Play Group Isn’t Just for Your Kid

For a while now, our family has been part of a play group that is for our kids with special needs and their siblings.  We’ve been going for about 8 months or so.  It’s always on the second Sunday of the month, thus our name: Second Sunday Play Group.  It is this group that is always there for us, and we for them.  It is this group of folks who have made us realize that you can’t bury your head in the sand and hope all of your kids’ issues will just go away.  And it is this group that has shown us that no matter what, there is always something for which to be thankful. Continue reading

Enough is Enough for Me

Thankfulness.  It’s something we should all strive for.  If we think we have nothing for which to be thankful, we have a sad life, indeed.  Whenever I start to feel down about something, I try to remind myself of the things I have that are amazing.  For instance, when I feel down about my weight, I think to myself, “Well, I’ve got a nice rack.” Continue reading

My friends know too much.

It’s Thursday, Mamas and Papas.  You know what that means: another post about the things for which I am thankful.  Today, I’d like to tell you about my friends.  I have a lot to be thankful for, but they are right at the top of a really long list.  I have Florida friends, and I have Kentucky friends.  The difference is that the friends in Florida have known me pretty much my whole life.  Some I met in church as a baby, some I met in elementary school, and others in middle and high school.  Then there are the Kentucky folks whom I’ve only known for a few years, but it feels like forever. Continue reading

Choosing Beauty

I did a resolution post earlier this year about my desire to get healthier.  I’m doing pretty darn well with the food part, not as well with the exercise part.  However, newly inspired by Brandy’s beautiful post on Monday, I will do better-I promise.  I guess that’s kind of what I plan to talk about today.  Inspiration, I mean.  Without particularly meaning to, I seem to be finding myself inspired every time I turn around.  Here are some examples: Continue reading

Goals Keep Me Sane

For those of you who don’t know me well, I’ll tell you I am a planner.  I’m the sort of person who thinks things through, sees all sides of a situation and then acts on it.  (I’m also a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants kinda gal.  I’m weird.  I should’ve been a Gemini instead of Taurus, that’s for sure.  Except that I’m sorta bull-headed, too.)  It’ll come as no surprise then when I say that my husband and I have always had a 5-year plan.  To us, the 5-year plan is something to work toward, it’s a goal that’s been set and by God, we are going to achieve it.   Continue reading

Thankful Thursday: Thankful for Womanhood

We all talk a lot about how hard it is to be a woman–and we’re right.  We do countless hours of work for little thanks and, sometimes, less pay simply because of our gender.  We shoulder the weight of the world and always do for ourselves last.  We are given fictional images with which we compare ourselves and others compare us.  (see link)  Continue reading

Thankful for Positive.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve been thinking about resolutions, learning from my mistakes, and trying to learn to love myself.  It’s a hard thing to do; love oneself.  Most days, I’m fueled by coffee, toast, and adrenaline.  Today, is no different, but also there is a sort of acceptance of myself thrown in.  It wasn’t easy.  There are days when I still loathe myself.  Not my soul or personality, because I think I’m a pretty good person.  No, this is much worse.  This type of loathing is something I could pass onto my daughter, if I’m not careful. Continue reading

Thankful for All of It–Even Cheese Butt!

Well, it’s Thankful Thursday so you know what that means, I have writers block!!!  It’s not that I can’t think of anything for which to be thankful.  In fact, I think the problem is the opposite.  I’m really struggling not to talk about Sandy Hook all of the time.  So much has been said more beautifully than I can say it.  Still, no matter how much is said, the words aren’t enough; what can anyone possibly say that is big enough to even approach that situation.  All I can say is that I’m so incredibly sorry for those families and that I am so incredibly, INCREDIBLY thankful for my own family and their safety. Continue reading

Thankful Thursday: On Stand Offs and Other Stuff

Time to shuffle off to preschool.  The home school stuff is left piled on the table for our daily interruption to pick up the little guy.  I walk out the door.  The princess is (per usual) distracted, this time by the silvery frost still coating the yard and front flower beds.  I strap her into her seat sighing at our ever rushed pace.  I throw the van in reverse and get to the back of the driveway and then I notice it; a police roadblock three houses down cutting off my street from the one at its end.   Continue reading