Showing posts from December, 2017

Bye Bye 2017


2017, is almost gone 45 more minutes I'm not sad to see 2017,  go.
I had some good days.  Yet, those good days were overshadowed by Hurricane Maria destroying Puerto Rico.  She shattered my heart when my parents were missing for close to 2 weeks.

After Maria I had another family emergency, my uncle who lives with us fell into a diabetic coma and when he awoke he lost his memory.  He now in a nursing rehab facility regaining his strength and memory.

The good things about 2017, #Gingersnap is no longer a baby but a little boy with many toddler opinions and when things go bad I get great hugs.  My faith in God grew stronger though I encountered many trails this year.  

Also, my travel business keeps growing Amen.

Blessings to each of you.

Last Week of Advent-Merry Christmas

The last candle is lit for PEACE
Advent is over;  tomorrow is Christmas, the day our King was born. During mass Catholics tell each other "Peace Be With You."  This Christmas I wish you peace, love, hope, and joy in 2018.

The Third Week of Advent

This week is the candle Joy.
I am juggling many things this Advent/Christmas season that I was having trouble finding joy.  Hurricane Maria, my Uncle's health, my health it all seems overwhelming.

Yet, though I was having a troubled spiritual week, I did find joy some joyful moments

-I finally got my NEW wheelchair after 4 months of waiting. My current wheelchair is 11 years old.
-The Ginger Snap is progressing in potty training.
- I got to try some new recipes 
- For the last couple of weeks, my leg spams are not occurring. That means I can do my ADL's (activities of daily life).

I'm going to do an experiment in 2018, I'm going to try and write one thing that brought me joy each day.   

Organizing My House and Clearing My Mind

Advent is a joyous time of year it's about preparing and celebrating Jesus's birth.

I don't know what is happening but my pain and leg spasms are decreasing. I'm excited that I have mobility again.  That gives me the energy to do the things I use to do and love such as cooking and baking.

Now that there is less pain, I have been clearing out the clutter and organizing the house and the boys.  Each week I have the Lupus Foundation come and pick up donated items.  Most of it are things that #TheGingerSnapToddler has outgrown or never wore and toys he doesn't play with anymore.   Also many kitchen items.   

Decluttering and organizing helps me mentally and physically.  I'm always working on making my home wheelchair friendly which is a challenge because the house is (67) years old.  We don't have a coat closet, we used to put our coats on dining table chairs.  My solution was to put #CommandHooks on the backside of the fireplace. Now we have a place to hang our c…

He Did It

For those of you that follow me on Twitter a few days ago, I tweeted that it was easier for me to potty train my puppy then # GingerSnapToddler

Yet, early this morning while getting ready to go to daycare.  He said I have to potty, he sat down on his Mickey Mouse potty and ACTUALLY went potty.  He had a full bladder.  When I took off his diaper this morning it was dry.

Yes! I'm excited about this for many reasons:

-He stops hiding in a corner afraid of the potty and having many accidents.

-No more purchasing diapers (they cost about $50 in Costco)

-He is getting to be more independent

I miss the baby days, he will be (3) years old in January.  He is growing fast, I try to enjoy each moment with him.  I love when he comes home with Dan in the evenings and walks into the house, announcing  "Momma I'm Home"  while taking off his coat.

A Child Never Leaves a Mother's Heart

My #GingerSnapToddler will be (3) years old next month.  Time has gone by quick. Yet, these past few days I find myself thinking about our other baby.  In 2006, (7) months into our marriage we had a miscarriage.  Our baby went to heaven early into our pregnancy.  Yet, I think about that baby almost every day.
This weekend my son was getting into everything.  He ran around the church like a wild boy.  At home his toys and clothes were everywhere. This morning he was loud and whiney asking me to play with him. That is when it hit me my first baby would be (10) years old this Christmas.
I would love to have that child with me on earth. To hold, hug and talk to them. To see both my children interacting like silly siblings.  My first baby would be a great help to me with their younger sibling.  My #GingerSnap would have some to be with him when I’m gone.
I keep thinking was it a daughter or a son? Would they also have red hair and a loud laugh, like their little brother? What would be their fa…

The Second Sunday of Advent Peace

Living in the United States after 9/11 and being a military wife.  I lived the first (10) years of my marriage with looming thoughts of war daily.  My husband and I celebrated many Christmas apart. 
When I leave my home, I come across much negative draining energy. I find myself longing to seek refuge and the only place I find peace is at home.  Yes, it’s noisy and I must go into the tub to pray the rosary at times, but home is peace.  It is where I know I can pray, eat, laugh and enjoy my family.  It is not easy to stick to a routine.  Since my uncle went into the nursing home for rehabilitation after his coma.  I feel overwhelmed with taking care of the house, going to working, spending time with the little one, my husband and visiting my uncle to keeps spirits up . You must find a way to be at peace and be still during the day to keep sane in this fast-paced world.   Each morning I read a mediation from my e-mail subscription from the Catholic Company and I pray a rosary.

Happy Advent

It's the first day of advent and this home is chaotic. 
My mother flew back to Puerto Rico Saturday.  Yes, you heard correct she went back home.  Though Puerto Rico is in disarray, we all MUST REMEMBER this island is home to millions.  Many don't want to leave their homes abandoned. Puerto Rico will always be home for many, I included.

Sunday morning my aunt went back home to Florida.  I sent for her when my uncle, her brother fell into a diabetic coma.  My uncle has been transferred to a nursing/rehab facility, after a month in the hospital.  When he woke from his coma things were different he has memory loss, no balance, he's weak and can not stand for more than a few minutes.  

The house feels empty with the exemption of the active #GingerSnapToddler.  My uncle is an important person in our family.  He helps take care of our son, my son thinks of him as a grandpa figure, he takes care of all the little things I forget around the house and we consider him the patriarch of t…