Saturday Ramblings: Silence

  Summer has this wonderful relaxing feel to it. You don’t really have to worry as much, or feel like you have to work twice as hard, because you know you have plenty of time. That’s where I’ve been lately. In my home, we have had at least 3 colds this summer. We are now finally recovering from the last one, and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that it will be the end for our summer colds. Annoying as they were, I guess I can say it was okay. It gave me time to look into a curriculum for my daughter, and I can happily say that I’ve found one, and we have been using it so far for Pre-K instructions. Which I might add is going okay so far. I am amazed at how much I already taught her throughout her home time with me. It looks like for the most part Pre-K is just a review for her, and I’m sure we’ll head into K soon enough. Officially we are heading into week 4 of homeschooling, and the fear that I was feeling is just gone. I am elated, happy, and know what I can do, and what I can’t. If I ever felt like I couldn’t do it because I didn’t think I had enough time (with two children) — I was dead wrong. When I questioned that I don’t know if this is good for my family, I was wrong–this is the best thing that I could do for them. Yes, it does help out when someone can give LittleZ attention while I...

Determined But Not Broken – #HurricaneSandy

First, everyday I am thankful that the home that I am living in has been completed and livable. Every morning, we hear the sounds of construction crews working on people’s home–homes that were just started. There is something about an insurance company and paying out an insurance claim that they don’t like. Well, I don’t think any company likes you making good on the insurance you’ve been paying all along. Most of insurance adjusters came out in the very beginning to check the damage. They wrote a report and put it in a file. Okay, that’s fine. But a month later, the insurance companies “claim” that the other person had leave for a family emergency and a new adjuster will be coming out. Hmm? What happened to all the pictures and notes that pervious adjuster used? We never know–never will. If the people in this area have not received their money from their insurance company, then this could be a reason. Moving On… Lets say they received the okay for their claim and the insurance company sends a check to you for your policy. If you don’t know, the check is made out to you and the loan provider of your house if you have a mortgage. The check has to be double endorsed before it is released to you. Once again, that sounds okay so far. Here is the messed up part–the bank tht you deposit the check into does not like to release to funds. Yup, you heard right. They will not release the funds. Most of these home owners has gone through the tough parts and...

Thankful Thursday: Counting

Today, I am linking up with Michelle from Divas With A Purpose–Thankful Thursday. This Thursday, I am thankful for counting. Yes counting. I count when I’m frustrated, so that I can remind myself of purpose. Then I calm down. I count on my loved ones to help when they can, and they know they can count on me as well. I count to play, and sing and laugh with my children. I count on my husband, as he does with me. I am very thankful for counting, because it has so many different meanings to me. If you haven’t been over at Michelle’s Divas With A Purpose Blog for a Thankful Thursday, then you should really check her...

Racing to the Finish Line #HurricaneSandy

I am late with this update, but I do think it is a good one. I am very happy to say that we are very close to the finish line. It’s like we can almost taste it now. Her home is about 85% competed. We are now waiting on the counters and cabinets to be installed, and the first floor bathroom. Right now, all the walls has been primed, and painted. Some furniture has been put together. Also, some appliances have been delivered–fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer/dryer. My mom on the other hand wanted things to be done yesterday, so this is a battle for patience. (Hmm, maybe I should have picked that word for the family.) I’m hoping that everything will be done soon. The completion date we are looking at is the end of this month. I’ll keep praying for that. Zee’s birthday is coming up, as well as my grandmother’s birthday, and our wedding anniversary (Not in that order) — all in the last week of February. Talk about ending in a...
Putting it Back Together: #Hurricane Sandy Experience

Putting it Back Together: #Hurricane Sandy Experience

It’s been a while that I posted updates on my Mom’s home in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. A few weeks has passed since she moved back in her home.  It’s not completed yet, but it’s close to it. Since she lives in an area that has been hit pretty hard, you know there are people who are looking to take advantage of the situation (and the fact that many home owners are not at home). These first set of pictures were taken a few weeks back when they were stripping up the floors in my mom’s home.   These last set of pictures were taken more recently, this weekend.  The walls are up and they are getting pretty to be painted.     Even though my Mom’s home has a way to go, it’s definitely getting there.  It looks nothing like it did before when only the metal beans were...
December 23rd

December 23rd

I told myself that I was not going to write this kind of post, but sometimes you just have to let things out before they come out on their own. December 23rd has been a somber day in my family. With all the Christmas festivities, you would think that it would be another day to get through before Christmas Day. On this day my father was born. Normally we would celebrate his birthday by giving him something small (since he didn’t do big parties) and let him have his time to himself. December 23, 2006 was the last birthday that he saw. He spent the time in the hospital. While we did what we could to pick his spirits up, we honestly knew that he wasn’t happy. That year my father made the eerie premonition that he wouldn’t live to see his next birthday–who knew he was right. So every year December 23rd comes and we try our best to celebrate my father. Appreciate him for what he was, and valued him for who he was. But every year is a hard reminder of who we lost and how much they are missed. It’s even harder when your daughter talks of her Grandpa as if they have been best friends. Deep down you wish that they have met–if only for a moment. Losing someone is hard. Mother, father, sister, brother, you name it. When we sit down at the table and eat dinner, we are reminded of exactly who is no longer sitting at the table. When visiting my parents house, I have to remind myself that its my...
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