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It has been awhile since I have posted. I have been quite busy as of late. Rest assured though, I have not forgotten about you guys and gals. I just have had a lot going on. I started a new job, had a lot going on with our puppy, got another new cat and we have had to get Onyx to adjust to yet another animal in “HIS” home.  And there has also been a lot of family stuff to attend to as well. It’s been a busy, but blessed past few months. I have missed you all though. I hope all is well with all of you. 🙂

Over the last few months, I have learned a lot about patience, compassion, and the rewards of hard work. Patience has never been one of my strong suits, but I am constantly working on it. Good things come to those to not only those who work for what they want, but also have the patience to wait for it as well. It’s often hard to wait for what you want, but many times it is necessary.

Things at work are going alright. I like it where I am. It’s a temporary position for now, but I am trying to make it a long term assignment. We shall see what comes of it. Things at home are going well. My family is so important to me. I have been trying to focus more on spending time with them, to cherish each moment we are given together. Lucy is growing so fast. I can hardly believe she is almost six months. She was so tiny when we brought her home. She was smaller than Onyx, but no longer. She is a bit too rough with him, but Onyx usually just goes to where she can’t reach him. Archer hasn’t taken to her yet, but at least Archer and Onyx get along alright now. It’s only been two days though, so I am sure things will get even better for them and hopefully drastically better between Archer and Lucy. My son loves them all, has bonded quite nicely with Lucy finally. It took months for him to warm up to her. He has always been more of a cat person, but lately he has been taking her on walks and playing with her. They wear each other out. 😉

I think perhaps that Doug is going to propose soon. I am getting anxious. I am trying to be patient, but it is hard. Yeah, that whole talk of patience is easier to talk about than it is to put into practice. He is my best friend, my partner. I just want to make it official, to be his wife. But, I know it has to be on his time. He had hinted that he would ask in the spring of 2014 though, so now that it is upon us, it has gotten increasingly difficult. (especially with the hinting he does lol) I love that man, so much. I can hardly believe how wonderful the life we have built together is. I dreamt of this kind of life often, but I had really begun to wonder if I’d ever find it. Now that I have, I find that it’s exceeded my desires. I thank God every day for him, for our little family, and for the future we are building….for us individually, as a couple, and as a family. My son and Doug mean the world to me. ❤

Life is good. I pray that it is going well for all who read this. I pray that you are cherishing those around you and making the most of each day. Each day is a gift. Once gone, it can not be replaced or relived. So, don’t waste the time given. ❤

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A short story to pass the time

Autumn Leaves
The frigid cold grips my bones as the October wind seeps into my skin. I don’t mind as much as I normally might, not today. I look into the sky and see the golden sun greeting me and I know today will be a good day. I stop to look at my feet and see the brightly colored leaves beneath me. Hues of purple, red, orange, and yellow are scattered on the ground as far as my eyes can see, which granted isn’t that far I suppose, but it seems endless to me.

I ponder the days events and as nice as it would have been to stay in bed, I know things must get done. There are bills to pay, plans to be made, a birthday party to plan for, and so much more. Rest will come in due time, but that time isn’t right now. So, I clutch my coat closer to my body as another gust of wind attacks me and starting walking forward once more.

I must have slipped into a daze as I was walking and I am not sure for how long I was lost in my own little world, but a voice calling my name brought me back.

“Miranda!” shouted a familiar voice.

I turned around to see my sister rushing towards me. I admit I was a bit surprised to see her, but not unpleasantly so.

“Lexi? I didn’t think you were coming into town until Saturday; why didn’t you call?”

“It was a last minute decision, decided to come here on a whim late last night and I didn’t want to wake you.” She still sounded a bit out of breath.

“I see, well, I am on my way to pick up a couple of things for Drew’s birthday party this weekend and then pay a couple of bills. My car is in the shop and Greg couldn’t spare his truck today because he was going to be all over town for work today, so I was on my way to the bus stop, but perhaps you wouldn’t mind giving me a lift since you’re here?” I asked ever so sweetly.

“Yeah, that’s fine. That will give us a chance to talk before your hubby and kids get home for the evening.” Lexi said with a smile.

