Thursday, June 8, 2017
Here's a sneak peek of my new business adventure! #rockmyisland is unique rock and wood creations. What is very special about this piece IS Gerald used a chainsaw and made Vancouver Island out of a cedar stump. This piece seen above is my business sign, the only one of its kind. I'm so excited! Stay tuned for free standing rock art and jewelry. I also have a facebook page called, "Rock My Island" where I will be displaying new pieces! I've signed up for future craft fairs and I'm hoping within two plus years I could open a little artisan shop with another artisan crafter employing some of our special needs children. I truly believe with action, productivity, dedication anything is possible. I sometimes believe I am living proof of my words. Believe in yourself! #rockmyisland
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sentence after sentence I have deleted. I have the thoughts but trying to write it perfectly so readers understand without assuming or judging can be hard to do. I’ve always known that the path we’ve chosen is a challenging one. We seem to have moved forward in a positive direction however it’s not easy. Last night I painted a very messy creation of a naked pole dancer holding on tight while spiraling inside a tornado. I feel that way sometimes. I keep dancing, I keep painting, I keep writing, I continue to hang on hoping that the choices I make in this life will not only serve me well, my family. I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. A think a good rebel. A mother, a wife and a daughter that teaches to accept differences and through me, I hope that people can see that it doesn’t matter what you look like, it doesn’t matter about the differences, and or choices that one makes, what matters is that we are all accepting of one another while being loving and kind. All of us trying to conform in unity as the same isn’t a happiness that is true. So as I raise my children I try to raise them happy. To be themselves. Unfortunately this isn’t the case for some. We are dealing with different conditions and mental illnesses that are far beyond our control. We are dealing with health challenges that are beyond our medical system. This leaves me dancing in our own tornado. I continue to be this proactive, dedicated, semi-crazy, different, fun, wife and mother but sometimes inside that tornado I get hit by rocks that brings me down. Then I question myself. I question absolutely everything. I know everybody feels this way from time to time. It’s just life. We all go through storms. Most of us manage to hang on. We know and understand that this too shall pass. I’m going to be honest here. For the last two years since my husband has been sick it’s been very difficult. Even though we have been moving forward the best we know how, it’s been a health shit storm. Definitely a wild tornado that continues to surface. It’s hard to remain happy and positive when you continue to get hit with rocks. That is why I started pole fitness. That is why I started painting. We all need an external focus other then what’s inside the tornado. That is the key. Whatever challenges you are having in your life, if its health, finances, children, friends, family – well you name it….and you feel that it’s out of control and basically you can’t change what is. The key is hanging on for YOURSELF. You are no good to no one if you’re not hanging on. Mental health plays a role in all of us, we need to recognize it then decide on how we are going to deal with it. For me, it’s as simple as remaining proactive in all that I do. Every day. At least an hour a day for myself. Small hikes. Getting outdoors, breathing in the fresh air, even screaming out into our universe is a healthy release method that helps. Life is not easy for any of us. That’s why I’m sharing because I know that (I) we are not alone. I feel that I’m here to support not only my family, not only myself but I’m here to support you in any way that I can. And that’s through sharing my life. Sharing also is a form or therapy. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Anyone who personally knows me, knows that I am here to listen and if you don’t want to share but need reinsurance that it’s going to be okay, I am here to personally share our rocks and provide how we cope. It is hard to be a parent, it is hard to pick up the broken pieces from wherever they fell. People always say, “Wow I’m envious on how large and well your family is” Don’t be fooled, it’s a challenging path. It’s not for everyone. It’s a 24/7 dedicated path of destruction sometimes. My only advice when other parents come to me when they’re at a loss is, “Don’t be so hard on yourself. We aren’t God. The day we met our children never meant they were ours to control. We are only providing the best atmosphere and possible good philosophies for their continued and hopefully healthy happy futures. We have no control on what happens with illness, we can only change our lifestyle in hopes it helps, be proactive and search for the answers.” “In the end if we are doing the best we can while still hanging on, maybe still in the midst of that tornado, we have to be easy on ourselves” At least an hour a day be good to you, rejuvenate your soul. Continue to tell yourself you’re a beautiful individual. Sometimes it’s easy being kind and loving to others, it’s not as easy to be kind and loving to yourself. Forgive. We aren’t perfect. In conclusion….I wrote this post for me. I’m sure you’re not surprised. As I wrote, I did not judge or criticize myself, I was honest. I acknowledged my tornado. As I’m hanging on while getting hit by rocks I remain calm, patient and I’m continuing to believe that we will survive. I forgive myself for everything I’ve made mistakes on. I am a continued learner and survivor of this tornado called, “Life” For the rest of you, if any of this made sense and relates within your lives, “Hang on, believe in yourself and others, share, support and most importantly, look after you” I am.
