Sunday, November 28, 2010

This Post is for my Mother

I am writing this post for my mother for reasons I can not yet share. My purpose is to show my love to the woman who gave me life. That life has had its ups and downs as all lives do. Although my mother raised me all by herself, which is no easy task, she still tried her hardest to give my life more of the ups than the down and I love her all the more for it.

As parents we only want what is best for our children and try to protect them from all the cruelty the world has to throw our way. As I grew, she still stood by me through every bad decision I made and helped me through when I suffered the consequences of my decisions. I have made my fair share of mistakes but I came through them to lead a productive life and have a wonderful family and home. I have never forgotten how I was raised and I owe the life I have now in part to my biggest fan; my mother.

Our relationship hasn't always been butterflies and rainbows. We have definitely had our fair share of rocky moments where hurtful words weren't spared and spans of time where we didn't speak. The biggest lesson I learned through those rocky times is that no matter how much you want to stop loving someone, the ones truly special in your heart is a flame of love that can never be extinguished. We made it through those rough patches and barely a day goes by where we don't have long telephone conversations and enjoy each others company.

My mother has seen me at my worst and seen me at my best. She has supported me through it all. I am ashamed to say that I have not been nearly as supportive to her. Now may possibly be the time where she will need all the support I can give and I will give 100% of what I can offer her. I only hope that my best will be enough.

I have truly been blessed with a wonderful husband and children and even in-laws who always stand in my corner cheering me on but each time my mother is always cheering the loudest of all. She is my biggest believer and my biggest fan. Sometimes I think she thinks I am perfect in every way even though that is impossible and I know I am not. Never the less, it is always wonderful to have someone who believes you are capable of accomplishing anything and is proud to have you as a daughter. God smiled upon me when he chose my mother.

This goes out to you mom. I love you and always will.

Monday, November 22, 2010

I Will Soon Be Starting a New Blog

So, my Mother said I have to make a new post. I really don't keep up on my blog like I should but my life is rather boring and I don't have a whole lot to talk about.

I will be designing a new blog. A woman who runs a popular quilting website wants to make a blog about being an amateur quilter since the site is geared towards amateur quilters and filled with tons of information for us. I had seen that she was looking for people to write articles and to help with web work but because of my lack of experience quilting I figured writing articles would be difficult. I'm still learning myself. So I came up with the idea of writing a blog about being a novice quilter. She loved the idea so now I must design a new blog so she can link it on her website. I have decided to title the blog "The Many Misadventures of the Amateur Quilter". What do you think of the title?

At least this will get me back in the habit of writing again and get me going on the quilt I started for my son. The last month and a half has been crazy. I've been busy and hadn't been sleeping so I was always exhausted and just didn't have the energy for quilting. Plus, I was used to working on my quilts when Tim left work when he was working third shift. I would stay up sewing because I didn't have to get up early to get the kids on the bus but now that he's on first shift I have to be up by 6:30am to get them off to school. Unfortunately I haven't been making time to quilt. I go to bed much earlier now and for some reason I have always only wanted to work on my crafts at night. With my new sleeping schedule that makes it a little difficult. I am hoping that by keeping this blog I will work harder and make time for my quilting which I truly enjoy doing.

Anyway, that's all for now. When I get my new blog up and running I will post the link on this blog and vice versa.

Until next time....

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Story of my Life: My Wonderful Life

Story of my Life: My Wonderful Life

My Wonderful Life

I’ve been staying busy lately repainting rooms in my house. I also got bored one day and tore up the carpet in my library and living room. Under the carpet was beautiful hardwood floors that I believe are original to the house which is over a hundred years old. They don’t make hard wood flooring like this anymore. When we get our taxes back next year we are going to have someone come in and sand and polyurethane the floors. They will be even more beautiful then. I also ripped out the carpet on the stairs and uncovered beautiful wooden stairs. The house looks so much better without that nasty carpeting in it.

Good news, Tim got moved to first shift at work and it is great. So now he works 6-2pm and I don’t spend nearly as much time alone as I did when he was on third shift. Now we can actually do things in the evening and go places. He should be safe on that shift for the next year. Hopefully he won’t get bumped when his year of safety is up.

I am also going to start writing an opinion column for Dominick, the founder, wants the column as many times a week as I can write it. I was going to do a humor column but I’m kind of limited on material since life only involves being a wife and mother. But an opinion column, well there are endless topics and I have an opinion on almost everything. I need to get my first column written this week and submit it to Dominick. I haven’t decided on a topic yet. I hate trying to come up with topics because I always seem to draw a blank.

I had a horrible cold last week that kept me in bed all week but now I’m finally better. It really knocked me on my butt. Luckily the hubby and kids didn’t get sick.

I haven’t been sleeping lately. I take a bunch of sleeping pills and still can’t fall asleep and then when I finally do I can’t stay asleep. I wake up all through the night. I haven’t gotten a decent night’s sleep in over three weeks. The last three nights I have been sleeping on the couch because for some unknown reason I fall asleep faster on the couch than when I’m in my bed. I go back to my doctor on the 19th and I am going to talk to her about maybe if I have a medical condition that causes me to not be able to sleep. Maybe if I can get diagnosed with something they can treat it. No sleeping pills work for me. I seem to have a very high tolerance to them. Maybe I will get lucky and can find out why I don’t sleep and can find a medicine that will help the problem. I am desperate for sleep.

