Current situation – It’s 2040 and I’m sitting next to my son on his bed. He is insistent I accompany him until he falls asleep at night, every night. And I am typically OK with this, but sometimes, a mom needs a break, even from just sitting on a bed listening to her toddler chatter on about this and that until he nods off into dreamland. Because sometimes, that chatter, and fidgeting can last for well over an hour.
Meanwhile. in my infinite wisdom, I’ve decided to pen a book. Not just any book, but a book about my life, my experiences, and my family. I haven’t decided what style I am going to use when I get to writing the actual book yet, but I’m pretty sure sarcasm will be laced in there with some humor. For my first pre writing exercise, I purchased a book called I Lived This; a workbook with prompts and things to help you write out your life story.
As I may have mentioned before, Daddy Shawn has been working towards his Bachelor’s Degree, enrolled part-time to Aspen University’s online program. He’s getting pretty close to achieving his goal of a degree, and I’m super-proud of him and all his hard work. However, sitting on the sidelines, watching him do such a good job, has been a little depressing for me. And I think that’s only because I’m a lover of learning, and always enjoyed continuing my education — in most any way possible.
So, what else was there to do but to enroll, myself!?! At the turn of the new year, I enrolled at Ashworth College. I chose this online college because I really liked its at-your-own-pace courses and economical price per credit (both very important for a busy Momma, you know!) …
I’ve been taking those ever-so-important-but-maybe-a-little-boring prerequisite classes to start, while my old transcripts were mailed and processed. I managed to complete the intro courses Achieving Academic Success and Introduction to Computers (which both, by the way, were not required classes when I was in college…)And finally, after a month of waiting, my transcripts were processed, and *BOOM* just like that, I went from 5% to a whopping 44% of my Program complete and well on my way to that Bachelor’s Degree, already!
And what Program is that, you ask? Well I have my Associates Degree in General Studies, and since I enjoy learning about so many different things, I decided to to keep the General Studies major. Doing this will allow me to pursue studies in several areas, while still working towards a degree.
So right now, I am taking two courses: Social Impact of Technology and Business Analysis. Both are prerequisites I have to take, however, I have found the Social Impact of Technology to be very interesting and intriguing.
Seems like about forever and a day since I last wrote a post. Sorry about that…life is life.. as you well understand, sometimes things family life gets a little hectic and time just goes by way too fast!
Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun! But there’s so much to write about, so much good stuff! So, be ready, lots of posts coming your way soon! Wahoooooooo!
How much would you bet on true love this Christmas season?
After the worst year of his life, Cameron Cruz, owner of the Denver Storm, agrees to a family Christmas cruise with his twin sister and her family. Sure, maybe part of the reason he agreed to go was because it got him out of court-mandated therapy for a week. Still, he was trying to focus on relaxing. He was trying to focus on having fun. He was trying not to look at the reports that came every day from the private investigator’s he’d been hiring and firing for the past year to bring justice to the man who killed his wife.
Isabel Kind was only on this Christmas cruise for one reason–to heal. After tragically losing her husband and son five years ago, she’d been stuck. And she and her therapist thought doing the list of excursions they’d planned to do as a family–might help her move on. When she sprains her ankle and Cameron Cruz offers to help her, she finds herself accepting.
After reluctantly getting piggybacked around by the amazingly strong and handsome man, swimming with the stingrays, and zip lining through the Honduran jungles, she is more and more mystified by this troubled man. Even more mystified that he’s not only helping her physically but he’s also trying to help her emotionally–even if, as he says, he can’t heal himself.
When bad news comes to light and Cameron has to face the past, they are left with a choice–walk away or let the power of grace make them whole.
Grief is real and hard. Taylor Heart does a beautiful job of honoring that pain while showing us Cameron’s way through it. Their story is beautiful with just the right amount of laughter and hope and, as always, grace. A perfect read when you want to cuddle up with a story that will fill you with peace.
The Midnight Groom is a wonderfully entertaining love story that will inspire you to be a better person!
I thought the struggle and the healing felt real. This book was a roller coaster ride for my emotions.
Our Thanks and Giving Tree… So Many Reasons to be Thankful!
This year, for the month of November and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I decided to make a Thanks and Giving Tree. I wanted to show the children just a few of the things out of the many that we had in our lives to be so very thankful for. I started with a simple five dollar kit from Target. I glued it together and painted it all matte black to make it a little fancier than the pressed cardboard it started out to be. Also, the kit came with only twenty leaves, and I wanted more than that, so I took one of the leaves and some matching scrapbook paper and traced the leaf and made more leaves to use on my Thanks and Giving Tree.
Some of my favorites from the Thanks and Giving Tree…