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The Hardest job in the world…

Being a parent is one of the hardest jobs on this earth. You have to feed them, clothe them and teach them the ways of the world… but I truly think there might even be a harder job out there and that is being a foster parent. Yes, you are still in charge of feeding, clothing them and again teaching them the ins and outs of the world we live in, but as foster parents you might be dealing with social issues, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, abuse etc. and then they might not even end up staying with you, after all, is said and done. All you really can do is love them for the time that you have them. Almost 3 years ago my sister Amanda and her husband became foster parents after taking all the required classes, home visits, background checks of them and family members, evaluations about them as a couple from family & friends and so on. They got to foster a then two and half-year-old girl. We will name her Peanut. (because Children in foster care can’t be showcased on any social media, no photos, and no real names) I didn’t know this until Peanut […]
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I Can Do It!

Anything you can do I can try… and maybe I can do it better. It always seems to surprise people at what I can do. “I get I didn’t know you knew how to do that.” or “wow when did you learn that” maybe it’s because I’m a very independent person and I have never flounder away from learning or trying new things, or it might be that people aren’t giving me enough credit at times. It could be a little of both. Here are just a few things that people are surprised to find out that I know how to do. Driving Stick Shift Why is this one so amazing to people (mostly men) that I can go and do this. It’s not that hard to learn. In fact, it only took me 15 minutes to learn the basics. Yes, it can be tricky at times, stopping on a steep hill, took a bit more to master. The trick to driving stick is you should think of the petals as one of those scales that every lawyer/law firm has in their logo. If you add weight from one side, you will have to take weight off on the other […]
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2016 Worst Year Ever?

My Favorite quote about 2016 comes from a Facebook post from Chad Kerychuk. “If a year could be a villain, it would be 2016. It took a Prince and a Goblin King from us and now it stole The Princess. David Bowie, Prince and Carrie Fisher are just the start of a very long list of celebrities and cultural icons that passed in 2016. Over 100 if you were counting. We also lost Willy Wonka – Gene Wilder, Hogwarts’s Professor Snape – Alan Rickman. Everyone’s caring, sometimes funny and loveable dad Alan Thicke. Along with TV Mom and Wesson Cooking oil spokesperson Florence Henderson. Amazing Author Harper Lee, Golf Legend and inventor of my favorite summertime drink Arnold Palmer. Boxing’s greatest Mohamed Ali. “You Got To Have Faith.” Singer George Michael. It is true that someone can die of a broken heart Debbie Reynolds passed away the next day after her daughter Carrie Fisher. Debbie’s final words were “I want to be with Carrie.” Yes, in a nutshell, my childhood took a beating in 2016. Personal I lost my grandpa Tyler and a dear school friend in 2016. 2016 wasn’t all bad we eliminated measles from the Americas. Harriet Tubman’s […]
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An Open Letter to Steve Hartman

Like clockwork every night at 6 pm you could find the rest of my family and myself watching the CBS Nightly News. My sisters and I would be doing our homework quietly on the living room floor as our parents watched the news. My childhood home was and will always be a CBS News House. I grew up watching Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Charles Kuralt, Katie Couric, Scott Pelley and yourself to name just a few. My parents were not the kind of parents to shelters us from the real world. We saw the good, the bad and everything in-between. They also knew that it was important to keep up with the world around us and to stay informed and do our own research on topics. As an adult, I’m grateful for that among other things. A family favorite segment growing up was the Charles Kuralt’s – On the Road Series. A light hearted, feel good segment to start off the weekend right. My sisters and I would stop working on our homework and watch it every week. As you know from 1998 you have been the one filling those shoes. From your award-winning feature series, Everybody Has a Story […]
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Goodbye Grandpa Tyler

One of my earliest memories of my grandfather was when I was no more than three years old, I was mad because it was raining and I couldn’t play outside on my swing set. He told me “you gotta put up with the rain if you want to see the rainbow.” He knew I loved rainbows so we just stood and watched it rain and sure enough there was a rainbow at the end. It was almost twenty-three years later that I found out that he stole that quote from Dolly Parton. Memories like that are what we all have of my grandfather. He didn’t say much at times, but when he did it was to make a point, a joke, or just something he thought was funny and wanted to share it with someone. As a family, we started to call these grandpaisms and I would like to share a very small sample of them with you. While holding baby Rose in his arms he said to her – “Use all you cuteness now because when you get older nobody is going to give a crap.” A comment he made about people posting photos of food on bookface. Yes, […]
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