Tuesday, November 27, 2012


How about a little Tuesday morning randomness?

1. Are you ready for Christmas? I've bought one gift. For the dog. Ssshhhh...don't tell her :) I've got to get my butt in gear! We're putting up the Christmas tree this afternoon. It's hard to believe that I'm getting ready to celebrate my 14th Christmas with Livi because it's hard to remember what Christmas was like before she came along. I took her last weekend to pick out her annual Christmas ornament. That's one tradition I really enjoy.

2. I start a new job tomorrow. EEK! I'm staying on PRN at my other job too. I feel fortunate that I'm in a field where I can work in more than one type of position & still have time for my family. Obviously, I knew when I went to school to become a nurse that I wanted to work as a nurse, but I truly had no idea how much I would love actually being a nurse. Sometimes I wonder why I waited so long to do this, but then I remember everything happens in His time & I know I'm where I'm suppose to be because he wanted me here right now at THIS time.

3. I can't hardly believe 2013 is just around the corner. After deciding to sit out this semester & start on my Bachelor's of Nursing the 1st of 2013, I can't believe my "break" is almost over. If I can get all my paperwork finished up & things go as planned, I should start on that in Jan. I already know that I want to go on & get my Master's degree so the sooner I get started on my BSN, the sooner I'll be done with my Master's. It's been nice not having to deal with school stuff (studying, homework, bureaucratic red tape...etc), but I know it will be even nicer when my education goals are complete. So, I guess there's no time like the present to get going on those :)

4. One nice thing about being a non-student :) has been being able to get back into doing things around home  that I enjoy. Like trying new recipes, reading, watching a movie once in a while, etc. I've got a new recipe going up on Mom's Kitchen today & another new recipe in the crock pot right now to be tried this evening.

5. Being that 2012 is coming to a close, I was thinking the other day about some of the goals I set in Jan. that I wanted to work toward. Sometime before the end of Dec. I'm going to attempt to go dig that post out & do a "end of year" update. Then it'll be time to set some more goals for 2013. I've found that one of the best ways of obtaining what you want is being able to put into words what it is you want & being able to see how you can get there. I'm always telling Livi, "you have to see it & believe it before you can be it". I firmly believe we can achieve what we set our minds to, but we have to see where we're going & believe that we can get there before there's any chance of success. 2013 holds a lot of potential for me, personally, & for us as a family. I'm truly excited to see what we can accomplish in the new year!

Well, that's enough randomness for now. I'm heading over to Mom's Kitchen to add a new recipe & then it's off to digging out the Christmas decorations. I love how things look all decorated for Christmas, but I sure do dread the work of digging everything out of the cold garage...oh well, it's worth it in the end :)

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, & 30

Since I can't seem to keep up with this, I'll just close out my Month of Thankful Thoughts 2012 all in one post.

Last 9 "Thankful Thoughts" for Nov. 2012...

1. New opportunities & doors that open when you least expect them to.

2. My memory. Might seem like a silly thing to be thankful for, but many people are being robbed of theirs daily. I'm glad mine's still intact...mostly :)

3. Religious freedom.

4. Financial stability. It hasn't always been (& still isn't always) easy for us to stretch our pennies into dollars, but I'm thankful that at the end of the month we are able to make the ends meet. I guess we all wish we had more money, but I know that many people in the world live on much less & do without much of what they truly need.

5. Unanswered prayers & disappointments. Both of which have taught me a great deal about myself & life &  continue to remind me that someone bigger than me is in charge of things & knows a lot more about what I really need.

6. My senses. What a boring world we would live in without the ability to hear, see, touch, smell, & taste things! I can't imagine a world without the sound of Livi's laughter or the sight of her beautiful smile or the soothing feel of my doggy's fur when I'm feeling down or the smell of being enveloped in one of Toby's hugs or the taste of Grandma's potato salad or Mom's apple pie...

7. My cell phone. Sometimes it's a pain in my rear end & I'd like to give it a toss, but I'm thankful that it allows me to keep in touch with those I love wherever I go.

