Happy Monday

Happy Monday Morning Blogger’s..Hoping all is good in your corner of the world and everyone had a great weekend.  The weekend did go by as fast as they all do.   It rained and rained.  It was warm then it was cold.  We had some sun and then it rained and the weather pretty much couldn’t make up it’s mind.  It definitely was the kind of weekend the Painter loves, he just painted pretty much all weekend.  He started 2 new painting’s.  

I bought myself some new flower’s for my vase that I got for Mother’s Day.  That was his inspiration for his first painting.  I love showing the process of how he creates.  He really loves using the Black canvas’s.  

This next one he has been working on for awhile.  It’s a girl looking out of a window and it’s raining.  She is crying, so it’s been a bit more complex when he’s creating the rain and the tears.  It’s pretty amazing and the level of difficulty to create the look of the rain and the tears because he also has to create the window.

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This week I will be getting ready for the vacation/Charleston, South Carolina.  I’m really looking forward to getting away.  The hotel sounds great and is right across the street from the marina so the water is right there.  I’m not waiting to pack. Already have done a lot of shopping so it’s not so stressful.  We are flying this trip which will be a nice change.  I already have the 😉 Airplane outfit, and it won’t take forever to get to our destination.    

Time to get this party started.  Got up a little late, but it’s all good.  Starbucks, morning pages, and a planning session because I have a lot to do this week.  It’s always good to have a plan.  Have a great week blogger’s.  Will be posting Monday’s Masterpiece a bit later.  Blessings ❤ 

 

A Mother’s Day Gift

Today we celebrate Mother’s all over the country.  It’s a thing good to honor the woman who gave you life.  I celebrate my mother who is still alive and in very good health for a woman who is in her 80’s.  I am blessed to have her.  She has taught me so much about life.  So much about the blessings and grace you receive when you are a mom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course you will have those days when you ask yourself, “Why?”  But those are just moments that will pass and you will learn that being a mom keeps you real and grounded to what is really important in life.

The family

I am a mom and I was blessed with 5 children, 4 boys and 1 girl…and no the girl was not last, she was #3 in the birth order line.  My first baby was a boy Michael Francis Jr.  Then I got pregnant when he was only 9 months old, OMG !!!  I was a bit terrified about the future and being a mom of 2 under 2 but I tried not to question God’s plan and to embrace my soon to be new reality.  It wasn’t a very happy pregnancy because I was young SAHM and the husband was just starting his career.  No money, renting in a co-operative townhouse (it was nice and affordable for us) but now another baby on the way and so soon.

 I always thought that once I made it passed the 3 month point of the pregnancy, I was guaranteed a baby in 6 months.  Now this was back in 1984, long before all of the testing that they do now, thank God.  In my 7th month, God took my baby back home with him.  He had other plans for our Sean Patrick. His work was now done on this earth.  I didn’t get to see him, I didn’t get to hold him.  The only thing that he left on my heart was his cries.  I’ll never forget how very soft his tiny cries were.  You could barely hear them, but I did and there really are no words of what they sounded like.  I will never forget his cries, they are forever imprinted on my soul.

As I celebrate being a mom today, I celebrate his life.  His very short little life here.  He taught me so much about being a mom in the few moments that we spent together, more than anything else has in my 60 years.  He had a purpose, a very important purpose.

I think a little music would be good right about now…This is the song I’m going to be dancing to with my Connor at his wedding this fall.  It’s going to be a great song to dance with him ❤  Originally done by Garth Brooks, but this is a great version of it too ❤

Sean Patrick

 I know of 6 lives that would not be here had he not lived and died, and that’s just the beginning of what he did.  I don’t know what the plan was and how his life impacted the world, but I know his short life changed the world forever that day…March 21, 1984.  God knows how it’s all working because it was His plan and he sees all.  When I talk with God, and we have  many talks, He says the same thing.  “Just believe me when I tell you I’ve got this, and I’ve always had you in the palm of my hand.  No worries, Sean Patrick is safe with me.  His road back to Me was a short one.  You have been a great mom and your job is not done.  We’ll be waiting for you ❤ when you’re finished.  You have more babies to raise and get back to Me here in Heaven. Thank you for believing in My plan and having faith…”img_2515  That’s the conversation I have with God when I think about Sean Patrick.  Because it always comes back me and it’s always the same question, “Why?”   It’s been 35 years, but I’ll never forget.  All the mom’s that have had to let go and give their baby back knows what I’m talking about.

