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Unexpected Losses #UseYourWords April 2016

Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked four to six words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are:
Shell ~ Basket ~ Toilet Paper ~ Red ~ Wreath ~ Plaque
They were submitted by:  (Thank you for such an interesting group of words, and I genuinely apologize for not doing them the justice they deserve!)

I have been in the habit of writing poetry using the words I am assigned, but since our monthly poetry collaboration posted earlier this week, I decided to go a different route this month. 

If you follow my Facebook page, then you know I lost someone very special to me earlier this week. It was very unexpected. Her name was Julie (Yes, just like myself), or as Gigi called her, Mimi. She is my best friend's Mama. I have spent the week in a daze and red eyed. I can honestly say, she made this world a better place. She was such an amazing person. After I had Gigi, I was shell shocked. I had no clue what I was doing. This woman and her daughter really helped me adjust to motherhood. 

As if that help was not enough, they also helped take care of Gigi while I was in and out of the hospital. It helped me focus on getting well, and enabled Chad to stay sane and not turn into a complete basket case. She really helped my family stay sane, during our most insane moments. 

I really cannot believe she is gone. 

So, this week has been hard. When it started out, I was thinking about writing this post, and telling you guys about how I recently tried a new toilet paper, but absolutely could NOT do it. I was going to tell you all about how I am just so set in my ways, that even something as simple as switching toilet paper brands was a no-go. I had planned on telling you guys about the Spring wreath I had decided not to buy, and how I have decided to be crafty, and make a wreath out of flip flops for our door. 

Then I was going to give you a short list of plaques I felt I probably qualified for. A few I had come up with: Most likely to die from seeing a spider, Best able to distract my kid in a time of panic, or Best able to spend an hour watching absolutely nothing worth watching on TV! 

I had a post planned, and now I just do not have it in me to write that post. I really do apologize. I am very sorry. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Friday and a beautiful weekend. 

Hug the ones you love. 

Please go and read the amazing posts my friends have written for you to read!! See what words the received and in what wonderful ways they used them!!

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:                                       Baking In A Tornado                        Southern Belle Charm                   Not That Sarah Michelle                    Spatulas on Parade                The Angrivated Mom   The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver                              Dinosaur Superhero Mommy                    Someone Else’s Genius                 Confessions of a part time working mom                         Never Ever Give Up Hope                            Climaxed                                           My Brain on Kids


  1. I'm so sorry, Jules. I can feel your pain coming right through the screen.

  2. I am so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful person and special friend, Jules ❤
    Not that losing somebody over a painful and long time is any better, but those unexpected, shocking events really throw us off course, right.

    On a positive note and totally unrelated: I love your idea of the flip-flop wreath! I once saw a picture, and I think if you can bring yourself to get crafty, you should definitely try and make one!

  3. I am so sorry for your loss. Unexpected is hard to bear,especially of someone so special to you.
    You did a great job. Sending hugs your way my friend

  4. Big hugs for you from me. Don't apologize for taking time for your grief. Those who love you won't think twice (like us!).

    On another note, I think I can beat you at the Best at Watching Nothing Worth Watching on TV - that's like, every day, all day. ;)

  5. I'm so sorry for your loss, take time for your grief we will be here when you return with big hugs!


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