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Monday, March 28, 2011

Isaiah 40:31 : Why Change is Needed

   Isaiah   40:31

But  they that wait upon the  LORD        
            shall renew  their  strength;                    
                         they shall  mount up with wings as eagles; 
                                        they shall run, and  not be  weary; and
                                                         they  will shall walk, and  not faint.

Why is Change Needed?
  1. Many times in order to survive we have to start a change process
  2. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits and other past traditions
  3. Only freed from past burdens can we take advantage of the Present

*When it  rains, most birds head for shelter; the eagle  is the only bird that, in order to avoid the rain, starts flying above the  wonder God wants us to spread our wings and soar…*

* Received this in an email today. It was sent at the right time and it was just what I needed today and wanted to share it with others.*

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!! Make sure you read to the end!!!!!!

Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio .

 "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
 My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

 1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and
 Parents will. Stay in touch.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

This week’s winner of the Inspirational Blog Award is....

Lungs Behaving Badly


Lungs Behaving Badly is such a wonderful and inspirational blog. It is about “Enjoying life with Sophie (she is such cute little toddler) who has Cystic Fibrosis and was also born with a Tracheo-Oesophageal Fistula and Oesophageal Atresia.”
Tracheo-oesophageal fistula (TOF) and oesophageal atresia (OA) are rare congenital conditions of the oesophagus (food pipe) and/or trachea (airway) that affect one in every 3,500 babies. Babies born with TOF/OA need to have intensive neonatal care prior to corrective surgery, normally within days of birth.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Quote for the Day: If I Had My Child To Raise Over Again: Something to Think About.

If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd build self-esteem first, and the house later.
I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less.
I would do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my eyes.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.

~Diane Loomans

Cornish Game Hens with Garlic and Rosemary

Prep Time:
20 Min
Cook Time:
1 Hr
Ready In:
1 Hr 20 Min
Servings: 4

  • 4 Cornish game hens
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 24 cloves garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, for garnish

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Images of Mother

The Images of Mother

4 YEARS OF AGE - My Mommy can do anything!

8 YEARS OF AGE - My Mom knows a lot! A whole lot!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Thursday Tidbits

I would love to say that this was an exciting week. That it was full of adventure and that I have something wonderful to share.

Nope not the case. The fact of the matter is that I have been feeling like death warmed over for the last week or so. My daughter gave me her cold and let me tell you something. When you are in your 30’s you don’t just bounce back from a “cold” like you did in your teenage years or in your 20’s.

I was the absolutely worse thing ever! Everything on me ached and hurt. I could barely move and I was coughing so much and hard that I thought a cracked a rib at one point. ..Seriously! my head hurt and my eyes felt like they were going to explode at some points. Hell even my teeth hurt…WTH?? Never had that happened. I think I must have gone through 2 rolls of toilet tissue because I was constantly blowing my nose.

This past weekend my boyfriend was spending the weekend with his kids. So I was here by myself with my daughter. Being a single mom has it difficult moments from time to time, but when you aren’t feeling well and just want to climb into to be and hibernate it is really does suck. My mom was home not feeling well so she couldn’t help and my dad tried as much as he could, but he did have things he needed to do.

I will say that my daughter was wonderful during this time. She listened and spent a good time entertaining herself while I laid down on the couch.  She read, she played with her toys, played on the computer. She really does make it easy at times to be a single mom. But still she is only 4 so not like I could go to sleep and leave her to her vices. By the time Sunday night came around, and my boyfriend walked in the house, I was spent! I just looked at him and burst into tears. I was just happy that there was someone here to help me and so that I could finally go to bed and get some rest without worrying too much about my daughter.

The funny thing is that he is always telling me how pretty and attractive I am..but not on Sunday. He just stared and me and apologized in advance and said  “baby, you look like ass…please go to bed and get some rest.” I was mortified but I knew it was the truth. Nothing hot and sexy about coughing up flem, blowing your nose constantly and having bags under your eyes.

The good news is that I am doing a lot better today. Probably all the NyQuil and DayQuil       , Advil and anything else I was taken to get rid of my many problems. I am still coughing but not as much as before and I can actually breath again through my nose like  a regular person.

Hopefully this weekend will be better!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Quote for the Day: ~ Stacey Charter (2000)~

“There comes a time when you have to stand up and shout:
This is me damn it! I look the way I look, think the way I think, feel the way I feel, love the way I love!
 I am a whole complex package. Take me... or leave me.
Accept me - or walk away!
Do not try to make me feel like less of a person, just because I don't fit your idea of who I should be and don't try to change me to fit your mold.
If I need to change, I alone will make that decision.
When you are strong enough to love yourself 100%, good and bad - you will be amazed at the opportunities that life presents you.”