Well, that’s all for now. Until next time….

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What a Day, What a Day

Well I got super lucky today. School was canceled due to high winds and a tornado watch. We barely got anything as far as bad weather. So, school was canceled for nothing. The kids drove me nuts today.

I just finished helping Ari go through her whole bedroom, throwing stuff out and putting stuff in a bag for a garage sale next season. She cleaned her bedroom today because we did research on rabbits and the sites say a rabbit should be able to come and go to their cage as they please. It makes them feel as though their cage is a haven instead of a prison. But in order to do this, Ari needs to keep her room clean at all times and her bedroom door closed. We also had a death in the bunny family tonight. One of the babies died and we will be having a burial and memorial service at Ari's insisting tomorrow after school. I have to vacuum her room tomorrow and then I can put the cage on the floor and open the door. I sure hope for Ari's sake that no more babies die. It breaks her heart. I'm trying to figure out what you say at a funeral service for a baby bunny. I just know she's going to expect something.

Unfortunately, from working so hard in Ari's room and taking my nightly pills later than usual I'm kind of wired for sound right now and it's 9:00pm. I should be thinking about bed but I don't foresee that happening anytime soon. Maybe I will finally get back in to Farmville and plant some crops. I haven't played in about 2 months. Fact is, I haven't hardly touched the computer in just as long. I'm not sure why exactly. Maybe the newness has worn off or I'm just finding better ways to spend my time but I really don't think that's it.

I have started piecing Justin's quilt and I think it will come out really good. At least my fingers are crossed. I might work on his quilt a little tonight until I can get myself tired enough for bed. If I don't get to bed soon though, tomorrow morning is gonna suck waking up at 6:30.

Anyway, think I'll go play Farmville now to pass the time. Have a happy day.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Its Been a While

Gosh, it's been about a month since my last post and my mother has been pestering me to post something new. So let's see what has been going on since my last post.

I believe I last left you with how my daughter broke her arm. She got her pins taken out two weeks ago and got out of her cast on Tuesday. Her arm still looks a little off and doesn't straighten all the way but hopefully that will work itself out. The surgeon said it would probably take a good month before she could really move it around properly but the break site still doesn't look right. You can definitely tell she broke her arm at the elbow. She is doing well though so that's good. Poor thing has had her way of life turned upside down due to her break. The doctor said her arm is not anywhere near healed yet. Only part of the bone has grown back and it will be extremely easy for her to rebreak that arm. So after spending six weeks in a cast and not being able to do much, things got a little worse for her. Even though she's out of her cast the doctor said she is not allowed to do ANYTHING or activity that might possibly lead to a fall. She can only do calm activities with her hands like drawing, legos, barbie dolls..etc. She can't do anything until at least Spring. That's like 5 months away. She is totally unhappy and bored.

Oh and great news; my hubby got switched to first shift so he is no longer on third shift. He just started first shift on Monday so he's still trying to get used to the new schedule. He's home by 2:20 everyday and that is totally awesome. We are both thrilled about the change. We thought it would take years and years before he would ever get first shift so it has been a good week for us. He's tired getting used to the schedule but it is something we are willing to deal with.

Everyone is doing fine. I think my student loan is now out of default so I need to apply to Western Michigan University soon. The deadline for application is Dec. 1. It sucks that there is a $35 application fee. Non-refundable of course, so I will be pissed if I don't get accepted.

The other night an opening sentence popped in to my head that would make a great short story. I got a whole page written down and it seemed to just pour out of me. It is going to be a romantic tragedy. It is pretty much based on me and Tim but I'm trying to add other aspects of fiction to it. Tim told me he read it because I had it sitting on the end table. He said he knew it was based on us and I told him I was sorry but that he dies at the end. He didn't really like that too much but I thought it made a good twist and a moving ending. I hope I finish it because what I already have is pretty good.

Anyway, I can't think of anything else to update you on. Until next time..... And I will try to get better at posting to my blog. I know, I know, you've heard that before but I think I might actually mean it this time. Only time will tell though. Happy thoughts and happy writing.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Stress, Stress, and More Stress

So my youngest daughter (8-years-old) tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and fell; breaking her arm and needing surgery to have 3 pins put in her arm. We spent 2 nights in the hospital and I just spoke with a lawyer concerning whether we had a case to sue the city of Centreville for damages because they have never repaired the sidewalks. This lawyer doesn't think we have a case but he gave me the number for another firm out of Kalamazoo and wants me to get a second opinion. It is going to be awful if we can't sue the city because we will have thousands of dollars in medical bills because of this.

With all that's happened in the last 2 1/2 weeks the stress has just been building and building. Now on top of that, Tim's overtime is finally dwindling down so now we don't have as much money coming in as we used to. Time to tighten the belt yet again.

Wish us luck on my daughter's upcoming surgery and please say a prayer or something to help my family in this difficult time.