Thursday, August 28, 2008

A MeMe (which I don't have time for but I'm doing it anyway)

Stolen from one of my Myspace friends ...
 
If you could live in any other place, where & why?
Here, in Alabama. Different location. Preferably a small farm with horses for my son (he enjoys special equestrian therapy), a fabulous garden spot, chickens (for the fresh eggs) and a simple farm house would be perfect for us.

What animal best represents you & why?
In my case it would probably be a bee or an ant because I'm always as busy as one of those little suckers ... although they're technically not animals are they? :-/


What is the craziest thing you ever did?
I've done many crazy things but, I was young and immature. Actually, I'd call them "stupid" things.

If you could meet anyone, who would it be & why?
I'd like to meet my online friends. Why? ... Why not?


If you could go back in time & live in any decade, which would it be & why?
Not sure if I  understand this question. If I could live in any other time, it would be the Victorian Era. Because I love anything and everything that is Victorian.  I wouldn't really care for the decades I've already been through.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?
Softening the hearts of mean, bitter (wounded), judgmental people.


Who is your ultimate celebrity crush?
Dennis Quaid


What color best represents you?
Ruby Red


What would your life's theme song be?
"I'm Not Who I Was" - Brandon Heath

Who would you cast to play you in a movie?
Sandra Bullock


What celebrity best represents your vision of fashion?
Probably Sandra Bullock. But, I don't know ... I really don't have a "vision of fashion."


What would your life movie be called?
Hope Floats or Something To Talk About

What is the greatest music video of all time?
Thriller... (Bridgett, I'm keeping your answer!)


If you could star in any t.v. show, which one would it be?
LOL - The Andy Griffith Show, most likely. The characters are my kind of people.    

What vehicle best represents you?
Something affordable, economical and low-maintenance.

If you could bring back 1 famous person from the dead for a day, who & why?
Strange question. I dunno ... Maybe, Elvis. So I could watch him try to convince people that he really was dead all those years. (Lord, forgive me ...)

If you became president, what would you do first?
Are you kidding? I can't even handle the responsibilities I have now!

If you got one tattoo, what would it be?
I'm not really in to that whole tattooing/body piercing thing; I think some of it's cute on other people though. If I "had" to, I guess a small, small, microscopic cross.

If you were on MTV's Made, what would you ask to be?
I don't even know what MTV's Made is. Next question ...

Who do you think is the hottest athlete?
I'm not in to athletes. Next question ...

Who do you think is the hottest actor/actress?
Dennis Quaid. Jennifer Aniston.

Who do you think is the hottest musician/singer/rapper?
Jon Bon Jovi.

Who do you think is the hottest t.v.reality star?
Uhhhh....no idea.


What sport best represents you & why?
Hmmm, Dodge Ball? If you know me, you know why. LOL


What is your most missed memory of childhood?
Sunday afternoons with my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.  And, just simply being a child!


What is your greatest accomplishment?
Being a mom and just, "hanging in there, not giving up" has been most rewarding.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Fay, Fay, Go Away!!

I'm thankful for the rain, but the flooding? Not so much.
 
We are walking distance from a creek and we have to drive over that bridge to get in and out of here so I'm just sort of pacing the floor till the bus brings my baby home safe, sound and dry.
 
Jo, if you're reading this, I am cooking your 15 bean soup recipe for supper tonight. Rainy days are good soup days.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Happy SWEET Sixteen!

Happy Sweet Sixteenth Anniversary To Us!

I've been sitting here all morning searching Playlist.com for all of our "songs" that we loved back in the day so I can make a cd for my husband's anniversary gift. I can't believe how many years have come and gone. We were just kids when we met! I was only nineteen years old and he was 21. Last night we were reminiscing and realized, "Omigosh! We've known each other for more than half our lives! We've grown up together."
 
It hasn't been easy. We almost didn't make it to where we are now. A few years ago, we had our attorney draw up divorce papers. We signed those papers. Without telling us, he didn't file them with the court. He was a good friend of ours and said he knew (hoped and prayed) we'd change our minds. We didn't fall out of love; we were victims of a situation that we didn't plan and could not understand. We somehow lost ourselves as a couple while caring for and worrying about our disabled son. Individually, we felt Stephen's physical and mental challenges were somehow our fault or a punishment from God for getting pregnant outside of marriage. We also blamed one another. We became so bitter towards one another, other people who had "healthy" children and even God. Studies have shown that marriages of  parents who have disabled children, for the most part, end in divorce. I believe the statistics as of a few years ago was 80%. I can see how that happens. We were married for over 12 years before we were able to have a [real] couple's night out. My mom kept Stephen from time to time so we could go Christmas shopping or to the doctor or something like that but we felt anything beyond that would be an imposition. We had celebrated our anniversary a total of only two times in all those years. Our fifth and our twelfth. The respite just wasn't there.  I was not tired, I was exhausted. Physically, mentally, spiritually.
 
