Monday, October 17, 2016

I've Seen That Smile Somewhere Before

Matt and I had a busy week. 
We had a banquet that we attended in the city with the NYC Business Professionals something or other that gave an award to the head of the Catholic Church in NYC, Cardinal Dolan.
It was a fancy night with fancy people and fancy food that I didn't eat because I'm picky and have the refined pallet of a six year old. 
It was a fun night, but a late one.
The next night we had tickets to a play.
It was an off Broadway production that I've been a little obsessed with the soundtrack over called Tick Tick Boom.
Great show, great performances-- but another late night.

Two late nights in a row really reminded us that we are old.

I think I am not an 'old soul.'

I'm still a pleasantly surprised at  things like the sun coming up each morning and seasons happening and time passes so quickly for me a lot of the time. 
There are dark times when it's harder, when it feels like everything is standing still- but I'm still always kind of caught off guard over whatever happens next.

You'd think life would feel...predictable now, that I'd know more of what the heck is going on, but honestly, most of the time- I'm still walking around with my eyes wide, a little startled at what's going on around me, trying to catch up.  My life is still just a series of run-on sentences because I don't really know where one thing stops and the next thing begins. 

That could possibly be in part because of the ADHD, but whatever....

I am not sure that I am going to grow old 'gracefully.'
I suspect I'm going to do it the same way I have 'grown up'-- with noise and a lot of stumbles. I don't plan to fight it, but I'm not setting a metaphorical place at my table for it.  
I don't feel like I'm in my 40's, but my body- especially after late nights in Manhattan- reminds me that I am.
Saturday, Matt and I could not ignore the screams of "YOU ARE OLD" from our bodies and we spent the day just finishing up stuff around the house and watching movies.

One movie we watched was the new version of Saturday's Warrior. 
Have you seen it?
Oh, it's good.
The first 10 minutes make you worry that it is going to be dumb, but then it changes directions and gets much, much better.
It's an actual movie with a plot and real characters with motives instead of a bunch of morons who sing and dance and treat each other like crap like they 1989 movie version. 

As we watched, the early Julie and Tod scenes played and I looked over and Matt and smiled.
We certainly had one of those "I've seen that smile somewhere before...." love stories. 
Matt says he knew the moment he saw me. 
I suspected, but it took me 24 hours to admit it.
I knew I'd seen him before- and not as the handsome guy in wool pants (I will never let you live that down, Babe) on my doorstep that January night. 

It really was a love at first sight situation and even though we are getting older and he snores and I change the thermostat 20 times a day-- we are still super in love. 
I love him and I like him. 
He's the person I knew from Before.
I looked over at my husband, and he smiled at me and I knew we were both happy and thinking the same thing- that the cheesy circle of our love goes on forever. 

I suddenly had a realization that made me so happy.
I said "I can't wait for all of the fun things we're going to do when we are young again."

I am a person who has an irrational fear of my own death. 
Okay- it's a scary thing, period, but one of the awesome things about the Gospel is a knowledge that we live after we die, that Earth life is a super short stop on our eternal journey and it's supposed to be temporary. That knowledge brings most people a lot of comfort and acceptance about the Lord's timing.
It's never done much to help me feel better and ever since I was small, I have been terrified about whatever comes next. As I had kids, it got worse, and I am a person who is scared to trust any of it, to let go and be okay with those things we cannot change- things we agreed to and things we need in order to progress.  
I know it's a big obvious sign that I have things I don't understand and I have big areas where my faith is lacking.
I haven't figured out a way to fix that yet- because I am afraid.
I feel bad that I am afraid. 
And when it comes up, my fears halt my progress and I get stuck, so in order to keep moving forward in life, I just put it all in a place inside of myself that I plan to get to later, when I might better be able to process it. 
Anyway- my point.
For the first time in-- ever---that I can think of, I thought about the life that will be after death and I felt something positive. 
 There are those I love that I have always looked forward to seeing again on the other side, but not enough to say I'd be okay with leaving THIS place for.

Matt and I met when we were in our 30's.
We were just about to start a season of life where age is real. 
As we watch our bodies get older, as things get a little harder, take a little more out of us and we struggle to be okay with the knowledge that we WILL have to settle down one day- I am aware that I have never known my husband as a young man.
He never knew me before I had a body that gave birth to four kids. We never knew each other before we were already showing the wear and tear from time, and from some of the hard things we had been through and choices we had made. 
There have always been responsibilities- responsibilities we welcome and cherish- but he and I will never know that season of being young and carefree and the only thing holding us back is the limits of our imaginations.
Yeah.... we WILL know that.

