This “interwebs” thing is pretty darn amazing!

So yesterday I was in tears because people, strangers from the blogosphere, got my kids some Christmas presents! Seriously amazing stuff happened. Today I’m still in tears because some of the people from that site followed the link to my humble blog and sent me messages of encouragement. So grateful that there are people out there that care and take the time to say it.

Anyway, this is all leading up to a story and a link. haha

They encouraged me to share my gofundme page. Have you heard of this website? It’s pretty amazing. You can pretty much set up an account to raise money for anything!

My page started as a joke because a friend was teasing his mom that she wastes money. I chimed in with “don’t waste money! send it to meeeeeee!” and that was originally the title of my page. Now on a serious note, I’ve changed the title and the page is actually to help raise money to offset the cost of grad school while raising four kids.

So, if any of you feel inclined to donate, comment or want to share the link I would be honored. I had no idea that so many good people could be found with just a click of the mouse.  http://www.gofundme.com/4gradschoolorbust

Bless you all.

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A Very Merry Christmas

I haven’t been very good about keeping up on this whole blog thing but I’m making it my New Year’s resolution to do better.

We’ve been busy with Christmas programs.  My oldest was in a selective choir and band and my oldest girl was chosen for a small ensemble. This music loving mama is SO proud. We’ve been making Christmas candy, not so excited to see what it does to my hips! We’ve done some Christmas caroling, seeing my youngest belt out Jingle Bells makes me smile. Oh and did I mention cleaning, babysitting and just generally bumbling through life?  It’s been a busy month so far!

What we haven’t been busy doing is shopping. I love being a mom, I adore my kids and I want them to have the very best. However, the holidays are stressful for me. Not only did my ex choose to leave us immediately after Christmas a few years ago but our current financial situation makes it nearly impossible for me to get the kids what they actually want. Yes, they get a few gifts, yes some are handmade…we are building memories here. But the mom in me still feels guilty that what is under the tree isn’t what they asked Santa for.

In all my years of Christmases and I’ve had my fair share…never and I mean NEVER have I witnessed first hand the absolute feeling of gratitude that I feel today. Today I went to Bloggess’s well… blog, at the suggestion of a friend and thought “why not” when it came to assembling a wishlist on Amazon and posting a link to it. She said that she had extra funds and was going to try to help people out. I thought it was worth a shot, what did I have to lose right? I. Was. NOT. Prepared. For. What. Happened. Next.

Within minutes, MINUTES,  items on that wishlist had been purchased for my children and messages of encouragement were pouring in. WHAT!? I must have been dreaming right? Nope! I was sitting in my living room literally bawling my eyes out because I had never ever been so grateful in my life.  My faith in humanity is restored, my holiday is looking bright and nothing, NOTHING can keep me down now. I WILL pay this forward some day.

This will always be my Christmas story. The Christmas that complete strangers made me feel again. The Christmas that they showed me love and encouragement. The Christmas that my children were given exactly what they asked Santa for. The Christmas that I spent so much time in tears, but this time tears of absolute joy. Bless you all and thank you so much for changing how I see Christmas. I will forever be grateful to you and will constantly look for ways that I can give back.

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Giving this blogging thing a try…

I’ve caved to peer pressure, succumbed to curiosity and jumped feet first into the blogosphere.  Hopefully, I can provide you all a glimpse at single parenting and some of the challenges involved when raising children after a divorce while making you laugh. Our life isn’t perfect, it is loud and chaotic and crazy and did I mention loud? We live in a tiny house and we are constantly on top of each other but we love each other fiercely, tease each other mercilessly and if I do say so myself, have a pretty great sense of humor! I hope you enjoy reading about our lives and following along on our adventures.

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