I generally find these things a bit impossible. I’m a shy person, so writing about myself is difficult — to say the least. But … I’m prepared to give this the “old college try”. *deep breath*

Where to start? I’m a displaced Texan currently living in Virginia. We’ve been here for about ten years, but I have to admit there are many times when this state still feels quite new and unfamiliar to me. I’m not sure it’ll ever feel like “home”. I’m an avid amateur photographer and an often-frustrated, struggling writer. I’m a terrible housekeeper and not domestic at all. And I seem to be doing laundry constantly. If I ever figure out where all the laundry comes from … well, I’m convinced I’ll have uncovered the key to all the secrets of the universe.

I have a wonderful, supportive hubby. We just celebrated our 14th anniversary this month (October 2012), but we’ve been together for 22 years. Sometimes, that feels like forever — but in a good way! We have a beautiful daughter, who is 9 and in the fourth grade. I’m still working up to posting pics of her on here. But, maybe I’ll get brave enough to do it one of these days.

We also have a house full of furry kids. Two dogs, a cat, and a hamster.Β Needless to say, our house is busy, messy, and often noisy. But I don’t think I would trade it for anything else. I’m very, very blessed.

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    • Thank you so very much! It’s so funny that you would term it a “journey of hope”. That’s just what this blog — and meeting so many wonderful fellow-bloggers through WordPress — has been for me. It’s helped me start having a much better and more hopeful outlook on my life and my writing. Which is a wonderful blessing.

      Thank you so much for stopping by and for taking the time to read a bit. I appreciate it so very much! πŸ™‚

  1. ok – try again. I like your blog! Keep writing. I also like your tea…and awkward silence. Sounds oh too familiar. I think of myself as a gregarious recluse!

    • Hi! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog — and for following it, too! I appreciate the vote of confidence, particularly now, when my life seems way too crazy and my posts way too sporadic for my liking. I hope you continue to enjoy things around here.

      I understand what you mean by “gregarious recluse”. What a lovely way of putting it!

      I took a quick look around your blog, and it is so lovely. I can’t wait to delve in and explore it more in depth. πŸ™‚

      • Well, this day and age ya never know what’s/who’s out there, so I don’t use any real names. I (like you) have a few good friends; and to be honest, I think that’s all that most people have – a few good friends. It’s when you go through the rough times that you find out who those are. And not to sound too negative, but the rest of them are “friendly aquaintences” and that’s ok! By the way – I LOVE that you said you aren’t a good housekeeper! I LOVE IT! Neither am I! With 3 kids and a permanently shedding dog; a full time job which I commute to 1 hour away; the way I look at it is; it’s there and I’ll get to it. Family, friends and pets unually don’t care. There’s more to live than cleaning! You have a wonderful day! …and thanks for writing!

    • We’re in Northern Virginia, in Fairfax County. It is really beautiful here, but the pace of living is much more tense and a lot faster than what we grew up with in Texas and, in particular, in and around San Antonio. San Antonio is a very laid-back city.

    • Oh my gosh! It really is a small world. That’s so funny and amazing. Sometimes, it boggles my mind the way the internet can connect people.

      I agree this is a fast-paced area. But it’s also beautiful, which counts for a lot. πŸ™‚

  2. Hi there! Well, I’m trying to play catch up. I stayed home from work Mon, Tue and went in for half a day today. Slowly but surely my head is feeling better. It sounds like where you are in Virginia isn’t too bad – face paced, yes, but otherwise not too bad. Will you stay there long or are you planning on moving back to Texas sometime? It is a small world – and even smaller with the internet connection. San Antonio I thought was lovely! Of course I only saw a small glimpse of it, but I really liked the river walk and I spent an extra day down there so I could see the Alamo. I LOVED the warm weather – of course most places are warmer than here during the winter. Loved your poem today – very nice – strong words, but very nice!

    • Oh my gosh! I am so sorry that it took me such a long time to get back to your comment. I didn’t realize it was awaiting approval. Total doofus move on my part. >.O

      I’m really glad your head is feeling better. You must have gotten quite a hard knock. Yikes!

      Virginia isn’t bad in some ways. In others, it remains completely foreign and incomprehensible to me. I’m lucky in that I was able to “drop out” of the work-force to stay home with my daughter — and write. Been a long time coming with the writing thing because of several factors … and I won’t bore you with those. Hopefully, though, I’m starting to get the creativity back and will hit stride with it again. *fingers crossed* But, it is absolutely beautiful here. And I love having actual seasons during the year.

      San Antonio is one of the most gracious, most beautiful cities in the world. I am convinced of this. There is so much that I love and still miss about San Antonio. Not the least of which being many good friends we left behind when we moved to Virginia. There’s nothing quite like spending casual time with friends, just hanging out on the Riverwalk with drinks and watching people go by. Also … so many wonderful places to photograph. I know there are photographic spots in VA, too … but I still feel like I don’t know this area well enough to have rooted those out very well. I love the Alamo, too … but my favorite off of the Mission Trail is Mission Concepcion. Mission San Jose is absolutely gorgeous, too.

      When we first moved to VA, we planned on staying “a couple of years”. Ten years later, it doesn’t look like we’ll be “heading home” any time soon. Funny how life takes you down unexpected paths! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi there!
    No need to say sorry about the divorse. We had 19 years together and produced 3 beautiful children; wouldn’t trade that for the world! I left my husband for many reasons. In the end; I found my true soulmate. “Papa” is my absolute true love. He and I get along so well and truly care for each other, and BONUS – he cares for my kids as well.
    I’m going to take a break for a while – kids are here and we’re having a heck of a snow storm. Hope you folks down there aren’t getting any of this storm. Stay well!

