Dear Weary Mom

Dear Weary Mom,

Do you catch yourself wishing the days away? I have been guilty of doing that for quite sometime now. I find myself wishing it were 4 pm and my husband would come home and help out because I am tired, or wishing it were the weekend, then wishing for Monday so I can rest. Wishing for summer to come, then wishing for summer to end... mostly I have been wishing for October so I can have this baby already.

In my endless wishing, I find myself thinking about things I miss doing and want to do once  I have this baby. I want a margarita, even though I hadn't drank any alcohol in months of getting pregnant. I honestly cleaned out the fridge and found a bottle of Margarita mix that had expired in November of 2012... I wish I could sleep on my belly, I wish I could pick my son up and hold him without it being awkward or painful. I wish I could lie on the floor on my belly and play cars or color with him. I wish I could sleep without waking up every 2 hours in misery from sleeping on my side. I wish my hips didn't hurt. I wish I could nap. I wish, I wish, I wish.

Tonight as I tucked Roo into bed and we lay there talking I realized that I have wished a good deal of time away.  A wave of regret washed over me. I lay there listening to the sweet voice of my 3 year old. I felt his little warm body nestled against mine and it dawned on me, so many days I have not been aware of what great things are happening, so many days I have missed out on truly enjoying life because I have been too busy wishing for the days to come.

I felt my eyes well up with tears, I felt my heartbreak a little. In the past 7 months or so I have wished time away. Time I will never get back. Time that was precious. My son will never be 2 again, but I spent the last months of him being 2 wishing for time to pass. He will never turn 3 again, I spent the first months of his 3 year old life wishing for time to pass.

I barely recall my anniversary this year. I was too busy wishing for fall to come to notice the day. I will never get another 4 year anniversary, the summer was a blur as I was too busy... wishing for another season.

I regret this wishing so much now that I am aware of just how bad I have been!

I vow to make the most of each day, to slow down and enjoy these moments before they pass and become a memory.

Dear Weary Mom, it is easy to spend your days wishing, wishing for a break, the week end, material things, alone time, a clean home... so many things! It is easy to forget to stop wishing for a moment and see just how good life is at this moment in time. It is easy to get wrapped up in self pity or our own desires. I know I have spent months in that situation of being completely wrapped up in my wishes, when really I should have spent this time savoring the new life growing inside of me, the excuse to slow down and enjoy my son, to just be happy to be alive.

The next time you catch yourself wishing for the days to pass, remember that these are the days of your life. Days you will never get back. While good things are in store in the future, there are lots of good things happening right now! We just have to stop, breathe and be open to experiencing them.

Dear Weary Mom

Dear Weary Mom,
Some Days I want to pull my hair out, throw myself face first on the floor and kick and scream, lock myself in the bathroom, go back to bed and cover my face with a pillow and pretend I cannot hear my family demanding that Mom come to the rescue. I think we all feel that way sometimes. Being a Mom is a lot of work. Sometimes it is hard, sometimes it is discouraging. Somedays it is frustrating.

Today was not one of those days. Today was maybe the best day I have had as a Mom in a long time.

My son woke me up in the best way possible. He gave me a few pats, I heard him giggle. Then he gave me a kiss on my forehead. I opened my eyes and smiled at him, he was smiling at me, then he said "Happy!" Yes. To wake up to a sweet and happy boy makes a good way to start the day.

Our morning was nice. Roo was hungry and ate his breakfast without a fuss, then he was ready to play. He quietly laid down on the floor and got involved in a session of matchbox cars.

I had a doctors appointment this morning (please note I am writing this post for publication several weeks in advance in preparation of my downtime after childbirth), and my husband stayed home to help me out with Roo. He was glad to see Daddy was home. We took the time to bake pumpkin cookies per Adam's request as today was also his birthday.

I had a good visit with the doctor today. We have a week to go until Harper is here at this point and I am ready! To show my appreciation for my doc and his fantastic staff I went armed with tokens of affection for the exceptional care they have given me. It made me feel good to show these hard working people that their efforts don't go unnoticed by me. I am truly grateful to have been under their care.

