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Here & There

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So I know this community is made up of people from all over the world and I’m curious to know where you’re all from.

So, today I’d like to ask you this, where are you from and what are some things that your home country is known for? ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m from the United States and more specifically, live in the state of Wisconsin. The United States is known for many things, one being our major sporting events such as The World Series for baseball and The Superbowl for American Football. They say baseball is America’s favorite past time. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Wisconsin is known for cheese, beer, the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, having the first Marcus Theater, and being the Badger State.

So, now tell me, what about your beloved home would you like to share? ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Year, New Adventures

2016

2016 is here and has been underway for nearly two weeks now. Time sure flies! Before we know it, 2017 will be here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I am excited to see all that 2016 has to offer my family and I. In roughly 15 weeks, I will give birth to my daughter. We’ve been trying to prepare little by little, trying to make sure we have what we need.

My son will wrap up seventh grade in a few months. It’s hard to believe sometimes that he will be an eighth grader this fall and at the same time, we’ll have a small child getting ready to celebrate her first Christmas. I feel incredibly blessed.

Right now, we’re in the process of trying to sell our home and look for a bigger one so that everyone in our family has room and my husband and I want to offer more to my son and our daughter. They deserve to live in a nice home, in a nice neighborhood. Where we live right now is okay, but I want better for my kids and we just don’t have the room for them here.

I am also highly motivated to make sure that this is a good year for my husband and myself, in regards to our own personal growth. There are many changes to be made and I am looking forward to making them with him by my side. I am anxious to see what 2016 will have in store for me and also for those I love. Here’s to a great year ahead! It’s what we make it, so we just need to keep our heads high, stay focused, and follow the path God takes us down.

My Tribute to Wisconsin

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From the land of the frozen tundra, I say hello

Where cheese is made & beer does freely flow

Born & raised in this place they call Wisconsin

This is where many of my friends are & also my kin

 

There are times when I dream of moving away

Because of the many cold & snowy days

But in the end, I find it difficult to leave this place

It’s like Cheers here, so many know my name & face

 

Those I hold most dear to my heart live here

So away from my home land, I am not ready to steer

And hey there are some beautiful sights here to see

Like spring time in Wisconsin, nature in its most wondrous glory

 

Come with me to Little Green and swim for awhile

Or let us go the Menomonee River Parkway & walk a few miles

See the ducks as they fly over Devil’s Lake

Or gaze upon the glorious sunrises in Cottage Grove as you wake

 

From Milwaukee all the way up to Green Bay & beyond

This is my home & of it I am quite fond

And even if I should ever from this place depart

Wisconsin will always be where I got my start

 

And know what no matter where I might be

I will always be loyal to my sports teams

Green & gold run deep within my veins each & every day

As does my love for the Brew Crew, no matter how bad we play

 

There’s just something about this place I call home

I have had plenty of chances to leave & yet from here I won’t roam

Perhaps someday I will find the strength to leave

But as you can see now, my love for my home is on my sleeve

 

Wisconsin, how I really do love you

Anyone who knows me knows this to be true

And as it has from the very start

So shall it always be that it has my heart

Life is good

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Many of my former years seemed to be cast in shadow. There’d be glimmers of light now and then, reminding me that one day I’d find my way out of the darkness. One day I’d have grown enough, enough to do what needs to be done, enough to fight for the life I’d only seen in my sweetest of dreams.

Sometimes life is taxing. Sometimes I deal with things on a particular day that knocks the wind out of my sails. We all deal with rough days, eh? Overall though, my life is good, very good in fact. My life may not always be easy, but then no one sails calm waters every day of their life…but I can say that it is beautiful.

I have so much to be grateful for. I have a handsome 10 year old son who is starting fifth grade once our summer inevitably passes by too quickly. ๐Ÿ˜‰ He can be beyond a handful, but he is my greatest gift from God. He is so talented, intelligent, witty, and when he wants to…he has a heart of gold. I am beyond proud of my kiddo for how far he has come over the years, for how smart he is, and for how amazing he is.

