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The Joy of Reading

Ever since I was a little girl reading has always been a joy to me. I can still remember spending an entire summer reading and get lost in my stories. My love and I got separated years ago thanks to the demands of being a wife, parent, friend, employee and student. I have checked out a large number of books from my local library but I never get to read them. So I am once again going to challenge myself to read an entire book.

A friend of mine suggested a series of books by Ken Follett and so far it is turning out to be a great idea. There is however a huge obstacle in my way. Finding the right time to read is becoming a problem. I work a full-time job, help my two oldest with their homework. Prepare my preschooler for kindergarten, baths, family Bible study, story and song time. Then make lunches, clean the sink, lay out school clothes before I get some me time. My “me time” consists of taking a shower, reading and journal writing but I rarely get to write or read for more than 10 minutes before passing out.

Not sure what I need to do to make more time for myself because reading use to be a great way for me to relax and let go of all the demands of my day.

If you have any advise, please share in the comments section.

Thank you for stopping by and for reading 🙂

Dinner Time: Chicken Alfredo with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

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Ingredients DSCN8706

1 Pack of whole wheat spaghetti
2 Boneless chicken breast halves, cooked and cubed
1 Jar Alfredo-style pasta sauce
1 Cup sundried tomatoes Julienne-cut
2 Tablespoons of Oil
1/2 Tablespoons of parsley
A dash of black pepper and salt

Directions

1.In a large pot cook spaghetti and sundried tomatoes in boiling salted water until al dente. Drain well.
2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet brown cubed chicken.
3. Pour saucepan over cooked chicken and simmer over medium-low heat. Add salt, pepper and Cook until heated through.
4. Combine cooked spaghetti with sauce in the large skillet.
5. Plate the warm spaghetti and garnish with parsley.

I love this recipe because it was quick and easy. The kids like it and clean up is also easy.

I ran a Half Marathon and I hope to do it again!!!

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So it has been a while since I posted anything besides outfits. Medically, things seem to be getting worse. I decided to run the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon on May 18th and it was awesome. The race started out very well until mile 10, my left hip began to hurt and I walked parts of the last 3.1 miles. I had a great goal for that race but being in pain made it very difficult. I did however, ran this race a few minutes faster than the last time I ran.

After the race, my family and I came home and took an epic nap before showering and going out to celebrate. Looking back now I am more than happy that I did the race. My oldest daughter pulled me aside after the race and told me that she was very proud of me. She made a point of telling me that she was glad that I fought through the pain and ran despite it all. I obviously almost cried after she told me. I am now more dedicated to getting stronger medically so I can keep on running. My kids make my life worth living and knowing that I am setting a good example keeps me going.

The fibromyalgia diagnoses has been sort of a relief but it still sucks. The last few weeks have been rough, I have had several flare ups and that he made I harder for me to get anything done. My left hip hurts so much that I now limp but that didn’t stop me from going to the gym. I spent some time on the elliptical and treadmill. I am going to start getting weekly full body massages because I know that are needed. I also take some medications to help with the flare ups but they don’t always work that well.

A friend recently referred me to an organization that works on helping people with chronic pain. I am going to contact them next to see how they can help me get things under control because I hate not being able to work, play or sleep…yes, I rarely get a full night’s sleep. Last night was especially bad, I laid in bed and tried several positions to get comfortable but nothing worked. I finally fell asleep around 4:30 just to be woken up my little diva at about 8. Did I try to go back to sleep? Yes, I did but it didn’t work. I am just so tired of it all, I have been dealing with all this for over 7 years and it appears to be getting progressively worse and that’s not good at all.

I truly hope that my weekly massages, and involvement with the pain management group will bring me some relief. Well, I need to get going. I hope you are enjoying your Memorial Day weekend, don’t forgot to thank a veteran because we were once willing to give our lives so that we can all enjoy our many freedoms.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Great Educational Sites to Help with Homework

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http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/maths/contents_areaperimeter.htm

http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U3L2GL.html

http://www.factmonster.com/homework/hwsocstudies.html

http://www.coolmath-games.com/

http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

I love these sites because they have tons of information to help parents and students get work done. I am not a big fan of math and these sites have been great in making me look like I know what I am doing. I also like that there are games to help the kids learn and enjoy school work. My kids are geeks and I would not have it any other way. I am also trying to find new things for them to do to keep them interested in learning and these websites definitely help out a lot.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you find something helpful during this visit, I have to get back to homework/chaos containment/dinner prepping.

Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is a great idea in theory because it is a day designated to celebrate moms. Growing up in Sierra Leone I don’t remember celebrating Mother’s Day. My family is about 90% Jehovah Witnesses and maybe 10% Muslims. All I can remember is that I had a great “mom”, I am using quotation marks because the lady I called “mom” for the first part of my childhood was in fact my grandmother but I didn’t learn the truth until I started attending school. My grandmother decided to raise my brother, sister, and I. She offered to help our mom while she figured her life out. Everyone knew this fact except for me. I wasn’t shocked or hurt when I learned the truth. I loved her regardless of her title, she loved me regardless and that is all that matters.

My grandmother passed away over 24 years ago and a day doesn’t go by when I don’t think about how great she was. My grandmother in my heart will always be mom. My mother and I reunited a few years after grandma passed away. I don’t call my biological mother “mom” because she doesn’t like the title so I call her Miss and I am okay with that. My mother and I aren’t very close but I still love her and always will. I am here because of her but I am the woman I am today because of the great lessons I learned from my grandmother.

A Mom is not always the person who births you and I have been more than fortunate to be blessed with many moms over the years. The first person I encountered in the States that treated me like her daughter was my next door neighbor. Ms. Leigh…I call her my Cuban mom. She makes yummy rum cakes and I loved hanging out with her and her beautiful families. I learned a lot about her culture and she was there for me through some very difficult times. I love her and admire her 🙂

I met my other mom in college, she was the Founding Director of the Virginia Women’s Institute for Leadership Corps of Cadets at Mary Baldwin College. Her name is Dr. Brenda Lou Bryant, Dr. Bryant passed away almost two years ago after a long and fiercely fought battle with breast cancer. Meeting her changed my life for the better, Dr. Bryant helped me stay in college after my mother kicked me out of her home. I loved talking to Dr.B…that’s what most people close to her called her. Dr. B and I had tons of conversations about almost everything but I will never the conversation about why I had gotten accepted in the VWIL Corps of Cadets. It started out like many of our previous conversations but it ended with me in tears…these were tears of joy. Dr. B told me that she saw herself in my essay and that she had no choice but to accept me into the program so that I can grow and become that great person that she saw in my words. I cried like a baby because only one other person had ever made me feel that special.
That other person was my grandmother and I couldn’t help but feel like Dr.B and I were meant to meet because God knew I needed someone like her in my life. I cried for days after Dr. B died because I feel like I failed her and I still cry when I think about her and all she did for me.

All the women I have encountered over the years have helped me to become the mom that I am today. As a mom I try my best to be a warm, loving and supportive someone that my children can go to for anything. I know that I make mistakes as a parent but I have to come to terms with the fact that motherhood is not an exact science and I just need to do the best that I can and I know God will help with the rest.

Wishing all mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers, single fathers and all those who take on the role of mom to a child who is in need a wonderful day filled with love and thank you. Now I am going to eat dinner with my sweet and loving bunch 🙂

Fashionable Mom of the Week: Victoria Beckham

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This week’s fashionable mom is the multi-talented Mrs. Victoria Beckham. I don’t know how she does it but she somehow is able to birth 4 beautiful kids, run a fashion empire and still maintains a fit and healthy body. I became a fan in the 90s and have remained one because she is inspiring, fearless, hardworking and obviously very style savvy. In honor of mother’s weekend, I decided to choose her because she is a hard working mom who knows her priorities and I respect that about her.

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Busy Mom of the Week: Angelina Jolie

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She has style, she loves her kids, and she loves making movies. I have always admired her work and I can’t wait to see her in “Maleficent”. I became a bigger fan of hers when she took on the role of humanitarian. I love that she is using her fame and fortune to brighten up the lives of those less fortunate than her. She is one of those celebrity moms who does not seem to use her kids to gain more fame and money and I love that about her. I hope that she continues to raise awareness for breast cancer and equal rights because she is setting a wonderful example to her kids.

Below you will find links to some of the organizations Ms. Jolie has supported.

http://www.sos-childrensvillages.org/

https://www.looktothestars.org/charity/alliance-for-the-lost-boys-of-sudan

http://www.supportkind.org/en/

http://www.hrw.org/

http://www.cancerschmancer.org/

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