“It wasn’t just a random decision to come early was it?” I asked suspiciously.

“Not quite, no, though the reason did just come to me last night.” Lexi admitted.

“Well then spill it.” I urged her as we turned to cross the street where her black Explorer was parked.

“I won tickets to tomorrow night’s hockey game and thought it would make a good early birthday present for Drew. Would you mind if I took Drew to dinner and the game, spend some quality time with my nephew?” Lexi asked.

“I mean, does he have anything going on at school or do you guys have plans?” Lexi continued.

“We were actually just going to spend the evening cleaning the house and getting things ready for the party this weekend, but I can spare Drew from that for the evening.” I laughed as I know how much Drew hates cleaning, even if it is for his party.

“Great, sorry about the last minute notice, but I had just won them at work, been waiting to see who won for weeks now, was hoping to win so I could surprise Drew with them. I didn’t tell anyone before because I didn’t want to get anyone’s hopes up. I had a backup plan if I hadn’t won, so don’t look at me like that. Anyway, I didn’t have time to call while there. By the time I got home, it was late, thanks to that project I told you about last week. It’s been ten months and we’re still not making any real headway, wish my boss would figure things out so we could wrap this up already; I have a few pending projects I’d like to give some attention to.”  Lexi vented.

“Ten months is a long time to not at least have a direction to go with it.” I agreed.

“Yeah, it is. I am not here to focus on that right now though. While my boss is arguing with the client and belittling his secretary, I took a couple of days for myself before I exploded. I want to enjoy the nice autumn day, perhaps have a pumpkin latte, and spend some quality time with you while I can before I have to go back home and deal with reality again.” Lexi sighed and tiredly smiled at me.

“It will be a bit hectic running errands and getting things ready for the weekend, so I am not sure how much time you’ll get to relax.” I told her.

“Running errands with you sounds a lot less stressful to me than being in Boston right now.” Lexi said.

“Yeah, I suppose it does. Well, unlock the doors so we can get to it.” I clutched my coat even tighter to me still as another burst of bitter wind passed through me.

She unlocked the doors so we could get in. I buckled up while she started the car. As the engine roared to life, I looked at my sister and thanked God for her showing up today. I am happy the sun is out, but that waiting outside for the buses today with that wind wouldn’t have been fun. I knew today was going to be a good day and seeing Lexi just reinforced that thought in my mind.

Life is full of unexpected events, some good and some bad. It’s not those circumstances that define our lives and who we are, it’s how we handle them that shows our character. When my car broke down, initially I was angry and wondered how I’d ever get everything taken care of. When I took a few moments to stop and think things through and weighed my options, I realized the situation wasn’t as bleak as it first had seemed. The weather this morning made me want to stay in bed, till I took a good look at the sun peering through the windows. I decided to have a better outlook on things and then that’s when things began to work out. My sister showing up is such a blessing. Looking out the window, I glance at the sun and smile, grateful for it’s reminder that life is good when we let it be.

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Currently I have 251 subscribers to my blog, normally I try to catch this when it’s at an even number, but sometimes these things happen…..so anyway, I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you for supporting me and my blog. It means more to me than I can say. Thank you for letting me inspire you and thank you even more for inspiring me! Being a part of WordPress really has touched my life abundantly. You’re all awesome, just sayin’. 😉

Blessings

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Right now in this moment, I am so very grateful and so very happy. I am dating the greatest man ever. He’s more than my best friend, more than my lover, for you see…he’s become family. I have never been this happy in my entire life, never. I thank God every single day for bringing him into my life. 10 years ago, I remember being so depressed, so lonely. I wondered if I’d ever find love. Five years ago, same thing and even a year ago I wondered when I’d get to live my real life fairy-tale. I spent years chasing all the wrong guys and always ended up with a broken heart. But, here I am now in the longest, healthiest, and happiest relationship I have ever been in. Again, THANK YOU, GOD! Thank you. I now realize I had to wait as long as I did because when I thought I was ready, the man you had in store for me wasn’t and to be honest, neither was I. What matters though is that we’re ready now and we’ve been brought together.

