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Beautiful Darkness: My review.

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If you know me you know I love to read but don’t always get to complete a book.  So yes, finally I finished another book.   I really liked reading this book.  So below the line is my Goodreads review.  Check it out!


Beautiful Darkness (Caster Chronicles, #2)Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Is this the book that changes the world. No. But is this a book that will entertain you as you enter into another world that can only be found in the pages of a book. Yes.

I have to say I enjoyed reading this. There were some mundane parts. Some highly impossible moments that seemed as if the writer was taking a shortcut or two. But I liked reading it. I enjoy Ethan’s story. How he and Lena have to deal with the worlds of caster and mortal. Seeing how the song changes. How impossible and improvable intertwine with what is actually happening.

It’s a fun read. It’s a quick read, once I got past the first few chapters, I couldn’t really put it down. It kept me drawn in.

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Blog Post #754

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This morning I was in the shower, and since there is where I do my best thinking, I was going over different things in my mind. There was my to-do list, my random crazy thoughts, my brain badgering me over things I did in 1997, and some pretty hard questions about why I’m so stressed and frustrated here lately.

Now I already used the intro paragraph on my Journey of Faith Blog post. That really divulged into my spiritual shortcomings. But I wanted to look at another point and post it here, so that’s why I plagiarized myself this morning.

So the other thing I was thinking about this morning in my shower was how March is practically gone. I mean where did this month go? It’s already the 23rd and I feel like it was yesterday that we started March. Like I have these plans and ideas for my blogs. I try to post once a month. Give a check in on how my life is good or annoying. Truthfully it’s annoying sometimes. But my last blog post for POV was January 31st. I totally missed February, though the month was overall okay. Had some sickness, through March has been worse with that. But seriously how are we already about to be in the 4th month of the year?


I do know where some of my time has gone. For a huge chunk of it, I was working in my house. Thanks to the tax refund check we got, we were able to purchase a new living room couch. Now this couch is just what we needed. It’s a sectional, which takes a HUGE portion of the room, but as a family of five, we needed something this size. We all like to lay around together and watch movies, and the love seat/couch combo that we had, just didn’t work. Plus the love seat, where Phil and I normally sat, was demolished by two little boys going through their toddler stage. Now they are both big boys and all, replacing seemed like a good idea. And it’s so pretty and makes me so happy. I’ve slept on it two night now. If that tells you anything.

The rest of it I don’t really know. There have been events and whatnot on Saturdays, but the rest of my time has seemed to vanish to some far off undetermined location. The days have passed without any real knowledge of it. Which is weird. So that is my March update. Time has been stolen from me. I blame whoever is still allowing it to snow in Spring. But I feel as if I am digressing. I might add to this post later, but for now…




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January Reflections

How Did the Month Go?


So now that we are one month down into the new year, I thought I’d take a moment to think about what I wanted thirty-one days ago, and today. I re-read my Happy New Year post.  At the start of the month, I was really excited about the new plans and ideas I had.  Truth is, I’m still pretty excited about it.  I was thrilled with the idea of starting these new lists and plans.   I felt that I had it in me to do the hard work needed to complete these plans.  A fact that I’ve proven to myself.

I have started and made progress on three of my projects.  My books,  my desk, and the clothing.  These are the things that I’ve gotten started.  Which is more than it sounds.   My desk was a nightmare, I could barely use the keyboard, let alone find anything.  So tackling that was hard.  Thankfully I was able to get a handle on that.  I just have to finish it.  The papers I have to go through is crazy.   I’m quite proud of those accomplishments.

Now there are things I am still not happy with.  Like I didn’t do one bit of exercise.  That was something I wanted to do.  But never started it. In fact, when it comes to my health, all I’ve done is take my medicine.  Which really isn’t good.  I need to get back on the track I was, granted it wasn’t the most healthy.  But, it was better than not.   And not, is what this month has been with my exercise, eating, and health habits.