When I returned I got to hear all about a trip to the park with Daddy and we grabbed lunch. Roo was cute, happy and sweet. We ran some errands together. This included a trip to the pet store where Roo and I checked out the cats up for adoption. He is really into cats right now. He was cute to watch. For his cuteness we went next door for a new utility ball, perfect for kicking around outside.

We were going to go to a corn maze, but an accident blocking the road kept us from continuing on. We spotted a rummage sale at a church and decided to hit it up instead. My son was lucky to find a big wheel there in good condition and for the bargain price of $5. How could I say no?

We took Daddy out for dinner. While we were in the booth my son showered me with hugs, kisses and cuddles. We giggled together, we held onto each other for long moments, moments I wish I could freeze and make last forever. Roo was a great dining companion today and ate his dinner without a fight.

When we got home and he had his bath and stories I asked him if I could lie down with him for a while, he patted the bed and invited me to cuddle up next to him. It took him a long time to fall asleep as he didn't want to let me go. I felt the same way and savored the moments of him touching my hair and face. Everytime he would start to nod off he would wake himself up and give me one more kiss. My hormones were in overdrive and I couldn't help but let the tears fall. I love that little boy so much.

There are days when he is a gobblin, when he causes trouble, disobeys and destroys our house. There are days that I am exhausted and I don't take the time to just enjoy him... but the truth is I wouldn't change him for anything. I love his rotten, mischievous behaviors. I love that he is healthy and able to misbehave.

Dear Weary Mom, there are times when our kids make us crazy. There are times that it all seems like a lot of work, that it seems to be fruitless... but those days make us better parents. When we stop and realize that parenting is not easy, but it is worthwhile. That even the worst days are to be cherished and savored because that day is only lived once. We don't get it back. Hold onto it. Appreciate that your kids can be rotten. That they can get under your skin and make you feel something.

I am not the best parent ever. But I try. I have been trying to appreciate my son for who he is, the good, the bad, the nutty. I wish I would have realized sooner that he is only small once. Each day he is older, he is a little different with each day that passes. Someday he will be too big to wake me up with giggles and kisses. Someday he won't want to kiss his Mom in a restaurant. Someday he won't hold my hand and want to look at kitties, but today he does and for that I am so grateful to have had this time with him.

Saturday #180

On Saturday #180(#1) I was in the hospital recovering from the birth of my daughter Harper. This series now becomes a double feature as I record how we spent her Saturdays as well.

I woke up early, around 5 to feed the baby. When she went back to sleep I did too. When it was time to get up again we took a walk around the hallway then had breakfast. The doctor on call came in and told me I was doing great and he would probably discharge me early. My husband called and said they were coming to visit.

When he brought my son in and I was happy. Roo said "Mommy!" and ran to me. I melted. I gave him a few toys I picked up for him and he was happy to play quietly at my side. My husband was happy to hold Harper for a while.

Roo and I snuggled up in bed together and chit chatted, his Grandma came to visit and between her and my husband they managed to keep my daughter from me all afternoon. I smiled and said "I am ready for you to leave so I can see my baby again".

When they left Harper and I took a nap for 40 minutes then we woke up so she could eat and get changed. We took a walk and cuddled up together for a while. My husband came back after dropping Roo off with the sitter so we could eat dinner together and he could see Harper without the distraction of chasing a toddler or having to share her with anyone. It was a nice 2 hours for our family to be together. I hated that Roo was at the sitter but I knew it was important to have the time together with Harper.

Saturday #180(#1) was spent at the hospital, but we got to spent about 4 hours together as a family of 4 plus grandma. I look forward to the next Saturday when we are home and establishing a routine that includes our little daughter.

I hope you were able to spend time with the people you love this weekend.
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Ryobi 40 V Cordless Mower Review

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I had the pleasure of reviewing a Ryobi 40 V Cordless Mower. This was my first experience with a battery operated lawn mower and I didn't know what to expect from it. I will be honest, I rarely mow grass. My husband usually takes care of that chore and when he can't due to time constraints I have a lawn guy that I call on. It is not that I don't enjoy the chore... well, no honestly I didn't enjoy the chore of mowing due to our previous mower which was hard to start, hard to push and very loud.

