Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Yikes. Dinner Party?

A dinner party? What? who me? I'll go, but will I host... um... nope- Do you throw dinner parties? Does it give you stress? Knowing that we are to share our table and break bread with our community, that's what makes us community... how do you measure up? ha! I don't even register on the measuring tape for this one!

I've always enjoyed living just far enough away from friends and family that it took a phone call to say 'we are on our way over', which gave me at lest 20 minutes to get the house in "order".

If you have every felt any stress over the perfect table setting, a full course meal, and the rest of the hoopla- now is your time- Let freedom ring!  Val over at ZenShmen has a pretty awesome post that is encouraging and freeing... I know you will love it! Feel the freedom of The Crappy Dinner Party, and rejoice!

After reading her article, I was inspired- we are in the throws of moving to a new town, we will end up meeting new people, and at some point we will have them over- I'm going to implement a few of the techniques in Val's article to help me get over the hurtle of having to have everything just perfect- and instead, I'm going to enjoy the company leave my worries behind.

Below you'll find an encoring verse about breaking bread with glad and sincere hearts, with family and friends, in our homes... Val's article will inspire you to just do it...

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

In the mean time... coffee me.

Patience... my word for the year, to me means waiting, waiting, waiting. I do however think this is a great word to follow last years word, which was trust (another doozy), because when you trust, you wait, and this year, now that I have that trusting thing down (ha! will we ever truly have that trust thing down?) Patience is next on the list. There may be a hint of sarcasm floating through my words here... but I digress

I am in no way shape of form good at waiting... if things take too long, I do them myself, if I have to wait too long, I make other plans... but this year, it is as though everything that is coming down the pike, is off in the distance, all set in place... but must be waited for... so now we wait.

What am I suppose to do in the waiting?How do I fill this time, or do I fill the time? Am I just suppose to be? Sit still, Wait? Yup. That's what I am getting... just go on and do the normal things, get up, do your day, know that all will be well, and that everything in perfect timing is on its way... patience buttercup, patience.

Well if that is where I am at, and it is... then Coffee Me! because I've got other stuff to do, and this waiting feels like an elephant sitting on my neck, so at least let me cry in my coffee cup, while I wait...

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Saturday, March 10, 2018


This one is for anyone who feels they have not received their hearts desire, their biggest hope, there loftiest dream...

I know how that feels... it aches, and it just blows my mind how we can survive and sometimes thrive amidst so much pain.

If we don't speak about it, we weep about it... in aisle 7, at Walmart, sitting alone in the basement- air sucked out of our lungs like a punch to the gut, a memory is jogged and stops us dead in our tracks. Oh, I hear you hurt, I feel you pain, I know you ache, we've been here before...

Not every day is like this, not every moment is pain, but grief is never too far away, watching and waiting for that perfect moment to surface and immobilize me. It's hard, it hurts, it's crippling somedays, but it is part of who I am... and it has made me who I am... so I am grateful, I am broken, I hurt, I am frustrated, but I can look up and thank God for the blessings in my life, even amidst the pain...

This song was my anthem during our IVF treatments... and has continued to ring true... these words get me every time....

"Blessed be Your name, On the road marked with suffering,  Though there's pain in the offering -Blessed be Your name"
-Blessed Be Your Name Lyrics by Mark and Beth Redman 

Everyone has grief, and pain, no one gets out of this life unscathed, it is part of life, it's how we deal with it that matters...

How do you deal with your pain? your hurt? your ache?

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(PS. I feel I need to share this, because I know I am not alone... and neither are you <3 )

Update: March 12, 2018

I keep thinking of deleting this post, because I feel vulnerable sharing this ... but I can't - because then I'm not being authentic... I keep wondering if this will have a negative impact on how people perceive me- but if it does, does that actually matter?

Being honest is hard, it's easier to put on a smile and say everything is alright- in the grand scheme of things, yes everything will be alright, but in the moments that i shared these thoughts, thing were not alright.

I know I am not alone in how I feel sometimes, I felt very alone when I was going through in vitro, I felt like everyone I knew -and their dogs- were getting pregnant, and no one was sharing anything other than good news...

What I found out later...

One of my friends had had 3 miscarriages... we could have been there for one another -had we been honest...

One friend kept saying they were waiting to get pregnant... but in all reality they were really trying hard and it wasn't happening...

One friend went through IVF, 1 unsuccessful, and then 1 successful (yay!)

I know why we don't share everything, that vulnerability, the thoughts that people's perception of us will change, we feel weak, sad, scared, and alone...

I don't want anyone to feel the feelings I felt, I don't want people to feel so alone when going through something...

So that is why this post will stay up, even though I feel vulnerable... even though every fibre of my being wants to take it down, and be that super stoic woman, who can manage everything with grace... I manage everything with snotty tears, in a heap on the kitchen floor sometimes... and if that ain't managing well, then I don't know what it... (ha!)

So here's to all of the men and women out there, who are just trying to make it through, and who will be honest enough with themselves to know that talking about what's really going on, actually makes us all stronger... it creates a community that cares...

Let's be that,

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Happy International Women's Day

Let's do what we need to do to raise, encourage, support, and love, strong, independent, intelligent, loving, kind, generous people, who will change the world.

We've got this,
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Thursday, February 22, 2018


Home By Melissa Baker Nguyen 
After countless moves as a little girl, and a few more moves under my belt as an adult... I think I may have finally figured out what home actually means.

I've not so secretly been working on writing and illustrating a children's book about home. During our stay in Vietnam, we saw people come and go, we came and went, and well... when you pack up your life into 6 suitcases and move across the world, Home ends up having a different meaning.

This book is for the movers and shakers...  it's for anyone and everyone who has ever made a move, or is planning a move... it's for the Expat kids, children of Military men and women, your best friend... it's for everyone.

I hope you will order your copy and enjoy it ~ available on Amazon!

Can't wait to hear what you think about it!
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