The debt cutting, which is something I wrote about on my other blog post, and I have to say that I’ve been taking some great strides on that front.  I have a lot of plans to deal with the debt our family has.  It’s just going to be a matter of time when those are dealt with completely.  Thankfully, Phil gets bonuses and that will help pay some of the student loans down.  That makes me so happy.  I have a plan and I’m happy that I’m sticking to it.


Another plan for the past month was to read the bible daily.  This goal is discussed in a ton of detail on my Journey of Faith blog.  But I have to say here, I did read 31 passages, I did write 30 passages.  That is a huge feat for me.

My month has been filled with snow days, cleaning days, projects, daily cleaning,  going to church, running around doing errands and such.  I’m proud that I haven’t been lazy, that I’ve been able to have fun.  That I feel like as a person, I’m growing.  So that has been my month.


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Happy New Year 2018

New Beginnings


Whew, another new year.  Another set of new beginnings.  Another time of reset and start fresh. I am looking forward to this year. There are a lot of things on the horizon that seems really awesome.

Right now I’m still wrapped up in the excitement of new ideas, prospects, things to do.  It’s hard to not feel good.  It’s gonna take hard work to take the list and ideas and make them into reality.  But for the first time in a while, I feel like I have it in me to do the hard work.

That in itself is really exciting to me.

You might be wondering what is so exciting to me.  Well, one I have these goals and ambitions to learn more.  Just because I’m a college grad doesn’t mean that my learning should stop, and I miss learning.  I miss challenging myself to study.  I have set some goals for myself, like learning French and learning basics from my childhood.

I also have a goal of cutting debt out of my life.  There are things that just need to stop being so expensive.  There is no reason to spend so much money on things that just don’t matter.  So I will be finding ways to save money.  Learn to do more with less.   There is no reason that we are so quick to swipe the card.  I intend to do some yard sales to get rid of clutter, with the intent of all proceeds going to cut our debt.  Phil and I have been very loose with our spending habits.  It’s my goal to cut that.  It’s my goal to take more steps to pay off our debts.  Between credit cards and student loans, we are being strangled.  I intend to change that.  I just do.  While all of this is probably too much information, it’s just a goal that means so much to me.  This time next year I want to report that I have succeeded in getting cutting out all credit card debt.

The reason this means so much to me, is I want a new car.  My car is great.  Don’t get me wrong.  Great gas mileage.  It has been through a lot.  The only issue with my beloved car is that my family of five does not fit into it well.  Now when the hubby is at work, and one of the kids can sit up front it’s fine.  But when all three kids are in the back, it’s very bad.  Poor Haylie is tortured.  So if I can get out of all credit debt.  I could save and get a new car by this time next year.  It’s a long goal.  But I’m playing the long game with my money.


Other goals include getting my body to a point that I can withstand daily life.  Due to the health issues, I’ve been through I have every attention to give myself the resources to keep me healthy.  I don’t want to be super strength girl or anything.  Just healthy enough to be able to live a good life.  Yes. I want to lose weight.  I have a number in mind but the truth is I don’t care if I am a size two or twenty.  I just want to be able to run around with my kids.  Go on field trips and have a good time.  So there are reasons I need to get my body in order.

There are a bunch of other smaller goals that I’m excited about, but for tonight.  I’m going to leave it at this.  The year will be full of great things.  I’m excited to for this year.  Are you?


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Christmas 2017

Happy Holidays?

Was my Christmas season a good one?  Yes.  It was.  I have to say that I was full of nervous energy as it approached.  But I have to say that when it was all done and over I  was pleased with how it turned out.  