If I choose the right, if I grow, if I learn what I came here to learn- if Matt does, too- we will spend way more time in our younger, perfect bodies- having whatever adventures we can dream up and we will be able to do that every single day, forever. 

So maybe- just maybe- getting old isn't so bad because it means I am closer to being young again and we are closer to getting to be the people we were before we came to this Earth and I can only imagine the great time Matt and I will have when we don't get tired, when we always look cute (he always does anyway) and when we know that everything is not just okay, but perfect- forever. 
Maybe I can do this, maybe I can start to stop being so afraid.
Maybe I can see those wrinkles as evidence that I'm getting closer to something with Matt that we didn't get to experience on Earth. 
I want to be young again--with him.
I think I understand better now and I am still freaked out and still annoyed that by 10 pm my body says "Yeah, I'm done." 
In less years than have already passed for me on Earth-- I will be in a place where Matt and I can be sweethearts always- and we will be young again. 
That's a real thing and I know it is real.
It's something to look forward to.
I think I am going to let 'old ' happen and even though I will still be constantly caught off guard by life and I will probably never feel as if my legs weren't wobbly underneath me, I am going to be okay with the next season happening.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Filling in the Dots

Hello, Old Friend.......
Remember me?

I tried to reconnect a couple of times, but I just wasn't feeling it. 
On Tuesday, I was having a hard time, Emma had just returned to Utah and I was sad.  
I dealt with it by cleaning my house until I was too tired to feed sad anymore. 
That's what I do. 
If it doesn't help me to feel better- at least I get a spotless house out of it.

As I was wiping off the handles of the fridge (why do they still get sticky when I have exactly zero small children?) I grabbed the marker to update the Missionary Countdown for Zane. 

There are way more filled dots on there these days.

When I first put it up, it would make me cry- so many days ahead- but it also helped because I could see an end. I knew that eventually, each one of those days would be a day we filled in with the marker and one day, it would be the day for Zane to come home. 
At first, I filled in the dots every day. 
I cried every day as well, so I make the decision to only fill them in once a week.
That helped me so that I didn't obsess over how many days we still had ahead of us. 

After that, sometimes, I didn't fill in dots for a week or longer. 
Other times, it was my one accomplishment of the day- that I'd made it through a whole day, missing my son, and there were days that just one little dot seemed as big as the whole world.  I let myself do a dot a day during those tougher times.

I looked at the dots and thought about how we had been talking about doing something and we were factoring in what Zane would want to do, if he'd come with us. 

I realized I had ONE more missionary Skype, and there were only going to be two, possibly three more transfers for Zane. Two or three new companions. I didn't need to buy him Missionary stuff for Christmas, just some socks and sweets, because he is the kind of kid who would want to spend that last part in shoes kept together with duct tape and threadbare shirts. He would see that as an honor and a rite of passage. 
I realized he would totally be here for next Mother's Day, for whatever our Summer vacation is and he would even be here by Spring Break.
He's going to be coming home, and there are more filled in dots than there are empty ones by a long shot.
His coming home felt real, and I am starting to let myself get excited for it.

His mission was not what I expected.
I had in my mind, the Mormon Normal Rockwell version where we'd exchange hundreds of letters full of shared spiritual insights, where our family would walk around with this magic halo of blessings and protection and all of our testimonies would soar.  

What happened instead was that my heart broke when he left.

I mourned and it hurt.
My testimony didn't suffer, I didn't regret his going- nothing like that.
I just missed him, and missed being able to talk to him and see him. I missed having him around and what he brings to our home. 
Then I felt ashamed because if I was just righteous enough, if I was faithful enough, I would be happy and I would never ever sit at the bottom of the stairs and look up towards his old room and cry and say to the ceiling "just come home, please, just come home."

Apparently, life isn't all butterflies and gumdrops- even when you are doing the right thing. 
You'd think I would have learned that by now, but nope.
Every time something new is coming, even when it scares me, I can't help but imagine it's going to be amazing.

It usually IS amazing when all is said and done, but it's not all a Disney Sing-Along. 

Another thing that happened was that when I would post about or talk about Zane's mission experiences- I felt super exposed.
  I felt like it wasn't the right thing to do. 

It wasn't my story to tell.
 I've always been sensitive about making sure that even as I share about my family and my kids- that there is a clear understanding that I am sharing MY version of events and MY experiences. It matters to me that each of the kids had their own story about any event- and their story was just as accurate of a telling as my story, even if it was different.

