Just recently I found myself at a funeral visitation for someone whom I really didn’t even know. He was the father of a man, who is married to a woman, who is a good friend of my mothers.

While I was standing in line to talk to them (feeling a little out of place among families and friend I didn’t know), a lady approached me and told me something that made me feel much better.

She said, she never realized how much the funeral and viewing actually helped the healing process until she had to go through it herself. And that seeing the faces she knew and especially the ones she didn’t know, helped her cope,and learn things, and hear stories about her loved one that she never knew before.

    So, if you are unsure how you feel about going to a funeral home. Just remember, that no matter how uncomfortable you might feel being there, that it is a small thing compared to what the family and friends of the deceased are going through. And that your handshake, smile, conversation, and/or hug, can make all the difference in the world to them!

 

Cass

One of my favorite things to do is to eat out. A steak from Texas Roadhouse, a pasta dish from Boston’s, ribs from Rafferty’s or pizza from Turoni’s. I find myself always wanting to go back to the same places, because I’m afraid if I go to a new random restaurant I will not like my choice of food (which has happened). So I just find a great restaurant and stick with them. Can’t go wrong with your favorite food from one of your favorite restaurants. Just saying……

 

Suzette

“Motherhood is the greatest thing and the hardest thing” – Ricki Lake

 

This quote pretty well sums up the last year of my life.  I thought trying to have a baby was difficult and exhausting – just achieving that was a feat for me.  I had heard all the stories from others about preparing for motherhood and how tiring and hard it would be, so I knew it was a gamble no matter how many checklists I marked off.  And now here I am, living a life with a three-month-old baby boy – and the journey has been the hardest thing I’ve ever faced.  Days are short, nights are long, and I’ve somehow learned to live on no sleep.  I’ve cried a lot (and listened to a lot of crying) and I’ve even missed how simple certain things used to be.

All that aside, I can truly say, nothing could have prepared me for how much love I have in my heart for my child. I have more joy in my life on no sleep than I ever did with a full eight hours. I wake up every day looking forward to the smile on my sweet boy’s face, even if I have to change a few dirty diapers and make some goofy faces to see it.  Time is fleeting; I will never get these moments back. So I’m choosing to embrace every part of this incredible motherhood thing, whether I’ve gotten to shower or I’m still covered in yesterday’s drool.😊

 

-Paige

For Christmas last year, I received the Instant Pot. If you haven't heard about the Instant Pot, you are missing out! It is one of the newer must have kitchen gadgets. I am a sucker for kitchen gadgets! It is an electric pressure cooker that has more than one function. It can cook anything from a pork roast for pulled pork, to hard boiled eggs, to even making a cheesecake! You can also even make Yogurt in it!

 

I did not open mine until March when my husband urged me to use it. Im not going to lie, I was intimidated and did not want to use it. I was so scared, but I also wanted to use it so bad! After my first experience of Mac-N-Cheese, I was hooked! I started using it for everything that I could! You can make almost anything in it, including baking!

 

I really love it for cooking large cuts of meat, or rice. I will throw 3 pounds of FROZEN Chicken tenderloins in there and cook them. It will take about 30 minutes total. Then I shred it up. I use that shredded chicken for tacos, salads, soups, anything that you can use shredded chicken for! It was so tender and juicy, it was just awesome!I even saved the juices, or the stock afterwards and kept that in the freezer for later!

 

I have ventured out of my comfort zone in cooking after having this gadget, and my family is thankful for it! 

This year so far has been a whirlwind of excitement, tears, and new beginnings.  My son started school as a first grader at Chandler Elementary.  He has made tons of new friends and really enjoys going to school every day. His first midterm came out and he made all A’s and S+.   I could not be more proud of him. He says his favorite classes are lunch and recess.  I believe that was probably everyone’s favorite while in school.

            For me this year has been a trying journey so far.  I have continued my education at Indiana Institute of Technology for my Associates of Science, and I have about 9 months left to go until I graduate.   I also started my new job with Tri-State Trophies back in April.   Once I was finally starting to get the hang of things and feel comfortable within my new position.  I was told I would be having Gallbladder surgery immediately.  Everything went well with the surgery and I was able to return to work within 2-3 weeks.  I once again got settled into my position, and started my training back up.  Then, I was told I would be having another knee surgery on August 30, 2018.  I had a pervious surgery in 2017 but never seemed to get relief from the pain.  So, once again I was put out of work from my new job.  Thankfully, my employers are wonderful understanding people.  They again allowed me to be off work for this surgery.  Everything went very well with the surgery this time and I am now currently back to work after being off for a month.  I’m settling back into my job and continuing to go to school, and still in mommy mode 24/7.  My son and I just moved into our new place, and we are really enjoying it so far.  This is the first time that we have lived alone without anyone else.  My son is very excited because I gave him the master bedroom with the bathroom in it.  I figured why would I need a big room?  It’s not like I have toys and things to play with.  I have high hopes that everything will continue to go smoothly these last few months of this year.  My son has basketball starting soon, and I will end this semester of school at the beginning of December.  I’m excited to host my first holiday get together at our new house, and cannot wait to create all of these new memories.  Just call me super mom because I can and will do it all.  I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

 

Cassie