my 100% track record


So far…yes, this.

Won’t lie, of late it has been wretchedly hard to maintain that 100% track record of mine. Thank goodness for the kind of people who do more than just offer the trite “let me know if I can help” bullshit then avoid you like the plague because that’s what happens with people in your circles when shit happens. It’s okay. I understand. I promise you that I’m not contagious.

Meanwhile, thank you Kari, Mike, Tori, Grace, Craig, Kim, Erika, Jenn and Brenda for little messages and reminders to hang in there. Thank you.

Thank you also my darling husband for just being patient and kind because more than anything that is what I need right now. Wait, I need hugs. I need lots of hugs. Thank you and thank goodness for Daniel and for Hollie sending Hazel and Fallon with hugs. Yeah, I know Hazel might be using these opportunities to get out of homework because 1st grade life is hard and Fallon is absolutely using the opportunity to get out of naps but those are mighty fine hugs and something to look forward to the next day, tomorrow, because yeah today is almost done.

subdued, simpler, smarter, selfiebration-ish


Back from BlogHer14, missing pretty much all the parties and the sessions yet my head and my heart are full.

For me, there was scarcely any time for pictures but plenty of time for meeting up with old friends; not all as life and commitments always are calling, but some…enough to fill me up with the love, inspiration and encouragement I have been missing…needing. And all together we were enjoying our time. Time to hug a lot. Time to network. Time to talk about our writing, our photography and what drives us to post and create on our spaces. Reflecting on the fact that, yes, we are the “veteran bloggers”. Time taken to realize that, OMG, our kids are growing (grown) up much too fast while we seem to be getting older, perhaps grayer, achier and a little creakier. No one really wants to talk about those hormonal hot flashes but thank goodness for the Yoplait Greek Yogurt fans one could pick up in the Expo hall along with some other swag.

side note: Today I learned that swag is actually an acronym for “stuff we always get”. So says my darling daughter, Abby….The more you know.

I do regret not planning to attend the full conference as it did seem to be getting back to the basics…the blogging, the writing, the putting ourselves out there because we are enough in everything that we do everyday.

Thank goodness for Twitter and BlogHer live blogging everything. I know it’s not the same but it’s almost enough.

Meanwhile there were still many opportunities to be engaged here networking, walking through the expo, screening a movie coming soon to a theater near you, enjoying delicious food while talking with incredibly smart people about that which they are passionate about, sitting together in a suite with an incredible view discussing women, health issues, politics, mid-term elections, changing the world, telling our stories, empowering and encouraging one another.

Meanwhile, Khloe Kardashian showed up in the Expo Hall.

Whatever.

This was a much more subdued, simpler BlogHer and I definitely liked it. I’ll write more about it later. For now it’s family circus time.

 

 

ask the pro


Planning a wedding? Need to know all that you need to know about flower girl duties? You’ve got to ask a pro.

Hazel Faye is that pro having flower girl-ed at her Mommy and Daddy’s wedding.

and for her mommy’s life-long bestest friend where she not only tossed those petals like nobody’s business but also offered the sagest of advice for the bride.

But you better hurry because her wedding calendar is filling up fast as she tries on flower girl dresses for the next wedding that she’ll be in.

Have no fear, beautiful bride to be, she’s got this.

I’m with you kid. let’s go


Celebrating Jodie Grace Wynonna Scarborough’s moment in the way that even her school did not celebrate by recognizing her graduating from high school as Jodie Grace Wynonna Scarborough. It seems that the school will not announce the student’s name as they wish if it does not match to the name in their permanent record because insanity, foolishness and anarchy will result…HORRORS! At least that is what Mr. U., who announced Jodie’s name omitting “Wynonna” as she received her diploma, told us. He further explained that office staff reviews the names that the graduating seniors submit to be printed on their diploma and announced and if it doesn’t match with their school records the name is crossed off and replaced with the name on their records.

Yes, a little ridiculous. A lot disappointing. For the record, when Jodie was enrolled she was enrolled as Jodie Grace Wynonna but for some reason the school’s record couldn’t, wouldn’t fit the whole name so she was enrolled as Jodie Grace W. Can you imagine the chaos that would have resulted if her full name was announced?

Yes.

Exactly.

Perhaps it is not as ridiculous as a high school altering yearbook photos of female students to cover bare, exposed arms and shoulders. Nevertheless, it was a big deal and disappointment for at least one student.

Let us also take the time to recognize the elected Senior Class of 2014 officers, whose names were left off their commencement program and replaced with the ASB officers’ names, some of whom were not graduating seniors. Congratulations Macie Willis – Senior Class President, Claudia Hunter – Senior Class Vice President, Mackenzie Henricksen – Senior Class Secretary, Jodie Scarborough – Senior Class Treasurer. Thank you all of you for your leadership, your example and all of your hard work making this year the very best year for your class, the Class of 2014.

Now that we have got that all out, let’s commence with the commencement celebration, shall we?

If you have only one smile in you give it to people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning “Good Morning” at total strangers.

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.

Courage is the most important of all virtues because without courage you cannot practice any other virtue without consistency. We cannot be kind, true, merciful, generous or honest.

We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry, and we must understand that all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.

Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told: “I’m with you kid. Let’s go.

Every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.

Do the best that you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.

Always, I hope to grow brighter, funnier. I hope to learn to be even more well-rounded. But right now, I cannot be any better than I am.

Everything in the universe has a rhythm. Everything dances.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.

Dr. Maya Angelou

 

 

 

good morning!


This is a wonderful day. And I have never seen this one ever before.
~Maya Angelou

Good Morning!

Today is your day, Jodie Grace Wynonna!…Oh, and your 370 or so classmates day….and the beginning, the commencement of what is to become your great adventures!

I.

Can’t.

Wait.

Fair warning, there will be tears because…oh baby girl because your bumpy beginnings and the fact that I couldn’t bear to send you to school and your scary hairpin turn where we almost lost you along the way. I’m the mommy, I can cry if I want to even if this isn’t my first rodeo commencement.

Your Daddy, your sisters, your brother, your nieces, your best-bestest friend and your mentor, we all will be there today to celebrate you today and every day and every adventure that is yours.

One more fair warning: there will be pictures and words and feelings to come.

Readers, gird your loins!!!