Girl… or Boy?

Peace from Panic

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No, no, no, I’m not pregnant. My niece is! She and her husband are expecting their first child next March.

Last weekend they had a “gender reveal” party, and it was super exciting. I’d seen reveals online, like when balloons are popped and pink or blue confetti flows out, or when a cake is sliced, there’s either pink or blue cake inside. But I’d never personally been to a reveal. I know they’re popular now, especially among millennials.

My parents had absolutely NO idea what their granddaughter was talking about when she sent out the Facebook invite. My 90-year-old dad had a hard time grasping the concept. “What in the world is a gender reveal party? Why do they have a party for that? That’s just for women to go to, right?”

“No, Dad. It’s for all of us. It’ll be fun to share in the excitement with Kady…

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Becoming One’s Own Mother and Father: The Difficulty of Growing Up

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The most challenging aspect of individuation, of growing up, is the groundlessness breadth our feet, the fact that the universe, existence itself, doesn’t give us a blueprint for our lives; it’s our duty, and our burden, to create it for ourselves. And, that is absolutely terrifying! Jean-Paul Sartre called this existential dread: the fear of freedom.

As we get older and separate from our parents, we begin to form our own opinions, our own ideals, and our own core system of values, basing them, in part, off of the knowledge imparted to us by our parents, while founding them in our newly constituted abilities to reason; we decide what’s right and what’s wrong for ourselves, creating the cores of our identities. But, this is when it happens; it’s when self-doubt creeps in. At this juncture, we become aware of the groundlessness; we realize that our parents are no longer there…

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Hiding Place

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One of my all-time favorite games to play as a kid growing up in Louisiana was Hide and Seek. As the youngest, smallest kiddo in my neighborhood, I couldn’t play many games as well as the other kids. They were more athletic, funnier, and more creative than I. They made growing up on that street memorable. They were all like big brothers and sisters to me — allowing me to play whatever they played, but they were just more experienced at everything. The one thing that I did better than all of them, however, was hide — between things, under things, and on top of things. I could hear them out there. “Wow, where could she be? We can’t ever find her. How does she do that?”

Imagine me crouching between the old wash house and the tree that rained down pecans every time the wind blew. No one could…

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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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Last News

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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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