Sunday, November 26, 2006


It was such a great day today and I was able to reflect on things I am thankful for as most of you know I tend to be a complainer and pessimist at times. But I have really been trying to focus on what is good, true, real, noble, praiseworthy these days. During this Thanksgiving holiday I was really missing my Grandma since she taught me most of what I know about cooking Thanksgiving and when reflecting back on this horrible year I tried to see what has been good. So for myself and posterity a list of what I am thankful for:

My Faith
My husband who stands by me and loves me unconditionally and is such a blessing to me.
My two healthy,happy, well behaved, cute kids who love me uncoditionally and bring me joy each day.

That I had 3 wonderful grandparents and got to say goodbye to each and every one of them and be with them and spend time with them before they all passed away.
That I had Grandparents who took the time to teach me stuff
That I had safe places at their homes when my own wasnt so good.
That my relationship with my dad has greatly changed
That I have re-connected with my dad's family and that I got to be there when it mattered most.
That I have close cousins who listen when I need them too.
That I have a home,warm bed,clothes and food.
That my husband has a good job that provides for us so that
I can stay home and teach my children.
I am healthy

One of the biggest ones is that I have been so blessed to have so many really great friendships at all stages of my life. I have old friends, middle of the road friends, friends from jobs, friends who I met when I moved, New friends just so many friends. I have been so blessed to have each and every one of you in my life and I KNOW that I wouldnt have made it through this yr with out all of you in my lives. You have been a shoulder to cry on, a ear to listen and a sounding board for advice. You have prayed and stayed when I have been nuts with grief, sorrow and heartache. As a year comes quickly next month I need to take the time now to say thanks and let you know I am forever grateful and hope I can be there for each and every one of you when you need me.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006


You get accosted in the mall shopping by people at the carts wanting you to try there wares... have news for you if I want your product I will just come up and buy it. This drove me nuts walking through the mall with Marty Yesterday.
Then I get on here as a way to keep up with family and old friends mainly and get accosted by strangers to be my friend. They think because I know someone they know that I will be there friend too. That isnt so odd and this is a public place and I choose to be on here but still I feel pressure to add and accosted at the same time.

Now for the real reason I chose to blog about this. Marty and I took Elizabeth to the park because she was whining Conner got to go with a friend and she didnt. I explained to her life isnt fair and she isnt always gonna get to go. So after she happied up she asked if we would walk her across the street to the park. So we did and about two minutes into it I see a lady walking up with two younger kids. Immediately the little girl runs up to Elizabeth and says "hello" Elizabeth ignores her in true Elizabeth fashion and upon the second hello finally says "Hi" then the mom starts jabbering endlessly to Marty and I. Now you know me and I can out talk anyone. She out talked me. So because our little girls are playing she is suddenly my new best friend asking "where do I live?" "what does Marty do" "where do your kids go to school" "oh, she lost a tooth, how old is she" "how much does Marty make at his job" YES, she actually asked him that question. Where do I go to church? Am I a Christian? Do I rent or own? How much a month do you pay for rent? Can I have your phone number? Yes, she actually wants to get together again. Then she tells me she has a mom's group and I should come to that. I told her I have one of my own plus my kids are too old for me to be in hers. As we were walking away Marty was like "What the heck was that?" I told him that isnt the first time that has happened to me at the park. I have twice been invited over to someone's house swimming from the park( I didnt go) and I have been asked for my phone number so many times it is nuts. Then I dont want to be rude or unkind and insult this person. But people wonder how bad things happen and how people and their kids bad situations. I am floored at how people will just tell you everything without knowing you. So I knew I had to blog about being accosted at the park today it was too funny. I am such a cynic!