Thanksgiving Wonder (For Those Tired of Sentimentalism and Cold Mashed Potatoes)

Holidays usually arrive with fanfare. Plans are made, shared and canceled. Sentimental quotes about loving one’s family are plastered throughout social media (usually by people who post too many pictures of their grandkids anyway).

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International FASD Awareness Day

Today, September 9th, is International FASD Awareness Day!

What is FASD? See this post about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Consider taking a few moments today to talk to someone with FASD and find out how it affects his or her life.

You can also hear people explain what FASD means to them in the following resources:

Jasmine; a young woman living with FASD (Video)

Rebecca; a mom with FASD (Interview Article)

Four young adults with FASD (Video)

See You Soon

There is so much I want to do. So many kids to love. So many humans to help. So many stories to write.

Unfortunately I only have 24 hours in a day and only a limited amount of energy. I cannot do everything I want.

So right now I have to put some things on pause. Though I love writing and have so much I want to share with you, I have to take a break from writing this blog.


I just need to focus on Life right now. The past couple weeks I enjoyed doing just that- and actually forgot I had a blog. It has been so good and has done me good.

So Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and I will see you again in the future one day…some day…

I Forgot

Ah. A little relaxing before the holidays really pick up-


I forgot I had a blog. How embarrassing is that?

I even had a post started about how annoying it is that being joyful is a choice. Well, I had better finish that. Not today though. Little Sis just woke up from her nap and is trying to “help” me type…

I have not had time to write down my Observations, but I Lived. Life always comes first. The name of this blog is a reminder of that.

Wow, I forgot how it feels to write. That is how long it has been. Oh, I need to do better. But you don’t want to hear me moaning.

Ok, ok, Little Sis- don’t press that button!



Dwell (FMF)

Terrorist attacks, holiday sales, gifts to buy, cards to write, refugees, riots, injustice, political debates…

rush rush hurry

Don’t we talk about this every year- the forgetting to slow and dwell and be grateful? Do we never learn? Never remember?

Maybe that is why we have thanksgiving every year instead of every big numbered anniversary (like the 400th year the pilgrims landed). Think about it.

In the daily list and media fed frenzy, I forget.
I forget to dwell.
I forget to enjoy the kiddos we have in our home while they are here.
I forget how precious the time the kiddos and I have together is.

So when I remember I slow down; restart. Remember to dwell with them. Live, laugh, read the same book over and over changing to a British accent because I cannot stand to listen to my own voice saying the same words over again.

I don’t dwell on my mistake of forgetting. That would be wasting the time I’ve been given to love them while they dwell in my life.



Five Minute Friday is a link-up where you free write for 5 minutes on the topic. This week’s topic is Dwell. Find other blogger’s interpretations here.

Now does anyone have any other tips for when a little kid wants you to read the same story again…and again…and again?