 When the Ryobi Mower arrived I was immediately impressed with the appearance. It looks very modern, and very bright!

My husband was ready to assemble the mower right away, I couldn't believe how lightweight it was.  I expected it to be much heavier than 40 pounds. The mower has such visual appeal I couldn't help but get a little excited about it.
As you can see the dog even got excited about the new mower

We both liked that it came with 2 batteries, we charged them up and prepared to mow the following day. My husband being the dear that he is told me he would handle the mowing as I am too pregnant to be doing that right now.

My son and I were curious so we headed outside to see the Ryobi mower in action. The first thing I noticed was that the mower started easily. My husband simply pushed the bar and pressed a button and it was ready to go! No pulling on a cord thingy for 10 minutes to get it started, this is a huge selling point for someone like me. Next I noticed the mower was quiet. My husband could hear me over the running lawn mower and we were able to talk without shouting while he mowed grass. I love a quiet operating lawn mower!
My little Roo had to pet the mower, he found it to be magical!

The next thing we liked was that it mulch bag attachment which makes the mow super clean. It takes about 90 minutes to fully charge the battery. The battery is easy to insert into the mower.

Now, I will be honest here. Our yard is not big by any means. It is a modest sized yard. The mower is ideal for really small yards. The battery life seems to run 20 minutes or so and that means to completely mow our yard we need to use both batteries, then charge them both again to do the front yard. This means to mow our yard it takes us at least 2 days. That isn't a huge deal to me, or to my husband. In the summer especially it is nice to take a break from the sweltering heat and rest when you are mowing. So it works well for our needs.

The mower has a 16" cutting width, it takes no oil or gas and it has a great deal of visual appeal. Several of our neighbors have stopped to admire our Ryobi 40 V Cordless and have commented on how quiet it is to operate and how they like that.

We liked the Ryobi mower. It operates with ease, it is quiet, it looks great, it folds up to be compact for easy storage which is always a bonus for us with limited space in our shed.

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Saturday #179

Saturday #179 was our last weekend as a family of 3. Despite the way the previous weekend went I was determined that this would be a great weekend for making good memories with my son.

We planned to get up early and head out to the Col. Crawford festival as is a family tradition. My husband woke Roo and I up as we were somehow still asleep at 7 a.m. Roo was resistant to waking up, but I asked him for a kiss, he complied. I asked him if he wanted to go bye bye and he nearly jumped out of bed, ready to go.

We somehow had breakfast and got ready in record time. We made it to the festival in time to get our yearly purchase of squirrel corn and we browsed the booths. We made purchases of gorgeous Indian Corn, pumpkins, rubber duckies, a wooden train for Roo, handmade candles and jewelry for my Mother in law.

It was a nice morning!

We stopped home for lunch, we got out our Halloween decorations and then hit the road again to take Roo to a kids activity with a corn bin for playing in, slides and a hay maze. He had loads of fun and got nothing short of filthy.  He mastered the maze within minutes and had a fantastic time.

We wrapped up the day running a few errands. We came home to have Roos favorite dinner, pizza and cheesy bread. After dinner I realized I needed to clean up the house. Roo and I went into the master  bedroom to straighten up and ended up looking at books together before he had his bath and went to bed.

I couldn't have asked for a better day with my son. We had a lot of fun, we made the most of our time and we made memories. On Saturday #180 our family will have grown, there will be 4 of us, things will have changed, but it will be a good change! I am excited to see how Roo reacts to having a little sister.

I hope you had a chance to enjoy your family over the weekend.

Pampers Gift of Sleep Mission

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As the mother of a newborn I know exactly how precious sleep is. When I found out I got to give the Pampers gift of sleep to another mother, the wheels in my head started turning. I imagined what I would like to receive and hit the mall with a plan of attack.

My dear friend Melissa has a newborn baby girl and a husband that works very long hours to support their growing family. Melissa looks exhausted all the time. I know she is up and down all night long to care for her daughter and naps are a fantasy for her as she also has a 4 year old and a 2 year old.

