Reflection on Thanksgiving

I'm sitting here on this gorgeous balcony in Hilton Head, SC where I am staying with my mother and my brother and his family for the holiday. I just suffered a terrible night of stomach flu that my daughter passed on to me just before I left. Because of that I was in bed unusually… Continue reading Reflection on Thanksgiving

Finding Strength Through Battle

Tomorrow will be the end of a long and tortuous process.  I am hitting a new milestone in my journey of change and I cannot wait for the finish line.  Tomorrow I will face the X in court for the completion of our custody battle that has been dragging on since January.  Ten months of… Continue reading Finding Strength Through Battle

The Last Few Days with Dad

I have never seen strength and determination the way I had when I started taking care of my father in his last days.  His struggle with Stage 4 stomach cancer was coming to an end.  In November we were given the news that he had 3 to 6 months to live and he held out… Continue reading The Last Few Days with Dad

The Dreaded Custody Handoff

It is Sunday afternoon on my off weekend and I feel the anxiety building up.  In about an hour I have the dreaded pick up time where the kids come back home from being with the X  a few days.  Every time I have to gear up for the awkward ten minute exchange I instantly… Continue reading The Dreaded Custody Handoff

A new milestone

My entire year has been a series of milestones to changing my life and the start of this month I hit another one.  When I first separated from the X, I tried to stay focused on some of the positive things.  I do this with most things actually, as a way to keep going through… Continue reading A new milestone

Ravioli Day

  My family has this wonderful tradition every year where we get together before the holiday season starts to make hundreds of ravioli by hand.  My grandmother started this tradition well before I was born.  She was the true superwoman that would wake up at the crack of dawn, crank out 1000 ravioli by herself… Continue reading Ravioli Day