    • True, all around. The most important thing is that you have your wonderful kids. And that you found your soul mate! How incredible is that?!? I’m so happy you found him.

      I hope that you and your family (including the furry kiddos, too!) are all staying warm and safe in the weather. I thought of you when I read about the storm and blizzard online. We are getting off fairly easy, I think. We are getting some rain, mixed with a little sleet. But nothing even close to what you guys are experiencing.

  4. Hi there!
    Well, as luck would have it, we were far enough north so we didn’t get most of it. We did get some real gusts of wind and about 6 – 8 inches of snow. In the end, it was hard to tell how much snow we really got because the wind howled so much in the night! Still – thank goodness we weren’t in the Boston area. Papa’s Dad lives in Long Island. I know he checked in with his Dad, and they got quite a bit, but I think Boston got the worst of it. I would HATE living in a big city when a blizzard hit. Way better to live in the country then. All those cars and no place to put snow. It has to be a nightmare!
    Anyway – we are safe and warm – thanks for the thoughts! It was -6 this morning so cold but the sun is shining, so later in the day when it warms up in the mid 20’s, we’ll be able to get out for a walk.
    Kid’s we’re going nuts yesterday so I finally told them no tv or games and to put their snow suits on. We went for a short walk. It was COLD and windy so none of us lasted long, but they were all going stir crazy (including Mama!).
    We’ve been busy trying to renovate the old house. What a job! But it’s finally starting to look like something. I’ll post pictures on the blog.
    Well you take care and stay warm!

    • I’m so glad you guys didn’t get hit as hard as other areas! And that you are all safe and warm. Sounds like you’ve been managing to enjoy the snowy weather, too, so that’s a huge plus!!

      I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of your home renovation. I’ll bet it’s challenging, but everything will be beautiful in the end!

    • I’m glad you stopped by for a closer look, too! πŸ™‚

      I am very lucky to have a wonderful family. Sometimes, they drive me crazy — as families do — but I’m definitely a better and happier person with them than I could ever be without them. Even when my dogs get into the trash and chew up the scissors. (True story! Two pairs of scissors so far. Darn dogs.)

      “Early American Dog Friendly Decor” — I love that!! It also describes my house to a “T”.

    • Hi! *waves* It sounds like we do have a lot in common. Yay! One of my favorite things so far about WordPress has been “meeting” new folks. I’m still shocked at what a friendly place this had turned out to be (so far, anyhow … *knock on wood*).

      Thank you for visiting my blog, and for deciding to follow it! I appreciate that very much, and I hope you will continue to enjoy my posts. I happily returned the favor, and I am looking forward to delving into your blog more. I already love your writing!

      • Likewise! (Sounds like we’ve already started our own mutual admiration society–we should see if we can add some more folks. πŸ™‚ ) Thanks for following back–and, as always, for writing!

  5. Psst…I’ll share a secret. Laundry is like dust bunnies; turn your back for a moment and it reproduces, quadrupling in just a day. I keep hoping for the “laundry fairies” to take up residence in my place, but no luck so far. Nice blog.

    • Ha! I love it!! You are exactly right. I am certain that laundry and dust bunnies are distant cousins or something. πŸ™‚ If I ever manage to get a laundry fairy to move it, I’ll put in a good word for your house, too.

      Thank you for stopping by my blog, and for the wonderfully kind words. I appreciate it very much.

    • Awww! Thank you! That is wonderfully sweet of you, and I appreciate it very much. It makes me happy that you enjoy my blog regularly. That is the greatest reward I could ever ask for. πŸ™‚

      I tend to be slooooow with doing awards posts. But I won’t forget about it, I promise!

      Thank you again! πŸ˜€

  6. Hello (:
    Just chanced upon your blog and I really like it!
    I’ve only read ‘connection’ and ‘missing you’, and I loved both posts (:
    Looking forward to reading more of your entries. They come straight from the heart, and such posts are the most heartwarming ones.
    Continue writing to spread more warmth to people because you are good at it! (:

    P.S I reblogged ‘connection’, I hope that’s alright for you!(: I really loved that poem!

    • Hi! I am sorry for the slow reply.

      Thank you for visiting my blog! I appreciate it very much, and I am happy you enjoyed some of the posts. Thank you, too, for reblogging “Connection”. I am pleased that you enjoyed it enough to share it on your blog. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it, and I’m happy I was able to give you a chuckle. πŸ™‚

      Thanks very much for stopping by, for taking the time to read, and for your kind comment.

  7. Hai! I really like your blog πŸ™‚ Your posts are very sweet and touching. I would really appreciate if you could visit my site.

    • Hi! Thanks so much for stopping by and for taking the time to read a bit. And thank you for your kind comment. I appreciate it very much. I will do my best to stop by your blog, too. πŸ™‚

    • Thanks! I’m happy you found me! I will be even happier (with myself) if I manage to stick around and post a bit more regularly now that school has started once again. Summer kills me softly … >.O

      Thanks, too, for telling me I got “Freshly Pressed”. (It makes me smile every time I type that because I keep wondering if that means I will no longer have wrinkles — ha, ha!) If you hadn’t commented on it, I probably wouldn’t have ever figured it out. I guess that’s what I get for turning my back on the blog for too long (lol!)

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for taking the time to read some of the entries. I am happy that you like it. I hope you will come back to visit again sometime.

      I am not a WordPress “pro” when it comes to subscribing and things like that. But, if you want to be notified of future posts, I think you only have to click the “follow” button. It should be at the top of your screen, somewhere on the left hand side. (That is where it is on my screen.)

      Thanks again! πŸ™‚

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