I grew up in a family where every single thing we experienced was told to anyone who would listen by a parent who didn't care that we wanted some things- any things- private. Her knowing them did not mean they were her's to share. Her experiences were not the "true' version of events, just the events as she saw them, from her position and through her filters. 
If that hurt us, we were quickly told that if we didn't like the way she told the story, then we should make different choices, choices that didn't make her mad, or give her a reason to make fun of us. 
It was awful, always knowing that anything she knew about in our lives would be something she repeated to someone else, we didn't own any narrative in the story of our own lives because we were born to a storyteller with a social presence. 
We should have been able to tell our own story- or not have it told if that was what we wanted.

I've worked hard to not do that with my kids- to tell their stories for them and assume my experiences are the only ones that are real, that I am the narrator of the story of our family. 
In blogging about Zane's mission- unless I was sharing his emails- which were written to me- he wasn't telling his story. 

I am not there, I cannot and will not speak for him, and these past two years are his. They are special and sacred and totally his to share or to keep. 
I didn't share his emails with others as much as I thought I would, I didn't make a big forwarding email chain, I didn't do a blog and I didn't make that missionary scrapbook I had planned on doing when he left because it felt wrong to me. 

So I've share pictures and some anecdotes, but not much else.  I know there are people who wanted to know more, but it felt wrong to do more than I was doing in this situation.
That is not to say anything negative about those who post emails and make up to date missionary blogs- it is just to say that MY kid- didn't want that and I knew it. As fun as it would have been to post his journey, it's HIS journey and he gets to experience it and define it as he chooses. 

So I just kind of haven't written much of anything on the blog. 
Because my story isn't very interesting and it is basically this : 
It didn't feel like I thought it would feel, so I didn't do what I thought I would do.

People on Facebook have a pretty good idea as to what we've done since Zane left for his mission. I don't need to update it on the blog. 
I can just start where I'm at and where I'm at is a quiet house with not one sound being made, save the tapping of my fingers at the keyboard.  
Weird and temporary, because the Holidays are not far away and the house will be filled with the sounds of my kids again. After that, Zane will be coming home soon and we need to decide how we're going to situate things in the house.

It is nice to have some quiet.
It's nice to have each of the kids exactly where they wish to be in terms of schooling. None of them are actively stuck right now, and neither are Matt and I. 
Life is good, and it's about to speed up as those dots get filled in over the next few months and I'm looking forward to it. 
I am attempting to start again with the blog. 
I survived my mid life crisis this year and I'm ready for the next season.
Hopefully, I will resume telling my story here on the blog- because Lord knows Facebook is going to keep getting more toxic until this horrible election is over and I like having a place to write about my little  life just outside of this big city. 

In an effort to start over from where I currently am in my life, I have a confession:
 I want to move. 

We won't move.
Not before Romy graduates, but every day I am more pulled to that crazy city and I want to have it as my full time, for reals home.  
 I think once she does, we are going to ditch the American Dream of home ownership and get a rent controlled apartment in the city. 

I'm liking Harlem a lot. 
Brooklyn is fine, but I can't deal with the hipsters and their toddlers in skinny jeans and infinity scarves on scooters. 
Tribeca would be insane, but I'd rather have a second bedroom thankyouverymuch.
Jersey City looks good, but if you don't have an apartment on the waterfront- it's just Jersey. 
Hoboken- same thing only higher rent. 
When the time is right, I know the right place will be available and we will know it is right, but my point is- I don't think I am going back to Utah or Arizona anytime soon. 
I can't predict the future, maybe there will be a job change and we'll load up the Tahoe and find our way back West- but I hope that we stay here for a long, long time. 
I love New York and I'm not sick of it yet- at all. 

(not New York, but something else I am not sick of)

What I am sick of- is that once charming sound of the squirrels dropping acorns on my roof as I listened from my bed. 
Super annoying and I hate the squirrels. 
They ate EVERYTHING from the garden this year- EVERYTHING.
I'd rather hear neighbor's footsteps because at least they will leave my freaking tomato plants alone. 

Sunday, November 1, 2015


I do blog still, I just don't hit 'publish.'

 The things I write about are less about the life of the Olson Bunch and more about the brain of Chris Olson, and it's not the same. My kids have almost all grown up. It's weird. We still do things together, we still are a family who is focused on bonding through shared, good experiences and embracing the weirdness that makes our family "us"-- but we're all in our own grown up-ish head spaces.  
It's not as fun to blog about grown -up head space stuff.

