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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: It has made me more beautiful.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) doesn't sound real pretty.  Trauma, stress, and disorder are highly negative words, and the disorder itself interferes with healthy relationships, how a person views the world and the people in it, and can even prevent them from holding down a job and functioning as a normal person in society. 

As a result of living through a domestic abuse situation, I now struggle with PTSD.  I have done some healing over the past nine years, and I know I have a lot more healing to do.

Happy Father's Day

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.

My Mother's Day Wish

Dear Children,
Jennifer and her daughters Francesca (left) and Alexandra (right) in 2005
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!

Nessun Dorma (Paul Potts version)

Hello Dear Readers!

This is January 12th's entry...a bit delayed.  It is also different from the format of the other Jen's Play List songs, because it is not the song that inspires me, but the man singing it.  Nessun Dorma is a beautiful classical piece from Puccini's opera Turandot.  Paul Potts was not a fancy man.  He made international headlines with his audition on Britain's Got Talent in 1999.  He took to the stage with a humble attitude, a simple look.

Inspirational 5th and 6th graders!

Originally Posted on the Franny's House Blog on Friday, June 17, 2011 11:43 AM

Alex with her awards!My daughter Alex had the opportunity to attend a track meet recently for 5th and 6th grade students in theSan Juan Unified School District.  What is meant to be an introduction to competitive track and field events turned in to a demonstration of how compassionate, supportive, and kind children can be to their peers.  

Most of the children participating in the event ranged from moderately to extremely athletic in their running abilities.

Standing Outside the Fire

Hello Readers!

This week in Alex's band class they had to perform solos in front of the rest of the class.  Alex is an amazing baritone player, but she is not a fan of playing in front of non-family members. She did really well in class (of course!) and her band teacher asked her to perform at Sacramento State University for a solo competition.  Alex was not sure she wanted to do this--she was letting her stage fright get the best of her.  I remembered my own 7th grade experience singing a solo in choir, and then having to go compete at the solo and ensemble competition, as well.