Come Monday…

Wishing you all a wonderful week!
I work today and then we are closed until after Labor Day…yeah!
Take care always!
Love, Smiles and Hugs!

Happy Birthday Dad

My father passed away 4 and half years ago and not a day has passed that I have not thought of him.
Today is his birthday and I just wanted him to know it was not forgotten.
Happy Birthday Dad!
You are loved and missed today and every day.

Catching Up

Hello my dear friends!
I’m sure many of you are thinking I’ve dropped off the face of the Earth but I’m happy to report that I’m still out there in the Milky Way.
Since going back to work, life has been EXTREMELY busy and hectic; but in a good way.
I am missing my time on spaces reading your blogs and visiting your guestbooks but hoping things will start to settle into an easier routine so I can get back to visiting more frequently with all of you.
My job is going great and I love what I do.  Yesterday, after a month of planning and preparation, we pulled off our Children’s Summer Carnival which is one of our biggest fundraisers for the year.  It was alot of work but the children and parents really enjoyed it.  Emma is adjusting well to her new routine and coming in to work with Mommy.
She has a wonderful teacher and is having fun interacting and playing with the other children.  I am so grateful for the comfort of knowing she is right down the hall from me and being able to peek in on her from time to time throughout the day.
I hope that all is well with all of you and please know that even if I don’t visit as often, you are in my thoughts
 and I’ll be around to visit whenever I can.
Summer is almost over and soon the leaves will be turning their fall colors once again.  I’m going home to visit my family the week of September 20th and can hardly wait.  I haven’t been home since last May and Emma’s Nana, Aunt, Big Brothers adn cousins are all anxious to see her.  I also have a new grandaughter and great niece to see for the first time.  I am so excited to take Emma to the Ocean…she LOVES water and I know she will have a blast.
Be safe and take good care my sweet friends!

Summary of Life



1) No matter how hard you try, you can’t baptize cats.
2) When your Mum is mad at your Dad, don’t let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don’t hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your 3-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can’t trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don’t sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don’t wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you’re sad is Grandpa’s lap.

1) Raising teenagers is like nailing jelly to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don’t hurt.
3) Families are like fudge…mostly sweet, with a few nuts
4) Today’s mighty oak is just yesterday’s nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It’s like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.


1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food. I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you’re down there.
4) You’re getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It’s frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it’s a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don’t believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.


At age 4 success is not piddling in your pants.
At age 12 success is having friends.
At age 17 success is having a driver’s license.

At age 35 success is having money.
At age 50 success is having money.
At age 70 success is having a drivers license.
At age 75 success is having friends.
At age 80 success is not piddling in your pants.

Always remember to forget the troubles that pass your way;
forget the blessings that come each day.

Treasure all of life’s moments; cherish friendships and love!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho…Off to Work I Go!

After taking two and half years off to stay at home and care for Emma, I’m finally going back to work on a part time basis.  I have been struggling with this decision for some time now as I didn’t want to have to put Emma in daycare and trying to afford in on a part time salary is nearly impossible.  At the same time, I have been in need of some balance in my life and as much as I enjoy taking care of Emma, I have felt the need to be able to incorporate some of the “real world” into the role of “Mom”.

God has sent me the most tremendous opportunity and I feel truly blessed.  I applied for a position a few months ago that I had given up on but received a call a few weeks ago and was asked to come in for an interview.  There were over 50 resumes submitted for the position so I was not “holding my breath” regarding a call back, however last Friday I was offered the position. 

The job is part time as the Administrative Assistant for New Day Children’s Center and they operate out of a huge old beautiful stone church that was built in 1849.  They offer daycare for infants all the way up to after school programs for older children.  The hours are perfect…12n to 5:30pm and the best part is that they pay 1/2 the daycare cost for employees so Emma gets to go with me when I go in to work and participate in their Toddler program for $84.00 per week.  And, yes there is more, you can where jeans to work as long as they don’t have holes in them so I don’t have to drag out my professional paralegal attire that I had to wear before quitting my job when Emma was born.  Can it get any better than that?

In 1849, Asbury United Methodist Church’s original congregation was formed under the loving eyes of Reverend Bishop Janes. Just one year later, again under his tutelage, a new church was built on the north side of State Street where Burger King now stands. The group of 138 members chose the name State Street Methodist Episcopal Church of Watertown.

The desire for a better building and a quieter location prompted the congregation to begin building a new church on its present site in July, 1907, completing it in 1914. It was built of Pennsylvania Marble at a cost of $125,000. The church was built to seat 1400 people. The raised wall between the sanctuary and the rotunda area is the largest mechanically-operated dividing wall north of Syracuse.

In 1965, a new education building was completed to meet the needs of our Sunday School. The New Day Children’s Center now uses the facility.

I have prayed over this for months and God has delivered a scenario that would otherwise be just about impossible…part time job, discounted day care, Emma being near me while I’m working and casual attire.  My only concern is that the job requires a lot to be done in a small amount of time but I’m sure after being able to run the real estate paralegal rat race for 10 years, I can handle this. 

Here are SOME of the duties that I will be responsible for:  Paper work for the food program, staff employment packets, parent packets, the See Saw book orders every month, logging all the training hours for the staff, (28 women!! ), registration forms for staff to attend training, classroom budgets, enrollment lists, data bases for current parents, past parents, monthly newsletter, menu, all parents communications, flyers, creating new forms, bulletin boards, digital pictures, processing parent security cards, filing, parent relations, organizing fund raisers (this is a non-profit agency) and being able to step into the classroom if need be are all necessary duties for this position.

Although it seems overwhelming, it sparks my interest and because I am a perfectionist (a curse for sure) and extremely organized and detail oriented, I think this will be a good fit for both me and Emma.  Please keep us in your prayers as this will be quite an adjustment after two years as a stay at home Mom but I am excited and feel that getting this balance back in my life is a huge step in the right direction.

Sadly, this will leave me with less time on spaces but I will definitely catch up with everyone on the weekends so I hope my friends will stick with me and not think I’ve deserted any of you.  I will visit you all as I can as I don’t want to lose touch with any of you as you have been my lifeline during this past year when my life was turned upside down.

GOD IS GOOD and I am so grateful and so very blessed. 

Have a wonderful weekend my dear friends and take time to laugh and enjoy the abundant blessings all around you!