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16 years!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2012

This is so hard to believe. Today, my son turns 16!

He came into this world during the great blizzard of '96. They called it the blizzard of the century. He hasn't stopped moving since!

He had kind of a rough start. He was what they called a "failure to thrive" baby. Apparently he had a "domed" pallet and couldn't suck very well. He was so tiny. I took him to an occupational therapist who manipulated the bones of his pallet when he was about 3 months old. Worked perfectly and he just thrived!

My son has always been a handful but I have always been grateful that he was mine. His athletic prowess has been awesome and I have beamed at every ball hit, every catch made or every wrestling match won (or lost, I was still proud).

Even though he is a hulk of a kid (all muscle) he has a very sweet gentle side that few see. I will take him to the animal shelter with me to volunteer. He will run dogs for miles so they get exercise, and will hold a kitten in his huge hand with such gentleness just to keep it warm.

I will always be proud of him. I am still shocked that 16 years have gone by so quickly but happy birthday to my wonderful son Joshua.

  
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DARLENEK04 1/16/2012 4:24PM

  Awesome boy sounds like.......but then he had to have an
awesome Mom to turn out so good too.....

I am very close to my son also. My son is a ways past 16,
and has the same gentleness with animals and small children
just flock to him. I think they sense he is someone they
are safe with.

Congratulations on raising such a wonderful man to be........

Darlene

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YANKEEBELLA 1/14/2012 10:15AM

    Uplifting song. Thank you for sharing.

Have a blessed day!

Susan
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DETERMINEDJANET 1/13/2012 1:37PM

    Enjoy the day!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/13/2012 12:52PM

    I can understand how you feel. My son will be 5 years old next week and I can't believe it! He makes me laugh so hard sometimes and makes me feel like crying when he is impossible! lol
I had a hard pregnancy with him and we weren't sure he would make but I am so glad that I endured and kept him and didn't give up when I was suggested to.
I love him so much. I am so happy that I have so much love in my life.
Children bring so much joy into our lives.
Enjoy him :)
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KARMAKATHY 1/13/2012 8:31AM

    My son will be 16 in July and I can't believe it! Liked your post.

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Under the knife....

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tomorrow is my foot surgery. I'm not really nervous, I just want it over with. Once again my friend Dawn is coming to the rescue to take me to the surgical center and then home again.

I am so annoyed with the center. They called me at 8:30 this morning and went over everything I needed to know for tomorrow. They told me to be there at 10:15. I called Dawn and set the entire thing up.

At about noon they called to remind me to be there at 10:15 and that I had a co-pay and not to forget to bring it.

Around 1, they called me, laughing and said, "Oh, forget about 10:15 we just changed the surgery to 7:30 am. I was furious. I spent time figuring out the day, asking favors of friends and they just think it's funny?

I just wish people would walk a mile in my shoes before they think things are easy for everyone.

Well, wish me luck. Tomorrow I get my foot fixed! Hooray!

  
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CHANGING_LIFE 1/3/2012 11:30PM

    Awww! I'm so sorry this happened. :( Did the surgery go okay otherwise?

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ARIANERA 1/1/2012 9:59PM

    Thanks for stopping by my holiday blog.

I hope your surgery went smoothly and that you had a restful New Years.

Ari

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DOROTHYBERO 12/28/2011 4:31PM

    Hope all went well for you!!

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ILOVEROSES 12/28/2011 4:07AM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery. Hopefully the surgery went well. emoticon

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SHOSHANADP 12/27/2011 10:47PM

    Good luck! Try not to kill them for pulling the junk that they did with the timing.

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/27/2011 10:15PM

    I wouldn't have thought that was very funny either. Hugs!

Will be thinking of you tomorrow as you have your surgery.

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Friends!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My life isn't easy. I am a single mom, two kids that can be challenging (see other blogs LOL) but I have friends. Let me tell you about one of them. Her name is Dawn.

A couple of days ago the FedEX guy brings me a package with a gift certificate to "Kindle" in it from Dawn. I thought, hmmmm how odd. Then I thought that I could use this to download books onto her Kindle which I could borrow. That was sweet.

She came over later that day and I thanked her for the gift certificate and said it was sweet even though I didn't own a Kindle. She grumbled something about Amazon being run by idiots and said, "You do now."

OMG, she got me a Kindle (which arrived today along with a case too) AND gift certificate. I'm still in shock, but so happy. No one has given me a gift that brought me to tears in a long time. Talk about thoughtful!

I just downloaded my first book. I can't wait to read it. It might even have an audio function and I can listen to it in the car but that's a long way off. I still have to learn how to navigate this thing!!

I am grateful for a lot of things in life. My children, their good health and my friends. Aren't I lucky to have ones like Dawn?

  
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SCOOTERGIRLOZ 12/26/2011 6:16AM

    Kindle Kindness for Christmas. Nice!

To your many hours of enjoyment.

Scootergirl in Oz
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BARCINTL 12/23/2011 6:39AM

    I'm so happy you liked it. It gave me great joy to give it to you. Enjoy it in great health (and come over so I can teach you how to use it!)

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SKINNY1DAY 12/22/2011 8:46PM

    sounds like you have a great friend! I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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Pre-op testing

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I went for my pre-op tests today. Sheesh! You would think I was going to have a heart transplant and not bunion surgery. They had all kinds of tests including blood, urine, EKG etc....

Ok, apparently, I am well enough for them to operate on my little toe. I can't imagine what they would put me through if this were something truly serious!!

On a side note, I received the thumb brace with magnets I ordered. I have heard a lot about magnets helping with arthritis so, I thought I'd try it. I'll keep everyone posted on how it works (or if it works).

  
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BARCINTL 12/17/2011 11:22PM

    Keep those magnets away from Julianne's face!


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SHOSHANADP 12/15/2011 11:19PM

    I hope everything goes okay with the surgery!

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ILOVEROSES 12/15/2011 7:07PM

    Glad to hear you came through with flying colours! emoticon

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COLEENCOLE 12/15/2011 6:26PM

    See it as screening and rest easy if all is normal.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 12/15/2011 1:54PM

    They put you through those test no matter what kind of surgery you are having. There are risks with all surguries. I know everything will be fine and you will be up running again very soon. Please keep us sparkers informed as to how you are doing. My prayers will be with you.

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It's a good day!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

My daughter arrived home from college yesterday. She will be here about a week before she goes to spend a day or two with her dad. Her dad will take her to the airport on Sunday and she is off to Israel for 10 days.

My son is also home this weekend (spends a couple of weekends a month with his dad).

It is the best feeling in the world to have both kids under one roof. This afternoon my daughter and I will do some shopping. She needs shoes (hahahahaha) but I love to go out with her. When we get back I am taking my son over to the animal shelter to do some volunteer work. He loves to run the dogs and they love it too!

I am smiling. It's going to be a great day!

  
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MHNGJR 12/13/2011 4:36PM

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DOROTHYBERO 12/13/2011 6:58AM

    It is a good day - love spending time with my kids too!!

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COLLANN 12/12/2011 10:03PM

    Enjoy! Love family being at home.

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PHEBESS 12/12/2011 7:20AM

    Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend!

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MSKITYOCAT 12/11/2011 9:57AM

  Sure sounds great. Blessings on your family and their holiday activities

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