8. Music. I may not have the ear for music that blesses Toby & Livi, but I still love unwinding to a great song.

9. Pictures. Some of my most treasured items are pictures. They capture a single moment in time, but how many pictures have you taken that when you look back at them you only remember the exact second the picture was taken? In reality, every picture is a snapshot into a moment, a whole memory. That picture takes us back to the day, the event, the time, & the people of that particular moment.

And to conclude my Month of Thankful Thoughts I'm posting the following video. It was made in 2010 & really puts the world into perspective. I've probably posted it before, but it's worth rewatching...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family." ~ Jim Butcher

‎"Never mind the odds against you. If you doubled your effort, what would the odds against you do -- send for reinforcements?" ~ Robert Brault

"It is impossible to be happy if you don’t get your mind off yourself and start reaching out to help someone else."~ Joyce Meyer

"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." ~ James Baldwin

‎"I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar." ~ Robert Brault

"A father... knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, the father not only will support his wife in keeping their daughter home but he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested." ~Bill Cosby

“Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great.” ~ Mark Twain

"A true friend is one who thinks you are a good egg even if you are half-cracked." ~Author Unknown

“Always you have to contend with the stupidity of men.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

"Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born." ~ Anais Nin

"‎And in the end it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." ~ Abraham Lincoln

"Many of the great achievements of the world were accomplished by tired and discouraged men who kept on working." ~ Author Unknown

"I may not be there yet, but I'm closer than I was yesterday." ~Author Unknown

‎"You cannot outlaw one part of the people without endangering the rights and liberties of all people..." ~ Frederick Douglass (a young slave who escaped to freedom in 1838)

"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties." ~Harry Truman

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"You can live your life so as never to rock the boat, but you could have done that by not being born." ~ Robert Brault

"Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” ~ Donna Ball

"There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread, but there are many more dying for a little love." ~ Mother Teresa

"The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn and feel and change and grow and love and live.” ~ Leo F. Buscaglia

“It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong.” ~ Thomas Sowell

“Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michaelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein.” ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting." ~ Proverb

"Friendship," said Christopher Robin, "is a very comforting thing to have.” ~ A.A. Milne

"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got." ~ Robert Brault

“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” ~ Lao Tzu

"When we are no longer able to change a situation... We are challenged to change ourselves" ~ Viktor Frankl

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore.Dream. Discover" ~ Mark Twain

"How do we keep our inner fire alive? Two things, at minimum, are needed: an ability to appreciate the positives in our life – and a commitment to action. Every day, it's important to ask and answer these questions: ‘What's good in my life?’ and ‘What needs to be done?” ~ Nathaniel Branden

“If you wait to do everything until you’re sure it’s right, you’ll probably never do much of anything.” – Win Borden

"‎Those who avoid the tough choices of life live a life they never chose." ~ Robert Brault

"In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit." ~Albert Schweitzer

"I value the friend who in time of need is just a phone call away, but I cherish the friend who in time of need I don't have to call." ~ Robert Brault

‎"Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but how we react to what happens; not by what life brings us, but by the attitude we bring to life. A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst a spark that creates extraordinary results." ~ Unknown

"‎What a blessing it is to be alone with your thoughts when so many are alone with their inability to think." ~ Robert Brault

"‎Happiness is having a dream you cannot let go of and a partner who would never ask you to." ~ Robert Brault

"Once you become the mommy or daddy in your child's world, it is the only world in which you exist, no matter how much you fancy there is a separate world of your own." ~ Robert Brault

"It is only reality until you decide that you've put up with it long enough." ~ Robert Brault

"Complex things are easy to do. Simplicity's the real challenge." ~ Robert James Waller

I'm a quote lover. 
I'm a quote collector. 
I admit it. 
Years ago, as a teenager, I kept a big binder full of quotes, poems & songs that touched me. 
Some I'd written myself. 
Some I'd just heard or seen.
Either way, it was a big book of who I was at the time. 
Then, around my mid-twenties, I threw it in the trash.
An action I have long since regretted. 
I wish my LiviGirl could see the girl I was then all wrapped up in those words.
Truthfully, sometimes I wish I could see that girl again...for just a few moments.
But, as we all know, life moves forward regardless of where we want to hit pause or rewind...
or even the skip/next buttons.