 

I am an awesome mom, not a perfect mom, but an amazing mom.  I have loved this mom journey because of my kids.  They have taught me and I have taught them.  I love them all to the moon and I know they love me because I’m their mom.  So for all you mom’s out there, when you look up and say, “Why,” it’s because you are the lucky one. You get  to leave a piece of  your good looks and sense of style in this world. Being a mom, you really do get to make a difference. Blessings to all the mom’s out there and have a  Happy, Happy Mother’s Day ❤ 

Reflections

  1. What did you love about the challenge this year?  This was my 4th year of doing the challenge.  I really love the blogging world and the challenges.  I found this year a bit more challenging than in years past.  I think it was because of my topic but I still had fun.  I met some new blogger’s and it really helps me to get into a daily habit of blogging.  I love, love, love wordpress and have learned a lot about this venue of social media. 
  2. What would you change about it?
  3. What was the best moment for you during this year’s challenge?  Gaining new follower’s ❤ 
  4. What is the best comment your blog got during the challenge, and who left the comment?
  5. Will you do the challenge again? Absolutely !!!
  6. Was it well organized and were the hosts helpful? (Did you fill out the after survey?)  It was very well organized and the hosts were great ❤ .
  7. How did you and your blog grow, change, or improve as a result of this challenge? Did you find new blogs out there to enjoy? I definitely did and I’m pretty sure my blog grew. I got 20 new follower’s !!!  Thank you so much ❤
  8. Were you on the Master List? (If you did the challenge last year, was it better this time without the daily lists?) Yes
  9. Any suggestions for our future?  Keep doing the challenge every year !!!
  10. Any notes to the co-host team? A word of thanks to Jeremy for all his hard work on the graphics? A picture with your A to Z shirt, if you ordered one? Thank you all for your hard work !!!  Arlee Bird I love that name and Thank you Mr. John, my Chicago/Midwest blogger.  It’s great having that in common with a fellow blogger 😉 .

 

SoCS Saturday “XP”…AtoZ Challenge…”X”

So yay…I get to kill two birds with one stone 🙂  I’m not even going to pretend I know what it means so I just googled it and, “XP” means…extreme Programming Computing Networking  and more.  Still not sure how I would use it in a sentence but I think I’ll try.  “The letters “XP” stand for eXPerience,” meaning the operating system is meant to be a new type of user experience.”  Yes I copied the sentence from the google site, but I’m a little closer to understanding the meaning of the letters, “XP.”

Now onto the AtoZ Letter Challenge for today.  The letter is, “X”…OMG this is getting more challenging.  Remember my AtoZ Challenge topic was my planner and I’m going to have to think about this one for awhile.  I guess I could go back to the letter, “W” because I didn’t get to that one.  It is a good one for my planner topic too.  

My absolutely favorite planner’s are made by (W)ebster’s * pages.  They are top of the line and they are pretty.  They can be purchased on-line and I’ve never had a problem with them. I don’t think I purchase from anyone else when it comes to my planner’s…Here is the link to their site.

https://websterspages.com

They ship them in the prettiest boxes and tissue paper.  Again the disclaimer, I don’t get any money from them if you use the link to purchase.  They really are one of the best, if not the best planner’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve got to think on the letter “X” for tomorrow.  Have a great weekend #SoCS and #AtoZChallenger’s.  Winter Storm Warning here 😦  I told you about the Midwest’s crazy seasons…

AtoZ Blogging Challenge/”S”cheduling

I’m posting this a couple of days late b/c I’m so behind.  Started a major re-hab/re-decorating of our place and I forgot what a train wreck your schedule becomes not to mention how crazy the house  becomes.  Don’t worry I’ll post pics when it’s done.  I have a really good handyman and he is really excellent when it comes to anything with houses !!!  The husband has no interest in that kind of stuff and he says he would just rather pay someone to do it.  Really it is so much easier on both of us.

Hopefully I’ll get to the letter, “T” tonight.  Happy Tuesday AtoZer’s.  Hope everyone had a great weekend.  Weather was great here in the Midwest.  Great Easter Brunch in City w/the husband ❤ at the Four Seasons ❤ 

Going to hop back in with the letter for the Challenge…  In my planner world S is for “S”cheduling.

