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Living life, gives me more to write about ;)

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This is my son, out at one of my favorite childhood parks today. Blogging has taken a backseat to a lot this weekend and I am alright with that. Going out and living life just gives me more to write about. 😉 My son thoroughly enjoyed himself today. He got to play with another boy who was there, ran around with Doug & I, and just enjoyed the nice weather. I am hoping it helps him sleep tonight. 😉 It was a great day, as were the two days before when we were outdoors. It has felt nice being able to welcome Spring back to Wisconsin.

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This is the love of my life, Doug. Watching him play with my son today made me smile. We all enjoyed the walk to the park, running around playing Zach’s battle game, taking turns in the tire swing, and interacting with the other family that was there.

Tomorrow is Easter, I won’t be on here at all and so, I wish you all here a very Happy Easter. I hope it’s filled with much joy and laughter. I will be spending time with my mom, grandma, uncle, and son. I will also be giving much thanks to Jesus for all He did. When I think about His great sacrifice, it humbles me. It breaks my heart too, that such an act ever had to happen. I will also thank Him for the many blessings, including such wonderful people He’s brought into my life…this includes all of you on WordPress. You enrich my life in ways I never thought possible. Thank you again for the inspiration and for being a part of my journey. I love you.

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Welcome Spring

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The birds sing

The sound echos all around me

I try to trap the music in a jar

To listen to it at a later date

 

The snow melts, more and more each day

Bright and warm, the sun comes to greet me

Squirrels scamper to and fro

So it would seem that Spring is here

 

Winter’s chill still lingers

Clinging to my bones

Cold wind rushes in

The sun fights it as temperatures rise

 

More and more I see people jogging

Riding their bikes

Making great use of the longer days

Enjoying the return of rebirth and warmth

 

Good-bye Winter

It’s not a fond farewell

For you’ll be back all too soon

Yet I still tip my hat to you

 

You have your use

But it’s your turn to rest

And Spring’s time to play

I will continue to enjoy it for as long as it stays

 

(The picture is of my son, playing at the park today.)

Creativity, at an all time high….thanks to you….

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Upon reading one of Shaun’s posts today, it got me thinking and I decided to check my own archives. I joined WordPress on July 19th, 2012 and have posted 90 blog posts, including this one. What amazes me most is that this month alone holds now 31 of those 90 posts.

My first month, I posted twice. In August, I posted four and in September too. I made one post in October, two in November, and ooh I increased to six in December. It was in January when it went up to 12 and then 28 in February! It’s amazing how much more involved I have been with this since 2013 began! A huge part of that is due to you guys and dolls, my how you have inspired this mind of mine!

Again, I want to say thank you! I never knew this experience would become so important in my life, so wonderful. I didn’t know how much I’d learn, how my perspectives on so much would change. I had no idea just how my creativity would come to flow so much easier. Thank you for sharing who you are with me, for inspiring me, and for being my friends. I have made some strong connections on here and am feeling so very blessed right now.

Aye, what was that you said?

Just a moment ago, I decided to close my eyes and forget what I could see and instead let my ears tell me what surrounds me. This is what I found:

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Below us, just down the hill are train tracks that carries both Amtrak trains and freight trains throughout the day. With my eyes closed, I heard it’s whistle clear as day…..

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I could also hear people driving by and as I live off a busy road, it’s been pretty much a constant flow of traffic, at least no one has been bumping the bass so loud I could feel it!

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My grandma has been napping and my oh my sometimes she snores so loud that my ears are begging for relief. 😉

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As I mentioned earlier, I live off a busy road and so we also get a lot of people walking, biking, jogging, skating, and even dancing by. I have heard children’s laughter, dogs barking, and many voices I couldn’t place a face to.

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Tick tock goes the clock! My how time flies…..

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Drip, drop, oh what a sound each little bead of water makes upon our metal sink….

It’s amazing what one hears when the brain is focused on sound alone. It’s kind of neat to close one’s eyes for a little bit and listen to the world around you….

