Friday, October 16, 2015

Are You Brave Enough?

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow” Mahatma Gandhi

I recently read an article, on some on-line publication I cannot recall, about how so many of us take tomorrow for granted.  Two of my immediate family members have died in accidents that killed them instantly.  With these two experiences you would think I would take tomorrow a little less for granted.  You’d also think I wouldn’t need to read any more articles on living today to the fullest but apparently I do. Perhaps I wasn’t really paying attention as I read them.

Truthfully, I don’t want to think too much about my last days.  Questions like; did I see everything, say everything, experience everything, can haunt a person.  Or maybe the real truth is, I’ve been on autopilot.  Life’s been happening to me a little more than I’d like to admit.  So now the question, am I brave enough to live the life I want?  Are you?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


3 Little Pumpkins
It has been a while.  Life has been busy.  The babies are growing up and my oldest has lost four teeth.  The kiddos are smart, funny and have a lot to do. 

The space sits here and in the back of my mind.  It creeps up and I breathe in wondering what to write and for whom I’m writing.  This space used to be an outlet for things I ponder.  I still ponder but not as much about the world or people but rather my place in it.

This past year I got sick (nothing life threatening) which put me in a vulnerable emotional state.  I’ve been through tough life experiences before but this time was different.  In challenging times prior to this year, I would become emotionally stronger, or stop taking myself/situations so seriously.  This time, my axis got knocked around.  I laughed less and faked more smiles. 
I am better now but there are pieces of me that have been altered.  I’m finding my way. I am not trying to get back to who I was, but who I can be.  I am redefining my center. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Checking In

Hello Bloggyland and my few remaining followers.  
Sorry for my absence.  Two little babies and life simply got in the way.  I’ve wanted to write several times but did not. 
It’s been an exciting year; welcoming two new souls into our family…at once.  They are incredibly sweet and fun little girls. 

They complete our family and bring us endless amounts of joy. 
I’ve drafted a post about some challenges I have faced over the year and how it’s changed me.  Hoping to post in the next few weeks. 

In the meantime, how have you been?  

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

And Then There Were 5

Thanks to those who diligently checked up on me during the past 2 months.
I'm happy to report my family is now a wonderful family of 5.
The girls (AV & BV) were born on February 6th and we all came home 2 days later. 
The babies are so sweet and we are very much enjoying every ounce of them. 
Everyone is healthy and trying to figure out how to get more than 4 hours of sleep in a row.  Something tells me the sleep part may take a while....
Life is good.

2.5 weeks old

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Brief Stay or a Lesson on Humanity

Still Pregnant!
I had some complications from the stomach flu mid December resulting in a week long hospital stay.  Good news is the babies are okay and I'm still pregnant. 

The hospital experience left me with a few things to ponder. (I mean come on it wouldn't be me if I didn't try to learn something from an uneasy experience).  My doctors were and continue to be incredible.  The nurses were beyond kind, caring and qualified.  I am grateful. 

Each night I would be thoroughly reminded of my surroundings.  While my room sat overlooking beautiful grounds and a CA desert mountain range it also sat beneath the helicopter pad.  As the helicopter flew in and out, I thought about each life it held.  Would those critically injured make it?  How would their loved ones learn of their critical medical nature?  How can the doctors and nurses care for these people they had never met, day in and day out?

Humanity can be cruel and it can be wonderful.  During that week, I experienced the kind, caring and wonderful side to humanity. 

I'm happy to report it still exists.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

A Little of This and a Little of That


I've been up to a little of this and a little of that but mostly a lot of prepping to release my second children's book, Kensie Cooks, The Lost Recipe.  It's been a fun challenge and I'm hopeful I can have a draft of book 3 complete prior to the girls fast approaching arrival.  Hey, a girl can dream right!?

Available for purchase on

I've also been thinking about what this blog has meant to me over the past nearly 4 years and where it goes from here.  This space has allowed me to ponder my life's questions.  While many questions remain, it's been therapeutic. Those of us who write do it for several reasons. I've written here to think 'it' out in as few words as possible. Reason: Aside from the fact that society has very little attention span, it helps teach me not to overcomplicate problems/issues/questions.

Last year, when my Dad died, I knew I had to learn something from that experience. I believe in growing from tragedy.  And so I did.  I learned not to take myself (or the world around me) so seriously and it settled my busy mind a bit.  Perhaps this space is reflecting the newer calm in my mind.   

I do not know the frequency of posts once the girls arrive however I do want to say thank you for all your support and sincere e-friendships.  I am grateful.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Some News

I've been absent from this space for sometime to nurture me.  I am pregnant with two babies and the 'morning sickness' had me ill equipped for much of anything for three months.  Now that I'm able to function, we are excited to share the news!

I must say it's bittersweet to share such news on this blog. Many of my dearest bloggy friends have tried to add to their families without luck. My heart continues to have hope for you all because I get it.  My journey to get here has not been without it's battles and emotional struggles.  I hope to release my writings about this journey someday...

The babies are due in February and I anticipate getting back to a little more blogging prior to their arrival. 

In the meantime, I hope you are all doing great and I'll be seeing you around your fun and interesting blogs soon. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013


I've been a bit preoccupied lately.  However the last two months have been fun, busy and hot! 
Hope your all having an enjoyable memory filled summer.