Two weeks ago today, Doug & I began the moving process. We’re now all settled in. Zach loves the house and he already made some friends. We met some of the neighbors and they did seem pretty nice as well. This place really is home and I can’t begin to express my joy. I get to do more than “play house” with the man I love and my son, we really did find our home, the place where we all belong.

After 11 months of looking, I finally found a job. I was offered a temp to hire job at Ryder Transportation Services. I will be working at the front window, be the face that people see first. I will answer the phones, get the drivers their proper paperwork, file, price things, do inventory, etc. To know that the wait is finally over has me in tears, literally. I am so happy right now, I can’t even explain it properly. I am done depending on everyone else, I can finally take care of myself once more and this is such a good feeling. 

It took a long time to turn my life around, but I finally did it. I have had a lot of help doing so and I want to thank each of you that have helped me. Thank you for the prayers, emotional support, an ear to listen, shoulders to cry on, laughter, money given, time spent, friendship, and for the love you have all shown me. I love you all so much, much more than I can ever really say. Thank you especially to God for pushing me forward, for giving me the courage and the strength that I have needed to get through all of this. My life is so beautiful and I am so grateful for it.

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This is hanging on the wall, right next to our front door. God does have a plan and now that I am following it, life is truly wonderful.

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This is our home, take a seat won’t you?

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This is where I will sit and read…

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Movie time….

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We support the Green & Gold in this house! GO PACK GO!

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This is where I am right now. 😉

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My kiddo’s room 🙂

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Our room 🙂

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The room in which we bathe 😉

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Welcome to the kitchen….

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It’s not much, but it’s enough for us. 🙂

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This is I where I spent a lot of time….cooking for my boys. 😉

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Where we will have company come to play video games, board games, cards, etc

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Said video game consoles and such 😉

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Anyone fancy playing Phase 10? What about Farkle??

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My artsy stuff and some precious memories…..

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Our cute little yard and the back of our garage

 

So, I hope you liked the tour of our home…..thanks for stopping by. God Bless you all and I hope you have a great rest of the week. Make the best of what you have and the time you’re given. Sing, dance, laugh, and most definitely LOVE…..and LIVE! ❤

 

Just checking in

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I have been so busy lately, oi. (This has been mostly a good thing!) I swear I haven’t forgotten any of you though. 😉 Now on top of all the moving stuff and job hunting, I am sick too. Oh joy of joys. 😉 My son came home on Friday with what seemed like a minor cold and I seemed to escape it until Monday evening. (poor kiddo was worse for the wear on Saturday, but got right onto caring for him, so hopefully between myself and now what his dad is doing, he’s better now.) I now have bronchitis, not surprised because I have chronic bronchitis and asthma. However, enough whining!

The closing date on the house is tomorrow and we begin moving in and should be done this weekend. I am nearly ready to go, just have my pictures to wrap up once I have containers for them and I will have them when I am done with laundry (laughs) and keeping a few bathroom things out that I still need to use yet and will be putting those into my backpack later. We went shopping Monday evening for basics, it was so exciting, a bit expensive, but cool none the less. 🙂 I am so ready for this next chapter to begin!!!

I have a great guy in my life, a wonderful son, and some pretty terrific friends that I am surrounded by on a constant basis. There are some pretty outstanding family members and friends that I don”t get to see often as well, can’t forget to acknowledge the difference they make in my life, even if it is from afar. 😉 Doug’s dad gives me work when he can so that I can feel productive and have a little cash. Help is coming for Grandma and still doing the best I can for her until things change that way, glad I have been able to do this for her. Life has some pretty big bumps along the way, but the good outweighs them in the end and they also teach me and help me grow.

I won’t have internet for a little while once we move, so don’t be alarmed WordPress family, I am still here and will be back to posting more regularly once things have settled down a bit. Till then, I hope you all are out there living life to the fullest! Make cherished memories, let kindness and good deeds happen naturally, love fiercely and with all you have, and live each moment being grateful for the time you’re given. I love you all, be back soon!

In honor of mothers and mother figures….

