Carmen · Craft Room · encourage · family · friends · routines · Uncategorized

Notes

Carmen was home last weekend, and claims my craft room/office as her bedroom for when she is here.  We got her a really nice air mattress, and it accommodates her fine especially since her main living space is at school.

I limit my time in my office due to her “space” usage, and just to be respectful for her to have a retreat at home.  Part of my routine on the weekends is to go upstairs, scroll through Facebook, Twitter, and the news.  Have some time for Bible study, and meditation.  Review our money, pay bills, and blog.

Here it is Saturday, and I got to my craft room to start my Facebook scrolling.  I had to move some papers around (I try to keep things organized), and I found this under my computer mouse.I often send her encouraging notes so she has some mail away from home.  But for her to do this…for me…blew me away this morning.

I love her dearly, and so very grateful for her encouragement in whatever I am doing.

Blessings.

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Carmen · Carmen's Thoughts · college · encourage · family · Uncategorized

Carmen’s Thoughts – Parent Appreciation

When I was in nursing school, the majority of my classmates were older than me, and of those people, they were mostly working parents trying to get a degree to better theirs and their family’s lives.

Once school gets in full swing, plus work and anything else I’m involved with, my schedule gets really busy and I can feel overwhelmed. Then, once I calm down, I start to think of the parents that are also in school (shout-out to Mom to taking two classes again!). The student-parents do everything I do, plus take care of a family, sometimes all on their own.

Some of these parents aren’t that much older than me, but it all blows my mind. I can barely take care of myself, let alone a tiny human. I look up to these strong people who do what they can to make their children’s lives easier in the long run.

If you’re a student, parent, or both, you are amazing. You do what few people can handle. You are strong, and deserve to be recognized.

Carmen

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Bucket List-Algebra

I can now say that I have conquered Algebra!  I received my final grade of “C”.  I will take it.  I so struggled with this.

I knew the material, just really struggled with the tests.  Overall, I did well.  I am so thankful it is done.  The anxiety with the tests was really overwhelming.  I tried my oils, medicine, and breathing techniques.  I still found myself staring at my test with – uhm – what is this? I LOVED this from Carmen.  My family has been incredibly supportive.

I have made it a goal to take six courses (two classes per semester) in 2018 beginning with Statistics (math again), and Nutrition.  I am not looking forward to the Statistics course, but I am the Nutrition course.  I think if I can get through this next math, I will be okay in school.  I know that I will struggle, but just looking forward to learning and growing.

So onward, right?  Happy to have a break for a couple of weeks.

Blessings!!

 

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Stephen

Today this young one turns 21.  I am feeling old.  Thankful for him to taste all of my cooking creations, as well as being my bug and frog catcher. 🙂

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Love you dearly, and the man you have become!

 

Blessings.

Bariatric Surgery - My Story · Be Kind · family · friends · pictures · Social Media · thoughts · Uncategorized

Social Media

Last night I shared this picture:

Everyone posted asking if I was okay. The tag line was tired. Just tired. I was ready for bed, and you can see it.

Went to sleep…and got up…not tired. Still have decorations to finish for Christmas, and boxes are everywhere but:

Volunteered this morning in the Raiders concession stand. It was fun. David and Carmen came along to help as well. Our friend Ryen came as well. So nice to spend time with her and to make new friends.

Had to wear a hat…now I have hat hair but a really good day. Still tired but a nap might be in my future.

I didn’t realize I needed to be so aware of my pictures on social media. Everyone genuinely cared that posted their concern with the first picture. I think we need more of those kind of pictures, and the ones with a bit of chaos around us. It is reality. I think I need to see more of them. At least I don’t feel like I am failing at life with everyone doing all of these great things, continuous smiles and happy families. Life happens, and we all go through days of being tired.

So…happy Saturday.

Blessings.

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Thanksgiving

“Thanksgiving is a very important holiday. Ours was the first country in the world to make a national holiday to give thanks.” – Linus

“What if, today, we were grateful for everything?” – Charlie Brown

gallery-1447355901-wdy-quotes-10There are so many things I am thankful for this year.  We are healthy, have a home, have food to eat (more than enough).  We have family here at the moment.  We have friends that we enjoy and care about like family.  We have jobs.  Really no complaints.  I miss my Mom, but I always do at this time of year especially.

I am thankful for you.  Thank you for reading, liking, and commenting on my blog.  I appreciate you.  Thank you.

Continued blessings – especially today!

Jerry Ann

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Baby Girl

Baby girl came home last night.  So excited to have her home for the holiday.  Missing this little one, but grateful I have the friend in the woman she has become.

Beginnings Continued...

Hoping to get some things decorated for Christmas while she is here.  Not sure if we will get anything else accomplished -hopeful for some homework?  Nah…but just being able to spend some time with her will be wonderful.

Blessings!