A Magical time Of Year

November 30, 2014 at 10:53 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Life beyond parenting, Memoir) (, , )

Goodbye-November-Hello-December

 

 

The most wonderful time of the year,

I took a drive downtown to see my city all lit up in its christmas finery. Main street looks beautiful minus the snow. There is something about this time of year that brings back so many precious memories for me. My parents always hosted the best parties. Dad would tow everyone around the neighborhood in his 1946 Willies’ jeep, when we couldn’t feel fingers or toes anymore, we would warm up with hot cocoa and cookies before heading back out for more sledding fun. My son made snow forts in the yard, Spending hours perfecting his creation. A weekend made in heaven for him.

Friends gathering for the annual tree cutting ceremony in the woods. Kids running through the forest helping find the perfect one.For those of us fortunate enough to live in God’s country and can go up and find your tree.The day spent at the local tree farm is a great family outing as well. The chili dinner afterwards, spending an evening sharing stories of christmas past. So many hit the slopes for snowboarding and skiing. I am afraid I would break my neck if I tried, so I  stay in the lodge cheering you on as you skied down the hill. It does not take much to capture the special moments of our lives.

Life is so hectic, sometimes it is difficult to plan an evening. The memories we create today, may be carried on by our children. My family would drive around Reseda looking at the beautiful home decorated.When I started my family, I carried on same tradition. I loved spending time with my family,we would vote on our favorite house. After my husband’s death, my young son and I would spend the day at the resort, looking at the displays and having hot cocoa before heading home. What a treasured memory my dad started way back when. Now, I gather with friends for a nice dinner and drive around looking at the lights wishing my son was here to share the special moment once again. I ponder if he would have had kids, carrying on the tradition.

 

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Fall Activities

October 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Middle age, Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing) (, , )

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Rake leaves

Play in leaves

Take pictures of changing leaves

Pick pumpkins

Host a pumpkin carving contest

Make a autumn harvest pie to share with friends

Clean your closet

Donate gently used items to a consignment shop

Have a yard sale

Get some fall decorations to cozy up your home

Take a scenic drive

Host a chili making contest

Take a walk in the crisp air

Pumpkin spice over load

Go to the park and play football

Go for a bike ride

Take the dog to the dog park and let him enjoy some new friends

Make fall cookies

 

 

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Finding Happiness Again.

September 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm (Creative Non- Fiction) (, , , , )

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When I married my husband, we thought we would grow old together. we had dreams of buying our first house,starting a family, envisioned a life as proud grandparents to our son Levi’s children. We often talked about traveling after we retired someday. 

My husband died 6 short years after we married from complications from his diabetes. I found myself with the awesome responsibility of raising my young son alone. As a single parent, I had many hardships and difficulties, but Levi and I survived his childhood through his teens-no easy feat. I raise Levi to be a man  of his word. 

On a sunny morning July 2007, Levi set out with some friends to float the river,by that evening, my life was once again forever changed.

Levi died in a car accident. he was only 20. there are no words to encompass the depth of grief I felt. my healing continues daily and I have found a new purpose for my life.I have come to realize the deaths of both my husband and my son, did not mean my life had ended as well. God is a loving God who has taken good care of me these past seven years. I look forward to seeing what he still has in store for my life.

I could have become bitter and angry at God blaming Him I chose to trust Him. Today is a day of reflecting for me. I miss both my husband and my son dearly; I know I will see them again soon. where my house was once filled with laughter,rough housing, and motorcycle rides has been replaced with stories to help keep both their memories alive.

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Coping With Summer Ending.

September 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm (Creative Non- Fiction) (, , , )

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Go outside. hike,bike, soak up the sun. The days are shorter and cooler. Squeeze every moment you can out of the days.

Plan a fun weekend after classes start. Rent a paddle boat or canoe.

Set up a tent in the backyard on a starry night. See if you can find the big dipper.

Read a book on a  park bench. Enjoy the fresh air.

Visit a farmer’s market. try a new recipe with your fresh produce.

Cook your meal over a back yard fire pit or BBQ. Enjoy roasting marshmallows for desert.

Time for the changing season,leaves begin to change, the cooler evenings. Still so much to enjoy.

There is still time to finish those home improvement projects we have been putting off all summer.

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The Attitude Of Gratitude

August 24, 2014 at 7:37 pm (Creative Non- Fiction) (, , , )

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Be thankful for the abundance that you have.

Single parenting is double the fun.

Life is too short to stay angry.

“Mom can we build one more sand castle please?”

I remember flying kites as a kid.

Back to school= mom doing her happy dance.

It’s easy to feel alone in a crowd.

Are you living your dreams or did life get in the way?

Does it always have to be perfect?

Some thoughts for a happier life.

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The Six Word Memoirs Challenge

August 20, 2014 at 9:27 pm (Creative Non- Fiction, Memoir, six word memoirs, Uncategorized, Writier's writing, Writing) (, , , , , )

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I am taking part in the six word memoir challenge.

Could you tell your story in just six words?

You can write about any subject you want.

What inspires you to write, paint,keep a scrap-book?

What inspires you to be creative, spark imagination?

You are only limited by your imagination. 

Be creative and most of all, have fun.

I will leave you with my six word memoir.

 

 

“I’m finding healing in the storms.”

 

 

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