Let’s play a little game…

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My dear friend Ionia has tagged me in a little game and I decided since at this very moment I have time to participate that I will. I first invite all of you reading this to check out her blog. I respect her a great deal and want to say that she is truly amazing. 🙂

So on with the game, I must post the rules and here they are:

Rules:
1. Post these rules. (done)
2. Post a photo of yourself and eleven random facts about you. (done)
3. Answer the questions given to you in the tagger’s post.
(done)
4. Create eleven new questions and tag new people to answer them. (done)
5. Go to their blog/Twitter and let them know they’ve been tagged. (done)

11 facts about me:

1. I like the number 11.

2. 173 is my high score at bowling and I just got that a few weeks ago!

3. My son will be 11 this year, in November.

4. I don’t like winter and wish spring would hurry up. 😉

5. I will be 35 this year and like to joke about running for president. In all honesty, I probably won’t run since being a political figure doesn’t suit me, though I do think I could do a very good job.

6. I love football, especially the Green Bay Packers. (American Football for those reading this that aren’t in the U.S.)

7. Tinkerbell is awesome, am currently wearing a shirt with her on it. 😉

8. I love musicals.

9. Chai tea, it is amazing, or at least I think so. 😉

10. I want to one day have traveled to all 50 states.

11. I still watch the Disney channel!

Now to answer the questions given to me by Ionia:

1.  Who tells you you’re crazy?

Who doesn’t would be a better question. 😉

2. What makes you mad faster than anything else?

Bad driving and general rudeness.

3.  Big family or small family?

Hmm, big if you count my extended family. My dad had nine sisters, one passed away nearly six years ago though. Five of the nine had kids, so I believe I have 13 first cousins and many of them now have kids. My mom just has two brothers, but they both had four kids each. I just have two half brothers and a half sister, but my one brother has three kids and my sister has three. I have my son. It’s confusing when I really think about it. 😉

4. How many pets and what kind?

Currently, none. I have had cats in the past though.

5.  Best place you’ve ever eaten

I can’t narrow it down to one place! 😉 I really like La Fuentes for a good Mexican dish, but Conijetos is good too. I love Barbiere’s for Italian. There are a few places that have amazing pizza like Piccolo’s. Hmm. I love food….

6. Most annoying song you’ve ever heard

Ugh, there are a few….most of them are rap…..

7. Dumbest thing you’ve ever said to someone

I am not sure as I have said a lot of dumb things lol. I have a habit of talking faster than my brain can compute, same with typing. 😉

8. Age you were at first kiss.

I was 12 when I had my first kiss and 18 when I had my first french kiss.

9. What did you want to be when you were little?

A singer, an actress, a Broadway star, and an author….

10. What did you grow up to be?

A mom who is now going back to school so that I can get a proper career instead of floating from job to job. I am studying Business Administration, specializing in Accounting.

11.  What is your favorite quote?

I have several. “Actions speak louder than words.”, “Character is jewel polished by adversity.”, Embrace your next mistake, because it’s your next chance to grow.”, and “Dance like no one is watching, sing like no one can hear you, love like you’ve never been hurt, and live each day like it’s your last because you never know how long you have.” are just a few I wanted to share.

11 questions that I will ask those I choose to tag…..

1. What is one of your fondest childhood memories?

2. What town & country were you born in?

3. What is something you HATE to eat?

4. What is a talent you wish that you had or that you were better at?

5. Why did you join WordPress?

6. What is one of your most favorite dishes to make/eat?

7. Where is somewhere you haven’t been that you’d like to travel to?

8. What animal do you think best suits your personality?

9. Do you like sports, if so…what is your favorite to watch?

10. Have you ever played a musical instrument, if so…what and if not, what you play if you could be taught?

11. What do you think your best qualities are?

Now I must tag a few people and let them know they have been tagged. If you don’t want to, I won’t be offended, but I sure do hope you choose to so I can get to know you a little better! So here are the people I choose to participate:

Dianne

Gee

Amanda

Mouse

Elena

Andrew

To anyone else reading this, feel free to participate and keep this going!

