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A Picture is not Worth a Thousand Judgments

Tomorrow, May 31, 2016, would be my daughter Kateri's thirteenth birthday, had she not been stillborn. Losing her changed a lot about me. I would like to think at the end of the day, it made me a better person. I know in some ways, it made me "worse". It gave me anxieties and worries. For many years, I was deeply depressed. Now, thirteen years later, some of the changes are for the better. I am stronger and in some ways wiser. I can love at a deeper level, I am not sure I would be able to, had I not spent the past thirteen years loving her. 
Having lost a child, has changed the way I parent Gigi. I think I would be a completely different mom to Gigi, had I never lost her older sister. In the back of my mind, I am always aware of the possibility that I could lose her at any minute. I do my best to enjoy and appreciate every single second. I try to remember to be grateful for the gift of every second of motherhood, even the bad ones. Even the ones where I am overwhelmed and…

I'm Gonna Need A Bigger Pool #FunnyFriday May 2016

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write five captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they have come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your holiday (in the US) weekend.

Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by  The Bergham Chronicles Yes, by me! That is our Gigi diving into a bucket!

Gigi: I'm going to need a bigger pool, Mom.
Me: What do you say?
Gigi: Please, Mommy?
Me: No.

2. This week on Adventures at the Park, The Tale of Buckethead.

3. Gigi to Chad: Ah, Dad! Why did I have to get your huge head!
Chad: My head isn't THAT big.
Me: ....
Gigi: ....
Chad: It's all these brains I have.
Me: *dies laughing*

4. Gigi: Look, Mom! No hands!

5. Gigi would soon perfect her bobbing for worms technique!!!

Week Weak Week #UseYourWords May 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 is the challenge, here is a fun twist; no one who is participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

My words are: Tupperware ~ Mother's Day ~ tired ~ labor ~ mud bath ~ weeds They were submitted by: you for such awesome words!!! <3)

Hello! How was your Mother's Day weekend? Mine was good. I wish I could say the same for this week, but this week has been stressful, and I am tired. No matter how much sleep I get, which is never much, or how much coffee I drink, I have been tired all week. Add to that that fact that despite having over a month until she turns three, Gigi seems to have officially becom…

May Flowers #PoetryCollaboration May 2016

If you have been hanging around for a while now, then you know my friends and I like to join together once a month, pick a theme, and provide you with poetry based on that theme. Well, it's that time again, and our theme for May is "flowers"! So here is my contribution. I hope you enjoy! Don't forget to click the links at the bottom, and check out all the awesome contributions from my friends! 

Poem 1:

Floral reminders of Spring's arrival and Summer's approach.
Lovely fragrances carried with the breeze.
Orange, blue, pink, yellow, white, red, purple, magenta, teal... 
Wide array of colors.
Eager bees happily pollinating gardens. 
Radiant smiles on faces, while admiring the beautiful blooms.
Sunshine spotlighting the beautiful displays of nature's art.

Poem 2:

Smiles were once a way of life for us.
Unfortunately they have long since been replaced with frowns and tears.
Now we struggle just to tolerate each other's presence.
Friendship long since forgotten.
Love long…

Acting Lawyer #SecretSubjectSwap May 2016

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week thirteen brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

My “Secret Subject” is:
You just found out that you have an interview for your dream job, what is it?

It was submitted by: The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver (Thank you for such a great subject!!!)

I decided when I was six years old, that when I grew up I wanted to be a lawyer. It was a short time later, I would say about a year, that I decided I wanted to be a Supreme Court Justice. Somewhere around the age of thirteen, I decided definitively that I wanted to be a lawyer. The judge and Supreme Court Justice gig had lost all appeal to me. I definitely just wanted to be a lawyer.

Over the years I have gone back and forth with the type of lawyer I wanted to be. I think I have spent the most time wanting to be a defense attorney. I did, f…