Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Does Anyone Have A Tissue?

     I have been an emotional wreck so far this week.  It's only Tuesday.  My oldest is graduating from high school next month and it is hitting me even harder than I thought it would.  I say next month, but an email I got saying it was only 24 days makes it seem much shorter. Time goes so, so fast.  I know I am not the only parent who feels like this when a major chapter in their child's life is closing.  She is a beautiful, sweet, smart girl and I couldn't be more proud of her.  She is doing everything I would choose for her, but yet it is still hard to see such a change coming.

     She isn't going away to college, but things are just going to be different.  I took her and her brothers on vacation Spring Break because I realized this is the last year we would all be on the same break.  Things aren't going to be drastically different, but I know it is just the beginning.  I am sure one day she will want to get married.  My basement would make a great first place to live, but I doubt a future husband would go for that!

     I think all the changes are making me realize that in 5 short years, all my babies will be out of high school.  The last 18 years have gone by so fast that 5 years will probably seem like 5 minutes.  One of the more comforting things about her graduation is the fact that she is not only graduating from the same high school as me and her grandparents (she is the fourth generation to attend this high school---that never happens anymore) but she is also graduating with the kids of friends of mine from high school.  Well, it is comforting but makes it a little more special and emotional at the same time.  I have been talking to my high school friends in the last few days and it does help to share such a time with people who know you so well.

     We have had to get pictures together for some of the year end and graduation events.  My sister in law posted this one on facebook.  It is me and Sydney at my college graduation.  It seems like yesterday and the thing I remember most about that day is her running around with my cap on.  It was way too big.  Who knew she would fill it so fast. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Love This Weather!

     I love the weather we are having.  I much prefer warmer weather to the cold any day.  After the hot summers we have in Georgia, I am always ready for the cooler football weather, but I look much more forward to the return of warm weather after the winter.  We had a rather mild winter which is why I am having tons of mosquitoes in my garage already!  It makes me worry when it wasn't cold enough to get rid of some of the bugs.  I am not fond of anything creepy, crawly, or landing on me!

     The only bad thing about this time of the year is allergy season.  There is no escaping the misery for me.  It is the weirdest thing to me,  when it is in the middle of the night and I am sleeping only to be awaken by a sneezing attack.  How in the world does it wake you up while sleeping?  Coughing I understand, but this seems strange to me.  It's probably because when it starts getting nice outside the first thing I want to do is open windows and doors and that is just letting all that pollen in. I guess the same way that while it is covering my car and I open my door to get in it gets on me.  Have you ever noticed how dangerous it is to be driving and sneezing?  Especially in an allergy sneezing attack! It's okay, though.  I will take any amount of sneezing attacks as long as we are having weather like this!

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Just Take A Chance

     Well, I can say one thing for myself, I am not afraid to just put myself out there and try something new with the risk of making a fool of myself.  That is what I did with this blog.  Unfortunately, I have a lot of examples of the risks ending up in me looking like a complete fool.  Thankfully, this is not one of them.  I have called it cheap therapy several times and I feel like that is exactly what it is.  I love talking about my family, but it is also a chance for me to just get things out.  Since my divorce 4 years ago, I have learned a lot about myself and have changed some.  In some ways, I feel like I have gotten back to the old me which was kind of lost there for a while being in a very unhappy situation.  In some ways, I have been forced to grow up a little and find my independence.  One thing is for sure, my faith is stronger than ever.  I don't know how anyone gets by without it. The unfortunate part is that after being a stay at home mom all these years I have found it almost impossible to begin a career at 41 years old.  If it wasn't hard enough already, it certainly is so with a terrible economy.

     Even though I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up, I have stumbled on a love for making jewelry.  It is a really personal thing for me.  I don't just put together something to try to sell it, I really put my heart and time into everything I do.  Part of it is pride because I want it to look good, part of it is because  most of the time I know who I am selling it to, and then there is the creative outlet.  I feel like the best part of making my pieces is that I can express myself  through creativity.  I think we all do that in some way.  Maybe through a love of sports, hobbies, or anything that lets you just be you. 

     Moms are always going through changes no matter what your situation is.  Your children grow and with each stage you have to adapt and grow with them.  Maybe you go through a divorce, get back into the workforce, or even if you are fortunate enough to be with the same spouse for many years there are definitely changes there too!  Retired individuals don't know what to do with themselves after years of working, and stay at home moms eventually find an empty nest. We are constantly reinventing ourselves.