The first thing I did was call her husband and ask for the number of their sitter. I contacted the sitter with a request of several hours of her time so that Melissa could sleep! Then I dashed into JC Penney with my plan. Comfortable pajamas for both Mommy and baby were in order for this plan to work.

I found a great set of lavender pajamas for Melissa and a silky eye mask so that she could rest in comfort and style. I picked up a package of sleep and plays for her daughter so that baby could nap as comfortably as Melissa.

When I arrived at her house with her sitter in tow Melissa asked "What are you two doing here?" I said "I am giving you a gift, the Pampers Gift of Sleep. Janie is going to stay for 5 hours and watch the kids while you nap lady."

Melissa sighed and tears formed in her eyes. She pulled me in for a hug and said "Thank you so much! I have needed a nap but we can't afford the sitter so that I can sleep. This means so much to me Sara."

I patted her on the back, handed her her pajamas and eye mask and gave her a gentle shove "Go rest dear! No worries, Janie is here until 6 p.m. She will wake you about 15 minutes before she has to go."

Pampers truly gives the gift of sleep. By interviewing over 9,000 moms about what was important for their baby, Pampers found the number one unmet need is a diaper that provides superior overnight dryness.  Pampers incorporated this firsthand insight, as well as the brand’s deep understanding of baby and baby’s needs, to design a diaper that both mom and baby can count on for up to 12 hours of overnight protection.

I got to give the gift of sleep to a friend and I am happy to report 5 hours of rest brightened her spirits considerably. When I saw Melissa the next day she looked happier than I have seen her in months. I am also happy to report that I have the opportunity to give one of my readers the gift of sleep. This is an awesome prize pack that includes:  a Sleep Sheep Sound Machine, cozy blankets for Mom/Baby and a $50 gift card. This giveaway will end on 10/27/13.

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Organizing/Storage Tips & Ideas

My dear friend April of the Saving For My Family Blog has been super sweet and supplied me with another great guest post to help keep my blog rolling while I am recovering from childbirth. I hope you enjoy this post!

Organizing/Storage Tips & Ideas
I love looking for new ways to store and organize items. I am also participating a de-clutter challenge.
So I have been on a search for organizing ideas. I went to my favorite place-Pinterest.
I found a great way to store your nail polish. Buy a spice rack and it holds everything in one spot.

Altered State of Mine - use a spice rack as nail polish storage

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It is really hard to keep your makeup organized. I have multiple mascaras, eye shadows,etc it would be nice to have it all in one spot.
Makeup Station Organization: Simply in Control -
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Holiday time is coming up and wouldn't it be nice to have all of your wrapping paper and other wrapping accessories in one spot.
Trash bag holders from Ikea for wrapping paper or rolls of material.  For my sewing/craft room
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My office space is a mess. I found several great ideas to get your office organized.
Cord Management; office organization
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I made this. It works pretty good for my house
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Kibbles 'N Knits: Friday DIY: Five DIY Office Organization Ideas
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If you are like me I am sure you have cords everywhere and they are strung everywhere. I found this great pin that will help you organize your cords.
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I can search all day for organizing ideas and you can find anything you can think of for any organizing ideas. I hope some of these tips and ideas gives you some inspiration.

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Saturday #178

I am behind on my #940 Saturday posts, but rest assured they are coming! Just weeks late due to my scheduling in advance for the birth of Harper and my anticipation of much needed downtime.

On Saturday #178 my son woke up early filled with mischief. He was prepared to take on the world and make as many messes as he could. It made for a rough morning truth be told. We battled over everything. Breakfast, cartoons, toys, the baby swing, he wanted to escape the house at 6:45 in the morning and run amuck outside. He yelled, we battled and I must say he won the fight early in the day. By 8:30 I was exhausted and ready to take a nap. It didn't happen but it was a nice thought to keep me going.

My husband woke up in a similar manner. Ready to make messes, annoy me and battle the little one.

Despite the rough pace of the morning I was determined to make the best of the day. I knew we had only 2 weekends left as a family of 3 and I wanted to make memories with Roo.