I have the best boyfriend in the history of boyfriends. He is my best friend, the first one I go to when I am having my roughest of days and when I have the best of news to celebrate. He is supportive, patient, kind, and treats me with respect and love….in a way I’d never known before. He is my love, the one whom still gives me butterflies just by smiling his silly and sweet smile, by taking my hand and interlocking our fingers when we walk, by kissing me, and well by just being him. He is part of my family, one I would do anything for, and one whom I am proud to show to all I love. We haven’t truly argued in the time we have been together. Even still after living together now and seeing how we are day in and day out, with our masks strewn upon the floor…we still communicate the way we always have….telling one another how we feel about something and letting the other voice their side as well. When we disagree, we try our best to compromise and usually, we’re able to meet in the middle. When we can’t, we don’t belittle the other or fight, we just agree to disagree. All major areas of our life are things we agree on, so this helps. We both love God, our families, our friends, and do what we can to better ourselves and those around us. I have never been as happy as I am now and I thank God each day He gives us to spend together.

Something else to be grateful for is how my son and Doug get along. Zach adores Doug and Doug has been such a positive role model, so grateful that the two most important guys in my life are close. This means more to me than I could ever say. They both mean so much to me and seeing them when they’re talking wrestling, video games, baseball, cars, and just goofing off and being boys melts my heart.

I have a job, not one I am in love with, but one that allows me to pay my bills and actually contribute to the life Doug and I want. It is something that works until something better comes along one day. Early next year, my student loan comes out of default because I will at that point have made enough on time payments on it. Then I can go for my dream in accounting. For now, I work hard, and do what I must. I am grateful to be working, especially knowing that many out there fight to find a job. I am blessed.

Doug and I share a beautiful home, wonderful friends, and also have some pretty awesome family members….some of which have taken to the other and stand behind our relationship as well as us as individuals. I am blessed, he is blessed, well…we are blessed. Yes, life is good.

I encourage each of you to look at your lives and take a moment to think of the goodness. Sometimes it becomes really rough for us to find the joy, but it can always be found if we try. I want to thank each of you again who supports my blog. Thank you for the kind words, the encouragement, the friendship, the advice, the laughter, and the love. You have made more of a difference in my life than you know. I love you, my WordPress family, so much. God bless each of you and yours. โค

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.ย 

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My kiddo’s room ๐Ÿ™‚

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Our room ๐Ÿ™‚

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The room in which we bathe ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Welcome to the kitchen….

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It’s not much, but it’s enough for us. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This is I where I spent a lot of time….cooking for my boys. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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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

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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! โค

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Home

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We’re mostly settled into our new place. It’s a tad small, but we’re making due with what we have. I love our little house! My son gets to see it for the first time this evening when I bring him home for the weekend. His room is all finished and I am excited for him to see it. There are a few surprises that await him, like some football and baseball cards that Doug was collecting from his childhood, a Packer’s helmet, a Brewer’s helmet, my old camera that had a SD card in it for him to use, etc.ย 

Really all that is left for us to do is hang pictures, put together the bookshelf, put the books away, break down boxes, then reorganize the laundry room, and get the new belts put on the washer and dryer. I thought about taking pictures of the inside of our home, but I want to wait till we’re DONE, but that will be SOON, I promise. ๐Ÿ™‚ The internet will be installed tomorrow, right now I am using my computer at my grandma’s yet. (I would have posted sooner, but was quite busy packing, unpacking, rearranging, etc….my mind wasn’t on posting. *smiles*) I will be taking it there this afternoon so I can set it up so that Time Warner can do the installation. It’s all coming together!!!ย 

I hope all is well in the land of WordPress! End May with smiles and laughter and may June begin the same way. Much love to all of you, take care!

Yes, I am still here. ;)

The last four days have been pretty busy with taking my kiddo to parks, bowling, Easter, Opening Day at Miller Park, family time, following up on job leads, etc. I want to assure you all though that I have not disappeared, I’d just taken a break. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I hope to be employed soon, been applying like crazy to various data entry, administrative assistant, receptionist, etc type jobs. I got a call today about one I’d interviewed for roughly two months ago, the person they chose didn’t work out and are on the hunt for someone who would be a better fit. Well, here’s hoping when Andy resubmits my resume that they’re interested once more and that they’ll take a chance on me this time. I also applied for a police dispatcher job that my friend referred me to, due to her just getting one. I am also being submitted to a part time temp to hire data entry job. So, there are a few irons in the fire. Any and all prayers are appreciated! I am happy though that Doug’s dad is offering to let me type up letters and proposals for his business to make some money and Grandma does help out since I take care of her, so at least I have a little something till a job lead pans out. ๐Ÿ™‚

