Wednesday, November 21, 2012


I don't know why I even ATTEMPT at putting my 30 Days of Thankfulness on my blog every year...I NEVER succeed! ;) I post religiously on Facebook, each and every morning, but the process of putting it over here too is obviously something my brain can't handle! ;) However, I did want to log on and wish you all a VERY Happy Thanksgiving! I pray with all my heart that your hearts (and bellies ;) are filled this Thanksgiving. When I sit and think about how much family I'll be surrounded with tomorrow and the love that my heart will feel, it saddens me (beyond words) to think that there will be people who tomorrow (and possibly everyday), will be without loved ones, without food, and without knowing the TRUE spirit of Thanksgiving! :( I pray for those people. I pray with my whole hear that they would find someone, even just ONE person to spend the day with.

Be well my sweet friends! :) I have offered to give the prayer before dinner tomorrow, which I'd like to share here, as my prayer to you and your families, as well as a picture of my adorable kiddos from last year. It's crazy how much they grow in ONE year! :)

And for good measure...
*Well, apparently I'm out of space and can't post anymore pictures unless I buy space! :( That might be something I'll look into, but not now! :) In case you need to see my children from Thanksgiving last year ;) go back to my Thanksgiving post 2011.

For now, here's my prayer:
   Thank you for this...the ability to sit here, surrounded by family, together, with all of this food in front of us, happy and blessed. Please bless the hands that prepared it. As we begin our meal of Thanksgiving, Jesus, please help us to remember that no matter what worries are in our hearts at this moment, no matter what burdens we may carry, we have so much more than so many others and should be thankful! Help us to remember your words, "Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"
(1 Thess 5:18) And we ask all of this in your precious Holy name, forever and ever. Amen.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Day #11 of Thankfulness and Ravens game :)

Manny and I went to the Ravens game was an awesome game to be at, and the weather was P-E-R-F-E-C-T! :) Hubby and I had a wonderful time! And the kiddos had a great time with Nonna and Poppy! :) But on to my thankful thought for today and some pictures...

Day I am thankful for all the men and women who have fought for our freedom. I particularly hold this day close to my heart as I remember my grandfather, who I was never able to meet, who lost his life in the Korean War. He died a hero, as he saved many others and was given the honor of a purple heart!

 All geared up and ready to go (excuse the mess in the background...that, my friends, is reality! ;))

 Special tickets to go on the field before the game...such a cool experience!

Waiting for the game to start! :)
 Very touching Veterans Day tribute
 Our beloved coach, John Harbaugh :)
 Our beloved players :)
LOVE the scoreboard! ;)
I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! I've taken a vacation day tomorrow since banks are closed and I can't fund loans...yeah for a Mommy & Mia day! :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Day of Thankfulness #9 & #10

I hope you all are having a wonderful weekend! :) Manny and Manuel are on a boyscouts outing, and Mia and I are headed to the mall for some Ravens gear! :) After all my hardwork at the end of last month, during the hurricane, my work gave me tickets to the Ravens game, with onfield passes before the game! Hubby and I are SOOOOOOOOOOOO excited!

Now, onto my post ;) ....
Day #9 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my mom! She has taught my sister and I some of the most important lessons in hard, education is your first priority (although I may not have followed that exactly my sister has 55 ;) Master degrees :)), don't get discouraged because you will find "the one", and so much more! There are times when Manny is working a lot of ove...
rtime and I think to myself, "I just don't know how single mothers do it!"...not only did my mom do it, but she did it, in what some would consider the most difficult years of a childs life, their teenage years!!!!! :) She was the epitome of what great single mother should be...working herself to the ground to take care of my sister and I, never putting anyone before us, and raising us to be strong, independent adults! And although I can be a TAD emotional, a bit neurotic, and maybe down right crazy ;) she loves me anyway! Thank you SO much for all you've done for me Mom! Thank you for helping out with the kiddos when we get in a bind and need your help! We love you!!!! :)
Day #10 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my dad, Lou Simpson! Anyone that knew my dad, loved him! He would do anything for anyone and was definitely one of the most kind hearted people I know/knew. Unfortunately my dad spent his life battling addiction, and in the end addiction won :( but I know he is in Heaven, happy, healthy and free! :) My dad taught me the power of forgiveness, and because I was able to forgive him, Manny, Manuel and I (Mia wasn't here yet :)) were able to show him a ton of love before God called him Home. My only wish is that he would have gotten to meet Mia....he would have absolutely LOVED LOVE LOVED her! :) In the event that there is Facebook in Heaven ;) I love you Dad! :)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Day #8 of Thankfulness

In case you are thinking, "What happened to Day #7?" I'm choosing to keep that one strictly on Facebook. It was SLIGHTLY (and I mean just a teeny tiny bit) politically based, so I didn't want to post it here. Not for any particular reason, other than this blog is not meant to stir ANY sort of controversy, debate, meanness, etc. so I just made the decision to leave it over in Facebook land! ;) Moving on...
Day #8 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my hilarious, super sassy, curly haired, "Shirley Temple", Mia Grace! The bond that she and I share is truly something that words can't describe. She is my sunshine on a cloudy day and keeps me on my toes. She is my partner in crime, attached to my hip, and my best friend. I know there are stages in life when mothers and daughters aren't always best friends, but I pray she and I are this close forever! :) May 23, 2009 was the day I found out I was pregnant with her and looking back, a mere month before, when drug addiction rocked my marriage, my faith and my sanity, had I given up on my marriage, my husband and the life I knew, she may not be here..once again God just shines in our lives, making sure His will was done and giving me one of the greatest blessing in my life. I love you Mia Grace! :)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day #6 of Thankfulness

