Non-Financial Wealth – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 99

Non-Financial Wealth

Today’s topic goes to my hubby.  I’m on the last 2 days and completely stumped.  I like this topic he gave me and I’m excited to share some thoughts on it.

In today’s society, we are so consumed by money.  Debt, financial freedom, possessions.  Yes, it’s a part of our lives and something we all need to get better at controlling.  When we step back and realize the things we have that money can’t buy – living in a free country, the ability to live, work, eat, vote, speak our minds; we truly are rich.

Every day, I look at my boys and can’t believe how blessed I am and this amazing gift I was given.  I’m thankful for all the people who have come into my life – good, bad, indifferent.  They shape me into the person I am.  

Sometimes we have to step back, look from the outside and realize we are blessed.  We are free.  Many risk their lives every day to have what we have.  We should take a few moments every day to appreciate where we live, where we were born and what has been granted to us.  The tables could have been turned and we could be the third world country.  I even have the ability to share these thoughts through a blog post.

In closing, on those days when we feel as if the world is against us, life sucks, nothing is going right…just step back and take it all in.  Appreciate what you have because you never know when or if it will be taken.

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Why I Blog – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 95

Why I Blog



It’s hard to believe there are 5 days left of this blog challenge.  It’s been an amazing journey.  I won’t reflect just yet since this isn’t my 100th blog. 

So, why do I blog?

I originally started with the intent on getting more into blogging and generate a new fan base.  I also love to write and share my thoughts on paper.  I’ve started so many journals over the years; some would stick, some would be sporadic.  The one commonality in all my journaling = I love to express myself through writing.

This is very therapeutic.  A way to express my thoughts and/or let out some frustration or just be funny.  It’s a trip down memory lane when you look back on your work.  I can’t help but smile, cringe and say, “What the heck were you thinking?!?!?”

It’s fun.  I have fun when I blog, and I plan to continue as it’s part of my routine.

Summer Vacation and Three Promotions – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 86

Growing and Learning

Today was the last day of school for the boys and it was a really good day.  The boys woke up excited, looking forward to school (I’m thinking it had to do with today being the LAST DAY) and their talent show.

I’m sharing some more reflection on my boys, because this truly has been a year to remember.  I had two in school and one at home.  The last time I had one at home was when Elijah was an only child.  Talk about a different dynamic.  Now, all 3 will be in school this fall, an they are all ready.  This will be a new transition for us all, as I will have a house to myself and all 3 will be together among other children.  I’m not too worried about them, as I know they will all look out for each other.  My hope is that they will always think about the choices they make and be considerate of others.

School Supply lists for
all 3 Boys!!!

The boys brought home their report cards, and I’m just a very happy Mom.  So much growth over this past school year, and I’m excited to see how it all unfolds next year.  Wow, I’m going to have all 3 boys in school.  One in Kindergarten, one in 1st grade and one in 4th grade.  Where has the time gone?

It really is true that they grow up fast, and we have to cherish every moment with our kids.  Even on the days they drive us crazy, which has been quite often around these parts.  But, as I checked in on them tonight before I sat down to blog, I realized once again how blessed I have been to be chosen to be their mother.

Summer has officially begun and the summer sports are already under way.  Elijah’s been in softball for the past couple weeks and next week starts soccer for all three.  It will certainly be a revolving door in these parts this summer, that’s for sure.  Looking forward to seeing what unfolds and how the upcoming school year will be for us all.


Congrats to all the graduates as they embark on their new journeys and all the kids as they’ve been promoted to their new grades.  A big woo-hoo to all those kids who will be starting their first year of school this fall and here’s to everyone just having a great summer, and enjoying life.

Proud Mom Moment Reflection – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 84

It’s All Worth It

From Elijah’s Handwriting Folder

Today, the kids brought home their things from school.  With 2 days left of the school year, they have been slowly clearing out their desks and bringing home their work for the year.  Elijah brought home all his workbooks, and I decided to go through them to see what he’s learned and how he’s progressed.  

Proud doesn’t even begin to cover it.

Workbook after workbook, I saw such growth and comprehension from him that I always knew was there, but to see it in print left me speechless and very happy.  His math comprehension is unbelievable, his handwriting – phenomenal; his journals and reading comprehension is so spot on.  It’s made me realize that all the hard times I give him, being tough on him, making him do his spelling over and over, even when he didn’t want to and having him read that one last chapter before putting his book away has all been worth it.

I’ve got some amazing kids.  I’ve always known this, and this is not me bragging or anything, but I really do have some amazing boys.  Elijah’s signed up for Softball this summer, along with returning for a 3rd season for soccer.  Each year, he just gets better and better and I sometimes have to pinch myself to see if this is real.  It’s been a tough journey so far raising these 3 little guys, and I’ve had to fight a lot of battles with them as they get older. But I realize, that just with everything else, being consistent is what makes all the difference.  

