Friday, April 21, 2017

Never Enough Time

Most days, there are just not enough hours to finish the "to do list" I have.

There just isn't enough time to do all the things I want to do.

I really don't even know where to start with my "to do list" most days.

However, I'm learning quickly that there simply isn't enough time to do all I need to do with the Princess.

In just a couple weeks (34 days), she is going to be finished with 8th grade.

We've already enrolled her in high school for next year.

But, what scares me the most (in a good way) is that tomorrow morning, we are going to do our FIRST (of many, I'm sure) college tour!  We are going to be touring Appalachian State University. (I went to school there my first year of college, so I wouldn't be opposed to her being there!! Plus... we could get season passes to Tweetsie so when we go visit!!) 

It's crazy to think that there are only 4 short years before she is graduating from high school and going to college.

There isn't enough time in those 4 years to do everything, teach her everything, and spend all the time we want to with her.

There's never enough time! 

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Happy Easter.... a little late

I guess it's better late than never, right?


Spring Break started here on Friday.... Good Friday. 

The day care was also closed, so the Princess and I didn't even have to set an alarm!  IT WAS AWESOME! 

She's out all this week.  That means NO ALARMS all week!  So nice!

It also means that when she goes back to school on April 24, there are only 34 days of school left!

You all know how I love my countdowns!  (Yes! I still do them...even though I'm not in a classroom full time!) I may even put it up on the wall in the house.... this has been a tough school year!

Anyways.... Saturday, we went to a few yard sales. Then we went to find the Princess a semiformal dress for some stuff she has coming up.

Sunday, EASTER, we went to church. Since everyone was all dressed for Easter, the pastor had it set up for one of the ladies at church to take pictures of families. Since my parents and my sister and brother (and all most of our kids) were there, my mom decided we were going to have the picture taken together. It took a while (forever, maybe) but we finally got all 17-18 of us in there together on the church steps.

After the pictures, we all went mom and dad's house for lunch. Cookout.... hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill!  The littles "hunted" eggs. (Is it really hunting if they are in the open yard or right where you can see them?)

The rest of us just sat around watching the Braves game and part of a basketball game. (I have no clue who was playing.)

Monday and today have been lazy days. Tomorrow.... we need to start getting stuff done.

The Princess still has to get businesses to donate for her Silver Award. We still have to get all that together and ready for the event in September. 

I'm going to be setting up a Wish List soon for the Better to Give project from church. Be looking for that.... it will be a great way (EASY WAY) for you to help us out!

I hope you all had a HAPPY EASTER!!!!

What did you do for Easter this year?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

I Wish...

There are a lot of things I want from life. Some of them, I am working toward. Some of them, I just dream about having/doing. Some of them are on my "Wish List".

If you go on or eBay, you can add things to your "Wish List". Naturally, I have lists on those... but some things just can't be bought.

Here's just part of my "Wish List":

I wish I could win the lottery (that I don't play)!

I wish I could DVR more than 2 shows at a time without having to pay more on my cable bill!

I wish I had enough money to help everyone who truly needs help.

I wish I could come up with the right idea to write a book.

I wish I could lose these last 12 pounds before I go to the doctor in June!!  (Personal choice, not doctor's decision)

I wish we could find The Princess a dress for her Me and My Guy event (for Girl Scouts) and her 8th grade semi-formal.  (One dress will work for both....but seriously, she's worse at making decisions than I am!)

I wish I could make decisions more quickly and then act on them.

I wish I had a "real" job. :)

I wish I didn't care what other people say/do. (If you want to know more about that read this post.)

I wish I could be a motivational speaker/writer.

I wish I could say what is on my mind without it having a negative effect on my family.  (Just so you know, my thoughts are not their thoughts.  I think--and speak--for myself!!)

I wish people would keep their promises/vows.

I wish people would stop hurting my family members with (about) stupid stuff!

I wish people would stop being FAKE!  If you have something to say, say it. If you want to say something to/about me--I'm right here! 

I wish I didn't have to have all these thoughts about negative stuff.

I wish I wasn't fighting with depression.

I wish we really could just have "World Peace" (like the beauty pageant contestants always wanted)!!

I wish we could just realize that we are all God's children. HE created us to be what HE wanted us to be. We need to stop putting each other down for it.

I wish I had the power to make everything in the world good.... so no one ever had to suffer.

Ok..... I wish for a lot of things; I told you that!

What do YOU wish for?  What's on your "wish list" that you can't get on Amazon or eBay?

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Kindness of Strangers

The Princess is working on her Silver Award project. She is calling it Love in the Chaos!!!

She's going to be making LifeBooks for children who are in foster care in our county.

Once she has completed her Silver Award, she will begin the work to start her Gold Award. (It's like the Boy Scout Eagle Award--only better.... ok, I may be a little biased!) That's when she's going to spread to surrounding counties with this project!

Anyways, we have asked friends, family, and complete strangers for donations for the LifeBooks. She's hoping to make 150-200 of them for our local county.

We have had several people donate to the project so far.... and we still need A LOT of donations (monetary or supplies). But, of those donations only two have been from people we know! 

It's amazing how strangers will help you do something when you are working toward a goal, like LifeBooks for Foster Children.

If you would like to donate, please contact me. I'll set up a way to get the donations from you. 

Thank you to those who have already donated!

We are looking forward to the HUGE impact this is going to have on the Foster Children in our area!

Monday, April 10, 2017

What You Say Matters

My mother has told me my entire life that I should try to be kind to people. I shouldn't hurt people's feelings with my words.

I can honestly say I always remember that, but I don't always practice it.

As I sit here today, I wish that other people had been taught the same thing.

Let me just start by saying this...

I am tough. I can handle myself in most situations (as long as there are no dogs involved!).  I can deal with most people. I really do not get hurt easily.


It matters what you say.

Just remember that you don't know everyone!

Even if you have known someone for years, like more than 20, you don't know everything about them. They could be going through things that you never imagined.

I recently had someone ask me when I was going to "get a job" so Tony wouldn't have to work so many hours. 

Let me start with this. This hurt me. I'm not "unemployed" by choice.  Trust me. 

I have been applying for and trying to get jobs since I resigned from my teaching job in June 2015. I have been on interviews, but I don't land the job. I have even applied to WalMart, but they won't hire me!

Now, let me say...

It wouldn't matter if I had a job working 18 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Tony would still have to work whatever hours HIS company says for him to work.  Right now, that happens to be 12 hour days and a few weekends. He has worked (right now) 8 straight days. He will be off for Good Friday this week, so by the time Thursday gets here, it will be 11 straight days. 

That is in no way a record.  He once worked 20 days without a day off.  It's just how it goes.  Sometimes he works every weekend. Other times he doesn't see overtime for 2-3 months in a row!

All I'm saying is that even when I had a full time teaching job, Tony's hours didn't change. They didn't depend on my schedule.  And, they surely didn't work around my schedule! :) 

I guess the point of this rant is this... be careful what you say. Be careful to whom you say it.

When this was said to me, it caught me off guard. It hurt me.

Later, when I was talking to Tony about it, it made me cry. I'm not sure if I was crying because it hurt or because it made me mad. 

Just watch what you say.... it matters!!!

What have you said to someone that hurt them?

What has someone said that hurt you?