Happy Pi Day!

Being rational is so, so hard. Just ask the Pi.

Back to the books!

As I may have mentioned before, Daddy Shawn has been working towards his Bachelor’s Degree, enrolled part-time to Aspen University’s online program. He’s getting pretty close to achieving his goal of a degree, and I’m super-proud of him and all his hard work. However, sitting on the sidelines, watching him do such a good job, has been a little depressing for me. And I think that’s only because I’m a lover of learning, and always enjoyed continuing my education — in most any way possible.

So, what else was there to do but to enroll, myself!?! At the turn of the new year, I enrolled at Ashworth College. I chose this online college because I really liked its at-your-own-pace courses and economical price per credit (both very important for a busy Momma, you know!) …

I’ve been taking those ever-so-important-but-maybe-a-little-boring prerequisite classes to start, while my old transcripts were mailed and processed. I managed to complete the intro courses Achieving Academic Success and Introduction to Computers (which both, by the way, were not required classes when I was in college…)And finally, after a month of waiting, my transcripts were processed, and *BOOM* just like that, I went from 5% to a whopping 44% of my Program complete and well on my way to that Bachelor’s Degree, already!

And what Program is that, you ask? Well I have my Associates Degree in General Studies, and since I enjoy learning about so many different things, I decided to to keep the General Studies major. Doing this will allow me to pursue studies in several areas, while still working towards a degree.

So right now, I am taking two courses: Social Impact of Technology and Business Analysis. Both are prerequisites I have to take, however, I have found the Social Impact of Technology to be very interesting and intriguing.

Keep the love of learning alive, my friends!


Wowza! It’s Been Over a Month?!?

Seems like about forever and a day since I last wrote a post. Sorry about that…life is life.. as you well understand, sometimes things family life gets a little hectic and time just goes by way too fast!

Indeed, time flies when you’re having fun! But there’s so much to write about, so much good stuff! So, be ready, lots of posts coming your way soon! Wahoooooooo!


The Midnight Groom by Taylor Hart

The Midnight Groom by Taylor Hart

How much would you bet on true love this Christmas season?

After the worst year of his life, Cameron Cruz, owner of the Denver Storm, agrees to a family Christmas cruise with his twin sister and her family. Sure, maybe part of the reason he agreed to go was because it got him out of court-mandated therapy for a week. Still, he was trying to focus on relaxing. He was trying to focus on having fun. He was trying not to look at the reports that came every day from the private investigator’s he’d been hiring and firing for the past year to bring justice to the man who killed his wife.
Isabel Kind was only on this Christmas cruise for one reason–to heal. After tragically losing her husband and son five years ago, she’d been stuck. And she and her therapist thought doing the list of excursions they’d planned to do as a family–might help her move on. When she sprains her ankle and Cameron Cruz offers to help her, she finds herself accepting.
After reluctantly getting piggybacked around by the amazingly strong and handsome man, swimming with the stingrays, and zip lining through the Honduran jungles, she is more and more mystified by this troubled man. Even more mystified that he’s not only helping her physically but he’s also trying to help her emotionally–even if, as he says, he can’t heal himself.
When bad news comes to light and Cameron has to face the past, they are left with a choice–walk away or let the power of grace make them whole.

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Praise for The Midnight Groom

Grief is real and hard. Taylor Heart does a beautiful job of honoring that pain while showing us Cameron’s way through it. Their story is beautiful with just the right amount of laughter and hope and, as always, grace. A perfect read when you want to cuddle up with a story that will fill you with peace.

The Midnight Groom is a wonderfully entertaining love story that will inspire you to be a better person!

I thought the struggle and the healing felt real. This book was a roller coaster ride for my emotions.

Our Thanks and Giving Tree

Our Thanks and Giving Tree…
So Many Reasons to be Thankful!


This year, for the month of November and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I decided to make a Thanks and Giving Tree.  I wanted to show the children just a few of the things out of the many that we had in our lives to be so very thankful for.  I started with a simple five dollar kit from Target.  I glued it together and painted it all matte black to make it a little fancier than the pressed cardboard it started out to be.  Also, the kit came with only twenty leaves, and I wanted more than that, so I took one of the leaves and some matching scrapbook paper and traced the leaf and made more leaves to use on my Thanks and Giving Tree.

Our Thanks and Giving Tree 

Some of my favorites from the Thanks and Giving Tree…

  • Being married to my best friend and soulmate
  • Having friends, real, and imaginary
  • Mommy and Daddy
  • Grandma’s and Grandpa’s
  • Hugs and Kisses
  • Sunshine ae Beach Days
  • Quality time with my loves

No One Else Does, But I Still Decorate for Fall!

Now that we’ve entered November, and Thanksgiving is just around the corner, walk into any store and it’ll likely be dripping in holiday stuff, everywhere.  But, wait, not a drop of Fall, Autumn or Thanksgiving…unless of course, you’re in the clearance aisle.  But I’m a little confused…we’ve haven’t even made it to Thanksgiving yet!

That, and I see all these posts on Facebook about how we’re not actually skipping Thanksgiving and fall, but instead it’s all Christmas and holidays now until Turkey Day, then you get one day to celebrate autumn and Thanksgiving, and then phew… back to celebrating the  good ole holidays!

But wait! Autumn is such a beautiful time! And that’s just one of reasons I chose to decorate for fall…

And to me, autumn stands for:

Change!