We got a late start after a drama filled morning and headed out to Butler Ohio for the Prairie Peddler Festival. It was about an hour long drive to get there and the entire hour was spent with Roo throwing a fit over this and that. I closed my eyes and tried to rest, I kept telling myself his mood would get better!!! I had high hopes for the power of positive thinking.

When we got there, Roo was happy to get out of the car. He was happy to hold hands and walk in the woods with me for about 15 minutes. Then he decided we were leaving and he lost his cool. He cried, he laid in the dirt in a crowd of thousands and had a tantrum. His hands were sweaty which made escaping easy and that is what he did.

I ran to chase him down which is no easy task at that stage in pregnancy!

Then a fight broke out over a cookie. I eventually caved and bribed him to cooperate with the cookie. When it was gone the drama started again. To make a long, depressing story short our trip to the Prairie Peddler festival lasted 45 minutes.

By the time we got back to the city we were all hungry and tired. We decided to go to Red Lobster for dinner, but the wait was an hour and we agreed we could not wait that long. This led to confusion on Roo's part and he struggled to stay while we wrestled him to the car. We settled for Denny's and were glad to go home.

The day was not what I had hoped for, but we made memories I guess. The weekend was long, it seemed to last for much more than 2 days. I was relieved to see  Monday roll around.

I hope your weekend was more pleasant than mine!

DIY Foot Soak

Confession time!

I wear sandals a lot! Partially because of the roundness of my pregnant belly and the discomfort of bending to tie my shoes when I can't see my feet, and partially because I just like sandals a lot!

While sandals are fun to wear and more often than not they are a cute option for a lady, they can be tough on your feet. My feet were looking really bad with dry skin and cracked heels. So I decided it was time to do something about it, to take the time to make them look pretty again. And lets be honest here, I was in need of pampering and to sit and rest for a few minutes.

I debated going in for a pedicure, but my Mommy guilt would not allow me to spend money like that with a new baby on the way, and a 3 year old at home. I was chatting with a friend about this and she gave me a home remedy for foot care that I had to try out. I was really pleased with the results and wanted to share this with you.

I warmed up 2 cups of water in the microwave for 90 seconds. The water needs to be as warm as you can stand it.

I poured the water into a dish that was large enough for my feet to fit into. I resorted to a pottery dish I had stuffed in a cupboard as I didn't have a plastic bin or anything like that.

I added 1/2 a cup of vinegar to the water.

I added a 1/2 a cup of generic Listerine to the water and vinegar.

Then I soaked my feet for about 10 minutes, until the water was getting cold.

As soon as my feet were in the mixture they felt refreshed and cool. When they came out of the mixture they were softer, they were smoother. I used a pumice stone to polish them a little. The dead skin came right off.

Now, they weren't like brand new feet. I still had a few cracks in my heels but I would say they were 70% improved over the state they were in 10 minutes before. I followed up the pampering soak and scrub with a generous application of Udderly Smooth Foot Cream and a pair of socks. In the morning my feet were improved at least 10% more.

This was easy to do and it was very inexpensive. I would estimate that I spent 40 cents on the generic listerine and 20 cents on the vinegar, making this DIY foot soak a 60 cent (or less) pampering experience.

Do you have any DIY pampering ideas? I would love to hear them if you do!

Pantry Challenge With Dina

It is an honor to share a great guest post from my pal Dina. Enjoy!

pantry challenge

Do you know what a pantry challenge is?

A pantry challenge is simply promising yourself to not go to the store except for perishable items (milk, produce, etc). So, in other words you are making do with what you have. When you do these you can do them because you are low on funds or you want to schedule a date night soon and need some extra funds. It's so simple and easy.

How do you do a pantry challenge?

I usually take a quick inventory of what I have in my freezer and my pantry of canned goods, dry beans, etc. Then I sit down and make a list of everything that can be made, including snacks, desserts, breakfasts, lunch and dinner! I will then break it all down. Here's what I have I can make for breakfast. If you have flour make pancakes, homemade muffins, scrambled eggs, whatever it is. For lunch it might be tuna salad on crackers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, leftovers or pizza on an english muffin. For dinner maybe it's rice and beans, chicken and dumplins or some kind of soup with your leftovers.