~ Stacey Charter (2000)~

Inspirational Blogs of Week Award- Coming Soon - Keep a look out for the Nomination Post

Inspirational Blogs of Week Award –

I started blogging for healing and to be an inspiration to other moms. Not just single moms but all moms because we all face the same challenges of mother hood and we should be a support and resource for each other.

Since I started blogging I have run across several very inspirational blogs and I found encouragement and healing as well. Whether it was the mom that had a child with a disability, or a SAHM or WAHM, or FT Working Mother, or the mom that homeschools her children or has several children that she raising or the mom that is trying to get pregnant after many attempts.

The fact of the matter is that we are all moms with our own struggles and the truth remains that we Love our children and we are trying to be the best mom we can be.
With that being said… I have created my own award – Inspirational Blog of the Week.
Don’t be shy. Many us blog to share our experiences and for therapeutic reasons. Now is your time to shine. Toot your own horn! You deserve it!
·         Share the experiences of other blogs because in the end it will benefit us all.


I will pick 2 or 3 blogs per week to highlight on my blog and give a brief description of the blog (which you can also supply to me) and why this blog is inspirational.

The highlight will include the blog button (if there is one) and/or a link. I will also include a running tab of the blogs of week on my page.

In order to be considered you must be a follower. If you are new follower please let me know and I will always follow back.

If there is a blog out there that you want to nominate please let me know and if I am not following then I will follow them as well.

If you are a winner please make sure to highlight your award on your site, whether on the sidebar, under your awards section tab, or in a post.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Work-Life Balance - My Perspective.

This has been and will continue to be a hot topic for not only single moms but all moms alike.  Working in corporate America this can be tough for any mother and finding the balance does not come with trial and error and some pains and mistakes along the way.

Personally I think that Work-Life Balance is an illusion in terms of there is really no such thing. Somewhere along the line, someone and something is going to suffer. Whether it is your children, loved ones, your job or yourself.

I think it should be call Work-Life Perspective.

I was the person that was on top of the world at work. I was moving very quickly up the corporate ladder. Successful at every turn. Important people knew my name. I couldn’t of been more happy. I was on my way to getting married and life was good. Got married, had my daughter, and my husband at the time knew how important my career was and he was willing to do extra so that I could continue to climb the ladder. Then…things took a turn for the worse. He had a breakdown and eventually that led to my divorce.

Then I was left with a small child of 2 and a career that was on the rise.
I will admit that it was a difficult transition. I relied heavily in the beginning on my parents. Thank God for them. I was trying to work long hours and then come home to a 2 year old. Many times my daughter would end up staying nights with my mom. But every morning I would get up an hour early and go get her from my moms to drop her off to daycare. I just didn’t want my mom to feel as if I was using her. Also I missed spending time with my daughter so even the short drive to daycare was enough for me.

Working from home was great but I still hadn’t mastered that either. I would find myself rushing home after work, pick her up. Making a quick dinner and sit her downstairs with me while she entertained herself and I would be on the computer finishing up the days work.

One day when she was 3, she threw a toy at me while I was on the computer. I was mad because I was in the middle of working. I turned and she looked at me and said “mommy, when are you gonna spend time wit me.” At that moment, I realized what I was doing and then my perspective took place from that moment on.

At the present, I have come to the realization that I am never going to get those moments back of her being little. My job/career/work will always be there. I have been able to find the balance/perspective that I need. I am truly thankful for the company that I work for and the manager that I am now under. I made a decision to step down from a management position and move more into a technical role. This allows me more flexible, a different type of exposure corporately and I can still move up the career chain just in a different direction. 

My manager is very understanding as she has child of her own and her husband travels a lot as well. I have learned how to “phase my home situations” more carefully. My managers know that I will put in the overtime (when necessary), take on new projects and tasks, however; I will also still not let that effect my time at home with my daughter and her needs. The key is making sure that you are never seen as “the person with the kid(s)” at work. You still need to remain available and able to live up to the work ethic that management expects. It will call for some nights work late after you put your child to bed, but if you balance then those nights will be few and far apart.

This has become very challenging now that my ex has moved several miles away and only sees her once a month or so. But I have a great boyfriend that will help out with her that understands how important my career is. I also have 2 loving parents that will also help me when I need. I am truly blessed in many ways. I also learned along the way that it is okay to ask for the help. That I don’t have to do it alone. That  I don’t have to be “supermom” all the time.

I also had to change my personality. I was A+ personality all the way and now I am probably an A- personality (LOL). I found perspective and balance. I still work hard and working up the corporate ladder, just not as quickly as before. I find time for myself when necessary and continue to be the best mom that I can be.

It is not easy but someone has to do it!

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