So Where Have I Been Lately?


I admit life has gotten a bit too hectic for me lately. My son left for the UK on Sunday for ten days. I think getting him ready to go mentally, emotionally, and physically was much harder than I ever thought it would be. Many of you know he is autistic and is going on…

How Often Do You Eat Out?


My niece posted this question on FaceBook the other day and the answers were quite interesting, “How often do you eat out?” Like most people that posted I eat out (this was specifically drive thru/pizza/or Chinese take-out) once or twice a week. I usually eat lunches out because I don’t care for leftovers except pizza,…

An 18th Birthday and Graduation


For her 18th birthday and graduation gift from me my daughter gets this old purple book. It doesn’t look like much and most people would think I was crazy. In 2002 I started a journal for my daughter. She was about 18 months old and I decided I needed to write down the little every…

My Mother’s Day Journey


My daughter next to the Cinderella Wishing Well in Magic Kingdom. For many years I hated Mother’s Day. I thought my body hated me, God hated me, and life was just not fair. I ached to be a mom. Every Mother’s Day as we sat in church and they passed out flowers to all the…

Real Neat Blog Award


I normally do not do these awards but I have been struggling lately and though this may be a fun way to kick-start me back into writing more. It is taking the time to physically sit down and actually write my blog that seems to be the issue. I am keeping myself too busy lately…

A Family Weekend


  Picture from clip art. Our family is away for the weekend. My son is participating in the State competition for Science Olympiad at Michigan State University. He is competing in Rocks and Minerals, Optics, Fast Facts, and Microbes. It will be a crazy busy day but it will be a fun weekend. It is…

Reading Together as a Family


Most parents seem stop reading to their children when they are somewhere between second and fourth grade. The bedtime ritual is dropped, the time for homework starts to pick up, and more classes and lessons are added after school. It’s no longer easy to fit in reading time. One of the things that we have…

Today….


I am away with my family while my son takes the ACT at a college about an hour from home. I wanted us all together today. My heart is heavy. As I watched the news last night I was crying again like 9-11. This is not the world I wanted for my children. So, today…

On the Road Again….


As we get ready to close out the month my daughter and I are on the road again. She will participate in a Feis (Irish dance competition) today. Above is my daughter and one of her beginner Irish dance students. She loves teaching them and working with them. I hope she does well today. It…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


This holiday is second only to Christmas in our house. My Irish dancing daughter started dancing yesterday, Friday, at schools and nursing homes in the area. This morning there is a parade through downtown Kalamazoo. After that a Hooley for Healing. A hooley is an Irish party. This one is a fund raiser for families…

Thankful….


I have been able to make this trip to Walt Disney World with my daughter because of my partner. She is home with our son making sure that he gets to the Science Olympiad regional competition, the Orchestra Festival, and tons of other lessons, classes, and practices while still working. Normally most of this falls…

A Mother/Daughter Trip


Picture from our 2015 trip to Walt Disney World My daughter and I are making one last trip to Disney World while she is still a child (well, at least in my eyes). She will graduate from high school in June and is planning to move to get ready for college shortly after. She and…