• Achieving,  family,  Inspiration,  parenting,  school break

    Christmas Is Coming: How Will I Write Now?

    Good evening all. Yesterday, I wrote about something very personal and close to my heart. I want to say thank you, for the outpouring of support and holiday wishes I have received. I appreciate all of your messages, more than I can explain.

    Well today, I am onto the realization that with the holidays, that are less than a week a way comes winter break for my children. Let me start with I love my children more than life itself. That being said, I now have to figure out how to write with a 13-year-old, a 10-year-old, an 8-year-old, and of course my son who turned 3-years-old today, underfoot. I love to watch them play and do not even mind their squabbles. After all, that is what makes them children. The only difficulty is going to come from trying to string two or three sentences together at a time. Much less work on the second book in the La Flor Manor series.

    I will treasures these moments though. I am thinking, I might have to take a holiday from writing for the next two weeks. Either that, or my children are going to go back to school humming Beethoven, Vivaldi, and Mozart. Not that this would be a bad thing. Especially since recently, my favorite way to listen to “Fur Elise” is when my 13-year-old daughter is playing it on the piano.

    So, I will wish you all very happy holidays, while my mind is still working. I will see how much coffee it takes to do my articles each day, so as not to lose my job. I am wishing all of the parents out there, who will be facing the same perils, the best of luck for the next two weeks. I am here for you if you need an ear. Have a wonderful evening all.

  • Achieving,  family,  future,  Inspiration,  loss,  parenting,  remembering,  sorrow,  world

    Unopened Presents

    Good morning all. It is that time of year again. The stockings are all hung up and presents are wrapped. If you are like my family, they are hiding in the closet because the 3-year-old wants to open them all. It is also the time of year where I always realize that there will always be an empty stocking on the mantel and unopened presents under the tree.

    This is the time of year I feel the absence of my son the most. He would be 12-years-old this year. He would probably be playing on his phone and ignoring everyone, like my 13-year-old does. However, I will never know.

    It has been 10 years now since my little boy earned his wings and not a day goes by that I do not miss him. Christmas used to be my favorite holiday, the time of year I looked forward to the most. Now, though I still love the time of year, I am always saddened to know that he won’t be opening those presents under the tree.

    We always make sure he is included in our celebrations though. We hang a cardinal on the tree and there is one in the flowers decorating the dining room table. In our house, we view cardinals as angels from heaven, so we always have a place for him, albeit in our hearts. He is represented.

    I want to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday Season. No matter your beliefs or where you are from, have a wonderful season and may your new year be full of inspiration and success.