I HAVE to keep on these boys about everything.  Believe me, there are days when I want to throw in the towel.  To be honest, I have a few times just because I felt so overwhelmed.  But, it’s definitely all worth it.  They’re thriving, growing, and maturing.  They’re going to make their mark on society – positively, of course, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.

For now, I will revel in the fact that my oldest has had a successful 3rd Grade (Grade 3) and anticipate that next year will be just as productive.  All 3 will be in school this fall, and I can’t wait to see how that unfolds.

He may very well kill me when he finds out I shared this.  He was feeling a little embarrassed as I was going though his books and chuckling.  Not because it was funny, but because he’s growing up.  Unfortunately, he doesn’t see that right now.  He will, someday.

Reflection – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 83

Reflection

Do you ever have one of those days when you look back and wonder what happened during the day?  Today was one of those days for me.  The day started off with a little excitement with the dog and her bath (thankfully she loves/tolerates her baths.)  The day also started off cloudy and a little chilly, but by mid afternoon, the sun came out and it actually looked like summer was in the air.

Hercules.
Photo courtesy of Justus

We were treated to airplane maneuvers from the Canadian Hercules that usually practices in our neighborhood.  The boys love watching the maneuvers, seeing the officers parachute out of the plane and the overall sound of the plane flying by is such a thrill.  It always brings them back to the 2012 Air Show, which they talk about as if it were yesterday.  Fun times, Isaac even took pictures with the parachuters and the boys got to take home a bunch of streamers.  Fun times.

As I’m looking back on the day, for some reason, something seemed to be missing or I’ve just been replaying the day in my head.  Could I have done things differently?  Was there anything that I should have gotten done that I didn’t get done.  And, as I’m typing this blog, it hits me.  Planning.  What has happened to my planning?!?!?!  This was one of my strong suits.  Scheduling, lists, order…they just seem to have gone out.the.door.  There’s really no explanation or finger pointing.  It all comes back to ME.  I need to get back into planning my days, weeks, etc.  It’s not completely lost, but it definitely could be a lot better.

Thumbs up with Isaac

So, looking back on the day.  Fun times for the boys, some productive elements on my end, but, I need to step it up and embrace my inner planner.  Get back in the game and be tough on myself when I feel like I’m slipping.  No one else can do it because no one else knows when I’m not doing my absolute best.

Seeing the Horizon – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 82

Rounding The Bend and Seeing the Horizon

Happy 1st day of Summer.  In our neck of the woods, we had on our coats and dealt with wind and rain and a slight chill.

It didn’t really occur to me, not until I really looked at the day, but this blog challenge is coming to a close.  What an adventure it has been, and I’m learning more and more about me through these blog entries.

Just a quick reflection today and I’m pretty excited about how this challenge has shaped me.  I feel like I’m in the last 100 meters and the horizon is just within reach.  Wow, what a ride this has been.

Father’s Day – 100 Day Blog Challenge – Day 76

Happy Father’s Day

Today is Father’s Day; the day we celebrate Dads and father figures who are out there doing their thing.  For me, today was a crazy emotional day.  I couldn’t put my finger on it originally, but I’d say around mid-afternoon, I snapped.  I’m not even sure what triggered it, but I was an emotional wreck and unfortunately, my kids got the brunt of it.  Oh, man, talk about a downward spiral.  I mean, this is supposed to be a celebration of Dads everywhere who really don’t get the recognition they deserve.  What do I do?  Have a nervous breakdown.

As I was reading through all the Father’s Day posts on Facebook, I was very surprised by how many were tributes.  I had no idea so many have lost their Dads either recently or for quite some time.  The parallels are all the same – there’s that void, a missing piece that’s hard to explain unless you’ve been through it.  I’m not sure if the “time heals all wounds” bit really works in this case.  I know it’s still fairly new for me, but some of my friends whom I’ve spoken with tell me it hasn’t healed.  Once again, it’s quite an experience.

The boys spoke with their Dad on Skype this morning, and Isaac, tonight’s night owl, go to say goodnight to him.  I’m thankful for these little ways to keep connected even though we’re miles apart.


My Mom called today and we chatted for a bit.  She tells me that every night she has dreams about Dad and they’re pretty much full-on conversations.  It’s as if he’s right there.  It’s a lot different for my Mom, and she seems to be okay.  But she sees him every night.  I still really haven’t seen him.  I’ve got my memories, but I haven’t had that vison from the other side or the conversation from the beyond.  I’m not sure if I will and for a while I thought maybe I was weird for not “seeing” him.

Some days are good; some days aren’t so great.  Those days that challenge you really put you to the test.  At least tney have for me.

I hope you all got the chance to celebrate Father’s Day with your Dads and/or father figures today; told him how much you love him and recognize that he’s one of the grat ones.  To those who share memories of their Dads because he’s no longer with us, I’m sending lots of love and hugs your way, and hope you were surrounded by lots of loved ones.

Take care, all, and be well.