Today, I decided to add some of my favorite quotes to my blog. Sometimes I post them as statuses on FaceBook or as the occasional post title on here, but I want a way to truly "log" them so I decided to create the label "quotes" & start adding them to this creation of chaos. Over time, I'm sure it will become another snapshot of who I am at that time in my life...maybe this one I won't toss in the trash...

One of my current favorites:
"People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered; forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives: Be kind anyway. What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight: Create anyway. If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway. Give the best you have, and it may never be enough: Give your best anyway. In the final analysis, it is between you and God: it was never between you and them anyway." ~ Mother Teresa

You'll see many of my faves come from Robert Brault. 
Visit him here or here for even more. 
I LOVE his thoughts! 

The trouble that finds me and not my child has taken the decoy. ~ Robert Brault

"Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other." ~ Abraham Lincoln

"A good marriage is each for the other and two against the world." ~ Robert Brault

"When you speak, always tell the truth. But don't always speak...Cherish the friend who tells you a harsh truth, wanting ten times more to tell you a loving lie." ~ Robert Brault

"The truth is, everyone is going to hurt you. You just got to find the ones worth suffering for." ~ Bob Marley

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." ~ Harvey Fierstein 

‎"Because that's the thing, the day before your life changes forever, it's just like any other day..."

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most importantly, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs"

"‎Always review a plan to make sure you have not assumed that anyone will use more brains than they have." ~ Robert Brault

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” ~ Douglas Adams

“The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.” ~ Heraclitus

"A rich man is one who needs the least, not the one who has the most" ~ unknown

‎"Risk more than others think is safe. Care more than others think is wise. Dream more than others think is practical. Expect more than others think is possible." ~ Claude Bissell

TRADITION: Just because you've always done it that way doesn't mean it's not incredibly stupid.

The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.~ Albert Einstein 

Not all religion is to be found in the church, any more than all knowledge is found in the classroom. ~ Unknown

If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got....

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace...~Jimi Hendrix

Better is the sinner who hath thoughts about God, than the saint who hath only the show of sanctity. ~ Sadi

Here's to responsibility. Twice a week. ~ Jacob Black, New Moon

There are no rules that can bind you when you find your other half. ~ Jacob Black, Eclipse

To get something you never had, you have to do something you never did.

Christianity might be a good thing if anyone ever tried it. ~George Bernard Shaw

I'll be stormin' the heavens for you. ~ Sr. Kate 

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 18, 19, 20, & 21

Sticking with my multiple days in one post tradition, here's a few thankful thoughts to cover me through tomorrow :)

Today I am thankful for...my brother. We don't always see eye to eye & we don't always get to see each other that often, but I always know he's there for me & vice versa. He makes me laugh. He's kind-hearted. He's a wonderful baby brother. In short, I love him.

I'm also thankful for my internet (I'm sure he'd see the humor in being thankful for him & internet in the same post!). My internet gives me loads to do when I'm bored (ie. Pinterest), helps me shop for less (always a plus) & most importantly, keeps me in touch with people I otherwise would miss terribly.

I'm thankful for my dog who always knows when I need a good snuggle. She misses me when I'm gone working & sticks like glue to me when I come home. In many ways, we would all be better humans if we learned to love one another like our dogs love us.

I'm also thankful for my little wiry-haired guinea. He speaks through squeaks & always makes me laugh. He's tiny, sometimes stinky, & always a hoot to watch. He reminds me to enjoy the little things in life when he "popcorns" around his cage in excitement over some new hay or a piece of romaine lettuce. If only human life was so simple!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 & 17

OK, I'm obviously VERY behind in my "thankful thoughts" so I thought I'd play catch up today. Maybe I should have just listed 7 things once a week. I might have been able to keep up with that...nah, probably not. haha!

Today I am thankful for...safe, reliable transportation. I often take it for granted that I can hop in my car & go about anywhere without worrying about it breaking down or not starting.

