Simple steps to transform your life

Hi friends and family,

Life has felt so hectic and out of control lately.

I learned a few useful tips this weekend for a happier, more calm life that I’d like to share with you!

Please visit me over at Bittersweet (link below) and share with your friends if you find this useful.

Hope life has been good to you all. I’d love to hear from you in my comments section.

Until next time, love each other

I’ve been away a while…

HI friends and family, I had been away from my blogs for a while. Is it a block? Is it that I’m too busy? I think it’s a combination of both.

Well, here below is a link to Bittersweet where I share a special letter written to a piece of my heart. I think it is something many of us can relate to.

Until next time, love each other.

Bully Awareness Month discussed on

Bullying is a very important topic. Being aware of bullying can even be a life or death situation, as we have seen all too often in the news.

To anyone who has a child or ever was a child or plans to have children in the future, or works with children in any capacity, please visit me over at Bittersweet and also browse the internet. Lots of good information on recognizing the signs of bullying and what to do to help our children.

Until next time……

Learning lessons, breaking free from our prisons

Hi friends, family and followers:

This morning I wrote over at ChicagoNow about lessons to be learned from our “prisons.”

In life we will all find ourselves in prisons of all kinds -physical, emotional, mental, relational.

I believe there are lessons to be learned and reasons we are all dealing with all that we deal with.

I heard a message this weekend that helps make a little sense of it all.

Please click on link below and let me know you visited. I value your comments and feedback.

Time passages

Hi family, friends and followers:

Please click on link below and visit me over at Bittersweet on ChicagoNow. I shared a post on a few things rambling through my head today about love, loss and time. I know it sounds sad and depressing, but I don’t mean it to.

I just want answers and I have these thoughts, and I want to hear your thoughts as well…I think we all need to stop and think about these things sometimes. After all, life is Bittersweet! We are all in this together!!

Please click like, follow, share, sign in with your email here and on Bittersweet so I can track who has visited.

Until next time……

Mom, not guilty be reason of insanity in stabbing of son

Hi friends, family and followers:


Please someone make sense of this story for me…..(Link below) I just covered this trial this morning.  Life is just so  hard for some. Love your people and let them love you back! I really want to know what happened at that retreat she went to…. I look forward to your comments.,0,2627634.story

Photos: then and now

I have photos of my daughters all over the house.

Over the years I have not been able to take out old photos to add newer, updated photos as I’ve noticed many families do.

I just keep buying more and more frames, when I see them on sale (or at Wal-Mart where they are always $4 and $5), and display more photos. I don’t know if the way I place them around the house is in acceptable decorator fashion. All of the frames are mismatched!  I think some might say that my home is cluttered with too many photos. Oh I also have a message board upon which I just stick photos all over.

I just love to look at their faces, recall the memories, the feelings, the love of  when they were babies, toddlers, pre-teens, holiday photos,  their cute “little girl” clothes (when they let me dress them up). They will never ever be those little girls ever again. The photos always bring me peace and joy.

But something odd has happened in recent weeks, given Abby’s new and unpredictable medical condition. I look at these same photos that I have had up and around my house for years in a weird category now. I do not even do this on purpose, it is just this weird thought that now pops into my head when I look at these photos.


You cannot control your mind or control thoughts that come in and out at any given moment. And this is one thought that now pops in on a whim.

I look at Abby’s face and see her as a baby, toddler, pre-teen and she has no, real problems, fears or medical issues to be concerned with. I see photos and think my only worry then was if she’d catch another annoying cold or ear infection.

I also find myself now wondering when I look at these photos, did I miss something back then? Was she displaying any type of seizure activity back then, that I didn’t catch or recognize. Did I drop the ball? Was I not as good and attentive to her as I thought I was? Could I have done better for her?

Was there ever a night back then in those days when she had a seizure in her sleep and I didn’t hear her? The doctor says it’s possible. He also says not to dwell on such thoughts. Easy for him to say.

I am in a place I never thought I’d be. I have thoughts that I never thought I’d have. I could never imagine the fear for my child that I now live with.

A friend of mine has a friend whose daughter just died from cancer. She was young, I don’t think she was even 13 yet. My friend said that her friend, the girl’s mom, says the same things about her family photos. There are photos that are pre-cancer. This poor woman lost her daughter to the ugliness, the evil that is cancer. She never suspected when her daughter’s baby pictures were being taken, she’d one day look at them and feel such sadness and loss.

I’m trying not to write so much about Abby’s medical issues, but I have to admit it is hard. It is the only thing I think about. The only thing I seem to care about right now. And I don’t think it would be authentic for me to have a blog, ask you all to support me and ignore what is really in my heart at this time. I struggle whether it is right for me to share this part of our lives with you all. But, just know I am sharing these thoughts with Abby’s permission and my family’s support.

If I can ask you to take away one thing from these blogs about Abby’s seizures, it is to appreciate the small, predictable, manageable issues in life. Don’t sweat the small stuff!

I welcome your comments.

Until next time, love each other…..

Simple securities now gone ….

Hi dear friends, family and followers, please visit Bittersweet over at ChicagoNow and share a short little ditty I wrote expressing feelings of loss and regret in light of our daughter’s recent health issue. As always, your thoughts and insight mean so much to me and I’d love anything you’d like to share.

Until next time……

Still holding my breath ….

Our lives have been flipped upside down in recent weeks. I wrote a post over on Chicago Now about what has been going on in our lives here at home. My daughter’s medical issue has consumed me and fear has taken over. But she is strong and full of surprises and she amazes me. So please visit and share your thoughts. In case anyone is concerned that maybe I should not have written about her, I asked her if it was OK and she said it was. See, she amazes me!

Until next time….

Emily and Abby – working and achieving gracefully

Hi friends please visit Bittersweet on ChicagoNow. We, as a family, have been so all-consumed these past few months with Emily’s show and Abby’s dance competitions (as I know most families are busy with their own children right now).

This morning, with a few calm hours until I start running them here and there, I wanted to pause and  share a tale of their hard work and well-deserved achievements. I know, we as parents sometimes complain that things are so busy, but I have to remind myself that this timeframe right here, right now with my daughters is so fleeting. Soon they will be gone and I won’t know, or have much of a role in their lives.

I just want them both to know how much I really do appreciate them and recognize all of their hard work.

Please click on, or paste the link below in your browser. I’d love for you to share your stories with me of your own busy families and your kids’ hard work and well-deserved achievements.

Until next time….