Phil and I were able to get most of the shopping done sooner than we normally do.  Phil wrapped most of the presents, which I have to say was a pleasant change of events.  Christmas Eve started at church, it was a Sunday after all.  Then I took a nap.  It was so nice to just relax and be chill.  Then per family tradition, we went to Justice house for the family celebration.  And while I had my fears about the evening it was nice.  All four kids were there, not all the grandchildren showed, but most of them.  Dinner was completed and the kids opened their presents.   They were quite thrilled especially since uncle Jason bought them the huge Nerf guns with the balls.  I’m pretty sure the kids could perform a mutiny and I’d surrender.  These Nerf guns are massive.   It’ll be a fun day when we have another Nerf war.  

Christmas Day we woke up to find what Santa brought.  The kiddos were quite happy when they saw their gifts.  I have to say Phil really made me happy.  He gave me some wonderful gifts. Including four new pop figures, two new books, two new movies, and two new CDs.  He does know me well.  And per family tradition, we then went to my mom’s where we had breakfast.    Yummy sausage links,  bacon, plain rolls, cinnamon rolls, orange rolls and many many cups of chocolate milk.    Then we went to Gma Knights and I had a good time talking with my cousins.  I think as adults we get along better than we ever did as kids.  Once we left there, we came home to play with our new toys.  Bedtime came and it was nice to just go to bed knowing that the day was good.  

So, all in all, I did have a happy holiday.  Thank God.  It was something I was praying over since years past have proven difficult.   While I know the season is officially over, Merry Christmas to all.



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December 2017

Where did the Time Go?

Well, it’s finally the last month of the year. By finally, I really mean, what are you kidding me, we just started this year. Where has my year gone? I feel like it was just five minutes ago I was thinking about my 2017 and all the things I hoped to accomplish. Now it’s December and I can’t help but wonder if my year was successful. Truthfully, if I measure the year based on my to-do lists, it’s I’ve most likely failed. However, I will measure the success of my year by the health and happiness of my children, then I’m going to call it all good.

You might want to know what I’ve been up to in the recent days. Truth is, I’m just your average mom who is doing the daily things a mom does. I clean, I cook, I wipe runny noses and poopy butts. I make plans and hear the distant laughter of kiddos who know that I’ll never keep those plans. I fold laundry to see the basket dumped. I wipe the dust then turn and see things flying through the room. It’s just life.

I’m also your average person, I watch TV and fangirl over things I love. Like I freaked over Avenger’s: Infinity War trailer. LIKE FREAKED! I am in love with This Is Us and many other TV Shows. That is why I blog about them. (Shameless plug to check out my blogs AOS Fans and The Television Watcher. ) I’m reading a book called Beautiful Creators. I’m bullet journaling. I’m making list. I’m being my normal crazy self.

I’m struggling though because I, unfortunately, fall prey to the societies ideas of the need to be perfect. I do not meet that category. I’m not perfect, in fact, I think I would classify myself as a hot mess. I don’t like it. But whomp there it is. I am late. I have a stain on my shirt 73% of the time. I don’t get make-up on my face. Though I do love pretty eyeshadow. My hair stays in a messy bun 98% of the time. If it’s down, it’s because I’ve showered and am waiting for it to air dry. My socks, they are mismatched. My purse had the most random thing in it. I swear I pulled a small dino out the other day and was just happy that there was no snot on it.

I am a mess. I’m not even hiding that fact anymore. I am also human, who has feelings. And in the last six months, things have really hurt me. Between having to endure the humiliation of having so-called family and fighting tooth and fighting everything tooth and nail. It’s been a heck of a battle. So I’m just done at pretending that life is this perfect thing. But here is my deal.  I’m not perfect, but I’m trying to live my life to please God and myself.  Everyone else is no longer on my list to please.  So stop trying to pressure me into being this cookie cutter shaped person.  Now, of course, my parents and hubby are excluded from the general they.  Them I’m still wanting to be happy with me.  But other people can shove off a bit.  I’m a hot mess. Take me as I am.  Or LEAVE ME.  I’m just saying.