Fast forward to the present. We are now experiencing the blessing of staying together through all of the hard times. The most astounding thing we've realized is, love isn't something that you "feel" it's something that you "do" for the other person you have chosen to share your life with. Another thing we've learned; Stephen's challenges were not a curse. They became our challenge as a family. It was going to make us or break us and we decided to dig our heels in and fight for it. Stephen's already missed out on so much in life, there was NO WAY we could take his security as he knows it from him, too. How do you explain to a nonverbal, mentally challenged child that his parents are getting divorced? It's difficult enough to try to explain that to a neuro-typical child. So, yeah, we are one of those couples who stayed together for the sake of the child.  But, somehow, somewhere on that difficult road, with help from the Good Lord above, we've found one another again. at the risk of sounding cliche, my husband is the man of my dreams and my best friend. Our marriage has been difficult at best, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's all how you choose to look at it. ... I'm seeing the glass half full.   

Here I am, sitting here getting all mushy and talking about my [very] personal life which is something I haven't done in quite some time. If you've been reading my journals for a long time, you know this. A few years ago, a reader commented, "What? You're married? I assumed you were a single mother because you never say anything about your husband. You refer to him as "Stephen's dad." ::sigh:: That's how far apart we were. It's strange how you can live in the same house and sleep in the same bed with someone and feel so separate from them.
 
Having a true Attitude Of Gratitude Today

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Message To My Journal Friends ...

Hello everyone!
 
First, I apologize for not visiting any of you in a while. I've been swamped with work since last week. Stephen returned to school last week and he's loving it so far. I know he missed his friends and his routine. Because of me and my health issues, he had a very, very boring summer. I have promised that when I get my medical bills paid, and when his daddy's work picks up, we will finally be able to take a short trip somewhere because we were unable to take a vacation this summer. However, it  might be NEXT summer before we do so. :(
 
So anyway, I must go and get back to work. You'd  be amazed how things pile up on you when you are forced to take almost 10 weeks off! I just wanted y'all to know I'm okay, just busy and I will come by and catch up with all of you ASAP!
 
I hope you're all doing well.
 
Lots of Love!
 
Mia

Sunday, August 3, 2008

What Form of Creative Writing are you?

Fiction

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Saturday, August 2, 2008

A MeMe

A meme - because I don't feel like making time for a "real" post, but wanted y'all to know all is well! If you play along, link back to your journal for me.

1. Where is your cell phone? ................charging

2. Your significant other?.................at work.

3. Your hair? .......................................ponytail

4. Your mother? ...................................intricate

5. Your father?.....................................easy going

6. Your favorite thing?.........................doing fun stuff with husband and son

7. Your dream last night?.......................Strange. disturbing. revealing. I'm still analyzing it  
8. Your favorite drink? .............................iced tea with lemon or water

9. Dream/goal?.......................................I have quite a few of them, really.

10. The room you're in?...........................Smack in the middle of the house

11. Your fear?........................................fear itself

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years?............with my family. preferably in a better location.  

13. Where were you last night?.............fun night out with the husband!

14. What you're not?.................................easily duped.

15. Muffins?........................................yes please!

16. One of your wish list items?..........was taken care of on my birthday (Thanks G!)

17. Where you grew up?.....................In the very heart of Alabama

18. The last thing you did?......................baked an apple pie (waiting now for it to cool!)

19. What are you wearing?....................gray yoga pants and white tee shirt

20. Your TV?.........................................almost always on Noggin.

21. Your pet(s)?........................................is about to drive me bonkers

22. Your computer? ...............................I wish I could limit my usage to work ONLY =)

23. Your life?.........................................I have a full plate. Thanksgiving feast kind of full.

24. Your mood?.................................pretty good

25. Missing someone?............................my grandparents. still. some days more than others

26. Your car?..........................................is giving me a hard time lately

27. Something you're not wearing?..............shoes

28. Favorite Store?.......................I'm not a big shopper. Publix or Sam's, I guess. lol

29. Your summer?....................................too short :(

30. Like someone?...............................why not?

31. Your favorite color?............................deep red

32. Last time you laughed......................a few minutes ago

33. Last time you cried?........................sunday night

34. Who will re-post this?......................I haven't a clue