Sunday, May 31, 2009


So this past weekend I went with my mom and grandson to Wisconsin to go see my aunt (my mom's sister). The weekend was great. Good visiting and amazing food. The best part though was today before we left. See on Sundays my aunt and uncles two daughters come over for Sunday dinner after church and they both have two boys. My one cousin "T" her youngest boy "B" who I think is about 4 or 5 after lunch came out of the bathroom and walked up to his mom and shoved his hands in her face and smell mom. Now my cousin flew back in her chair about five feet she did not want to smell her sons hands she had no clue what was on them. It was hilarious. He just wanted her to smell the hand sanitizer he had put on his hands but she didn't know that. We all had a great laugh about it. It was fun. Then the same cousin her older boy "J" came in from outside and asked her where her sunburn was as he touched her arm (that was sunburned) then when he realized it he pulled something from behind his back and started putting it on her arm she jumped at first until she realized it was a leaf off of her mom's aloe vera plant. That I just thought was sweet.

The only other thing that made me laugh, to myself of course, was while these two events were happening all I could think of was I am going to go home and blog about this so here I am telling he story. It really was fun.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Amish Love

What’s all the hubbub about Amish fiction? Major media outlets like Time and ABC Nightline are covering it, and authors like Cindy Woodsmall are making the New York Times bestseller list regularly. What makes these books so interesting?

Check out the recent ABC Nightline piece here ( about Cindy and her titles When the Heart Cries, When the Morning Comes, and When the Soul Mends. It’s an intriguing look at Amish culture and the time Cindy has spent with Amish friends.

And don’t forget that Cindy’s new book The Hope of Refuge hits store shelves August 11, and is available for preorder now.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Little bit of this a little bit of that

I know it has been a while since I wrote anything and that is in part because I just have not felt like it. But I am actually home alone tonight and it is so nice. I can write and not be bothered or have someone looking over my shoulder. I love the quiet.

I am on week three of back to work and I am really liking it. It is so nice to get back to somewhat of a normal routine. I forget how busy it can be sometimes especially when you have to help other departments. But I really do like my job and my boss is amazing. She is a christian women and you can really see it in her. But I think she has some stress going on and just is not able to talk about it. But hey don't we all.

I was just sitting here today thinking about how fast time goes. Summer is almost here and school it almost over for the year. Graduations are coming up and quick. I am just glad I do not have to do that this year. But next year my third child graduates and then I only have one left. But not only does she graduate but I have one niece and one nephew who graduates the same year so not only will I have to plan the grad party but I will have to make sure it is not on the same weekend as the other two. Fun. But at least I have a few months before I need to worry about that. So I am not going to worry about it now.

The other day I took my kids Dillion, Ashlee, Ashlee's boyfriend Brad, Scott, Jennifer, my niece Tami Jo and of course my adorable grandson baby Scott to Chuck E Cheese for Brads birthday. Yes Brad was turning 17 but he had never been there before so we thought it would be fun. Come to find out Jennifer, my daughter-in-law, also had never been there. So it made for a really fun time for all of them.

This is all of us except my niece Tami Jo, she was the one to take the picture. But is was a really fun day. It is always nice when I get to see my kids all get along and have fun together. The only thing that would have made the day better would have been if my daughter Deanna and my son-in-law Joe could have been there. But they live on the west coast and Joe is currently out to sea for the Navy so that would have been kind of tricky to do.

Here is the happy couple on there wedding day. I love them and sure do miss them. I am excited for my daughter Ashlee though she is going to spend the summer with her sister. It will be good for both of them to get some sister time and get to be together for a little while.

Well I guess I have babbled enough just had little bit of this and a little bit of that to chat about. Will be back again when I can think of something to talk about.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Back to Work

OK so shortly after I ironically titled my blog "movingforwardandhappily" I became extremely depressed. I am not sure why I had this attack happen to me all I know is that is was bad. It was so bad that my therapist made me take a leave from work. That happened back at the beginning of March and I have bee home every since.

When it first started I loved being home all I had to do was sleep all day and nothing else and it felt great. But I had really great friends and they would not let me just lay around my house in self pity. Especially since I really had no reason to be so down. Some of my friends gathered around me and prayed for me and that seemed to help tremendously. I also quit taking some medication that I was on that ironically was for depression and as the medicine left my body the better I began to feel. So of after awhile you can only sit home so much and like the time off for so long. Especially when you are a single parent.

I did have some really good times while I was off. I had an amazing women's retreat with my church and we had an awesome speaker. Then myself and four of my friends went to Duluth for the weekend and just enjoyed each others company. Then shortly after that I got to go to Texas with my brother to pick up my parents. While the drive was stressful at times I absolutely loved getting away. Oh yeah and before that my daughter who lives in Washington came home for a short visit. Then after Texas I went with some other friends to a cabin for a night. But all good times must end and I had to get back to reality. Plus not getting full wages is really hard to maintain a household so I knew I needed to go back.

So today was my first day back. It was so nice to be there. A lot of things have changed and a lot of things are the same. The amazing part was it felt like I had never left. I fell right back into my work routine and knew exactly what I needed to do. I am glad I am back.

Now all that is left is making sure whatever the reason I was attacked before I have learned from it and will not let that happen again. I can really feel that I am on the up swing in life and I am excited to see where the rest of this year takes me and where I am headed.

I do know one thing though I could not have gotten through these last few months if it were not for my God and my friends. Thank you to all my friends who helped me through these past couple months. I really appreciated. I am going to miss spending time with you during the day but know that I did enjoy the time we did have it definitely helped me to get to know you all better and for that I am thankful.