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!
 
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Summary of Life

 

 

GREAT TRUTHS THAT LITTLE CHILDREN HAVE LEARNED:
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.

GREAT TRUTHS THAT ADULTS HAVE LEARNED:
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.

GREAT TRUTHS ABOUT GROWING OLD

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.

THE FOUR STAGES OF LIFE:

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.

SUCCESS:

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;
BUT NEVER
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!

Hello My Wonderful Friends!

 
Hello to all!
Just a quick update to let you know I’m still around and haven’t forgotten you.
My sister-in-law and her family arrived from Virginia Beach on Saturday and will be here for the next two weeks so my time on Spaces will be limited.
 
For those who remember my posts from last year, my sister-in-law could put Martha Stewart and the Energizer Bunny to shame; she runs circles around me but is a great help and a dear friend.
 
She is helping me redecorate Emma’s room and we are going to try to squeeze in a garage sale before she leaves so I will be BUSY BUSY BUSY!
We are having a family dinner out tonight so am looking forward to that.
 
Just wanted to send some love and wish everyone a great week!
 
Love and Hugs to all,
Rhonda 
 

Momma Said…

 
 
Momma said there would be days like this but she didn’t say there would be weeks like this…LOL!
 
 
This past week has been busy, crazy and exhausting, therefore the reason for my lack of blogging and commenting which I apologize for; I hate when I don’t get time to make my rounds to see what’s new with everyone.
 
Let’s see if I can try to recap my week:
 
Sunday:  Bad day on the homefront; aruged with Earl and just felt like running away from home.  However, finally about 7pm we went to the trail so I could ride my bike which always puts me in a better mood.  I rode 10 miles while he walked with Emma and let her pick wildflowers.  My legs never get sore after my rides,  but my tushi sure does; think I need a bike seat pillow…LOL!
 
Monday:  Sick with migraine headache most of the day; was supposed to go grocery shopping but put it off until Tuesday. I know there was some kind of crisis that day, but I can’t remember it now….LOL!
 
Tuesday:  Headed out with Emma to get groceries at Walmart.  McDonalds is across the street so I stopped there first to have lunch with Emma.  When we were leaving I realized I left the grocery list at home so headed back that way to get it.  Halfway home, my car dies; it was like someone had turned off the power switch.  I couldn’t steer and all the dashboard lights were lit.  I had just got to the top of the hill so thank goodness I was able to coast down the hill and turn off into a patch of gravel at the end of the road.  I call my husband at work…no answer.  I call my in-laws…no answer.  I call my sister-in-law…no answer.  I’m comtemplating if I should start walking home with Emma but Route 3 is busy that time of day and I didn’t want to walk with her and risk getting hit by the crazy drivers.  Finally I found the number to my mother-in-law’s cell phone and was able to reach her.  Where do you think she was???????  WALMART!  She said they were in the checkout line and since they have to come home the same way I did, they would be able to find me on their way home.  When they got there, my father-in-law checked the fluids and connections and everything was okay.  I started the car and it worked fine as if nothing had ever happened…was this a test?   So, I headed home with them following me and made it without any problem.  By now, Emma is hungry and tired so I took care of her and decided to go later that evening when my husband got home rather than drag a tired 2 year old through Walmart when I had a big shopping list.  Husband was late getting home, wanted to take his shower, eat dinner, etc. etc.  I’m getting really peeved at this point and finally get out of the door at 7pm.  It took me 2 hours to get groceries trying to follow his list and mine and deal with items that were out of stock which seemed to be everything I needed.  I noticed some people staring at me throughout the store and even heard someone giggle and kept wandering what the deal was; I mean how rude.  When I came out of Walmart, it is POURING DOWN RAIN.  I get drenched loading the groceries in the car and finally plop into the drivers seat and realize the zipper is down on my jeans…so that’s what everyone was staring at but do ya think one person could say something???
Finally head for home and when I get to the road where my car stalled, I look over and see a beautiful family of deer off to the side.  A buck, a doe and a fawn.  I pull over and scramble through my purse for my camera and do you think I had it??? NO NO NO!  I ALWAYS carry my camera with  me but not this time…what a great photo I missed.  Finally get home and unload groceries, give Emma a bath, grab a bowl of cereal and hit the couch where I fell asleep.
 