The leaves on the trees are veritgradeof colors, changing from green to yellow to a luscious red and then falling to the ground into beautiful mounds beckoning children to jump and play in them.  The weather is changing, from the heat of the summer, cooling into more comfortable, crisp air, the smells cleaner, in preparation for winter.  Fall is a time of change.  As Heraclitus wrote “The constant is change,” and that is certain during fall.  It’s a time to remind us that everything is always changing, nothing is constant, and how essential it is to embrace the present and savor its goodness before it changes.

Comfort!

One of the best parts of fall – the crisp (but not cold) air and being able to wrap up in a blanket with a warm cup of tea.  It’s so comforting!  Maybe its part of our nature, in preparation for winter, to want to pull out the blankets and create a serene space in the home, but its one of my favorite things!

Balance!

Both day and night are the same period of time during the autumnal equinox, which ancient cultures associated with balance.  The sun also enters Libra, which is represented by a set of scales.  This is a great time to get in touch with mother Earth.

 

 

My Baby Boy Turned TWO Last Week! Can you Believe It?!?

I can’t believe it…my sweet baby boy turned two years old last week! You know, it seems like just yesterday I was carrying him in my belly, and I could feel him kick me when I  stopped moving.  He loved movement, and let me tell you, it was a good prediction on my part, that he would be love movement outside the womb, too.  As an infant, he loved to be rocked, danced with, walked, and put in  the swing at times.  And now, he loves to move, run, climb stairs, crawl, and try to do everything his big sisters can do.

I am very proud of the little man Baby Shawn is becoming – he’s super smart, inquisitive, interested in exploring the world, already learning and he already knows some of his ABC’s and 123’s, is polite and says ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ is social, and super loving (especially to his mama).  We are very attached to mama.

With Grandma and Grandpa in town until just before his birthday, Baby Shawn basically had two days worth of birthdays and birthday cakes.  And of course he enjoyed every moment of it!  We still didn’t quite catch on the to blowing the candle out thing (and part of that may have been my fault, I put a little star sparkler on his cake too, it was neat and I had never seen those before). But we certainly knew what that casfor when we picked it up from Publix, and full-on meltdown when it went into the refirgerator and not our mouth because it was the middle of the day and quite time to celebrate with the “car cake.”  So I was blessed with hearing “I wananana car cake car cake wannanana car cake” for about 20 minutes straight until he wore himself enough to take a nap, poor birthday boy.

For the exquisite birthday dinner, we had leftovers from Grandma and Grandpa visiting and the family eating out much more often than usual. Which, to be honest, for kids, both the eating out, and the leftovers from eating out are both a treat from the usual “homemade boring food.”  They’ll learn one day that the homemade food that is made with love and car is much, much better.  But anywho, after dinner, we sang, as Baby Shawn calls it “Happy Day,” ate cake and opened all the fun presents. Lots of cars, airplanes, trains, and a pretend grill!

Here’s some of our silliness post cake and presents!

Happy Birthday my sweet, Shawn Michael II! I love youso very much!

That Moment {I found out an old friend/colleague completed suicide…} Part I

I’ve been wavering on whether or not to write a post about this subject, because there are so many strong feelings that accompany even the just the word ‘suicide.’  However, I decided it would be healthy for me to write about it, and good for others to read about it too.  But before I go on, if you suffer from mental illness, and know you have specific triggers relating to suicide related issues, I caution you to either to chose to not read this or read with great care.

An old work friend of mine informed me that a mutual work colleague from years ago completed suicide last week.  She, who has a very high demand job and a family at home, couldn’t give details right at that moment but wanted me to know.  She was right, I would want to know. I read the message on my phone again. And again. This person, no. He was always a happy, jovial, fellow. Hard worker, persistent learner, successful business owner. At least that’s what I remember of him – it has been years since I had actually seen him in person, but I do have specific memories of his smile and infectious laugh, of visiting his office, him visiting mine.

Suicide.  It’s a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  But in the obscurity of suffering from a mental illness, other solutions seem abstruse and out of reach.  However, this is not the case.  And, sadly, my friend knew this.

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My friend, I’ll call him Ru, as I mentioned, I remember him to be a happy and hard worker.  And then during the time I was working with him, he began to battle depression once his wife miscarried with twins.  This must have been at least ten or fifteen years ago, I don’t remember exactly.

Fast forward to about six months ago where a client was playing fastball and the blame game where they were probably at fault for many of the issues that came up, but still, in the end ultimately withheld payment from Ru, and Ru ended up walking away from his business because of this undue stress.  In the end, the client fired Ru’s business from the project and Ru had a nervous breakdown. Then he attempted suicide.

Luckily, Ru voluntarily checked himself into an inpatient treatment center until he sincerely felt better, and did the right thing by continuing with outpatient care.  Ru kept up with the therapies, however, and his depression worsened and he voluntarily went back into a treatment center, staying for about a week, then checking himself out.  My friend mentioned that Ru was seen about two days before his suicide really happy and content.  I do know that is not an unusual behavior, because the person feels ‘oddly at peace with their decision.’

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There is so much stigma, pain and fear attached to suicide, that people steer clear of even saying the word; and I don’t blame them for that. Personally, I blame society for instilling in us that suicide is something unspeakable, taboo. As a society, the stigma and the shaming that is so so severely steeped around mental illness and suicide so desperately needs to be removed.

“Suicide doesn’t end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it getting any better.”

“Suicide doesn’t end the pain, it just passes it to someone else.”

“The person who commits suicide dies once, those they leave behind die a thousand deaths, trying to relive those terrible moments and ask, why?”

Suicide is a very personal subject for me and has touched, entered and affected my life in more ways than I can count. I want to finish of the story for you, so, please be patient, and this post will have a part II, to be posted very soon…