Monthly Archives: August 2009

Day in Houston

I spent Saturday, August 15th, in Houston doing two different things. The first: I got to visit with my brother whom I have not seen in about 12 years. Second: looking at furniture ideas for my boyfriend’s house (which was gutted due to the last hurricane).
A few weeks ago, my brother emailed me and told me he would be in Houston visiting with his dad for about two weeks. It just so happened to fall on the same weekend that my boyfriend and I were planning to go to Houston and Stephen would be at his dad’s house. Talk about timing. Because he flew in, I had to pick him up. I rented a car so my boyfriend could drive around Houston and not have to worry about being stuck one place all afternoon and drove to my brother’s dad’s house. When he opened the door, I was hit with how long it had been, how good he looked, and how much I missed him. He reached out and hugged me and said, “Oh my goodness.” It was one of those moments that you just stand there and you can’t seem to wrap your head around the fact that you are finally in that moment. We spent hours just talking and catching up. Going over what we have been doing for the last 12 years, how everyone else is doing and what our plans are for the future. It was one of those visits that you cherish for the rest of your life. When I dropped Jon off at his dad’s house and had to say goodbye, it was extremely hard. It took all I had not to cry. I didn’t want to let go when I hugged him. I lost count of how many times in that moment that either one of us said “I love you”. Once I left, I received the sweetest text that said, “I love you and today wuz awesome.” I finally broke down and cried.
I dropped my rental car back at the airport and got in the car with my boyfriend and just didn’t even really know what to say for a few minutes. Once I started talking to him about my visit with my brother, things came out in bits and pieces. I am sure it sounded completely jumbled, but he did a great job of keeping up with me. When my boyfriend and I reached the showroom where we were going to look at furniture and appliance ideas, I realized I left my phone in the rental car. I panicked. I tried to reach the rental company, but no one ever answered the phone. After we looked around, we drove back to the rental car place. I was still in a panic, praying that my phone was there. Thankfully, it was!
We took our time driving home and enjoying each other’s company and talking more about family, friends, and life. I enjoy those long drives when we go to and from Houston because we get to spend more time getting to know each other even better than we already do.
All in all, it was an absolutely fantastic weekend and I wouldn’t trade that time or the new memories for the world!

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Posted by on August 17, 2009 in Family


Adventures of a Single Mother, Part 1

Hello Everyone!

This is my first post on my new blog, Blessed Beyond Measure. I am entitling this post, Adventures of a Single Mom, Part 1 becuase I am a single mom! 🙂 I am so excited to be blogging! I really should have started this blog years ago. So much has happened since I became a single mother in 2002 that I could have written a book!
Being a single mom is definitely an adventure…it is extremely difficult at times and heartbreaking, but there are so many wonderful moments that I will cherish as well. Stephen, my son, is about to turn 8 years old in two weeks. I am amazed at where the time has gone. He was 7 months old when his father left and it has always pretty much just been the two of us. Over the last 7 years, I have cherished the time I have been able to spend with Stephen alone. It’s been a very precious time for our relationship. He is definitely my kid. He has my flair for the dramatic and my temperment. He looks like his dad, which isn’t a bad thing (his dad is a good looking man), but thankfully he didn’t get his dad’s big ears. LOL He also has his dad’s metabolism (a REALLY good thing), so he is tall and skinny and doesn’t have to fight the weight issues, which is really nice since it’s near to impossible to get him outdoors. He is very much into electronics, just like me and is not the outdoors type overall, though he does love to fish with his dad or swim in the lake.
Stephen also inherited my love of an adventure. Though we would love to travel to far off places, we cannot afford or have the time for that right now. So instead, we travel to Houston. He loves going to Houston becuase it means he gets to eat at the Rainforest Cafe, stay in a hotel, see the animals at the zoo and go to the museums and Space Center Houston. The picture in this blog was taken at the Downtown Aquarium in July of this year.
Stephen will be starting 3rd grade this year…can you believe it? We don’t know who is teacher is yet, but we should by the end of next week. He loves school…he may not tell you that, but he does.
Speaking of school…I have started classes again through the University of Phoenix Online. My major is Computer Informaiton Science: Multimedia and Visual Communication. If all goes according to plan, I will be able to complete my degree by the end of the year 2011! I am hoping to be able to work in the computer field prior to graduating so that I will have that much more experience under my belt and be that much closer to starting my own business.
Well, I guess that brings everyone up to date for now. I hope you enjoy this blog and the many more to follow!
God Bless!

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Posted by on August 13, 2009 in Uncategorized