I have absolutely nothing new to share right now about my family that I love so much.
I don't have anything I feel like posting about New York these days either.
I never cook anymore. I've totally lost my will to bake with Zane being gone. I wasn't expecting that. I didn't realize how much he was the person I was baking for. 
Of course, I baked for Matt, but he and I are stuck in that 'perpetually on a diet' mode where we still eat garbage, but we hate ourselves for it so we tell ourselves every day that we will only eat healthy things and then we make a run to Five Guys and 7-11 because healthy food is depressing.

I have a new calling at church.  I'm the new Compassionate Service Leader. I think it is a good fit for me and I'm ready to be with the grown ups again.  I'm going to put together freezer meals in the next 2 weeks so that I always have something to bring anyone who may have a need. Our ward is Boss Level Service givers, though. I may never need to break those meals out for anyone but my own, newly starving, household.

General Conference was amazing.
I missed huge portions of the Saturday session because one of my kids threw a rod and had a meltdown and I spent an hour sitting calmly on the sofa in the front room while my child screamed and tried to kick the radiator to teach it a lesson. Sometimes that happens when you have a child on the spectrum and you just have to be with them to show support and also make sure they don't do something destructive as they freak out and lose it because that's just the way they are wired. It isn't fair in any way. It sucks for the mom and it sucks even more for the kid.  It seemed to suck a little extra on Saturday as I walked back to the family room after my child had calmed down and got the last 90 seconds of Elder Holland's "Moms are the best" talk.
Sometimes, you have to sacrifice the cheerleading to clean up a crisis on the field.
Ooh.... a football metaphor.
I'm sorry. 
(Also, Go Bears!)

The talk that stood out the most to me was Elder Nelson's talk.

That was the talk that made me feel like the Lord was speaking directly to me.
I'm paraphrasing what I remember from the talk, I'm sure I've messed up on the specifics because I am old and blonde.
He talked of his experiences as a cardiologist and how one family had a child with a congenital heart defect and he performed surgery on that child. The child did not survive.
Ouch ouch ouch in the heart.
The couple had another child and again went to him to perform the life saving surgery the baby needed. That baby also did not survive.
They then had another child and went through the same tragedy AGAIN.

When the third child died, Elder Nelson went home and laid on his living room floor and cried. He was done. He was broken and he vowed that he would never perform another surgery. He was finished with this painful and heart wrenching season of his life.
His wife comforted him and stayed beside him as he spilled his guts all over- as he went through this pain and he hit rock bottom. She loved him and was there for him, helping share his burdens.
The next morning, she lovingly said to him "Have you finished crying? Yes? Good, now get dressed and go back to work."
As he objected and said he would never return to that line of work,  she said "If you quit now, others will have to painfully go back and learn what you already know. "
He was lovingly reminded that he had a job to do. He had worked hard in that job and had invested countless hours of schooling and hard work into becoming a person who was good at that particular job. To throw it away was more than just some loss of a dream to him- it would be a choice to stop doing the work he had promised to do, simply because he hit a breaking point in his journey. If he stopped progressing- the work would continue, but someone else would have to re-do and learn everything he already had learned as they caught up to where he was when he quit.

I am a person who has always seen the hitting rock bottom as a sign that it was time to stop. I cut bait and bail and I have known for a long time that my doing so is not the healthiest of ways to live and I have worked to change that natural reaction to hitting the ground so hard that your heart splats on the pavement. 

Elder Nelson's talk taught me that hitting your rock bottom is not a sign that you should abandon the work. It is a changing of what your foundation consists of, a swapping it out for something better and after you have finished being broken and crying, get dressed and do the work you covenanted with God that you would do.
It is YOUR work and thee right path for you- even though there are times that you hit bottom and fall to the floor and cry.

As I listened to him speak, I looked over at that same child who had just 24 hours prior been so out of control and hurting. 

 I thought of how I felt like I was a terrible mother, to have a child who is having this struggle and not being able to fix it. 

I saw that as one of many 'rock bottom' moments I have had as a Mom and realized that I was doing better than I thought.

 Every single day, every hour- no matter how bad things may get, no matter how devastated or freaked out I may feel. When I was finished crying, I got up and went back to work- the work of being a mother who loves her children unconditionally. 
I hadn't quit when I was alone in that job, I hadn't quit when Matt's ex wife constantly was letting me know that I was *not* a mother, because I did not give birth to three of the seven children in our home. I did not quit when those kids made huge mistakes and didn't even stop making some of those mistakes. I didn't quit when they yelled at me, lied to me and tore my heart in two. I didn't quit during the sleepless nights and the lying on my own floor, racking with sobs days. 

