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There was a time that he wouldn’t sleep without the security of me snuggled up next to him…

A naive first-time-mom I believed those days would last forever…

These days, when he climbs into our bed and peacefully drifts off to the Land of Dreams with his arms wrapped around me, I lay awake…

I lay awake soaking up every moment, every breath, every sigh…

For I now know these moments are TEMPORARY.

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One Year On

Welcome to my world.

Its been a long time coming, but today it finally arrived.

Today is the first birthday of the most important person in my life.

I’m not going to say too much, I’m a bit emotional today.

So here are some pictures.

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Today I wish to share my joy with you 😀

Last night I became a Grandma. My son and his girlfriend got a little boy. This is really huge for me. This is my first Grand Kid and I feel so very happy

In short time, I will bring up some photos of the little boy

If you have followed my blog for longer time, you know, that I have two adult kids, a young man and a young woman. Both of them decided to get kids now, my daughter is pregnant and should give birth in February, so the happiness will be double up 😀

While I lay in ICU in the hospital, both of my kids visited me here in Spain. When I woke up, they both gave me these gifts by telling me, I would become 2 x Grandma, which absolutely gave me more to live and…

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Meet All In A Dad’s Work!!

All In A Dad's Work

Backstory:

DW started a keto diet about a month ago. It’s great for her and she’s doing a killer job of sticking to it. Because it’s a high fat, moderate protein diet I often find myself cooking two dishes. One for her and one for the boys and I. This often leaves her more leftovers than the boys and I. That brings us to where I was this evening.

Here’s what the original plan was…

Because of my lack of wanting to cook this evening and DW having some of her leftover Tex-Mex chicken that I cooked last night, all I had to do was find something for myself and the boys to eat. We almost had PB&J. That’s how much I didn’t feel like cooking. We had some popcorn chicken in the freezer and we wanted some fries with that but I had to make a quick trip to…

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Meet Lifting Taboos!!

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There is nothing easy about parenting. Nothing at all.

It takes time, discipline, patience, understanding, more time, more discipline, more patience and even more understanding. Because like I’ve said in other posts, LOVE is not enough. Love is just a feeling.

Children can’t live their entire childhood with just a “feeling”, they need to spring into action. They need to take ownership of themselves, their bodies, their finances, and their peer group.

As parents, somehow we have been entrusted to raise these children. Obviously there are some people who should never have gone on this journey, but for those who have, it ain’t no walk in the park.

Kids find a way to get under our skin. They know what sets us off. They know our triggers.

We as parents know what sets them off, we know their triggers. So together we have to come up with some balance that…

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Daily Observations – 9/28/17

DannyI have made the decision that I have to begin eating better in order to live a healthier lifestyle.  Over the last couple of years my weight has ballooned back up to 188 pounds which is the highest I’ve weighed since 2014.  To remedy this Evelina and I are returning to some previous habits and I have noticed something.

Why is it that when you decide to make a change your body starts craving all the junk food like never before?  We are not going uber-crazy with the changes, but did decide to eliminate candy, chips, sodas, fast food and the like.  This has been going on since Monday and my body has been craving sugar and junk.  I have no idea why.  Maybe it is a mental thing that we crave that which we cannot have?

I’m not sure what the deal is, but it quite annoying to begin having these cravings now!  At any rate, my goal is to be at 177 pounds by the time our Disney trip rolls around in November.

Daily Observations – 9/27/17

DannyI have observed myself lately and the way I have acted at home.  I have a bad habit of getting snippy when I am not feeling well and thus has been the case as of late.  With my MS symptoms escalating I have to be overly cautious with the way I respond to Evelina.  She has mentioned it a few times to me and now I am trying to be aware enough to pause before I speak to her.

It isn’t easy.  But living with MS does not give me carte blanche nor does it preclude me from the responsibility of treating my wife with love and respect.  It’s not always easy to observe oneself, but it is definitely revealing.

Do you take responsibility for the way you treat others when you aren’t feeling well?  Or do you expect them to understand and accept your treatment?

Daily Observations – 9/26/17

DannyOn Sunday I observed most of the football teams taking a knee in protest during the national anthem.  For those who might not realize, the NFL is in a bit of a verbal war with the POTUS.  For whatever reason the President has decided it is his job to use Twitter to speak to the world.  And that is what has caught my attention.

There are a couple observations I made: 1. There are things that happen which are below the office, and 2. The players have a right to protest and I don’t think they are being unpatriotic, but the opposite.

First, the fact that President Trump responds to every single @realdonaldtrump shows that he doesn’t fully understand the office.  He uses Twitter to speak about policy and does it often.  He needs to stop with the Twitter wars, stop with criticizing the NFL and learn a bit of diplomacy.  Politics isn’t a boardroom where his word is the final say.  Please @realdonaldtrump, please, please stop with the Twitter wars.

Secondly, and more importantly, I don’t believe the NFL players are being unpatriotic.  I believe that by protesting quietly they are actually demonstrating the essence of patriotism.  They are using a platform afforded them by their profession to bring awareness to social injustice and to force people to be uncomfortable enough to provoke a response.

As it is any time racial inequality is brought up, white people across the country are outraged.  And they scream and yell about patriotism.  They object on the grounds of respecting our military.  They jump up on the soapbox and wave their flag.  They try to yell louder than the silent protesters to distract others from what they really need to be doing: listening.

When I hear some of the reasons people are upset over the protests I think “they just don’t get it”.  They are so quick to overreact that they aren’t listening to the pain of a group of people.  They are so uncomfortable with the kneeling that they will not try to understand what is going on.  And I think that is unfortunate.

In a way whites in America are reenacting scenes from the civil rights marches of the 1960’s.  They stood in the restaurants and yelled obscenities.  They threw bottles at the buses.  They released the venom then and they are doing so now, the only thing that has changed is the vehicle for said venom: the internet.  Yet, they still haven’t learned and they still will not listen.

Hopefully people will calm down and begin a dialogue because that is when change occurs.  Until then I’ll watch a group of uncomfortable white people hiss and yell and I’ll still be thinking “Man, they just don’t get it”.