To Caitlyn on her 14th birthday

14th-Birthday-Party-IdeasI was going to write you a limerick

I was going to write you a song

I was going to write you a poem

But,  I was afraid they would come out all wrong

So here is what I want to say to you today my sweet, precious girl.

It’s been a joy to have you in my life these past 14 years. I cherish every day we have had together and only wish for many, many more. I know we don’t always see eye to eye, but I know you are coming into your own. I see you changing and growing up and know that one day soon you will be embarking on your own journey in this crazy, wonderful world. Just know, my amazing daughter, that I will always be here when you need me. Whether it be a shoulder to cry on or to share a laugh, I will be here. Always.

Happy Birthday!

I love you.



Lordy, Lordy! How the *&$% am I 40?!

ImageToday is the big 4 0. In some ways it is a SCARY number. It sounds so big…so adult…so monumentous. I always thought that by 40 I would have life figured out and I would know exactly who I was and what I wanted from it. As I sit here today, I realize that is so far from the truth. Ask any other “adults” if they knew what life was about at 40 and if they were where they want to be and I bet 80% of them would look at you dumbfounded at not know what to say. Today, I am the same. I embrace what life has given me thus far, but I have no idea what lies ahead. Surely I will have many, many more years to find my answers.

I choose to look at my 40’s as a stepping stone for the years to come. I have been through a lot of good and bad times in these past 40 years. I have learned a lot and they taught me values, patience, understanding, and much, much more. I don’t know what will happen in the next 40 years, but I will take each day as it comes. After everything life has thrown at me, I can handle it. Bring it on!