Hi family!

Yes, you all are family, not just friends and followers. It really does take a tribe, and I couldn’t travel this road without each and every one of you. You lift me up, make my days brighter, and are there for me to “talk” to, even on my hard days. Thank you!

So, Christmas is over. I hope it was a good one for you! For us, it was the first one without my “Nanni” (grandma). It was bitter sweet. It’s so hard to fathom her strong presence not being physically present amongst her earthly family. She was, however, so ready to be done with her broken shell-of-a-body, which was miserably tethering her to her frail life here. To know that she is no longer bound to her sickly, broken body is a blessing! I know she is hanging out at some heavenly beach, soaking up the rays and being happy. That makes my heart smile, even through my tears.

This is also the first year we have, quite literally, been unable to afford even one gift for our children. Somehow, they still had a wonderful day, full of smiles and giggles of glee. We had “Secret Santas” come out of the woodwork, come to our aide, and make this year a special one for the kids. It was even more special for us as parents, because we are well aware it’s only by the grace of God (and friends/family) that we were allowed a “Christmas” at all. Hopefully this next year will find us in a much better place, and we can Pay It Forward in a big way.

What comes next? Gatlinburg. We were blessed with a trip to go visit my brother’s family in Gatlinburg, TN. No, they aren’t FROM TN, they are going there for New Year’s Day. We are soooo looking forward to seeing them again! It is always a good time, and good for the soul, hanging out with them!

After that? I am trying to find an RN job I can do from the house. It is VERY apparent, especially after this last week, that trying to be normal and, you know, walk around, is too taxing on my body. I think, God willing, I can do something from home, though. I need to feel like I am providing for my family and contributing somehow. I’ll get there. I will.

Yes, I am doing the pearl thing, which is fun. I have had the opportunity to meet so many great people! It has afforded me the ability to help pay some of the bills, which is nice. It would be über cool if I could make that a career. Then, I could fizz and shuck part time, yet also work on writing. That would be a dream. #goals – I don’t understand how some people touch a company, and it immediately turns to gold. I touch it, and it barely turns yellow after months of hard work. LOL!

Anyway … I’m off to play with the kids. Andrew has some Legos calling to us. Natalie can’t get her nose out of her DS. LOL! Bye until next time!



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I am so torn today. I was going to do a blog post with some of the things I have saved on Facebook. I have a hoarding problem with keeping posts, pictures, recipes, and really random things on Facebook. However, I had a conversation with someone this evening that struck a cord with me.

We, the collective, have failed, and for that I am sad.

See, it’s this person’s birthday, and nobody did much of anything for her. She is like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and Tabitha/Dorcas from the Bible all rolled into one. She would, and I’m sure she has, literally given people the clothes off her back. She loves this town, and the people of this town, including my little family. She has kept us afloat many times in food this year. You know what she does for her birthday? For every year she has been alive, she does a Random Act of Kindness for someone in the town, people she has never even met. But, she was neglected and forgotten this year by most everybody … even by those she helps.

I will say I am guilty, too. I did, after midnight, send her a Happy Birthday message on Facebook, but that is FAR from enough.. I could blame my “disability,” but I won’t. We didn’t get her a present, or make the effort to just go see her and say, “Happy birthday.” I feel like the ultimate villain here. She is so genuinely helpful, and tries to be so good in spirit, yet we failed her.

I’m not going to mention her name, because I think that is her business. I am going to publicly say, “I’m sorry.” You deserve only the best, we love you, and we will try to be better. I always preach random acts of kindness, but you are intentional about doing them. I wish more people, including myself, could be more like you. This town is lucky to have you, and call you friend.

Happiest of happy birthdays, my friend. May this year be your best yet, and find you genuinely happy and surrounded by those you love!

Oh, ya know … 2:30 in the morning.

It is slightly possible that 14oz of coffee at 11:45pm was a bad idea. I thought, “I’ll be fine!” Nope! Can’t sleep! I have to be up for occupational therapy in 5 hours. More importantly, I have to get the kids up for school in 4 1/2 hours. Dang it! I guess more coffee at 6:30am it will be! 


So here is a funny tidbit from life this week. I’ve been taking too much Prednisone. You know, just like DOUBLE the amount I’m supposed to be taking. We got mixed up using 3 different bottles and mg of the pills. So, I have to slowly ween off … again. *ugh* Let this be a lesson to you, never combine mg of pills when trying to regulate your body. Or, at least be conscious enough when taking said pills to realize what you’re doing. *oops*


I gave away my first MommaPossum Random Act of Kindness this week! I wish I could do it EVERY DAY!!! I love doing random things to make people smile! The recipient probably already got the package, so I can tell you, it was a gratitude journal from Amazon. Now, coming from Amazon, I didn’t get to see it in person before I sent it. It looked pretty rad, though! Who can’t use some gratitude and goodness in their life. It’s what this page is all about, after all! 

I plan on doing more of these, so share the MommaPossum Facebook page with those you think could use some encouragement, and watch for Random Acts posts!

I’m going to try to sleep now. I feel a caffeine crash coming. I may as well take advantage of it!!