Wednesday:  Grandma and Grandpa take Emma to breakfast so I finally got a chance to call my Mom who I hadn’t called in a week.  I never go that long without talking to her so spent 2 hours on the phone.  She had another ministroke the day before but did anyone call to tell me??? NO NO NO!  Geez, what is going on with everyone?
Later that evening, Emma got sick and threw up all over her and all over me.  I gave her a bath and she seemed fine; we watched her two shows she likes before going to bed and I tucked her in at 9pm.  At 10:30 I hear her gagging over the baby monitor and go to check and she is throwing up all over herself and her crib.  Had to strip the sheets and blankets and give her another bath.  She won’t go to bed without her blanky so I put her in the chair with Earl and went to take a shower myself since I smelled like vomit myself.  I dried my hair and got her blankie out of the dryer and took her to bed with me to keep an eye on her.  She felt really warm so I took her temp and it was 102.  I gave her some Tylenol and she slept in my  bed until 6am when the fever subsided and then I laid her in her crib and she slept until almost 10am.  I got about 3 hours of sleep.
 
Thursday:  Woke with another migraine headache from lack of sleep.  I had a job interview today that I think went very well; I’ll keep you posted.  I was supposed to get Emma’s pictures taken today but put it off since she slept so late and I had gotten the call for the interview at the last minute.  Laid down and took a 2 hour nap when husand got home and could tell he was ticked about it but I couldn’t keep my eyes open any more and the headache had gotten so bad I was vomiting myself.  Men must thing we are Super Mom1’s but sometimes we just can’t keep going without some time to recharge.  So here I am at 1:30am when I should be in bed but wanted to give you all an update as to where I have been this week.
 
Friday:  Emma is having her pictures done at 11am with her new haircut…can’t wait! 
 
Saturday:  Sister-in-law and family are coming to visit for 2 weeks from Virginia…lots to do and hope to have a garage sale while she is here.
 
So, there you have it.  Keep me in your prayers for the job…it would be perfect for me and for Emma…I’ll give more details if I get a call!
 
Hope everyone had a good week and less hectic than mine…miss ya and will get caught up on everyone over the weekend I hope!
 
 
 
Hugs to all…Rhonda
 

Did You Know…Odd Laws

 

During the 6th Century, it was customary to congratulate people who sneezed because it was thought that they were expelling evil from their bodies. During the great plague of Europe, the Pope passed a law to say "God bless you" to one who sneezed.

There still are some weird laws on the books. In Washington state, it is against the law to boast that one’s parents are rich. In Maryland, it’s illegal to play Randy Newman’s "Short People" on the radio. In Alabama it is illegal to play Dominoes on Sunday. And in Minneapolis, double-parkers can be put on a chain gang.

In 1313, King Edward II enacted that "You are forbidden from dying in parliament."

An old statute in Kentucky states that men who push their wives out of bed for inflicting their cold toes on them can be fined or jailed for a week. A 100-year-old law in Willowdale, Oregon makes it illegal to swear during sex. An odd law in Minnesota makes it illegal to hang male and female underwear on the same washing line. In Melbourne, Australia it is illegal for men to parade in strapless dresses – but they are allowed to cross-dress in anything with sleeves.

An old law in Russia allows a police officer to "beat a peeping tom soundly." In Texas, two categories of men are exempt from peeping tom charges: men over 50 and men with only one eye.

A pregnant woman can urinate anywhere she wishes, including a policeman’s helmet, according to a London local by-law. But in Vermont, women require their husbands permission to wear false teeth.

In Virginia, horses of more than one year old are prohibited in a place of worship. In Tennessee, shooting any game other than whales from a moving automobile is against the law. In Normal, Oklahoma you could be sent to prison for "making an ugly face at a dog."

  Black robes

Judges’ robes were not always black. In fact, they used to be as colorful as predicted by the fashion of the day. However, to mourn the death of Queen Mary II in 1964, judges wore black robes… and never changed back to another color.

 

Now You Know!

Feeling Yuk

 Hello Dear Friends!

Just wanted to write a short note and apologize for my lack of commenting on your blogs.

I have not felt very well for the past week and not spent very much time on spaces.

I suspect the stress of everything has caught up to me as I am extremely weak and tired,

nauseated, have a nagging headache and several other symptoms.

Stress and anxiety would explain most of what I’m feeling, but then I panic and start

thinking I’m having a heart attack or something and it just makes it all worse.

I know that long term stress and anxiety can cause crippling physical problems and panic disorders,

not to mention that half the time I think I’m going crazy.  Many of you know that I have been

under extreme stress for 6 months now with the custody battle of little Emma.

Now that I’ve attempted without success to diagnose myself, please keep my in your prayers.

I’m finding it extremely difficult to take care of Emma while feeling so physically and emotionally drained.

I have an appointment for a physical on the 30th of this month so hopefully they will run some test

that will ease my mind and assure me that I haven’t lost it (my mind that is).

I do enjoy visiting your guest books but I know I have not been diligent in commenting on your blogs.

As soon as I’m feeling better, I will get caught up with everyone! 

 

Love and Hugs,

Rhonda

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