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This is my mom, it was taken in May of 1994. My mom doesn’t like taking pictures, but she knew how much it would mean to me to do this, so she set it up for a Mother/Daughter event for us. 🙂 Isn’t she beautiful? I LOVE this picture of her!

I know Mother’s Day is Sunday, but I won’t be on here, my day will be too eventful. I am cooking for my mom, grandma, uncle, and son. It’s a dish that my mom and grandma like, even have their favorite pies chilling in the freezer till it’s time for them to thaw. 😉 At some point, I will also be with Doug, supporting him and his family as it will be a hard day dealing with the loss of his mom. It’s going to be an eventful day, so I wanted to write today while I have some time before my weekend gets busy, which it’s going to in the next hour or so. 😉

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there! I hope it is an amazing day! It is nice to have a day that honors all the hard work done, sacrifices made, and love given. I also want to do a shout out for the dads who are playing both roles! You don’t get nearly enough recognition and I just wanted to take a moment to do just that! Much love also goes out to the step-moms, aunts, grandmas, foster moms, and so on who raise other’s kids as their own. This day (well Sunday, May 12th) is for you, all of you!

So, yeah, I honor my own mother this day. We haven’t had an easy journey together, but we have made it, still standing. 😉 I know deep down she has done her best and that she loves me with all she has. I love her, so much. Thank you, Mom, for so much, especially over the last couple of years! Thank you!!! I also want to give my personal shout outs to my step-mom, Cindy…..

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This is her with my son when he was oh so little. 🙂 So, this was taken in late 2002. She has accepted me as part of the family, even though I am not one of her children. I met her and my dad when I was 10. My parents split when my mom was still pregnant with me. He did propose after I was born, but my mom had already moved on. Peace has been found between my parents, so while it’s not an ideal situation, it’s really not so bad. I just have another parent to love that loves me. Cindy is an amazing mom to her three kids, a great step-mom to me, a good wife to my dad, and a wonderful grandma to all of her grandchildren. Thank you, Cindy for all you do!

And next to my grandma…..

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She has been an amazing support to me throughout my adult life. I can’t begin to say how very grateful I am to her for all she has done for me. She has been a grandma, a mom, and a friend to me during my life. I seriously don’t know what I’d have done without her. So many times I was lost, felt stuck, was drowning in my mistakes, and there she’s been to pick me up each time. I love her more than I could ever say. Thank you, Grandma! Thank you, I will be forever indebted to you. (picture was taken a very long time ago, not even sure if I was alive or not lol, but I just love this one of her.)

And the reason I am honored this day, I would love to share with you also….

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This is my son and I, last summer. He’s shown me the true meaning of unconditional love. To love one person for their entire life, no matter what they do or say, no matter how mad you get at them….you don’t give up, you don’t walk away. He has saved me, in ways he doesn’t even realize. I love him, so much! I know I am not the perfect parent….so much to learn, still need to grow a lot, but we all have that to deal with….even after our kids are grown. He is my joy, my light, the greatest gift from God given to me. I love my kiddo!

For those who don’t have their mom around anymore, my heart goes out to you. I pray that you have a good day somehow….remembering the good times with her, knowing perhaps that she is proud of you today. I know this day will be rough for my boyfriend’s family, as it’s their first Mother’s Day without her. I hope to be of support to them, hoping they can find ways to smile, to think of her as she was, laughing about funny memories, and just honor her for the wonderful mother she was. I hope my cousins who still struggle with the loss of their mother can do the same. My heart is with all of you who miss your moms….

But for those of you who still have yours around, do let her know how special you think she is, how loved she is by you. I know some aren’t even close at all to their moms, been there before with my own…so, if it’s not your mom…choose someone who was/has been your rock, your support to honor. Honor someone who has been there for you and shown you the love and care you need.

Again….Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms and mother figures out there, hope it is a day full of love!

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Yes, words escape even me sometimes….

I have been known throughout my life to be one who often has the right thing to say to someone, who can help, who often knows how to cheer one up, who knows how to make things better, & who has great advice. (though doesn’t always take it myself. *laughs*) I have been called an Empath since childhood. Even if I haven’t been through something, I am able to put myself in their shoes, and feel the emotions as if I were going through it myself…which has often led me to being able to be there for others.