A Different Story

A fitting story to be shared right before Easter…..He gave everything so that we could escape Hell, so that we could be in Heaven one day with Him. Thinking about the price he paid both humbles me and fills me with such sadness. I am joyful that I have been forgiven, that I am saved, but I am also sad because He had to do such a thing at all. He is exalted. ❤

Morning Story and Dilbert

There once was a man named George Thomas, a pastor in a small New England town.  One Easter Sunday morning he came to the Church carrying a rusty, bent, old bird cage, and set it by the pulpit.  Several eyebrows were raised and, as if in response, Pastor Thomas began to speak.

“I was walking through town yesterday when I saw a young boy coming toward me swinging this bird cage.  On the bottom of the cage were three little wild birds, shivering with cold and fright.  I stopped the lad and asked, “What you got there son?”

“Just some old birds,” came the reply.

“What are you gonna do with them?” I asked.

“Take ’em home and have fun with ’em,” he answered.   “I’m gonna tease ’em and pull out their feathers to make ’em fight.  I’m gonna have a real good time.”

“But you’ll get tired of those…

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Appreciating where you are….

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I was inspired by Evan‘s blog today. Sometimes it is hard to give yourself credit for where you currently are in life because we’re often too busy dwelling on where we want to be instead of where we are now, what we have already accomplished. I am so guilty of doing that, so busy focusing on what I haven’t yet achieved. I beat myself up too much mentally, so many of us do, perhaps without even realizing it. We can be our worst critics and find it hard to accept praise when we feel we could have done so much better or that we should be in a better place than where we are.

If you met up with my 16 year old self and asked me where I’d be when I am my current age of 34, I would have given you an answer like this: I’d have graduated college, be working a job I really love, be happily married, and have two or three kids. I’d be the soccer mom, taking her kids to their practices, still busy writing and maybe even have something published, be active in church and probably a member of the choir, and just have an overall busy and successful life.

If you’d asked me that same question when I was 25, I’d probably has said: I know I didn’t do it as early as I’d planned, but I will still be done with school, working a decent job, maybe happily married, at least happily dating a wonderful man who accepts my son, still writing and maybe have something published, and hopefully busy with music, church, etc.

If you’d asked me this when I was 30, I’d have said: I will either be done with school or at least nearly finished, be working a good job, losing hope on the happily ever after thing…but still hoping somehow though that I have found the right guy, working on my writing, be busy with church and music, hoping to have more time with my son, and just trying to do the best that I can.

Here I am now at 34, not exactly where I’d envisioned myself. I, for so long, berated myself as many other people did for not being successful, for not being like so many others in my family. This last year has changed a lot, not just my circumstances, but how I view myself, my past, my present, and my future. I may not have a degree, a husband, any of my writing published, and so on, BUT…I have accomplished quite a bit.

My 20-23 year old self was consumed with being accepted, hanging out with the wrong people, getting into trouble, and not being responsible. My 24-28 year old self was slowly getting her act together, but still had a long way to go. My 29-33 year old self was beginning to feel better about where I was headed. So, where am I now?

I am starting school, been accepted and everything, in April. Everything with my grandma since July of 2012 has been so trying and the old me would have given up a long time ago. I have had my moments of weakness, but I have pulled through. I have an amazing boyfriend, one whom I truly believe I will be marrying one day. He is amazing with my son, treats me with such respect and love, and is good to my friends and family. I am still writing and now sharing it with more people than I ever have before. I am connecting more with God than I have in a long time, keeping my faith alive…which has got me through so much. I am much braver when it comes to my music. I even auditioned for America’s Got Talent last year via YouTube. I didn’t get anywhere, but I did try.

I am bolder, more confident, more responsible, more comfortable with who I am, and am truly proud of all I have overcome and achieved. I may not be where I want to be, but I am a lot closer than I have ever been. I don’t see a failure when I look in the mirror anymore. I see someone who is trying, someone who is capable of doing such great things, someone who has already accomplished a great deal, someone who is worthy of respect, success, and love. It was a long road, I tripped, and fell many times along the way. Here I stand now, dust brushed off, and ready to keep moving forward.

Where will I be when I am 40 or even 35 when I have my birthday this year? I really couldn’t say. I have dreams and goals, which I will pursue. I will also though remember to live in the moment that is now. Where I am now is not bad and I must remember that. My wish for all of you is that you can do the same.

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