I love you from one human to another.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
It's been so long since I wrote. Between homeschooling, the public schools, all my duties plus adding painting, pole dancing now gardening, planning for summer while juggling endless medical appointments, my writing has been on the back burner. What's new with us!? I'm not exactly sure where to begin. So I might be all over the place. The garden we are building is going to be eight large raised beds enclosed with a locking entrance to protect it from rabbits, deer, dogs and children. Most of our children are going to have their own garden space however it needs to be supervised due to the fact one sibling might become jealous of anothers growth SO you just never know what could happen. Supervision is a must with all things. Regardless it's going to be epic!
I wrote a post years and years ago located on here about other parents housing teenagers. Usually these individuals are well known to the community however there is nothing any one can do unless there is criminal activity. It's quite an issue as these parents are literally harming other peoples children while supplying and partying with these under age children. You would think this would be criminal. It's not unless someone is hurt, causing a disturbance and or caught with the legal substances. We as parents are legally responsible however there is nothing we can do. Go figure. Anyhow the reason I bring this up is because I know of a home in our community that is just this and if you're someone living in our district and missing a teenager for example, I might have the location. The more police documentation the better. I truly believe us parents that are concerned what our youth is up too, should stick together. So if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
It's been almost two years since my husband Gerald was deathly ill with MRSA. To date it has left him with spinal and nerve damage causing severe chronic pain and every day there's something different to awaken too. Which includes facial migraines, chronic muscle spasms all over internally and externally. Hypertension, extreme bouts of exhaustion, dizzy spells that drop him to the floor, food that doesn't stay down and the list goes on. He is at high risk for relapse, having a stroke and a heart attack. To date his blood levels were extremely high for a heart attack. It's an ugly diagnoses with no cure except hope. With that we take our life one day at a time as every day can look different. However it is frustrating to say the least. For me I can't help but wonder if today is the day where we loose such a beloved dedicated man. It's just what I witness while adding a little PTSD I suppose. For our children, they witness that he's not well but they seem to be resilient while moving forward on their own paths. Life is so unpredictable and we really need to cherish every minute...and cherish every one. We can't loose sight of this.
Now that it's May (I can't believe it) We as a homeschooling group are prepping for the 5km foam run on June 10th! It's going to be interesting. lol We start at 11am that day and it's located here in Nanoose Bay. It's a huge fun event for all. You don't have to be in the messy obstacle race, you can come and cheer us on! There will be food vendors, music and I even heard a beer garden. So literally for every one! We will be designing our own shirts and it will definitely be a fun great post to write about next month while adding our pictures! It's a great way to end our homeschooling year!
To conclude for now.....I wish every one health and happiness. It's the most important two facts we need in our lives. Except for eating. Eating is good. Especially seafood. I would love Lobster right now! lol
Remember...."Start each day with a grateful heart" and "Every day is a second chance" - so lets make the best of it. "Love to all"
And "May the 4th continue to be with you!"
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Custom requested, "Pole addict"
This painting was made for a special little boy.
I quote by Danny Kaye - Life is a great big CANVAS, throw all the PAINT you can on it!" I love this quote!
