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A Crazy Story of Serendipity!

family friendship universe May 13, 2019

The best description for what happened last September is that it was serendipity!

Noun: serendipity; the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Synonyms: chance, happy chance, accident, happy accident, fluke; luck, good luck, good fortune, fortuity, fortuitousness, providence; coincidence, happy coincidence.
 
The happy coincidence is really so unbelievable that it HAS to be shared here in my blog...
 
First, it's important to give a little context as to how odd it was that the circumstances lined up to make this serendipitous moment occur...
 
It happened at a VERY UPSCALE restaurant in Charleston, SC where my daughter & her husband live. Number 1, they NEVER go out to dinner. Number 2, when they do, it's never upscale. (They have 3 kids.) But it was my son-in-law's 40th birthday and it was worth a big celebration.
 
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Want to be happy? Live life like a 2 year old!

This guy is so much fun to be around! Yesterday marked 29 months since he was born, and I just gotta say, if you want to see the joy in life, spend it with a young child!

He sees the world like it's Christmas morning every morning - every day a new gift to be excited about, to open up and explore!

He's interested in EVERYTHING... He's curious, adventurous, fearless, and incredibly happy about the smallest of things.

He loves to cuddle. He loves to kiss. He's loves to talk, trying out every new word he hears! (So watch what you say! LOL!)

He's loves to laugh and loves to make everyone else laugh too. He's agreeable to pretty much everything (unless he's missed a nap!) And he has an endless twinkle in his blue eyes.

If we could all just be kids again, wouldn't that be amazing?!?!

To see life as he does... not as a challenge but as a gift!

To treat people like he does... no judgement and with lots of smiles!

To be as fearless & unworried as he is... not afraid to climb the...

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There are no accidents in life

I remember it clearly… The day I found out I was an “accident.”

Days like that, the ones where the world as we knew it changes, tend to stand out in our memory. For me, it was because what I always thought to be true - that I was intentionally conceived & part of a plan - was no longer my reality.

And the funny thing is… the truth came out because of MY ACTIONS. We were sitting at the table, right after Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t remember the specific year, but I know it was at my sister’s house and I was a young married woman who was trying to get my parents to admit my sister was an accident.

Uh... That kind of back-fired. LOL! 

In fact, I was 99% certain my sister was the accident of the family so I was simply pressing for confirmation of what I already knew... because who gets married after only dating 5 months and then gets immediately pregnant?

Well, I guess my parents do! 

So here we were, at the dinner table, full...

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Number 5 is on its way!!

aging family health Oct 04, 2018
 
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BIG NEWS!

And this grandma couldn’t be more excited about it!

I've had to keep this quiet but now the pumpkin is out of the patch!  #thoughttheyweredone

Grandchild #5 is on its way!!! And since she's older now, we'll get to find out the sex in just 3 weeks!

I have a feeling it's a girl this go round. Mollybean wanted a girl with the last one. I was with her the day we found out her mommy was having a boy and she shed a few tears. But fortunately, the universe was on her side because she lost her first tooth that night and the Tooth Fairy paid her a visit, distracting her from the news of her new baby brother! LOL!

So I think the universe is gonna make her wish come true and give her the baby sister she’s been wishing for! Lord knows we need some more girls in this family!!! The boys are outnumbering us!

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I Couldn't Just Sit and Watch!

family fitness motivation Aug 16, 2018

I thought it was kind of sad that no parents were out there jumping with their kids. I got my grandkids tickets then decided to join them after watching for 15 minutes!

How could I not?!?! SO.MUCH.FUN!!! ‍
I had to see if I still had a flip in me! 

Would it be weird if I went back there with no kids? LOL!!!

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What I Did Right as a Mom

family love relationships Aug 16, 2018

I love that my 2 girls are sooo close! That was so important to me as a mom!!! 
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One thing I think I did well is that I never took sides when they got into fights. I always made them solve their own problems and it worked! :D
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If you're a mom, and your child comes to you to complain about his/her sibling, always ask him/her to put himself/herself in the other person's shoes. Ask what he/she did to help contribute to the issue. 
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Never solve your child's problems for them. It will not serve them in the long run!!!
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And the best part... they will stop coming to you to complain about their sibling once they realize you won't get involved.
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Be a good mom. Let your kids stand on their own two feet... Even if they wobble!!!
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Then one day, they might let you go to concerts with them and will even help you with your make up!!!

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Announcing My Fourth Grandchild Matthew Harrison Wallace!

aging family health love Aug 03, 2018

I can’t believe ­­it’s the first day of August!!! July was a very BIG MONTH for me... but perhaps an even bigger month for my youngest daughter as she & her husband welcomed their firstborn!

I became a grandmother for the 4th time on July 12th which means I now have 3 grandsons and one granddaughter - and yet another birthday to remember!!! LOL! 

In case you missed him on my social media, here is the handsome Mathew Harrison Wallace, Jr. He is destined for dimples because both of his parents have them! 

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I feel so blessed that my children have had easy births and healthy children. #knockonwood

Not only did I welcome a new grandchild but I also had my 3 older grandchildren come for a visit this month. In fact, they just left last Saturday! I was responsible for the 19 month old for just a couple of nights so I wasn’t on "watch-him-like-a-hawk" duty for too long. He is into everything and moves quite fast so it was exhausting....

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Do You Believe in Second Chances?

family love relationships Jul 06, 2018

(Blog post from last year I thought was a good one so I'm reposting it with the hope it will still inspire someone to take a 2nd chance!)

Do you believe in second chances? 

Do you believe in the kind where you take a chance on something that you failed at before?

Do you believe in the kind where you give someone else a second chance at being the person you knew they were capable of but failed you before? 

I do. I believe in both kinds. 

I want to believe that we all learn from our mistakes, that we get wiser and better with each failure. 

And that possibly, just possibly, we become more determined to succeed the next time we have that chance.

When I was 47, I made a second chance decision. It was super scary. I had voices in my head telling me it was too big of a risk, that it would only lead to heartache again.

But I had to choose to try. I have only one life to live and I didn't want my life to end with any what if's.

And then there was that gut thing... I had this...

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Find Your Person

family love Jun 28, 2018

Just sent this photo to someone who was a major influence in my rebirth. Sometimes we just need THAT person who makes us feel the impossible is possible. 

I've only met him a couple of times but he was my virtual trainer and helped me realize that aging really IS for Idiots. #thankstony

He happens to be my age - actually I think he is a few months older!  It definitely helps when you can identify with some who is relatable. When I found out he was my age, it made me feel like: "Then why not me?!?!"

So go find YOUR person - that person who will make you believe anything is possible. ‍

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They Inherited My Silly Genes

family laughter love Jun 28, 2018

One thing I used to always love to do was take my kids to the grocery store. In fact I loved taking my kids EVERYWHERE. 

I never understood why other moms would want to run errands alone. Guess I'm weird like that but life was always more fun with them around me. 

So venturing off to the store with 2 of my 3 grandkids to pick up all the grub for yesterday's party was a blast!!! 

I even navigated the Macdaddy of shopping carts!  We only crashed twice!!! 

I might be 2 pumpkin muffins poorer but so much richer for the experience! 
#theyhavesillygenes #funwithnannie

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