So I missed the warm fuzzy "Mom is great" talk from Elder Holland, but for me, I was there for the better part- the talk that spoke directly to me and let me know I was doing better than I thought.  It matters that you don't quit more than you know. 

I have no great bridge to tie that in with any of the pictures I took during October.
I could come up with a few puns, but nobody wants that, so here are some pictured from Emma's trip to New Jersey this month.
We played tourist, saw a live taping of the Daily Show and went to Comic Con, where we bought a lot of rad shirts. 

  Rad shirts from Comic Con:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

City Folk

Kate is here for the week. 
Emma arrives tomorrow and we will have six of our seven home together for 2 or 3 days before the older girls return to jobs and preparing for the next year of college. Jane is here a little longer and it's been sweet to see the 'little' girls interact like teenagers. 
Everyone grew up so fast.
Matt had to work yesterday, so the girls and I headed to the city.

Kate & Jane had never been to The Met and there was a Van Gogh display I wanted to see while it was still in town : Irises and Roses.
It was beautiful, simply beautiful.
I am not a fan of everything he painted, but you'd be hard pressed to find me snub my nose at anything with an iris. Kate and I discussed the things we liked about the series and noted some of the nuances of that particular phase of Van Gogh's life and how it impacted his art. 
Subtle color changes and blends, flashes of white amid stark black, yet wavering outlines.
The beauty and intricate details he saw in the ordinary and we speculated how much his madness played a part in what he saw. 
As we talked, absorbed in the paintings, I heard a man mumble something to me and turned to look at him. 
He was one of those people that seem to be straight out of a TV show about people in an art gallery.
He was tall and skinny- with a tweed jacket (in July), round glasses and a salt and pepper goatee. He probably had a pipe in his pocket that he smoked organic tobacco in and a pocket watch he picked up from a flea market, that he wishes his granddad had passed down to him instead of all of those pairs of blue corduroy bell bottoms.
(I may possibly be giving the guy more of an imaginary backstory than is needed.)
You see at least 10 versions of this guy at every museum in the city.
 He said to me "Yes, I didn't note before how the  madness dictated the line work. I see it now."
I just smiled and inched away as I tried not to laugh at how my just off the-turnip truck art assessment that I was quietly sharing with my equally turnip truck trained daughter impressed this cliche' of a New York gallery attendee. 

I guess that means we're cultured now.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Confessions of an Uncool Mom

I was going to be such a cool mom.
I was going to have babies who wore name brand shoes and I was always going to say yes to my kids when the ice cream man drove by and I was going to take them to the movies and let them order Coca Cola if they asked for it. 
At 15, I knew that's what a cool mom would do.

I was certainly never going to have issues with whatever hair style my kids wanted to wear. 

I held fast to that idea until the first time toddler Parker had shaggy hair over his ears.
I promptly drove him to the barber and introduced him to the buzzing miracle of hair clippers.
Every one of my boys is dragged to the barber, or the bathroom if they are in a trusting mood- and off goes the hair as soon as it starts to hang over their ears.
Zane doesn't care. He is happy with a buzz and he can't stand having any sort of length. He is also my furriest kid, so he gets more haircuts than both of his brothers combined.
Parker (instert dramatic music)  wishes I'd see the REAL him and love him in spite of his hair....
Because I am SUCH a cool mom I tell him that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard and I love him completely, but he looks like a hobo. 
We have settled on an agreement that Mommy will pay for the haircuts of a 21 year old, and he will just get them when I ask.
Greyson fights me.
He has a nervous habit of twirling his hair and when it is short, that habit transforms into nervously tugging- which is not good. 
I need to let go of the issue, it is starting to cause real conflict.

 I know I am the one who needs to change- it's just hair.

I have no room to even make it an issue- I don't understand why I care in the first place. I hadn't planned on caring, I really was going to be chill about hairdos.
I had some of the most horrible, stupid haircuts as a kid and I need to allow my kids to have hair that I don't love as well. I know that- but it's not as easy as it should be, I feel.
In 6th grade, I went to my mom wanting a short haircut. I'd never had long hair anyway and I was the child who got a lot of experimental perms and haircuts. What I wanted in 6th grade was a new animal.
I wanted this haircut:

Because I was a 6th grade bad***.
In Meridian, Idaho. 
And yes, I showed my mother a picture of Grace Jones and said I wanted to look just like her.
I know.

