Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Can we be in March Already?

What a busy month it has been!  I was so determined to get back to regular blogging and then this little thing called life got in the way.  Either way I was probably way too grumpy to blog so maybe it was a good thing.  Grumpy, you say?  Yes...the weather has made me very grumpy.  We have had what feels like constant rain.  Now I know that isn't near as bad as the snow and ice much of the country has gotten but the dreary, cloudy days just make me feel blah....The high point to where I live, though,  is that generally we get a taste of Spring before other parts of the country.

Just in case you are unfamiliar with anything but the traditional big, white magnolia blooms that the South is famous for these last two photos are also magnolias.  The white one is a Star Magnolia and the lovely pink one is a Saucer Magnolia (sometimes called a tulip tree.)  So, the blooms have definitely helped my mood and I have tried to keep some blooms in the house as well.
So, are you seeing Spring where you live?  What do you like to do to bring a Spring feeling to your house?

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today is my Grandmother, "Ma Jones", birthday.  She would have been 101 and if she were still alive.  I miss her every single day.  Some days it seems like if I could just sit on her couch while she watched TV or on her screen porch with her it would make it all better.  The older I get the more I miss her.  Isn't that strange? Just this week I watched a video of her in her garden taken in 1991 and I sat and closed my eyes because more than seeing her I just wanted to hear her.

I think she would love the way my children are growing and would be crazy about them. She would be proud of how strong and smart and beautiful and independent my daughter is, and I know she would be smitten like all the girls with my oldest son, and somehow I think she would have a special place just for my little man.  I know her heart would have broken though,over the last year, watching my family dissolve.  She loved my husband dearly and losing him would have been like losing one of her own children, much the way my parents have felt.  It is a loss I am glad she didn't have to endure.  She saw pain in her own life, losing a Mother when she was a small child, a daughter and becoming a Widow at a much too young age.  She hurt when we all hurt and truly was the epitome of "you are only as happy as your least happy child."  She was, on the surface, a pessimist of the greatest kind but seeing her stick her hands in the soil again each Spring tells me somewhere inside there was an eternal optimist.

I love you dearly, Ma.
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Thursday, February 05, 2015

Results of the Naming Contest....

After much thought and many suggestions I have decided not to change my blog name.  Southern Somedays has been with me for almost 10 years...that is a long time in the blog world.  It has documented my loves, my likes, my highs, my lows and my losses.  That isn't a bad thing, it just is.  So, for all those who suggested ideas thank you, but I have decided that Southern Somedays is still my online home and as my life has transformed so has Southern Somedays...to a point.  I want to get back to what I loved most about blogging in the first place....recording life, finding beauty in the small things and loving all things Southern, of course!

P.S.  I hope to actually get back to blogging as well so keep an eye out and don't forget about me all fives of you that still read!

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shameless Self Promotion and Lets Talk Skin Care Saturday!

If you have read much of Southern Somedays you are aware that the last year has been pretty rough. From relationship to health issues it seems I have had to deal with a lot but....wait for it...I am proud to say I think my skin looks great.  I ventured out of my box this year and tried lots of new things for my skin and also became an Avon Representative (see right side bar and come shop with me!)  I started out with Avon hoping to make a little extra money but then really fell in love with the value and quality of the products.  So I am going to reveal my favorite skin care tricks today:

First off, I am loving this Vitale Gel Cleanser, under eye cream and moisturizers  The cleanser takes the make off without making me feel dry.  The Vitale Eye Gel Cream has helped tremendously with the dark circles that seemed to have become my trademark (not one I really wanted to be known by!) and the Day and Night Moisturizers are the bomb, not to mention they smell delish.
 Avon Vitale Skin Care Regiment
Another product that I truly am singing the praises of and wish I could afford to just bath in it and everything would tighten up is Avon's Clinical Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream!  It is a miracle in a jar as far as I am concerned.
Avon Thermafirm Face Lifting Cream

Along with the Thermafirm I am using Avon's Anti Aging Contouring Serum which has given me some great improvement with my jaw (jowls) line and fore head....which is greatly appreciated since I am still not ready to jump on the botox wagon quiet yet....though it may still happen.
Avon Clinical Anti Aging Contouring Serum
So, if your New Year's resolution was to take better care of your skin, you can't go wrong with any of these products!  I use them, believe in them and would love to help you find just the right combination for your skin!
Shop with me on my EStore!

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Happy Birthday!

Today is the day....the day that my first born baby boy turns 18.  I just can't believe it.  Though, to look at him he looks like a man, he has taken on the responsibilities of a man in many areas of life but I can still see that sweet, innocent baby boy in his eyes if I look quick enough.  I am proud of this young man and I know that God has big things planned for him.  He is becoming a real man, a rock that can also be a soft place to land.  I am blessed to have him in my life and my family.  I never knew 18 years ago what he would come to mean to our family years later...but God knew.  I love this sweet man.

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Sunday, December 28, 2014

3 years later

I meant to blog about this yesterday, which was the anniversary of the day, 3 years ago, that my life and that of my family changed but the day got away from me.  But I can't let it go by with praising God. You see, I almost lost this little man on that day 3 years ago.  You can go back and read the story (in 3 posts) here: 2011 Ending in Prayer, (Part 1).  If you have ever seen life leaving the body of your child you will understand the deep and heart wrenching change it can have on you. You can never truly forget. You can never fully be the same.  That day, though...I saw a miracle that only God could perform.  Also, that day started a journey towards a word I knew very little about....Epilepsy.  But, as yesterday dawned I was awe struck by the blessing that I saw when my strong, healthy and seizure free young man wrapped his arms around me.

I should also mention something about our Christmas celebration.  It was fun, fully of family and friends and lots of laughter (laughter being the best medicine!) and way too much food.   I was so glad to have my sweet family gathered around me. I am very grateful for each and everyone of the them and what they bring to our family...even the fuzzy ones!.
Here's to a blessed and joyful New Year!

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Being Thankful 2014

I have to admit, this year I have had a hard time finding my groove in being thankful.  Most of that is my own selfishness.  I know I have more than I could ever count to be thankful for...but this has been a hard year.  I have lost a great deal...my life as I knew it, my children's lives as they knew it and love I thought was for a life time. I have had to come to terms with the ugly realities of betrayals and the shock of realizing you don't always know the people you are most vulnerable with.  I have had to begin wrapping my mind around a reality that the last 30 years of my life were not what they seemed and only a mirage.  So, I find myself stunned often by those realities and they make me overlook what I should be thankful for.

Each year on the blog I try to post about what I am thankful for, and this year it is taking more thought, more consideration than usual.  I haven't spent the month of November documenting the special blessings in my life as in the past; but there have been blessings.  I have 3 jobs (yes, 3 part time jobs!) that I like which have come just when they needed to, I have a warm, safe house, a car that is reliable and most importantly I have 3 amazing children to share my journey with.  I know if it had not been for their presence in my life I would not still be standing.  They each have unique strengths and talents and bring different joys into my life.  I am waiting expectantly to see just what God does in their lives in the coming seasons, because I know in my heart He has big plans for them.  He would not take them through what they have faced if He didn't have BIG plans for them.  I can't wait to stand on the side lines and cheer them through their lives.

I also have many dear, special friends to be thankful for, some old and some new.  I wish I could tell you what each one has brought into my world this year but it would take days to write each blessing down.  I am just thankful for their love, support and help.

I am also thankful for my parents and their support this year.  It was a painful year of loss for them as well but they did all they could to help me and the children.  I am blessed.

It is a different year...this 2014.  Holidays won't be the same and our family is learning to be a family...just a smaller one...but we are blessed.  Thank you, Lord.

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