A Little Catching Up…

Happy New Year

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“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive.  One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.”~Eleanor Roosevelt~

I know I had promised to write more previously, and I am not in the habit of making light on my promises…I have to confess, life got in the way.  However, the world did not stop while I was dealing with what my life had thrown at me.

First, the tragedy of many lost children.  I will not rehash the horror that occurred at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th.  My heart will forever hurt for the families who lost so much right before the holidays.  I was actually informed on this past Friday, the 28th, that I am overprotective.  I will not deny it, but truly, is there any wonder why?  If I tell my son to not wander too far ahead of me, it’s not because I want to stifle him, I want him safe because today’s world is not like the world this particular person grew up in.  We no longer have any regard for the human life as we once did.  I may be overprotective now, but know that it is so he can grow up to be his own person.

Second, the predicted “Doom’s Day,” that was to occur on December 21st.  How many of these predictions have we lived through so far?  Add another tick for this one.  It went on like any other day without a hitch…and we all woke up the following day, December 22nd.  Actually, we (being my family and I) left on vacation on the 22nd.  So here we are heading into a new year…and what a year it promises to be 🙂

Third, I wish to extend a belated Christmas to everyone.  Between the Christmas shopping and wrapping and everything else that happens during the Christmas season…I got sidetracked.  After I sent a picture to someone very dear to me of my son surrounded by his gifts, I was informed that he made out like a bandit.  But, you have to understand, I may have gone overboard because this was the first Christmas in which my son could truly take part in the festivities.  I even wrapped the gifts from Santa in a different wrapping paper, not that he noticed the difference.  Actually we celebrated Christmas in Illinois, then proceeded to celebrate our little family Christmas after we returned home on the 27th.  It all fell together quite nicely 🙂

Fourth, I celebrated my (apparently) 29th year of life.  I do not know how accurate this number is…I lost track once my son was born.  The preggo mommy syndrome struck that part of my brain and it has of yet recovered it seems.  No matter, I suppose later on I can truly claim to be younger than I really am, just simply because I can’t remember my true age.  Yes, I know there is an easy way to remedy this, however, it involves math, and well, math and I just do not get along well at all.

Fifth, I would like to wish every one of you a Happy New Year!!  Seeing as I have no idea how long it will be until I will write another blog.  I do hope it isn’t too long, but you know…life may have a different idea as to what I am able to accomplish in the next few days.  So I would like to close this blog out wishing everyone a spectacular New Year, and many wishes for your safety.  Remember, it isn’t a happy new year unless you arrive with it for some people…

Live life, enjoy the little things, and indulge in compassion – for those less fortunate, for those who need a helping hand, and for those who are lost.

Oh and I forgot to mention that my son was able to enjoy his first snow while we were in Illinois.  He now knows the value of snowballs, and how to make them as well as what ice looks like, and what it feels like to slip on some and fall on your rear-end (not his favorite experience).  I wish I had some pictures to share with y’all but we only were able to get out to enjoy the snow one day and my phone had needed to charge.  But I will forever keep that memory stored in my heart, of my little boy struggling to walk in knee-deep snow and make snowballs with his mittened hands.  Oh the joys of being a mother!! 🙂

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A New Beginning…x2

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves.  The process never ends until we die.  And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”

~Eleanor Roosevelt~

I realize I have been absent for quite some time, so now I will attempt to catch up on what has been going on in the day and the life of…me.  As I had posted peviously this month, I am back in what I will call ‘little town’ Georgia.  Though I do not mid the little town, I am ready to be back in a city.  Little towns have their advantages; for example, everything is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away.  However, when the biggest stores around are a Wal-Mart and a Lowe’s…for a city girl it can become tiresome, quickly.  So, the downside is the 45 minutes to an hour drive up north or down south for some decent shopping (though I cannot claim to be a shop-a-holic, it is nice to get out of the little town every once-and-a-while!)  However, I do not mind driving long distances – so as for all, or most things, there is a list of pros and cons regarding said small towns…as of now, both sides are pretty evenly scored.

As you can deduce, my time in New Mexico was wrought with ups and downs, which is normal, to an extent.  If you had asked me a month ago if the time spent there was a mistake, I would have said yes without hesitation.  However, at the time I was very angry and my faith in my famly was nonexistent.  Upon reflection now, I would truthfully say no, it was NOT a mistake.  I got to see people I hadn’t seen in 20+ years, I also got to see a good friend from my High School days while she was in Albuqueruqe with her job.  I also go to get in touch with some people who are very dear to me.  I discovered secrets hidden from me and lies told to me, and I also discovered who I could trust and who I couldn’t.  Most importantly though, my son got to experience his first Balloon Fiesta first hand.  For those of you who know my son, you know the significance in this, he absolutely LOVES anything that has the possibility for flight.  I would never take that experience away from him, even if it meant I could sidestep and avoid the last few days I spent in Albuquerque.

So now I am back in ‘little town’ Georgia, getting ready to relocate further south to Florida…to a city!  I am currently working on getting my Wrangler up and going again since she sat for such a long time without being driven.  I am also working with Cian, Chloe, Sylvia, and Kael to finish their story…my characters have been very patient waiting for me to catch up with them.  I have completed numerous short stories, and have entered two into contests…I am about to submit a third to another contest, so I am anxiously waiting to hear from the companies I submitted to.  My son has settled very nicely back in the swing of things in this little town.  I have to confess I was worried about his ability to adapt to just having mommy around, but he has proven my worrying in vain. Thank goodness.

Now that I have most everything back to the way I can work with, I will be getting back to blogging regularly.  I have missed my WordPress friends!  So now I take my leave, there are so many things to accomplish!! Enjoy your day – whether it is coming, going, or presently there, depending on where you call home.  Ciao!!

One Step Forward…Three Back

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“When you do what you love, the seemingly impossible becomes simply challenging, the laborious becomes purposeful resistance, the difficult loses its edge and is trampled by your progress.”

~ Steve Maraboli

Have you ever felt like no matter what you did that you end up taking 3 steps back instead of a single step forward? Yep, that’s how it is over here these days. Mind you, not with my book, with everything else. The only two constants in my life these days are my wonderful son (who never ceases to make me smile…or cry some days!!) and the other world that I have created in my book.

I am anxious for everything to start falling into place, but it seems to enjoy taking it’s time and torturing me by just staying out of my reach. (Almost there, just a little bit more…make a grab and come up short, again). I know one day though, it’ll all makes itself reachable, because I am doing the two things I enjoy the most. 1. Raising my son, and 2. Writing. So I will push on and be the best mommy to the best son ever and I will continue to make my characters live and breathe through my writing.

Before I leave y’all for now, I want to apologize for the whining quality of this post. It wasn’t my intention in the beginning, but somehow it has become my result. But no matter what, Dum Spiro Spero!!!