The Madness of it All

I am really enjoying my new job! I'm enjoying it so much that I have neglected to post here on my blog for several weeks. I'm not proud of this, but I am admitting that I am human. Returning to the working world after several months of not working has proved to be a bit challenging.
One thing I learned from my recent journey in life is that's am not a super woman! Finding the proper balance in the midst of the madness of it all... Family, kids, husband, work, personal time with friends, cheer, basketball, and more work...can be very challenging. Currently, I am trying to find that balance that I once mastered without even blinking.
Personally, I am my worst critic and I am finding myself feeling overwhelmed and feeling like I'm not being a great mom. Even though my logical side of the brain is telling me my thoughts are far from the truth, the dramatic side of the brain wants me to stress out. Nope! I'm not giving in to that side of the brain. Stress is no longer welcomed to occupy space in my head or body.
Therefore, I'm going back to the basics and will begin to create my To Do lists as I've done countless times in the past. Sometimes we forget that keeping things simple and routine are the very foundations which keep us grounded. Making time for the important things by listing them first on my lists will guarantee I find the balance I am seeking.
I am determined to get back to being that organized woman I once was. With time and patience and prayer...all things are possible!
Until we chat again...

7 Words: IT SHOULDN'T HURT TO BE A CHILD

I came across this poem today and it spoke volumes to me. As a child advocate, it is so very important to me to constantly get the word out that children have rights and need to be respected just as adults. The number of cases involving children who are being abused both physically and mentally are alarming. Are we doing our part to stop violence against children? Are we advocating for children?

Ask yourself: Have you hugged a child today?

Black And Blue

© J.D



Sitting alone under the night sky so black,
Nobody knows what she's holding back,
Pulling her sleeves past the black and blue,
Once these bruises fade they'll come back anew.

Looking up at the stars so high,
Sometimes she wishes she could melt into the sky,
Out of her eye drops a single tear,
As she realizes she has to face her worst fear.

At the thought of home she shutters,
And a prayer for help she mutters,
Her angry father's face shakes in her head,
And her broken heart fills with dread.

The front door creaks as she steps inside,
Jumping over beer bottles she runs to hide,
Sliding under her bed she tries not to make a sound,
Too late: the floor creaks as she touches the ground.

She tries to hold back the tears, he hits her harder when she cries,
But they slip out as the heavy steps get closer, she's terrified,
The door slams open, the pain is about to come,
Her dad's clothes smell like smoke and rum.

He lifts her up by a chunk of her hair,
Taking the first punch he begins to swear,
She cries for help, but it's to late,
He won't stop till he's got out all the hate.

A daily routine, but tonight it's not the same,
Tonight the end of the beating never came,
A few hours later the ambulance arrives,
Her life is over at the age of 5. 

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I REALLY Have to Play Catch-Up!!... 30 Days...30 Things...

If you all remember, at the beginning of the month, I began with this POST. Since then, a great deal has happened and now the month is over!!! Therefore, this post will catch me up on my responses for the remainder of the month. My apologies fir such a lengthy post.


19. How did you feel the moment you became a parent?
Overwhelmed, scared, happy, excited, curious, and LOVE

20. Describe 3 significant memories from your childhood.
My relationship with my oldest sister, My Kindergarten teacher Mrs. Zarubica, and My father's beard scratching my face every time I kissed him. (I miss my father)

21. Describe your relationship with your parents.
My father is deceased. I am learning everyday the importance of a mother-daughter relationship

22. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years? 15 years?
I have learned to take each day as it comes, enjoy quiet walks and moments, and be in control of my JOY. I see myself joyous and content

23. What’s your favorite holiday and why?
Christmas. Everyone is so kind, thoughtful, and giving and the lights are simply beautiful.

24. What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about parenthood?
My favorite is: watching them grow and mature. My least favorite: dealing with with them while they grow and mature! If you're a mom, you understand exactly what I mean!

25. If you could have dinner with anyone in history, who would it be and what would you eat?
If I could have dinner with Rosa Parks, we would have Fried chicken, greens, cornbread, yams, and peach cobbler.

26. What popular notion do you think the world has most wrong?
"You can sleep when you're dead". It's important to listen to your body when it says its tired.

27. What is your favorite part of your body and why?
Hmmm... I'd say my fingers. They always get the job done!

28. What’s your favorite quality in your spouse?
He's willing.

29. What are your hopes and dreams for your prosperity?
To have complete Joy. Kurt Franklin said it best when he said, "I don't want to have happiness because that means something has to be happening. I want Joy because no one can take my Joy from me."

30. List 10 things you would hope to be remembered for.
My role as a mother
My role as a wife
My role as a friend
My role in life through Gods' eyes
My role as an educator
My role as a friend
My role as a person
My role as a learner
My heart
My imprint on life