Day #6 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my first born, Manuel I've said it before and I'll say it again, (through Gods plan/hand) my sweet boy saved my life, there is NO doubt! From the age of 18 until June 8, 2005 my life was a complete mess! Looking back, there is NO reason I should still be here today...I was on a downward spiral of hardcore drugs, drinking every single d...
ay, and just living a life that I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. On June 9, 2005 I took a pregnancy test and received one of the biggest shocks of my life and found out I was pregnant. That very second everything stopped and I started living for my unborn child. My SUPER ornery ;), smart, loving, heart of gold, almost-7-year-old, saved my life that day and he doesn't even know it! :) Manuel Christopher, I love you!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Day #4 & #5 of 30 Days of Thankfulness

I knew it was impossible for me to post each day, on time, for 30 days! :) But already I think I'm doing better than I did last year! :) And, in my defense, after an awesome time at our church Fall Fest (it was postponed from last Sunday because of Hurricane Sandy), we came home, only for Manuel to be struck by the stomach bug! :( Not sure what it is, but when Mia had it last weekend she handled it so "well" and for being only almost 3, she did such a great job. However, my sweet almost 7 year old didn't do so well, and sure made a heck of a clean-up job for Manny and I! :( I know they can't help it, so of course I wasn't mad, it's just funny how much different kiddos are, regardless of age! ;)

Now, onto my reason for this post....

Day #4 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for our church, Oak Grove. Church is not about a building but rather a group of people who gather to celebrate/serve/worship. Come to Oak Grove today and check it out! :) If you come to the 9:30 service it's "Team Jersey Day" so wear your RAVENS gear! :)

Day #5 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my job, the fact that I've had it 6 years (which is a blessing in itself in this day and age, ESPECIALLY in the mortgage business), and the ability to work from home and take care of my babies when they are sick! Thankfully, knock on wood, Manuel's stomach virus was short lived and he seems to be doing better today! :)

I'll post some pictures tomorrow from the Fall Fest! :)

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day #3 of Thankfulness

Day #3 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my childrens laughter. It was a rough start to the day, with them bouncing off the wall since well before 7am ;) however, listening to them play and really crack up right now, makes it all worth it! :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

Day #2 of Thankfulness

As I mentioned in my post from yesterday, every year on Facebook I take the month of November and each day my status is dedicated to something I'm thankful for. Since not everyone (even though I think I'm speaking to myself at this point when it comes to blogging, but that's okay! ;)) is my friend on Facebook, I also like to TRY and post those items on here as well. So far, so good, I'm two for two in remembering to post it here! ;)

Day #2 of my 30 Days of I am thankful for my husband, Manny (aka Mans! ;)) Although I could spend the next 28 days telling you just how thankful I am for him, I'll spare you all! ;) But for today...He has shown me that no matter what, if you are a victim of circumstance and handed things in life you have no control over and/or "self inflicted" pain/issues you can rise above it...
all and change, REALLY change forever, and never look back! He is the backbone of our family. He is strong when I am weak, an AMAZING father, and the guy who would help out ANYONE in their time of need. I've never met anyone with such a good, kind, gentle soul. If you are suffering, if you are struggling with addiction, if you feel like there just isn't a reason to change and give your life to God, think again! Look at Manny's life as an example of a life well lived! :) From drug addicted felon to father, husband, church Usher, man of God..doesn't get more inspirational than that! No, he/we aren't perfect, but he is my soulmate, and there is truly no one else on this Earth I can imagine spending the rest of my life with! Love you Mans! :)
Have a great weekend friends! :)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween 2012

Hurricane Sandy came through Maryland late Monday night and things were a bit "hairy" for several hours, throw in Mia getting the stomach virus and me still having to work full days because it was month end in the mortgage business and unfortunately when a borrower is located in Georgia (for example) they don't want to hear YOU have a Hurricane coming through, they just want their money  (UGH!!) but we survived. We were SO blessed to never lose power and Mia's stomach virus was short-lived! The weather cleared up and the kids were able to go trick or treating last night. They had a blast. Mia was over it after about 10 or so houses, and Manuel and Manny continued on for a bit longer. Fun was had by all! :) I can't believe it's NOVEMBER already, but with November comes my annual "30 Days of Thankfulness" via Facebook status updates. Each day I take the time to really reflect on whats important and post only thankful, grateful items. It really makes you think and realize how much you have. I try to also post those status updates on my blog (I don't have the two connected because pretty much no one I know in real life (other than Manny) knows I blog because I feel if people I "know" were reading it, I wouldn't be quite as forthcoming! :)) but anyway ;) my plan is to post my thankfulness on here too for those that I'm not friends with on Facebook.

Day #1 of my annual 30 Days of, I am thankful to/for God! I know it's cliche and people say it all the time but I am TRULY amazed to see what He has done in my life and my families life! Growing up I always knew who God was and always believed, BUT there is a difference in knowing God and KNOWING God. Each day it humbles me to see how great His power really is. Thank you God for giving me this day and all You've done/will do for me!

Okay, so it's 5:56am, I have to get ready for work and shouldn't be blogging! ;) Soooo, for good measure...