Welcome! Pull up a chair!

Welcome to my blog! Whether you’re striving to be more or feeling pretty nifty already, I hope you’ll find something you like here.  Grab a cup of coffee or tea, and let me tell you a little about me…

I am a “late-in-life” mom who got thrown a curve ball when my daughter was diagnosed with a heart condition (dilated cardiomyopathy) at seven weeks old (and she was seven and a half weeks early, so before her due date).  She had a heart transplant on 7/7/09 and is doing well.  Since then, I have gone through hospice with my dad, who passed away in February 2014, then hospice with my mom who passed in August 2015.  So, caregiving has been a constant in my life for the past seven years. Because of all this, my life has been a little bit about survival mode.  Okay, a lot about survival mode.  So, I started this blog to journal my way out of that feeling of overwhelm.  I started it around my 45th birthday, hence the title.

I am also a college adjunct (with a full-time position and another part time position) in Communication Studies.  I coach the Speech and Debate team at my four-year University.  I love learning from others online by reading other blogs and articles.  I consider myself to be an “idea” person – I love to come up with ideas and explore them with others and I often have some good ones.  I love coming up with and playing with ideas and exploring perspectives. And I love sharing those ideas and perspectives with others and seeing what we can figure out together.

I love my family, coffee, my work, God and cookies.  Not necessarily in that order.  But, you can expect to see posts on parenting, caregiving, community building and self-care.  I desire conversations more than lectures.  So, please comment a lot, give me feedback, email me, visit over at Facebook and Twitter and Instagram!  Now, let’s talk about life…


Family at wedding

4 thoughts on “Welcome! Pull up a chair!

  1. So, what’s your name? Mine is Mary. I just read yiur fiveminfri post for oct 29. But couldnt find a place to comment and if I read it I like to at least acknowledge it. I liked your words and I think most, if not all of us, have some of the same issues. What you said about being not enough is so true. We are not enough, yet, at the same time, we are exactly enough. I love you picture and quote about surrender. I am right there with you girlfriend. Dont remember my number but right after you. mehflowers.

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