Promoting Independent Kids

by Becky I hope both of my children will grow up to be assertive and independent adults. It would sadden me if, as adults, they turned out to be basement dwelling individuals who are unable to function in the real world. I’m trying to do my part as a parent to teach them the basic…

Legacy

by Becky As I patiently sit in my deer stand, watching the woods fill with darkness, I am able to enjoy the quiet solitude of nature while finding peace, solace, understanding, meaning, and connection to myself. I am able to think more clearly and most if not all of my problems seem to find answers.…

Another Trip To Target

by Becky Sitting in the parking lot, studying the people coming and going through the doors of Target, it would seem that this store may be the equivalent to the casinos throughout Las Vegas. There are no clocks on the wall, no windows to let you see outside and I wouldn’t be surprised if they…

Note to Self: Don’t Get Jealous

by Becky Last week a friend posted on Facebook that she and her husband just purchased 10+ acres of land to build their dream home on and I am so jealous I can’t see straight. I can’t even talk about it without becoming grouchy. It’s petty, unbecoming and true. I’ve always desperately wanted to buy…

New Year – Same Me – Just Better!

by Becky I spent most of my childhood doing what I thought my parents and teachers wanted, and then I spent my adulthood doing “the right thing,” despite not really knowing what that accomplished for me personally or what the right thing was, anyway. I ignored the little voice saying maybe I should try something…

House Of Hairspray

by Becky Recently, I grabbed my step-sons iPhone and looked at the first few artists on his Spotify app, I came across Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper, Freddy Wap, Drake, and Savage. While only in their teens, both of my kids are obsessed with this genre of rap and hip-hop music. While they both can…

My Team

by Becky When I tell people that my boyfriend and I have a blended family, I wonder if they think my life is like a modern day reality show, like Survivor.  When I see a group of adults bickering over an immunity idol and dressed in bathing suits 24/7 sitting in front of a roaring fire…

Quality vs Quantity

by Becky There’s something about approaching your 30-year high school reunion that makes you think about the past. Maybe it’s the realization that a decade of my life is soon being left or the idea that I am approaching the age where I am supposed to have it all figured out. Maybe it’s because when…

Jackpot

by Becky Lately, water coolers across America have been buzzing with activity about the Powerball. If I won the Powerball — “I’d pay off all my bills and buy houses @ the world” “I’d buy a yacht and sail to paradise” “I’d hire a chef, a chauffeur, and a personal trainer” “I’d donate some to…

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Why People Are Rude and Unkind

by Becky How people treat other people is a direct reflection of how they feel about themselves. By nature, I am a happy, optimistic, idealistic person. I have always been one to look on the bright side and see the good in people (unless you treat me unjustly). My usual philosophy in life is that…

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Raising a Child with a Disability

by Becky I never saw it coming. She wasn’t on the pediatrician’s radar. She didn’t “appear” any different just by looking at her. It’s absolutely called Pragmatic Language Syndrome and on the autism spectrum were the last words I expected to hear about my daughter. That day I sat on the front porch reading the…

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Befriending The Enemy

by Becky It’s the oldest phrase in the unofficial book of life: People come and go. Everyone has had his or her fair share of temporary lovers and friends. These people enter and exit our lives because they were only meant to be in them for specific amounts of time. But what about the ones who…