This summer my family and I made the decision to relocate. We left the beautiful weather of Sacramento and headed for the blistering Texas heat of San Antonio, where the salsa is so hot it knocks your boots off! I had been feeling more and more trapped living in Sacramento despite having a non-profit that I loved, loads of wonderful friends, the supportive in-laws, and many successes. The thing weighing me down--I could not escape the oppression of my ex-husband or the oppression of the family courts who were more and more the ones in control of my life, or so it seemed.
Yesterday Jason and I celebrated our 3 year anniversary. We have been engaged for a little less than a year, now; and he has had MANY opportunities to step into a father role with my daughters. In fact, they are "our" daughters, because he has completely fallen for them in the best of ways! Jason volunteers at the girls' schools, helps with homework, coaches them on the proper way to wash dishes, and enjoys teaching them the fine art of StarWars watching.
Originally Posted on Franny's House on Saturday, June 18, 2011 12:29 PM
In the spirit of Father's Day Weekend, I want to share some personal stories about my experiences with my own dad.
My dad loves to go boating. I grew up in Houston so we had access to several lakes, Galveston Bay, and the Gulf of Mexico. When my brother Brandon and I were teenagers, Dad took Mom and us out fishing on Galveston Bay. The boat was stopped and we were drifting in the middle of the open water.
Tomorrow is Mother's Day, and I
know you have something up your sleeve for me; but let me take this opportunity to tell you what I TRULY want to celebrate tomorrow.
I want to kiss the top of your head and smell your hair because it reminds me of when you were a baby cuddled in my arms. You might be
taller than me now, and I can't reach your head without a step-ladder,
so please bend down when you hug me.
I want to see your smiling
face as you share your hopes and dreams with me--they are so much more
than I imagined possible, and if anyone can do it, you can!
shapes out of clay is not only a fun way to help squish out stress and worry,
now it can be a fun snack! This recipe
uses peanut butter, powdered milk, and honey to form a dough. Because the dough contains peanut butter and
honey, it is not suited for children under the age of 1 year. The following recipe can be divided among
4-6 children, or dough can be stored in the refrigerator and separated into
single servings as needed.
Peanut Butter Play Dough (edible)