Tomorrow Is Not Promised…

I woke up this morning feeling blessed and happy after a wonderful weekend with my husband. I logged into Facebook and to my dismay read a status that affected the remainder of my day. A friend lost her significant other to a motorcycle accident last night. I paused, in shock, and then scrolled through my contacts to call her and was quickly reminded that I have few numbers as I managed to erase them all last week. A Facebook message felt so impersonal and saying nothing at all felt even worse. I decided to comment on her status to show some immediate support and as I found the words the tears were streaming down my face.

I couldn’t help but think about all the times I let my husband walk out the door without saying two words to him because I was “mad”, or how many times my son got up early to catch the school bus and I missed his departure because I overslept, the times that I’ve been so “busy” and have gone days and weeks without speaking to loved ones. Her status reminded me how precious life is, how time waits for no one and how cherished each moment we share truly is!

I cannot pretend to know my friend’s pain but I can learn from this tragedy and be wiser about the time I have here with the ones I love. We often hear tomorrow is not promised, neither is today. Cherish it all.

Please send prayers her way!

Lynette

I’m Taking It All With Me!

As 2014 nears a close, I’ve read a lot of blogs and posts about “leaving things behind”. As I reflect on the past year, all I can think about is what I am taking with me. I am taking it all! Far too often we can have tendencies to focus in on the most stressful, hurtful, painful and draining parts of our lives. The reality is, if our thoughts are most consumed with negativity than it shall be so. We will see it in our friends, our jobs, our spouses, our children and everything we touch. Do not be consumed!

Bring light to life through your thoughts, which then become words and our words become actions.

To live is a blessing, how we live is a choice and our attitude will dictate how enjoyable or painful the journey is.

30 Days, 22 Posts, 754 Views and 57 New Followers Later…

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It’s hard to believe I am 30 days into my 365 day goal of blogging! It’s been eye-opening, liberating, empowering, frightening and amazing all at the same time. As I hit the one month mark today I’ve realized the most important piece of blogging is to stay focused on writing for yourself. Meaning, keep your eye on the prize and don’t be distracted by what is or is not happening around you. There may not be much encouragement, or even constant support. Many may read, few may comment, and you may have those that support you everyday but are reluctant to share that. It’s a world and a hobby that only others who love blogging just as much understand. As I journey on towards improving my personal knowledge of blogging best practices, fine tune dreams and stretch myself creatively I summarize the last 30 days into the following;

(1) No matter how wild, crazy or far-fetched something may seem. If you want it, go get it!

(2) What other people think of you (or your work) is underrated. Creativity is meant to be interpreted in millions of ways, shake off what you don’t like and keep the rest. =)

(3) Blogging is much different from writing down thoughts in your notebook at home. Ha!

(4) Having something “for you” is a wonderful way to continue spreading happiness and love to your family, friends and others who need you!

(5) 30 days just might be the habit-forming recipe? It drives me crazy when I am not in a position to log in and type away!

Well, on to the next 30 days! Thank you to all who’ve supported the journey thus far and welcoming all those who want to join in!

Signed,

Happy Blogger

Saturday Shenanigans II

House is quiet, kids are gone

Tasting traces of Friday night’s drinks

Sister in town, on the couch sleep

It’s been awhile for this kind of Saturday

Breakfast on the brain, tummy protesting

What the heck was in that food last night?

Snugglin with hubby, laying in bed, all “to do” items on my mind

An especially big one is finally here, the highly anticipated Nutcracker ballet!

Que excitement, I’m so happy to see our big girl dance on stage

Costumes, make up, hair and bows…a girl’s day x10, I can’t wait

Dress rehearsal, chatting with sis, prep for son’s basketball tomorrow on the way

Laundry, cleaning, always singing

Oh, what a Saturday

Lots of family, lots of love, all the support has me so amazed

Ready for my feet to hit the floor now, I’m ready to start this day

It’s a busy one, but absolutely lots of fun on the way

How could I expect anything less?

After all, it’s Saturday

Phone Etiquette: An Acronym Kids Should Worry About

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I read a very interesting article posted on cnn.com a few days back and it’s been on my mind. The article was warning parents about some of the new acronyms on the street and how to stay hip. A few that have been forever burned in my mind include;

GYPO-Get Your Pants Off

9-Parent Watching

99-Parent Gone

PIR-Parent in Room

NIFOC-Naked in Front of Computer

CU46-See you for Sex

The rest of them baffled me too, as my first thought was sheer horror kids aren’t even attempting to spell out their thoughts anymore! How can a parent compete with that? How in the world am I supposed to hover over cnn, msn, Oprah and the likes to give me tidbits of information on ways to communicate with the bots that are now our children? My second thought was, of course, a personal one. Are my kids using this language? We have two children with cell phones and I take a cruise around the phone every once in a while but the truth is with Kick, SnapChat, text messaging and email how in the world are we supposed to keep up?

I believe the answer to that question is relative to two very important things in a relationship between parent and child;

(1) Responsibility

(2) Trust

If your child isn’t responsible or trustworthy than they more than likely are not ready for a cell phone. Society is putting on the pressure but don’t cave, it will only cause more problems than it’s worth.

The other strategic move to set in place is the village. By village, I mean other parents. We must have multiple people keeping after our kids and willing to share what they may have seen in their kid’s phone about your kids etc. The village has become more important than ever this day in age, build it up!

I figure if none of this works and I still find myself drowning in the abyss of teen social media, I can remember three things:

(1) Their kids people! My home, my rules, my way.

(2) He/she who pays the bill, controls the phone.

If they really push, kids should become familiar with an acronym they will have no choice but to communicate in person at school.

(3) MCMPO: Mom Cut My Phone Off

Just remember parents, this is a two-way street & we can’t forget that. There was a time we lived without cell phones and our kids can certainly survive it (and we can too parents)! If cell phone etiquette isn’t to your standard than take that phone away and shape that kid up until it is! The real danger in a kid’s phone is the parent who is afraid to poke around, unwilling to take action and feels trapped by the social pressure!

I’m always open to suggestions, cell phones can be tricky business!

Source:

http://www.cnn.com/2014/12/08/living/internet-acronyms-every-parent-should-know/index.html