Blessed

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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Good Weeks

Hello, My Lovlies!

I have had such a good two weeks! I feel so accomplished, rested, and refreshed.

We received a “free” trip to Tennessee, thanks to my parents. I’ve already touched on this with my picture slide post, but they got a two-bedroom condo and invited us up!


I got to spend quality time with my family … Even making them breakfast and lunch several times!

She wanted to have a “scared” look on her face. She’s really having fun. Don’t believe her for a second!!

We actually got treated to a meal out at The Mellow Mushroom at The Holler at Ole Smoky on the Gatlinburg strip. This is one of my Happy Places. 

Thanks, Mom and Dad

I got to watch Nat win one of her volleyball matches at the YMCA. She has improved so much in four short weeks! I am one proud momma!!

#olympics2020 😂

I’ve walked and stood more in the last two weeks than I ever have thus far. I’m totally paying for it now, by being unsteady and tired, but it was worth every minute. I know I can be semi-human for short bursts.

I’ve been able to work on my MommaPossum Facebook page a bit. I’ve been able to work a bit on my Younique (I love this makeup!!). I’ve been able to help my mom a bit with her Facebook and Website. I’ve been working on my Instagram (amandamoring). I’ve also worked on the Asheboro Mom’s Facebook group. It has been a very productive 2 weeks. 

(It’s actually refreshing to list everything I’ve accomplished! It makes it feel like I’ve done more than I think I have! Try it!)

Friday I go back to chemo. 

Chemo is no bueno


If it’s anything like the last two times, I’ll be weepy, tired, and out of commission for two-and-a-half to three weeks. As always, I’ll try to keep positive, but it’s three times as hard when I constantly worry about every little symptom that pops up.

I know now that the chemo brings on more symptoms, so I shouldn’t be as scared. I don’t want to downplay anyone and their REAL problems (I don’t feel my  problems are real), but myPhysical Therapist says I have a form of PTSD. I FREAK whenever I have a stroke symptom intensify, or whenever I get a headache (that’s how his whole mess started). I mean, I don’t necessarily outwardly freak out, but my body goes haywire … Sort of like going into fight or flight mode. 

BUT, now I know to expect a bit of that with the chemo.

If you have any questions about any of this, feel free to ask. It doesn’t offend me. I’d rather have you know than just guess.

In other news: 

The Holidays are here y’all!! 

It’s The Holidays!!! Ready or not!

My favorite time of year! I think I’m gonna start featuring some locally sold (small business) products each post. We all could use a little local. 
You can start with my business at the top of this blog. 😊 Or here is another: 

Susan Kinsey sells Jamberry Nail Products. Check her out! They make great stocking stuffers, or buy some sets as gifts. 

OKAY: Make sure to to subscribe and Like this page. Like me on Instagram (amandamoring). Follow and Like me on Facebook: MommaPossum – and my Facebook Younique group (Younique Amanda). Come grow with me!!

Rocky Top


We got gifted a stay at a condo in Tennessee last week for 4 days. I love the mountains of Tennessee. They make me immensely happy.

Blue Ridge Parkway


It’s funny, I didn’t realize how down and depressed I felt, until i was completely away from this bed, this room, this house, this town, this state. I can’t even begin to describe how refreshing it was just to be away.

Kid picture!! Outside the condo.


I was still stuck in a dang wheelchair, which SUCKED, but at least I got to be there. I can’t explain to you how hard it is not to be able to do simple things I used to do … Like walk the Gatlinburg strip.

Chilax’in in the chair


I was still able to go in a lot of my favorites shops, even though I didn’t even have a dollar to spend.

Paula Dean’s (it’s really a good thing I didn’t have money here!! It would have been gone anyway!)


My favorite spot on the strip. Unfortunately, Monroeville, my favorite blue-grass band, was not playing while we were there.


We still had fun just playing on the strip.

Cool man-hole cover thingy


We got to look at the cool stuff outside instead of paying to go in.


It was fun watching the kids.


Everything was decorated for Christmas.


We met Mom and Dad there.


It was peaceful. It was relaxing. It was what we all needed. 

Nat looking at the view from the balcony.


I’ll be paying for it for a week, but totally worth it!!

Relaxing at the condo.


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This was less of a blog, and more of a slide show. At least you got to experience it a bit too!!

When kids don’t know the games actually turn on with money, they have simple fun!!

Nothing like free photo opps.

They wanted to look like Santa coming down a chimney.

The Village

Fat belly like Santa.

Thankfuls

Hi, lovely people! I’m going to make this short and sweet tonight, because I’m tired. What should have been a 4 1/2 hour drive home from TN took over 7 hours. SOMEBODY wanted to come home the Blue Ridge Parkway. While beautiful, 

Us following Mom and Dad for MILES


it is L-O-N-G, gets old really fast (there’s like NOWHERE to [what’s a kosher word for “pee?”] or get gas for like 70+ miles), and adds like 3 hours to the trip!!
I digress. I will do a post on that later!

I want to talk to you about Thankfuls this month. Yes, it is No Shave November, and it is also NaNOWriMo, but it is also the month of Thanksgiving!! 

Every year, I try to “voice” my Thankfuls every day for the entire month. Yes, I am thankful for things every day, all year, but this is a good chance to get them down for people to see. It also reminds me, every single day, to be actively thankful for things!

I started this month with our charity focus for the month (check them out), the life of Emma. The rest of my list thus far is as follows: 

2) Fall colors 

3) My kids 

4) My husband 

 5) My own bed (I don’t have a picture of my bed, but I’m lying down in it right now. Heaven.)

Follow me on Facebook to see the rest of my daily list. 

Now, I challenge YOU to make your own daily thankful list! It only takes a second, but it helps to see there ARE things to be thankful for every day! You can post on our FB site, or you can post on your own! If you feel comfortable sharing, I know we would all love to see what everyone is thankful for!

Make this a month to focus on the positives! It will make life happier!! 

Love y’all! Until next time …