Welcome to My Corner of the World

I hope you find humor, inspiration and something worthwhile on this blog. I plan to be as candid as possible. Life is hard. I know, I've overcome a lot (and still have a way to go).
It doesn't help others if the rough things are glossed over.

I will no doubt fill this blog with stories of my achievements as a mom as well as my personal struggles.

I have an incredible husband whom I call "my sanity." I have two great kids with strong personalities. I struggle with anxiety and depression and I have had a colorful childhood.

I also have an addiction to Gilmore Girls, A&W Cream Soda, and Starbucks peppermint mocha.
I have recently added biking to my list of hobbies and also love to read, knit, and play tennis.

Welcome to my little corner of the world!

My Story

  I grew up in a single-parent home.  I was an only child.  My mother suffered with mental illness, and still does.
  I decided at a very young age "the buck stops here."  And so began the story of my battle to overcome a role I seemed doomed to play.
  Over the years I have learned how to truly forgive and let things go--and boy was that hard!  I still struggle wih forgiveness, but I've learned that holding onto things only made me bitter and miserable--so why do it?
  I am happily married and often marvel at the way things turn out.  My husband and I couldn't be better matched for each other, and without him I wouldn't be where I am today.
  I used to work with mentally and physically handicapped individuals, but now I am a stay-at-home-mom and I love it.
  I have a 7 year-old daughter and a 4 year-old son.  My daughter is incredibly emotional and illogical (just like me) and I have to find the patience I need to show her my love throughout the day in ways she will understand.  My son has an incredible temper, and I'm in the middle of learning how to handle that.  I'm also learning how to love him in the way that he needs to be loved.
  I'm still learning how to balance (perhaps juggle is a more appropriate word most of the time) being a mom, wife, Christian and friend.  Some days are easier than others!
  I have been blessed with some amazing friends who have helped me in so many ways over the years.
   I have spent the last 3 years fighting depression.  Honestly, there was a time when it seemed my efforts were pointless--that I'd never be able to make the fog lift.  I was never suicidal, and really in the grand scheme of things I don't think my depression was that severe--but it was worse than the "mild" name I once gave it.  However, thanks to a wonderful counselor, the help of some medication, and a wonderful support system, I feel wonderful.  Sure, I still have my down days.  On those days I take things one step at a time and I make it through.
  This blog's purpose is to offer hope to those who struggle with the same hurdles in life as I do and become a stronger person on the other side.
  I have spent the better part of 30 years learning how to forgive and let things go.
  I have dealt with mental illness up close and personal and have managed to defeat it.
  I am also learning to love who I am.
  Thanks for stopping by!