Wordless Wednesday

The reason why I've been MIA:

Wordless Wednesday

As I was checking out at the grocery store yesterday, I had a fleeting thought that this looks like the grocery selection of a bachelor...spaghetti noodles, sauce, meat, Mountain Dew, and toilet paper...oh the horror!!

10 Thoughts Tuesday

This idea came from Just the Stuff Ya Know

1) This week has been soooo busy. There's a slight possibility that my head is going to explode.

2) On a brighter note, I ran/walked 6.78 miles on Sunday. That number still shocks me. I'm getting close to being ready for the half marathon in September!

3) Brenn has been at his dad's since Friday. I'm kind of enjoying the quiet a little more this time...

4) I will be plopping my behind here this weekend...I can hardly wait!

 5) God is doing BIG things and I'm really excited to see where all of these opportunities lead. I'll share more details in time.

6) I'm getting a good response from single moms wanting to be interviewed for the Single Mom Spotlight. If you are a single mom, were a single mom in the past, or even know a single mom (I think that probability is fairly high) please pass on the information!

7) I dread packing for our vacation...

8) The theme of this vacation will be: NO SUNBURN. Seriously, the thought of having to deal with sunburn on my back makes me want to cry. At some point, I always look like I'm twitching like a crazy person.

9) Anyone watching the Bachelorette? If the spoilers I read are correct, then I know who Emily is going to pick...and I'm kind of ok with it. I won't say any more since I know there are people who actually like surprises. If you don't, then go here....you know you want to.

10)  I'm ready for bed.

Wordless Wednesday

Real life Angry Birds Game

Single Moms - It's Your Time to Shine!

A new idea come to me last weekend and I'm kind of excited about it!

 I received a message from someone who follows my Facebook page. She sent a message telling me how long she had been a single mom and also shared a little about herself. I always enjoy hearing from other single moms. We all come from different walks of life and our stories are different, but we have something in common; and that gives us a connection even when we don't live near each other.

So, I'm going to start something new. Once a month, I want to have a Single Mom Spotlight. I will spotlight a single mom by interviewing her and posting her story on my blog. SINGLE MOMS...this is your time to SHINE. This is an opportunity for you to share your story. We all have a story and we can learn from each other. I would like to interview moms from every walk of life: moms who are still single; moms who were once single but are now married or are in a long-term relationship; moms whose children are grown; and teen moms.

If you are interested in being interviewed and sharing your single mom story, please contact me. I can't wait to hear from you!

Here's an example of what it will look like:

 Meet Jennifer!
How long have you been a single mom? 

I've been a single mom for a little over 11 years. 

How many kids do you have and what are their ages? 

I have one son. He turned 12 in April. 

Share a little about your story:
I was 19 when I found out I was pregnant. My son's dad and I decided to move in together soon after I found out I was pregnant...with the plans of eventually getting married. Our relationship had always been pretty rocky. After Brenn (my son) was born, things started to get worse. I pushed for more of a commitment and he was not ready. So, when Brenn was eight months old, we split up. I was terrified of raising a child by myself. What made the situation even worse is that Brenn's dad ended up disappearing for five years without so much as a phone call. Even though I was dealing with a lot of hatred and bitterness, I never said anything mean or condemning about him around Brenn. After Brenn turned 5, his dad contacted me out of the blue to see if I would be willing for him to start seeing Brenn. I had a lot of anxiety at that time...not knowing how Brenn would react and not knowing if his dad would even stick around. We started off slow (Brenn going for a day during the weekend) and then transitioning into Brenn going every other weekend. Thankfully, Brenn's dad has been a part of his life ever since. 

If you could share one piece of advice with other single moms, what would it be? 

I have so many "pieces" of advice! My biggest one is to focus on what's important. Remember-no matter if there is a man in your life, you and your kids are still a family... AND, find a support system whether it be family, friends, or your church.  

What are our favorite activities to do as a family? 

Brenn and I enjoy watching movies, hiking, bike riding, and traveling. 

What are some hardships you've faced as a single mom? 

Financial hardships have been the biggest challenge, but God has been faithful to provide for our needs...and many of our wants!

What do you enjoy doing when you have time to yourself?

I enjoy blogging, writing, camping, reading, and traveling. 

Share an example of a day in your family's life: 

My day starts anywhere between 
5:30-6:00 a.m. (depending on how often I push snooze). If it's a day I have to jog, then I will get out and jog for about 30-40 minutes. I come back and quickly get ready. At about 7:00 a.m. I start the daunting task of waking Brenn up. When the bear finally makes his appearance, I talk him through everything he needs to do..."take a shower, brush your teeth, get your shoes on, blah blah blah." Between 7:40-7:45 a.m. we are out the door and speeding to Brenn's school so that he's not late. After he's dropped off, I head to work. By then, I'm ready for a nap and lots of caffeine. At 3:00 p.m. I pick Brenn up (and 2 other kids if it's my carpool day). He comes back to work with me until I get off work at 4:45 p.m. Then, we go home, I make supper, exercise (if I didn't run that morning), help Brenn with his homework, clean up the kitchen, check Facebook, maybe write a blog post, work at my freelance business, and then go to bed. I'm a night owl, so I tend to stay up way to late.

 What is a dream/goal you have for the future? 

I eventually want to be self employed full time and able to support us with my freelance business. I also want to finish my degree. And, hopefully one day I'll get married...maybe :)

10 Thoughts Tuesday


This idea came from Just the Stuff Ya Know

1) Woo Hoo, tomorrow is Independence Day! I'm looking forward to the day off, fireworks, and time with Brenn. Happy Birthday America!!

2) I would say that I'm looking forward to sleeping in...but those days are gone. I will be meeting the early morning with a 3.5 mile run.

3) My sister is in Washington DC right now. Her high school band will be representing South Carolina tomorrow in the National Independence Day Parade. I'm so excited for her!!

4) You know that cat who decided to abandon me last week right in the midst of my extreme loneliness?!? Well, we found out today that when he leaves this home, he goes to his second home. Yes, he has a second home right down the street...where they feed him leftover steak and potatoes. Such a player...

5) I told Brenn earlier that Andy Griffith had died. Then, I asked him if he even knew who Andy Griffith was. He very promptly told me that Andy Griffith was a talk show host. What?!? I have obviously failed as a parent.

6) Have you heard this recording? It is absolutely hilarious! Two Little Girls Explain The Worst Haircut Ever

7) That recording reminds me of the time when I cut my hair. If I remember correctly, after I chopped off my locks either my mom or dad drove me to my grandma's house, pushed me through the door, and told my grandma, "Do something with this." It was a very traumatic experience.

8) I have to go buy a new swim suit tomorrow. Good news is I'm having to buy one because last year's is way baggy. Bad news is I still detest swim suit shopping.

9) I've been working on starting my own virtual assistant business for a while. I feel like I've made progress the past two weeks. Working full time, being a single mom, and trying to start a part time business is just hard!

10) Hope everyone has a great 4th of July!!