad I found your blog! I look forward to reading your posts!

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