Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday - 04/18/2016

Good morning everyone, I hope you've had a great weekend.  Mine was busy and also filled with some emotional moments related to my daughter.  We are having a really hard time with her and I find myself at a loss for words.

There is so much I want to say and do, and yet I find that at times I feel completely overwhelmed and helpless, almost wanting to run away and not have to deal with any of it.  I can say that I never in my life dreamed that things would turn out this way or that we would be having these issues.  She has a doctor's appointment tomorrow and I'm hoping and praying that we get some answers and some help.  Please keep her in your prayers.

Breakfast time....what is on the plate this morning::::
Just a cup of coffee right now, and said coffee is actually cold at the moment.  I don't know if I'll eat anything, I'm not really hungry.

On today's to do list::::
Usual homemaking

Currently reading::::
The Never List by Koethi Zan.

On the TV today::::
 I don't know if I'll have much time to watch anything. To be honest, I don't know if it's even a fact of time, but more that I don't feel like watching anything, my head is too filled with worries to really concentrate on watching anything. 

The weather outside is::::
We've had quite a lot of rain lately and pretty bad weather.  Our highs will be in the 70's this week but we will still be getting some overcast skies and rain here and there.

On the menu this week::::

I only have meals planned until Thursday, I need to work on the new menu and go grocery shopping Thursday or Friday morning.

Monday - White Castle Sliders, Fries, Root Beer floats
Tuesday - Mexican Tortilla Stack, Salad
Wednesday - Chicken Tetrazzini, Garlic Bread
Thursday -
Friday -
Saturday - Jasmine's Birthday Party, I'm doing a buffet style finger food meal.
Deviled Eggs, Pigs in a blanket, Fried Pickles with Ranch, Mini Potatoes wrapped in Bacon, Sausage and Cheddar Bites, Pepperoni Balls, Birthday Cake, Cupcakes, M&M Cookie Bars, Raspberry Sherbet Punch and Lime Sherbet Punch
Sunday -

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will::::
I would love to take a nap, I physically and mentally need it.  Got about 4 hours of sleep between issues with my daughter and Lola's seizures.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week::::
None this week but I will be making a few things for my daughter's birthday. 

In the garden::::
All my herbs have come in and they're doing so well, I'm very excited with the progress.

Favorite photo from the camera:::: 

April 11, 2016

Praying for::::
~ Still praying for my brother to find a job.
~ My daughter, we really need prayers, things are so difficult at the moment and I find myself questioning everything, what kind of mother I am, where I went wrong, how I failed.  It's exhausting.
~ Myself, I need prayers, lots of them.  I am not dealing with any of this very well, to say I'm struggling would be an understatement.
~ My husband, as we try to get through this we find our marriage strained and we're both at a loss.

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating with me at the moment::::

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  1. I'm so sorry you're having a rough time right now. Praying things settle down for you soon. Hope you get some sleep, 4 hours is not enough to deal with every day things let alone additional issues. Hope you have a peaceful week and that things improve with each day.

  2. HUGS & PRAYERS ALL the way around for your family as you deal with everything. I wouldn't give anything in the world to be a teenager today. Jasmine has so many more pressures than we did, but I know you're a good mom and you will all come out of this in the end stronger than ever.

    Have a great week. BTW there is no link up on your post.

  3. praying for your daughter and you Sandra..hope things get resolved soon..

  4. I can feel your heartache and worry though your words. I hope you get that nap. You cant take care of your family if you don't take care of you first. Praying you and your family are able to give things over to the Lord and take it day by day, and hopefully see the blessing in the situation no matter how hard it seems at this moment. sweet dreams.

  5. OH dear Sandra!! I'm so sorry you're going through all of this right now. Sending up big prayers for comfort, strength, patience and answers to make it better. Take care my Friend.

  6. Sorry you are having teen troubles. I too have that. I did not see the link to join, but I did post today. Enjoy your day!

  7. If you are looking for some resources, age of opportunity by trip, graffiti by Erin Davis or lies young women believe might be helpful?

  8. Keeping you and your family in my prayers. Hoping it is something that can be resolved, thinking of you.


  9. Praying for your daughter and hoping that things work out. I can't imagine what it's like being a mom to a teenager (yet) but I can remember what it was like to be a teenager and it's not quite like what the teens face nowadays. Don't give up and please don't think of yourself as a bad mom. She needs you. She may not even think she needs you but she does and someday she'll look back on this time and realize just how lucky she was to have you right there helping her through it all. Hang in there.

  10. Sorry you are having trouble with Jasmine :-( Do try to remember to take care of yourself, too. I know, so much easier said than done, right? Keeping you both in my prayers. Hope the issues are soon resolved.

  11. Praying for your family and peace for you especially.

  12. Sorry your having difficulty. Praying for you and your family. I hope things will improve. Sharing my post for homemaker Monday.

    I hope your week will get better. Blessings.

  13. I too, have gone through anguish with my sons at different times. I'm telling you this from the perspective of having lived through it and looking back. God has been faithful and things are much better now. Just remember, you're in the middle. The story isn't over yet. Remembering you and your daughter in my prayers.

  14. Sandra, Im so sorry you are going through this. I can only suggest what helped my family when we went through a rough patch with my daughter during adolescence. You and Curt need to be a united front. Catch some time for the two of you to talk a out the problem and decide on expectations you both can agree on. You both need to be firm, but let Jasmine know you both love her and are there for her. I don't believe you did anything wrong in raising her, but unfortunately whether it's outside influences or other things that spring up, the teen years are the hardest time parenting. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  15. Thinking of you, I lived those days with my step daughter, I pray they become easier for step daughter is now to be 30, she has now realized, being a mother herself, the anguish she had put her father and I through and regrets it dearly, she now has a daughter, 7, who tends to think she is 13 she will more enlikely being experiencing it herself.......blessings to you and Curt, stay strong, you need each other to muster through this together......we love our children we had 4 total, two boys, two girls, thankfully only step daughter was the heart ache......but now they are grown, we are happy to say, we did it, don't want to do it again, lol, we love our grandchildren, but it's wonderful to send them home and just be us......


  16. My prayers and thoughts are with you, your husband, and family.
    prayers and hugs

  17. I agree with everyone saying you and your husband need a united front. You may already be doing that, but I say it because teens sometimes will look for any chink in your armor to get at you to further their agenda/goals. Sometimes it seems like overnight they change. I found that forcing them to spend time with the family and not just friends helped. Social media wasn't here/or to the extent it is now so I can't really give any suggestions on how to deal with that, but others could. Just always tell her you love her and everything you do is for her welfare, just like it has her whole life. I also found not falling into the arguing/personal attacks worked well. Either they were sent to their room or I went to mine so that things were not said in anger/hurt and everything was made worse. I won't kid you, parenting teen is hard! I always say that 's why God gave us babies first so we had something sweet to think on during the teen years. You have raised her right and she WILL be fine. Pray!

  18. So sorry for all that you and your family is going through. Please try and find a bit of time to take care of yourself. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  19. Sending hugs. Hope things sort themselves out soon.

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  21. I'm sorry you're having such a trying week! I hope you found some moments of peace within it as it unfolded. Saying a prayer for Jasmine and you and your hubby! And for little Lola!


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