It’s About Time For Some Updates!!
|No small appliances here! I literally have dishes, one pot, one pan, and a baking pan. No joke.|
|Notice any DVD’s? Video equipment? Decorations and trinkets? Nope, don’t have any!|
|I still need to get more mirrors but they aren’t cheap! Sorry, had to crop out the reflection)|
Let me tell you, nothing breaks the ice for new guests coming over like having to explain why you have a room consisting only of mirrors front and center in your house.
|I’ll admit, I was a little pleased with my creativity|
Needless to say I’m not seeing this dude anymore.
Now we actually have time for things like family reading night:
|I can’t even remember the last time we hung out in our library|
And cashing in a gift card for a mother-daughter pizza and movie night
|“Thumbs up mommy!”|
The kids have gotten to spend more time in their playroom over the last two weeks than they have in the last year.
The girl child’s teacher bought her a bike for Easter and we actually had time to ride it!
|Can we say best teacher and friend ever?|
I mean yes, kids get sick, plans change, but on a day to day basis, this is working in a much more realistic fashion and I have had time for myself that I haven’t had in years. I didn’t realize how much I needed to slow down until I did.
As you know from the post “I Didn’t Win the Battle,” I’m at risk of losing my home. Losing my home terrifies and saddens me for all of the obvious reasons, but it also breaks my heart for so many more. When most people buy their first place they envision it as a starter home. Something you live in while you gain equity and move to a bigger place. Not for me. I’d never had a place where I really felt at home. My whole life had been so uncertain that when my ex and I started looking for houses, I knew that I was looking for my forever home. I didn’t want to move anymore. I was tired of being shuffled from place to place. It took me two years to find this place and I fell in love with it instantly. Not just the floor plan or the ample green space. Not the fact that the school is only stone’s throw away and there are parks and trails completely surrounding us. Not just the things that you can find anywhere. There is something different about this place, something special. It was well under our budget, not the big single family home my ex wanted, but it was everything I wanted, and for the first time, a dream actually came true for me. This Easter was a special time for the kids and I.
Remember the post “Beware of Frisbee’s?” Frisbee boy’s parents stepped up in a BIG way and paid my mortgage for the next six months!!! I have six months to get my butt in gear and figure out how I am going to support us. I have six months to figure out how I am going to hang on to the only place in this world that I have ever been able to call home. The first place where I am almost completely surrounded by people that care about and love me. I know I’m loved here. I know I’m wanted here. I don’t want to lose that. I’ve spent my whole life being nothing more than a burden to people and when I pull into my driveway after a long day at work and the neighbors surround my car, helping me unload groceries, bringing me dinner, and carrying my sleeping children inside, I feel like a part of the family that I’ve always wanted. I’m terrified I’ll lose it, but I’m pushing forward with the nonprofit because despite what a lot of you may think, it seems like my best chance and I truly believe it’s my life’s purpose.
I’d like to thank all of you who peddled my name around for freelancing jobs! You guys ROCK!! I’m currently working on a few articles with the sweetest editor woman and I can’t wait to share it with you guys soon. I’ll be sure to link you guys over to it when the articles post. I’m really hoping that with the help from Frisbee guys parents, my one day a week cleaning clients, strip classes, and some freelance income, we might just make it!
Since I’m going to be staying here a while longer, I did some checking around and found out I qualify for a land line telephone for only $6 a month. Hoping to avoid anymore incidents like the one in “Damn Straight I’m Going To Wear It,” where the five year old girl child thought I was dead and just continued about her business, we now have a 911 phone. This phone came with many, many, discussions on how she should call for help in an emergency.
No, psh, of course not.
They reached out to me and basically told me that if I was going to go forward with this nonprofit and publically announce that I wanted to help other women overcome what I had gone through, that it would smear the family name and they weren’t about to let that happen. You see the thing about my parents is that they don’t make threats, they make promises. I have no idea what to do, so for the time being, I’m doing nothing.
Well, I think that about catches you up on the life of Eden Strong. Have a wonderful day everyone and keep smiling!! Statistics say that we look at our reflection an average of 71 times a day. Wouldn’t your day be a lot happier if you saw someone smiling at you 71 times a day?