Try the pantry challenge!

There are endless ways to stretch your budget and a pantry challenge is one way. If you've never tried a pantry challenge try it and let me know what you think and tell me what you did with the money you saved!

Dina is a work at home mom who loves to read, write and travel. She is busy raising her 3 kids, 2 dogs with her husband of 20 years. She can be found writing over at More from Mom and My UnEntitled Life.

Welcome Baby!

My daughter Harper was born on Friday morning, shortly after 8 am. We arrived at the hospital at 5:30, I was a nervous wreck. I cried after I said goodbye to my son. It was so hard to drop him off with the sitter because he cried "Mommy!" and ran to me instead of going into the house. I got into the car and sobbed. I cried all the way to the hospital. I had cried most of the night before, and sure enough I cried once I got to my room. I was scared and anxious about the c section,  sad about being away from Roo. I was excited to meet Harper. I was a bundle of emotions.

It all started to happen fast. My doctor came in about an hour after they got me settled in and before I knew it they started prepping me. I tried to not let my anxiety levels get to me. I tried to just be me, to talk to the staff, to smile, to get thru the procedure. I took the spinal block like a pro.

Then it became apparent it didn't fully take with me. I could move my legs and I could feel. I could feel the c section, I could feel my legs, my feet, my womb being cut open.  I screamed and cried and they put me to sleep. I had some crazy dreams and woke up worried about my daughter. Before I was able to speak or understand, literally as soon as my eyes opened I was asking if she was okay. I had no idea what anyone was saying or where I was, but I kept asking. Finally they wheeled me around and I saw my husband with Harper, I had double vision and was not really coherent, but I managed to sit up and give him the ok sign. He gave it back and held her up so I could see her.

When I was able to speak and understand responses I continued to ask anyone and everyone that came my way about Harper, they all assured me she was doing great. She was healthy, she was gorgeous. They couldn't believe that I was able to move, speak and ask about getting out of bed literally moments after having a c section.

My husband brought Harper into the room as soon as he could. I got to hold her and see just how pretty she was.

I am a very lucky lady to have 2 cute kids! Harper is a great addition to our family.

After asking for 8 hours about getting up they allowed me to take a walk. I have been walking ever since!
I was told I would be here until around noon on Monday but today is Sunday, it is 8:10 in the 
morning and Harper and I will be going home today. The doctor is going to remove my dressing and pain medicine ball and then they should begin discharging us. I can't wait to go home and take my daughter with me.

I miss my house, my pets, my husband and most of all my son. It has been hard to be away from him!

Harper is a great baby. She sleeps well, eats well, snuggles like a pro and is nothing short of amazing. I can't wait to get her home to join our family.

Thank you to everyone that sent emails of well wishing, prayers and hope. It means so much to me!

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Cathys' favorite from last week comes from This Silly Girl's Life
"I love the ease of this recipe! I love recipes with just a few ingredients I can pick up at the grocery store and have dinner on the table with minimum time in the kitchen!"

Susan loved what Simply Sarah wrote on her post: "as I also have lots of little stories started but not finished (and who has the time?) but eventually would love to publish them; I give a huge thumbs up and extra encouragement to this mommy blogger for posting this adorable short story she wrote for her kiddos." 

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Stacey loved what Time with A & N wrote: "My folks didn't really take the time with me that I wished they had, missing choir concerts and band concerts, not coming to Pom Pom routines, even missing birthdays. I have always tried with all of my power to make my kids the center of my universe. Even to a point of going straight to a fall program that my oldest was in at school, the day I was released from the hospital after having my middle son. I never wanted my kids to feel the loneliness that I did as a kid. I even quit my job, to be able to spend time with my two youngest, though I still wish I had been able to while my oldest was still home. But he still makes it a point to come back home to visit as often as his work schedule will allow and we text almost daily, even if it is just to say I love you!"

My favorite comes from Forever Fitting In.  When I was reaading it, I thought she was writing about me! I am definitely both.  When I am into something, I will turn everything off and my entire goal i to focus on that obsession or determination! 

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