     I put myself out there through this blog and I am so glad and thankful that I did.  I have found that if you take a chance and are just honest, you will find there are a lot more people who can relate to you and you can never have too much support.  I love the feedback I get from being on here.  Especially so when someone else realizes they too are not alone.

     I have my jewelry in different places.  I have a shop at my brother's office, I have a facebook page, I have a blog for it attached to this one, and I have a shop at Etsy.  I put myself out there again yesterday on Etsy.  You can start a team with other members and I did just that.  There are really neat ones for specific things and of course there are several teams for moms.  I started a team titled "Moms Reinventing Themselves."  It is a team for moms who use their creativity as they are constantly changing with the role of being a mom.  We get lost in taking care of everyone else, our situations change and can overwhelm us, or sometimes we are just looking for something to do so we don't forget who we are.  Whatever the reason may be, using your creativity to express yourself, work through difficult times, or even just use as an outlet to keep your sanity being creative has many benefits.  I was scared starting the team, I have a lot to learn about how it works, but I already have a few members and through our first discussion thread I am excited about the things we have in common.

     If any of you have an Etsy shop or know someone who does and you think they would be interested please let them know about the team, Moms Reinventing Themselves. Starting something new is always a little scary and definitely makes me nervous, but as the saying goes "you'll never know if you don't try."

“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” -Wayne Gretzy

“Even if you stumble, you’re still moving forward.”

“Sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.” -Marilyn Monroe

“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry van Dyke

“If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” -Tony Robbins

“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

“If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” -Steve Jobs, Stanford commencement address 2005

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” –Elbert Hubbard

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” –Michael Jordan

“One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” –Unknown

And, my personal favorite.  A quote from my grandfather, Tom Ed   "100 years from now we'll never know the difference."

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Well, It Was Fun, But Ended Too Fast

     We are back in school this week after a great Spring Break.  I didn't realize just how much me and the kids needed the time off of school and a regular routine.  I also didn't realize how much good getting away for a few days would do us.  We haven't been anywhere in a long time and we were in dire need of a change of scenery.  It was a lot of fun to just go to a beach and relax and enjoy being with all three of them.

     This was the last Spring Break all three kids will have at the same time.  Although Sydney isn't going away to school, she will still be in classes and won't have the same break as the boys.  I thoroughly enjoyed just being with them without talking about homework, projects, committments, or anything else.  It went too fast, though, just like I knew it would.  We do have a lot of fun things going on in the next few weeks until the end of school.  It seems like a long time before they are out, but the end of the year always goes fast.  I am assuming it will go especially fast having one graduating!

     I took a lot of pictures while we were gone, but this is my favorite.

     I am not sure what they were laughing about, I can't remember, but I love it when they all get tickled.  Stratton makes me laugh just watching him laugh!

     We had a perfect end to our great Spring Break.  I love Easter.  I heard my dad say on Sunday it is his favorite day of the year.  I have to agree.  Besides the fact that Spring is new again, the whole day of knowing what God did for all of us just makes it a joyful, peaceful day.  Family gets together and it is just a warm rememberence of how much God loves us.  For me, the rebirth of Spring symbolizes how we are reborn everyday.  No matter what, God loves us, and although we make mistakes, if we live with Him in our heart and try to live as He wants us to He will always love and forgive us.  Just as we know the flowers, trees, and birds singing comes back after the cold, dead winter, we know that we can live again through Him and our relationship with Him.  That is what it means to me, anyway.  It is just an all around "good feeling" day.

     We made new pictures of the kids with all the grandparents.  We know we have a lot of kids, but when they got on the steps around my mom and dad, we were kind of amazed at how big they all have gotten compared to last year.  We are very blessed and I am thankful for each and every one of them!


      I have been working on my other two blogs.  It has been a while, but I have missed keeping them current.  I am trying to keep my jewelry updated on The Lollipop Fence.  I am a very busy mom so I write what interests me on Grand Central Mom, but if you have any ideas or suggestions I would love to hear them!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Mary Had a Little Lamb

I love the e-mails my grandparents send me.  Along with this was a quote:

     "Life without Jesus is like an unsharpened pencil- it has no point."

     It just seems that the more we leave God out of everything, the easier it is for the devil to get into everything.  By not allowing prayer in schools and generally separating church and state the more chaos there is around us. It is a scary world and we need prayer and God in our lives more than ever.  God isn't allowed in so many places for the purpose of not infringing on the rights of other religions.  Well, in the meantime, my rights as a Christian are being infringed upon and I don't like it.