Scheduling is so important for the planner homemaker.  It’s about getting things done.  How many of us think, “I never get done with laundry or I’m always cleaning, yadayadayada.”  With a schedule, you do.  You have a time for the task. When it’s finished, it’s finished even if it’s not done.  You’ll get the rest next time on the flip side, or the next scheduled date.

There is daily, weekly, monthly, etc. scheduling.  It’s constantly changing.  seasons and tasks.  Cleaning & Cooking are different.  Holidays i.e. Christmas, Easter, Summer Holidays you get the picture  Life is just so much easier with scheduling and having a plan.

One last thing on scheduling, make it your own…  Everyone has their own personal schedule and style.  Design it to fit your life and know that it is a plan and as with all plans, life happens…Happy Spring ❤

 

Song Lyric Sunday – Seasons/Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall

This is one of my favorite song’s.  Same Auld Lang Syne by Dan Folgerberg…Here’s the real story behind the song, and it’s true which makes it all that much better and I’ll like it more when I hear it again ❤

Happy Song Lyric Sunday and Happy Easter/Happy Spring ❤  Today’s prompt is…Seasons/Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall  given to us by Mr. Jim
Same Old Lang Syne
Met my old lover in the grocery store
The snow was falling Christmas Eve
I stood behind her in the frozen foods
And I touched her on the sleeve
She didn’t recognize the face at first
But then her eyes flew open wide
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
And we laughed until we cried
We took her groceries to the check out stand
The food was totaled up and bagged
We stood there lost in our embarrassment
As the conversation lagged
We went to have ourselves a drink or two
But couldn’t find an open bar
We bought a six-pack at the liquor store
And we drank it in her car
We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
We tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how
She said she’s married her an architect
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would have liked to say she loved the man
But she didn’t like to lie
I’m sure we all have a story like this one.  That’s probably why it was in the top ten for so long, besides the fact that he was an amazing storyteller and songwriter/musician ❤  Gone too soon.

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
  • Ping back to this post will eventually work, as long as you are being patient, but you can also place your link in the comments if you don’t like to wait.
  • Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
  • Feel free to suggest future prompts.
  • Have fun and enjoy the music.

AtoZBloggingChallenge/”O”

Happy Wednesday AtoZ Blogger’s…The AtoZ Letter for today is “O” for (O)rganization, which really is what the Planner is all about.  Lists, Appts.,Schedules, yadayadayada.  Where does all that information go.  If you try to keep in your brain, you probably don’t sleep to well.  The mind rests if you know you have written down all of your important stuff and know where it is to put your hands on it !!!  That’s the professional organizer’s definition of what being organized is…

(O)rganization does not only include the planner.  At some point in time you have to really do it, organize that is.  Spring cleaning jobs, financial/paying the bills & filing and office organizing.  I’m sure you get the picture.  The problem here is it can be tedius so you need to find a way to make it fun and I found the perfect way to do that.  Not only did I find the way to do it, I made one of the best friends in my whole life.  It was almost like providence.  God picked her up and sent her to my (crazy) life.  

I found her through the local park district class.  She was a professional organizer, who knew organizing could be a career.  Her business was, “Joe Organizer.”  OMG she was amazing.  She would come over every week and we would organize (I had 4 kids, husband, 2 dogs and a cat).  The place was a bit edgy with 4 different schools, dance classes, driving.  I had no time for me or keeping 6 different schedules intact.  In comes Mz. Beth to rescue me and she did.  She earned her money with my world and taught me a lot to take along with me when my life slowed down.  Now it’s pretty easy and quiet.  I have a lot of me time and I love it.  Still so much to keep organized, but I think I have it down.  Of course if she came over, she might see it a little differently 😉  I love you, Mz. Beth ❤  Oh and she still does presentations through the park district and I try to pop in to see her every once and awhile.  I’m putting up her website link.  Who knows you might be close enough and you can sign up for one of her presentations.  She shows you how to take control of your life again and make living fun 😉  

www.BethRANDALl.org.

Here is my sweet friend Beth.  This was our 2nd royal wedding party at 3 am in the morning both times with all kinds of yummy things to eat.  Oh better than that we made some memories that are totally imprinted on our friendship heart ❤  We’ve been friends for along time.  I can’t even remember, but when we started organizing my youngest (Connie #4 son) was in kindergarten I think. Now he’s a grown man and getting married and her youngest wasn’t even in school yet and now she’s a sophomore in college I think.  So it’s been a long time…and I’m still organized ❤