Remembering my sweet daddy…
Today would be my dad’s birthday
… I miss him a great deal
HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY JACKSON!!!
MOMMY LOVES YOU ♥ XOXO
This little boy has brought more love and light into my life than I ever could have hoped for. Jackson has a very special way about him… a gentle spirit and a joyful soul. People love his positive energy and infectious happy way. He’s not only smart, he looks at the world with an innovative and resourceful eye. I am very proud to be his mommy.
♥ He is a blessing & a gift from God ♥
Our hearts are heavy this weekend. We said farewell to our sweet doggie, Luigi. This was one very special little boy. An old soul with a gentle spirit.
His absence in our home is a strange and unwelcomed void. He was my constant companion for 17 1/2 years. We are very blessed to have had him in our lives for so long but incredibly sad that he is gone.
I am convinced that dogs have a special connection to God. They are innocent, loyal beings that love without condition.
His adorable face and loving way brought me joy every single day. We miss him so much. I take solace in knowing he is up in heaven playing with his brother & best buddy, Gino.
♥Luigi really was the best dog in the world ♥
A recent study revealed that giving a dog for Christmas is actually a good idea! Turns out, the majority of dogs given as gifts are kept by the families. You know what I’m getting at, don’t you? Adopt a dog for Christmas! Your kids will LOVE you for it and your new furry family member will bring an abundance of love and happiness into your home. Click on the pictures and it will take you to the sites for more info and more animals.
All sisters Chloe & Nina want for Christmas is a happy home. You can adopt them at the County of LA Agoura Animal Care Center 818.991.0071
Football season ended with a bang… 2 championship wins!
Was I apprehensive about my 11 year playing tackle football? Absolutely! What mom wouldn’t be?! I let my instincts guide me and I felt he would be fine. He was more than fine, he had a spectacular season playing quarterback for an awesome undefeated team! They actually started out with barely enough players, afraid they’d have to forfeit several games and came out champions. We were fortunate to have talented coaches who knew how inspire their players and develop their talents. It was such a fun season… great kids, amazing coaches and nice parents.
My little one is a force to be reckoned with. Tough, fast… a natural athlete. He was a key player on his team and his interception in the championship changed the momentum of the game!
Flex time, telecommuting, job sharing, compressed work weeks, flexing your career according to where you are in life is a must in today’s world. Few families can survive on one income but family must come first so our work schedule should work for us not against us. October is National Work and Family month and today is the first National Flex Day! Not your muscles, (but be sure to get a good workout in today too – flex in the workplace makes that possible!) Working Mother Magazine has declared October 15th National Flex Day. I applaud them for highlighting the importance of flexibility in the workplace. I agree 100% that flex time is crucial!
We should be given the opportunity to take our kids to school, volunteer in their classrooms, be home when they return from school, coach their teams, have personal appointments and all the other activities that are a part of life. People without kids need and deserve the opportunity to take advantage of flexible work arrangements as well. Everyone does. How about those with other circumstances such as caring for elderly parents or an ill family member? Why are there more entrepreneurs and mompreneurs than ever right now? Because we need and want more flexibility!
“It’s time for people and companies to step out from the shadows and embrace workplace flexibility as a core business strategy that will enable employees and employers to compete and succeed in an increasingly competitive global economy—while also ensuring a healthy, productive and profitable workforce in the long run” Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media
I likely would have stayed at CBS if flexible options were offered. It was a tough decision but I left to raise my kids. I inquired about working from home and possibly job sharing but they did not have systems in place. Companies have to realize how much they would actually benefit from flex time. Technology allows for endless possibilities. We are busier than ever so our personal lives and our professional lives should have synergy. We also need time to take care of ourselves… time to exercise, eat right, socialize, meditate. A flexible work schedule allows you to have a healthier lifestyle.
It pissed me off when Melissa Mayer did away with telecommuting at Yahoo. What the hell was she thinking? Antiquated policies like that set us back. It’s not 1985. Certainly there are advantages to being in the workplace among our colleagues but there are disadvantages too. Balance can be found. That’s a whole other blog post. Stay tuned. Visit Working Mother Magazine to find out the 100 best companies they’ve named as leaders in offering flex to millions of employees.
I’m happy to have found a rewarding flexible career with my blog and my skin care business. However, working from home ain’t so easy. It comes with a whole different set of challenges and distractions. But again, a whole other blog post. What are your thoughts? Do you have flex? Do you wish you did? How does it help you?