Easter went well. GOD IS GOOD! I had to say that first, give credit to the Lord, the reason for the season. ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, so, my mom, uncle, his friend, my grandma, my son, and I ate very well. In fact, there are still leftovers. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It was nice cooking in the kitchen with my mom and chatting with my family. After my uncle and his friend left, we cleaned, relaxed, and then watched The Hobbit. The only one awake at the end of it besides me was my grandma. My mom and son had fallen asleep. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was pretty wiped too, think I actually did nod off for a moment here and there, but I did make it through most of it. I don’t know why I picked a long movie since I had to be up early for Opening Day the next day, but hey, guess I was just in the mood to watch it. I can hardly wait for part two to come out! Watching Bilbo evolve and be courageous in ways he himself didn’t realize he could be was something and well, just have to love Gandalf. I want to see them battle the dragon next, should be interesting!

Doug and I celebrate six months on the 16th, so excited! We have gift cards that need to be used, so we’re going to have a cliche date night and go out to dinner and see a movie that evening. Opening Day was a blast!!! We won, though it was a nail biter! It went into extra innings. ย It was so great to be surrounded by other fans, the atmosphere was so great! Lot of cheering, laughing, and celebrating was heard throughout the ballpark. I can hardly wait to go back and knowing we have tickets to more games, vouchers to take Zach, and vouchers for other games/parking ensures we’ll be back soon. GO BREWERS!!! I prefer to watch football, but I prefer baseball weather. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Still though, I love my team! Let’s do something great this year, Brew Crew!

Doug took his dad to see the house we’d both seen on March 18th and really liked, because he wanted his opinion being that he works on houses, even helps build them. They saw it together last week and his dad liked it as much as we did. They were talking about ways to expand it and make better use of the rooms. It is small, but so cute, and it has so much potential. Doug’s only issue with it was that it’s small and if he ever wants to sell it, it’d be difficult because of its size. Knowing now how he can add another story to it and make it better melted those fears away. He’s putting an offer in tomorrow, I believe. I can see us living there together some day. It really felt nice being in that house because it’s such a lovely house & in a good neighborhood. Also, it’s near a lot of places and people we know. I am really hoping this works out for him and for us.

It seems that a lot of what we want to accomplish is within reach now. I keep saying I am going to land a job soon, soon is a relative term I suppose. I do feel though that the timing for it to pan out is just about here. If he gets this house, that will be huge for him to have his own home and have even more security. Many people his age don’t have that, especially not a home of their own. I am so proud of him, for all he does to better his life. Down the road, this will be good for us too. He’s already talked about this with me, I will one day be living there. First it would be put into motion that my uncle moves in as I move out so the Grandma isn’t alone. Though even after I am moved out, I will be close enough to check on her and the house a few times a week. I trust my uncle to care for her, but not so much with the cleaning. I’d still do that for her. Hmm, but it will be nice to live in a house with the man I love. I know it won’t be all sunshine and roses, there will be things we disagree on, and moments of frustration. However, it’s not in either of our natures to really fight. Thus far, we’ve adopted the, “Let’s actually talk about things.” attitude. We don’t always agree now, but we never belittle the other or pick a fight. We each say what we’re thinking, tell how we’re feeling, and respect the other’s views. When we can compromise, which is often, we do. When we can’t, we just agree to disagree because life is too short to fight about things that in the end should not make or break us. We’re stronger than that. ๐Ÿ™‚

My kiddo has been having fun while on break, been playing outside, running around with seemingly endless amounts of energy every day, making a friend of one of the neighbor boys, playing on the Wii with Doug since he brought it here for us to all use, etc. He goes back in four days. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It felt so weird at first when he was here on a weekday, but now it will feel weird again when he’s gone. I am getting used to him waking me up each day, eating meals with him, etc. It’s like that every time he’s here for an extended amount of time. Well, at least we have made some great use of the time he’s been here. We’ve play & talked, he’s been put to work doing chores and learning more about responsibility, and it’s just been great. He’s been a bit sassy, but he’s been learning that his actions have consequences. I love seeing his face, his smile. Hearing his laughter is infectious. It will indeed be difficult to see him go back to his dad’s on Sunday. So, time to go make the most of it, we’re going outside to enjoy the sun. Have a great day everyone!!!

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