I am gonna do me.  I’m gonna please God.  I’m going to polite and nice.  I’m going to be happy.  I’m going to be good.  Good to my kids.  I’m going take each day as a blessing and find the good in it.  In other words, I’m done with the drama.  I’m done with the wearing my emotions on my sleeve.


Wow, this blog took a turn I wasn’t expecting.  I wanted to just kind of be light and fluffy. Tell any and all readers that life is ongoing.  Time is passing so fast, I feel like I’m being left behind somedays.  My year is basically gone.  But I’m looking forward to the next one.



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Today’s Shenanigans

My First Hit and Run


Today hasn’t been my day.  I’m gonna start off by saying that.  It’s okay.  Tomorrow will be better.

I’ll next say: Randy, Lucas and I are okay.  It could have been so much worse, and it wasn’t.

And now, what happened:
After not having my card to pay for my Kroger purchases, I had gone home, grabbed what I needed, gotten Lucas off the bus and was headed back to Kroger.  I was at a red light at a three-way intersection.  A van** was behind me.  They were also at stopped at the red light.  Something caught my eye in my rear view mirror and I could tell this teen wasn’t paying attention.  Next thing I know, I’m being mashed into.  Now it wasn’t a love tap like he’d let off the brake; this was a full on hit.  My first thought is my children.  Both boys were in the car, fastened into their seats.  They are both fine.  My next move is to get out of the lane to deal with the accident information.  But as I’m moving into the E lane.  The boy is backing up, and taking off.  His tires are squealing, he jumps into the turning lane, runs the light (cutting off traffic) and turns into the side ride that the light is for.   Not only his he being reckless, he’s whipping about.  Almost sideswiped the traffic on the other road.  He does like the serpentine driving until he’s out of sight.   I call 911.  Tell the details and the dispatch officer lets me know I’m not the only one calling about him.


Luckily for me, Leslie (whose birthday is the same day as mine), was in the front of the stopped traffic and heard him hit me, then watched him flee.  She got the license plate number as well.  And then stays until the officer takes her statement.  She had more details than I did.  But I suppose that was normal since I was a bit in shock at the way it all happened. At the moment this kid is still at large.  It is my personal belief that he was drunk or high.  That he was fleeing because he didn’t want to face consequences.  I don’t know for sure, that is just what my gut is telling me.   I’m pretty peeved because we just got my car finished back in April from hitting the deer last November. I’m thankful that we are okay.  Especially after the horrific accidents that have happened in the last week alone.


This is a personal plea from me to you, and everyone.  Stop driving so recklessly.  Yesterday a family of five lost their lives.  A few days ago a small child was hurt and is still in critical condition.  If it wasn’t for God’s hand, and the protection I pray for every single day, that could have been my family today.  Yes, this was just a fender bender.  But it could have been something else.  I walked away today, but I might not have.  Accidents do happen, I get that, but many could be avoided.  Whatever that young man was doing, he shouldn’t have been doing behind the wheel.  It could have waited.  My life is more important than a text, Facebook update, or phone call.  My kid’s lives are more important than whatever high you were chasing.


Thank God we are okay.


Thank God I’ll be in my bed tonight.


Please God let them find the guy responsible.


Stop being so distracted when you drive.


I survived my first hit and run.  I really don’t want to experience another.


**Black, maybe Toyota minivan, with a white hood.  Three passengers, all young (maybe teens).  License plate 360 HXN (?-87% sure)  The van had a handicap plaque hanging from its rear view mirror.



I received word today, the driver was found.  Charged and released into the custody of his mother.  They do have insurance, so my worries about my car are now settled.  

I have to admit I was sure this was going to land on me, that they weren’t going to find him.  So when the officer called today, I was overjoyed.  The officer told me the driver was found, charged and if there was an issue with insurance to contact him and additional charges would be filed.  I am beyond thrilled God answered my prayer.  That this boy was found.  I hate that this young kid was charged with a hit and run, but what he did was wrong.  Leaving the scene was wrong.  It’s a hard lesson, but one he had to learn.