While away the hours this summer with these simple pleasures that won’t break the bank
Work deadlines, bills, housework, errands, chauffeuring the kids … there is always so much to do. Our lives are busier than ever, but don’t let the lazy days of summer pass you by without indulging in a little summer fun. Remember, autumn doesn’t start until the 21st of September so give yourself permission to enjoy some of summer’s sweetest activities while you can, because you’ll miss it when that first sign of winter appears. Escape and enjoy some simple pleasures this summer with these ideas that won’t drain your wallet.
Go Berry Picking
This is something my kids and I do every summer. Many local farms will let you go out on the field and pick your own blueberries and strawberries. It’s a fun way to teach them a little bit about where fresh food comes from and how it’s grown. This is also one surefire way to get them to eat healthy. They find it quite sweet to eat the fruits of their labor.
Try Something New
Summer is a great time to swim in a lake, hit the beach, or take a long bike ride. Switch it up and do something different that you’ve been longing to try like rock climbing, karate, a yoga painting, or gourmet cooking class… Read entire article at Parent Society.
The last few weeks have been quite emotional. My witty, warm hearted, charismatic Dad passed away. I’ve always felt lucky to have such an open, loving and warm father. Generous in spirit with a passion for life he was a great man in that ‘greatest generation.’
Psalm 42:7 says, “…the best response is a heart overflowing with gratitude,” this was my dad. He was truly grateful for the many blessings in his life. Even during the tough times he remained grateful, kept a positive outlook and persevered. As my brother said in his beautiful eulogy, my dad was genuine. I am blessed to be his daughter and miss him dearly. Losing a parent is a difficult rite of passage and now I’ve lost both of mine.
My father was a true American hero who served in World War II, receiving 3 Bronze Stars and a special medal for D-day. He was in the 121st Engineer Combat Battalion of the United States Army and battled in 3 major special series campaigns including D-Day where he was in the 2nd wave of American units to storm the beaches in Normandy. He married his high school sweetheart and love of his life 3 weeks after returning from duty.
Jake was a real man… loved baseball, horse racing & scotch! A true blue Dodger fan who watched every game he could. He was even a bat boy for the 1930s Yankee farm team where he met greats including Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig. He was a fine baseball player himself and might have played professionally if he hadn’t enlisted.
He worked in the car business most of his life and owned his own business where he had a large celebrity clientele but his true passion was entertainment. He was a great song and dance man. His talent, humor and great looks won him roles in plays, musicals and commercials. His resemblance to Jack Lemmon was uncanny and he had fun with it (so did we!) People didn’t just think he looked like Jack Lemmon, they often thought he was Jack Lemmon!
My parents had me later in life, they had three teenagers, and then had to do it all over again with me. They called me their ‘little surprise,’ as I got older I realized what that meant! They never made me feel as though I was an accident or that they had to make sacrifices to raise me. In fact, they told me that having a baby at that point brought the family closer together. He sure loved his family and we all felt that love.
Forever the optimist, my dad’s love for life was infectious. He was a master story teller and his great sense of humor stayed with him until the end. The outpouring of the fondness and affection for him from friends and family has been touching. He put people at ease, made them laugh and brought smiles to their faces, as did the clever nicknames he gave. I truly enjoyed his company, his presence was dynamic. He was fun and young for his years, he drew people in with his likable character. Kind and generous with, as my niece, Janessa, says, “… a whole lot of class and swag!”
I will greatly miss his quick wit, eager smile and loving way
In Loving Memory
Jacob Clifford Harper
March 10, 1923 – July 10, 2013
God saw you getting weary.
He did what He thought best.
He put his arms around you
and said, Come and rest.
He opened up His golden gates
on that heartbreaking day,
and with His arms around you,
you gently slipped,away.
It broke our hearts to lose you.
You did not go alone.
A part of us went with you,
the day God called you home.
Motherhood has changed my life in fantastic and magical ways and has taught me more than I could imagine. It all started the day this sweet boy came into the world.
I am in awe of what a remarkable young man Joey is… kind, fun, funny, extremely thoughtful and easy to be around. He is also generous of spirit and very much in love with life and that love is contagious. He is a fine athlete and very bright straight A student! Since it’s his birthday I can gush a little, right?!
Joey exudes a positive energy that breathes life into the world and has a happy affect on those around him. I hear time and again from others what a kind, polite and engaging boy he is.
♥ I am truly proud & blessed to be his mom ♥