Tuesday, May 15, 2018




Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Here Comes the Sun

Wow, I hadn't realized it had been more than a year since I'd blogged about family life.  I could say there's nothing new happening but that's not true.  I know that the cloud is full of blogs started and ended floating out there with no reason or explanation.  But I didn't want to be one of those.  So here's what happened.

A couple of posts ago that was actually posted a couple of years ago I confessed about the death of my marriage.  I cannot tell you the pain that wove in and out throughout my life over the past couple of years.  I would say that I have struggled a great deal with depression while working my way to my new normal.  I'm not talking about the blues or feeling down.  But ugly, unexplainable dirty depression.  Hard to get out of bed and shower depression.  Impossible to clean house depression.  Crying in Target depression.

Thankfully, as proclaimed by George Harrison, here comes the sun.

I'm ok.  I'm better than ok.  I'm good.  Really good.  Life does go on.

Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here.
Here comes the sun.
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Year of the Monkey

Welcome 2016! And the Year of the Monkey! This should, could, will be a great year for Curly Monkey Shines! I've missed blogging and I'm so happy that I'm finally starting to wake up to sunnier days! So much has happened I won't even begin with a news report. But, we are all well and getting stronger by the day! I have learned this one thing over the last 734 days. I am, you are, we all are much stronger and resilient than we know! So, what's a return to blogging without a few pics of my littles who aren't quite so little anymore! Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wake up!

Wow? Where has the year gone? It's time to wake up from this fog. My new life is good. Really good. Imperfect but really good. God continues to bless me even in my funk. The girls are great! We're wrapping up 3rd grade and Kinder More on that later. Tonight we had an event at our new church home. The girls are in a girls class called 'Holy Butterflies'. (I can't help but add Batman. :-) "Holy Butterflies, Batman!" -Robin. Anyway, they had a little program and reception tonight. My 'non verbal' girlie opened the evening with "Welcome Everyone". Wait... What? Public Speaking! I never dreamed. Yay! Tonight 'welcome everyone' tomorrow ....
Peanut was super brave and composed and closed the evening with a prayer.
Here is a lovely lady who has taken us into her heart. Love her! How beautiful they are!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Coming Clean

By a nice cozy fire, early snow falling outside, kids sleeping and a tasty cocktail. Ok, here goes... Life can be hard. Damned hard. Breaking hard. But God is still with us. He holds us through the bad urging us forward. Last January my cracked marriage broke. We've been separated since January 4, 2014. The pain is deep and sometimes searing but we are ok. My kids have been great. I am still blessed.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Texas, our Texas!

It's been such a long time since I posted, I almost forgot how! Why is a story for another day. So we go from our snowy pictures (Texas blizzard style) to springtime bliss in a field of the sweetest, most fragrant bluebonnets I can ever remember enjoying!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Snow Day

We had a very rare snowy day today!

The kiddos were super excited!

But this Mom and Mimi really really does not like cold!  
I stepped way outside of my comfort zone that all my pics 
don't have the blinds in the forefront!  
I actually went outside in 28* to snap a few!

 Ah, now this is the best part!