I'm also thankful for my grandparents. I grew up surrounded by numerous grandparents. I credit them for my  love of the elderly today & my passion to work with the geriatric population. I never cease to be fascinated & amazed by the stories these generations have to pass along.

I'm also thankful for hot water. Seems like a simple thing, but take it away & I bet you'll find some really grumpy people in your household. There's nothing like a hot shower to relieve stress & help you really think about choices you need to make. And, without hot water, none of us not-so-famous shower singers would be able to stand in there long enough to perfect our craft ;)

I'm thankful for the clothes I have to wear & the ability to buy what we need.

I'm thankful for my job(s). I immediately fell deeper in love with the nursing profession than I ever thought I would when I took my first nursing job. Part of that was the nursing profession, but much of that I credit to the phenomenal company I work for & the people I work with. I'm sad to be going part time with them, but excited to be beginning a full time job working with my favorite age group :)

I'm thankful for the friends I made in nursing school. My life has been greatly enriched by meeting & knowing these people.

I'm thankful for books. Go ahead & laugh, but I find great relaxation in reading. I love getting lost in a good book. Books take us to places & times we can only find in our imaginations. They are a wonderful escape from reality when reality gets too serious. Yes, I'm a book nerd & proud of it! :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov.10

Today I am thankful for...my education. I waited so long & worked so hard to get it. I'm so thankful for all the support & encouragement I had while pursuing my degree. I'm thankful for the financial aid I received that helped make it possible. I'm thankful for the wonderful professors, many who changed my life forever. 

Today I Am Thankful For....Nov. 9

Today I am thankful for...the food we have to eat. 
I often take for granted how blessed I am to even get to decide what's for dinner. While we whine about which food to have, many others go to sleep without any food at all. I'm so thankful that I don't have to ever put my daughter to bed hungry. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 8

Today I am thankful for...my husband. 
Through good or bad, sickness or health, Ramen noodles or steak for dinner, he's been  my rock. Even on the worst of days, I love him & I can't imagine a life without him. Our life isn't always a perfect, but it works for us & every day I'm thankful that I get to share my life with him. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 7

LiviGirl & LilyBug...
Always making me smile :) 
Today I am thankful for...my beautiful & unique LiviGirl. She makes everything in life worthwhile & brings meaning, purpose & light to even the darkest of moments. It may sound like a cliche, but she truly is my sunshine. Of all my blessings, she is without a doubt the greatest.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 6

Today I am thankful for...my right to vote & all the sacrifices that went into getting me that right & protecting it still today. 

Monday, November 5, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For...Nov. 5

Today I am thankful for...my dad. Today's his birthday & I'm thankful every day that I get to call him "dad". I'm a lucky gal to have a dad like him! Happy Birthday, Dad! Love ya! 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For....Nov. 4

Today I am thankful for...my health & the health of my loved ones.

Today I Am Thankful For....Nov. 3

Today I am thankful for...a roof over my head. It's hard to believe sometimes how many people in this world don't have a place to call "home" or even the crudest form of shelter. I'm grateful that I can put my child to bed in a home that is warm in the winter, cool in the summer & safe year round.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Today I Am Thankful For....Nov. 2

Today I am thankful for...my bestest gal pal, Steph.

I've written more than once about her. She's the bestest gal pal a gal could ask for, the sister I've never had, a beautiful soul & the kind of person that I'm proud to call "friend". I love her & I feel blessed to have her in my life!

Today I Am Thankful For....Nov. 1

Today, I am thankful for....my mom.
I don't know what I'd do without her. She is always there when I need her. Always encouraging me & supporting me. I probably don't tell her nearly often enough, but I sure do appreciate her.
Love you, Mom!!!

Thankful Thoughts 2012

A couple of years ago, instead of doing the "Thankful Thoughts" on FaceBook, I chose to do them here. This year I decided to do another month of thankful thoughts for the month of November. Some of these may be the same or similar to previous ones & others will be new. One thing that always strikes me the most about doing a month of thankful thoughts is how positive it makes a person. The whole "feel" of FaceBook changes when people start their month of thankful thoughts. Sometimes we all need to take a minute & reflect on the blessings in our lives. November is as good a time as any to do that :) Enjoy!