Live your life! Try anything! You don't have to master everything but at least you can say you've done it - me.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
I can't believe it's February 2017! It's been over a month since I wrote. Lately I've been sharing through other means of social media. I have been enjoying taking pictures, continuing with pole fitness and I started painting. I'm definitely that type of person that can't sit around and waste any time. I love productiveness and being proactive. Since I wrote last one of our sons fractured his ankle during his basketball game, he needed surgery to secure his ankle joint. That consisted of two screws. Currently he's not allowed to bear any weight and during his recovery I have added him to our home school group for the remainder of this school year. I watched our son being pushed during his lay up and down he went. His basketball season came to a screaming end. I took a deep breath and said to myself, “Here we go again” That evening we sat in emergency. I have never really felt that helpless feeling until I became a mother twenty seven years ago. Since then it's been many medical scenarios and there's nothing more heart wrenching then to witness your child in pain and you can't do anything but hold their hand. From accidental bone fractures to spontaneous pneumothoraxes resulting in lung surgeries to more severe conditions such as having one kidney that becomes infected to a broken femur, to dual hip surgeries due to cerebral palsy.....while adding a seriously sick husband has given me some anxiety. Not to mention the mental illnesses that has surfaced over the years. One may believe we shouldn't have taken on such a large family. However when I look around, all I see is love, connection and family. It's not an easy road but it's a road we have chosen to travel. With our dedication, and our perseverance I know we will move forward day by day together. Now because I'm this proactive individual I started realizing I needed to do something for myself to help curb the anxiety I developed since my husband became sick. I don't believe in dwelling nor living in the past. I practice what I teach our children and that's to move forward in a positive manner. Hence why I started pole fitness. It's not only a physical conditioning, for me it's therapeutic. I not only need to be strong physically, I need to be strong mentally to continue to be the strength for my family. Then because I'm a house bound momma I started painting. I had patience before but painting is definitely challenging the patience I have and it's great. So during these winter months where we are literally snowed in, and while some of us continue to recover from injury and or illness, I (we) paint. We climb poles together. We as a family, even as helpless as we can feel sometimes continue to gain strength together. Our daily routines remain and in many ways I feel we are a powerful family unit. We definitely have our weak moments however I can't express enough on how proud I am of our children. Their exceptional acceptances for each others differences and challenges are truly honoring to witness. They support each other. Our son with his ankle fracture amazes me. Just resilient each and every one of us and that is worth swinging too. It's true...with trials come triumphs. With moments of darkness comes light. Some people might not agree on what I believe but it's working for us. I said once to another mother, “If you can accept who your child is (even behaviorally) and accept others for who they are, maybe even yourself, then will come peace” Do you struggle with anxiety? Maybe over certain situations that may arise? I honestly know that being aware of your breathing while reminding yourself that moments do pass, you will be able to help yourself. Most importantly find yourself. I'm extreme in most of what I do however don't be afraid of just being you. Accepting, loving you. This post started explaining some of our health challenges, and I admitted that I'm not a rolling ball of strength however we continue with the two feet we have and keep going. It's interesting. Years ago I attended support groups for adoptive families. In fact I really wanted to run them myself. I'm glad I don't. I love our life without the labels. I love how we are and that's persevering as a unconditional loving family. I don't need a group, nor a book to explain to me what I already know. It's simply, deal with what is, accept and move forward. And I only share with whom I trust. To conclude, as hard as it is, remove all judgments. It won't matter ten years from now. Most of our medical scenarios don't matter anymore either. For our one son with the fractured ankle joint, basketball was his everything however now a new door has been opened. More support at home with his academics, with his healing and a possible boxing avenue. You just never know where a challenging time may lead. Be patient. I keep telling myself that when I'm going into my third hour of painting - fixing mistakes after mistakes! Life – be passionate and proactive with it always – it's too short and unpredictable. Anyhow....this is today, just rambling on all over the place with some reaffirmation.