My mother pulled out the scissors and an hour later, I looked like this:

Pretty close, right?
Those purple pants were straight up corduroy. 
I had wicked awesome style.

I went through a phase where I slicked back half of my hair with gel and then did the wet perm scrunch with the other half.

(Two of these people were Christy's little brothers. Sorry.... but you have to admit they were dang hot.)

I shaved half of my head one year and gelled up the spikes on the side as it grew back.

There was also this hairdo that I thought would wash out, but I learned that my hair doesn't do 'wash out."

(I never understood girls who were on Team Feldman. Corey Haim was a dreamboat, Kids.)

I have no reason to be such a butt to my kids about hair. 

(The poodle years.)

(This picture probably needs to die. My kids have made tremendous sacrifices for comedy. )

After the last argument with Grey about hair, I decided to have a serious talk with myself. 
Cool Moms totally talk to themselves. 

As I type and process, I think I started to get super weird about controlling their hair after I married Matt and I would get in so much trouble for things like straightening out crooked haircuts, or encouraging the girls to express themselves with their hairstyles. 
I caught such hell for that - and for years. 
It was absolutely unfair to the girls and unfair to me- who was just trying to hep the girls to have clean, well groomed hair that they felt cute with.
As I resigned myself to just ignoring some of the more troubling things I saw, I also resented it.  It was hard for me to just accept that a level of care from a parent that I believed made a child feel loved and secure, was something that they were not going to have, simply because it was a territory thing. 
It mutated into a weird need to control the hairstyles of my other kids.  I allowed them to choose some things that many parents would not allow, but to be honest, I had total control of the length and we all knew it.

It's not a fight I should be having with my kids. 
I know better.
It's just hair, and it's not MY hair. 
I stopped remembering that in my grand effort to make sure my kids felt taken care of- I lost sight of what mattered there and I fought with my kids about hairdos.

I need to remember that I had the freedom to have whatever weird hair styles I wanted as a kid and even though I may have looked terrible- I usually loved my hair and all of it's gel and home perm glory.

I am the one who needs to change.
So, I told myself that the next hair thing that came up- I would just say yes.

I swear the gremlins that live in the walls and listen to me talk to myself took that information and RAN to Romy.
A day or two after I made this decision, she came to me and said "I want to a short haircut."
My knees began to shake.
 I had visions of her looking like Grace Jones and I weakly said "okay....."
She spent a few hours on Pinterest and we talked about what she liked and what she didn't like. I told her that all of those pictures on the computer were the result of styling, none of those people rolled out of bed like that.
She felt confident that she had found a hair style that was not only what she wanted, but would look good on her.
We printed some pictures and I called a local salon and she got a short haircut.
The stylist was as sweet as can be, and I think Romy has started her first grown up relationship,lol. I expect she will be with Albert for many years to come. 
He helped her express what she liked and why, suggested a few changes that would flatter her more and he taught her how to style it. 
It was a really positive experience, and Albert was wonderful.

She looks different, a little older.

She is also super happy with her new hairdo.

Leave it to my Little Romy to give me that push in the right direction that I was needing- right in the tiny window of my being open to change.
 Greyson and Parker will no longer be forced to get haircuts. 
I will even keep my mouth shut when I see hair skimming the top of their ears. 
It's just hair, it grows back, it changes and it belongs to them. 

I am not a Cool Mom, but I am a Good Mom and hopefully, that's enough. 

Thursday, April 16, 2015


It's been one of those days.

With all of His love, He lets go.....

The picture this song paints is how my heart feels as I try and keep my balance today..
I need to remember that in coming to Earth, I asked Him to let go so I could fly and so I could grow. Skinned knees and fear are part of it, it's better than to never go forward.
Just don't take your eyes off me, let go, but stay by my side.

The air feels feather-light
Against my apple cheeks in the driveway
I try to balance right
And push the pedals as I

You by my side
Holding on for dear life
With the sun in my eyes
And with all of your love you let go of
My little red bike

I trace a figure eight
And fall to pieces on the pavement
You scoop me up and say
Life's meant to be this way so get up and

You by my side
Holding on for dear life
With the sun in my eyes
And with all of your love you let go of
My little red bike

I brace the handlebars
And coast against the breeze
I'm chasing after cars
While time is chasing after me and I

You by my side
Holding on for dear life
With the sun in my eyes
And with all of your love you let go of
My little red bike