Sometimes that “gift” can be a bit overwhelming, especially when going through a lot myself at any given time. Taking on my problems and others can be a bit daunting, but overall I am glad I have the ability to be there for so many people. I am the helper, healer, giver, motivator, and I am okay with that most of the time. Now and then, I need that in return, but usually I am alright.

However, there are times when someone is going through something and even I lack the proper words to say, sometimes I just don’t know what to do. I wish not to offend anyone and I know that there are times that while something might comfort me, it might not be what helps them. Sometimes all I can really do is be there, listen if they need me to, hug them, cry with them. I know that means a lot, but sometimes I feel horrible when I can’t heal, fix, or change the situation. I should not beat myself up over it, some things in life just can’t be made better. Sometimes all we can do is find ways to help people cope, it’s just difficult sometimes to do.

Today would be the 33rd wedding anniversary for my boyfriend’s parents. His mom died on November 17th, 2012. It’s been a bit rough for him, his sisters, his dad, and her parents. Getting through their first Christmas, New Years, some of their birthdays, etc has been difficult for them. I never know quite what to do or say when I know they’re hurting.

She had an obsession with the number three, hence May 3rd being their anniversary. She even felt the need to have three kids, even though Doug’s dad was fine with two kids. I am grateful for her love of the number three, Doug is their third child. 🙂 Anyway, so this would have been a major anniversary for her, it being the 33rd. Doug’s dad is struggling with this and tonight they’re going out to eat at a place they liked to go have pizza, play cards, and just have a good time as a family. I have been invited, so I will go, to show my support for Doug and Phil. I don’t know if either of his sisters will be there, but I can imagine either way that today must be hard for them too, especially with Mother’s Day being next Sunday. My heart breaks for them as I type this. My eyes sting from the tears and I have to keep pausing so that I can wipe the tears away.

My mom and I haven’t always been close. In fact, we’ve been “at war” as it were for years at a time. We’ve begun the healing process and I am grateful to be where we’re at now, even more so considering the many I know who don’t have their mom around anymore. I wish I could take the pain away from Doug, from his family. God had a reason she was to leave at this time, one we don’t understand, especially given the circumstances…but we know God is good. Doug has an amazing family, so grateful they have one another to lean on through all of this. Doug tells me that my support means a lot to him and I know that it does. Still, sometimes I wish I could do more. Sometimes I wish I had just the right words to say, that there’d be a way to make things alright for him, for all of them. I have grown to love not only Doug, but his family as well. I know I can’t make things right, all I can do is be here. Though it doesn’t feel like enough to me, I know it’s all I can do right now, and I know that through my lack of words, Doug knows I care and will support him through this and everything we each face….because we’re no longer going through things alone, we face things together.

I pray for healing and for peace for Doug and his family. Let their love for You and for one another help them through this. And help those surrounding them to be of comfort to them, to be patient, to be understanding, to be caring, to just be there. Maybe we won’t have the right words to say, but just allow us to be the comfort and care that they need. I also pray for my cousins Chris, Scott, & Kari…and their dad, Mother’s Day will be rough for them too as they still struggle with the loss of their mom, my aunt Debbie. I pray for all who will struggle to get through that day, as many have lost their mom. I also thank You for giving me more time with my own mother. I am blessed. I often complain about what is going wrong in my life, beg for a job lead to pan out, ask for financial help, whine about the weather, complain about not feeling well or about feeling “old”….but there is so much to be grateful for. Thank you for the many blessings…..for my parents, my step-mom, my son, his dad and step-mom, for my siblings, for my remaining aunts and uncles, for my cousins, for my nephews, for my niece, for my boyfriend, for his amazing family, for my friends, for my life, for my gifts and talents, for YOUR love….thank You. 

I pray that today is a day to remember and rejoice in the good times…somehow they will get through today as they have the other days that were especially hard for them…they will get through them because they love You and one another, their love and support will help them through…sometimes words can’t make things better, but love and support surely goes along way, even when it’s silent. ❤

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