By nature I'm a procrastinator....I do my best work at the last minute so the phrase "better late than never" is one I hear a lot.
When I had to search my own blog because it'd been so long....it hurt my heart. Not because the site did it's job and moved things that were not being used out of the way of those that are, but that I'd been away from the site for over a year!!!! My number one reason is that my laptop or "the brick" as my husband calls it hasn't gone out completely, but it's so slow that even I could outrun it! Guess what I got for Christmas....A NEW LAPTOP!! Within hours of this new toy, I'm back on the site!
In other news, our life as a new blended family is going great! The kids are getting along great and we're still working out the morning personalities of everyone. Those of you who know me know that mornings are not my jam, and Ansley's not fond of them either. However, we live with two early birds who have no problem starting the day. My stepson enjoys singing at the top of his lungs to start the day which is something anyone would need to get use to. There are still boxes packed up with no place to go because what do you do with double of everything? Both of the kids are a bit sentimental so we're easing things into the house and switching them out with things that need to go. Who knows how long this transition will take?? Sometimes I think a huge dumpster would be a better idea and just start all over!
In other updates, in July, we found out that my dad had liver cancer. The drs. thought that it was a slow growing kind initially, but after an MRI and CT scan, we found out that the tumor was already 5". They think that he'd had the cancer over a year before we found it. With several different kinds of treatments, the cancer numbers came down from 96,000 to 6,000 in a month, but with the weakness of my dad and an infection, he was unable to fight it off. We said goodbye to him on November 20th and in my opinion....way too soon. That's been so difficult! Many people have wished us well and prayed for us saying, "it's hard at the holidays", but the truth is, my family is super close and we did everything together all the time so it's been hard anyway regardless of the holidays. I know that my sweet Taylor was meeting my dad at the gates of Heaven saying, "Come on Papa!"....and that makes me smile. With my dad's sickness and death, my focus and motivation to do anything has not been great. All of our focus has been on helping my mom with my dad's care and keeping him feeling pretty good. It's also been on keeping my children protected from the horrors of cancer. They knew that Papa was sick, but never saw just how bad it was. Since his death, my mom is doing pretty well. We all have our moments when tears work best to help our heart, but laughter has prevailed on most days because that's just what type of person my dad was....always joking and goofing off. He knew everyone in town because he managed a furniture store for 45 years and they all knew him. We've heard lots of funny stuff over the last month to keep us laughing.
I'm hoping that with my new toy, I will be able to do some catching up here and be of more help to those of you who are just starting your journey. The new normal is not easy, but we're here to help when you just need to know someone has been there.
Happy holidays Tracy. It’s been awhile for me too.
I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. Cancer is truly evil. I’m glad you’ve heard some funny stories to keep a light side to your time of sadness.
sorry to hear about your dad and sending you a hug. I too am not a morning person and have a son who is...he too sings and listens to rock music as soon as he wakes up. Luckily my husband is a morning person so I leave the two of them to do their thing and keep to myself. Have fun with the new laptop. Nicki
I am so very sorry for the loss of your Papa. I will be keeping you extra close in my thoughts. I love the idea of Taylor welcoming him and him continuing his role of grandpa in a different way.
So very sorry about your father Tracy. It's hard no matter what and anytime it happens is never a good or better time.
It's so nice to see you here again! I think I'm starting to miss your voice! Hope we can change that soon!
Love and Hugs
First let me say that I'm so sorry about the passing of your dad. I know how you're feeling right now. It will be 6 years this month that my Dad passed away, from an very aggressive and swift moving cancer. Know that you're in my heart as you navigate this new journey with your family.
I'm so happy to hear how well everyone is adjusting to your new family dynamic. And I'm so happy that you've found love.
Looking forward to seeing you around more often.
Love and hugs,
It's so good to see a post from you, but am so sorry to read about your Dad's passing. The holiday wasn't the same without him I'm sure. I also like the thought of your angel welcoming him through.
Glad to hear that the combined household is happily living and finding joy in everyone's quirks/nature. Congrats on the new laptop and getting reconnected with all of your favorite sites! Love your blog title and I have to say that it is a really fun show to watch on television as well:)
Hi Tracy...I am so sorry for your loss. It doesn't make it all better and I agree he was gone way too soon...but he did have a life to aspire to. He lived his days surrounded by people who all loved him and he lived to see his awesome daughter grow up and his equally awesome granddaughter. May we all strive to have a life so well lived. In the meantime, sending you lots of hugs. I am happy you got a new laptop and thrilled we get to see you here more often. - James
I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm sure your dad was hugely proud of you and your kids. Sending hugs to you and your family,
Tracy, so sorry to hear about your dad. Hugs and love to you.
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