The Layers

Sunday, February 22, 2015

I have walked through many lives,  
some of them my own,  
and I am not who I was,  
though some principle of being  
abides, from which I struggle  
not to stray.  
When I look behind,  
as I am compelled to look  
before I can gather strength  
to proceed on my journey,  
I see the milestones dwindling  
toward the horizon  
and the slow fires trailing  
from the abandoned camp-sites,  
over which scavenger angels  
wheel on heavy wings.  
Oh, I have made myself a tribe  
out of my true affections,  
and my tribe is scattered!  
How shall the heart be reconciled  
to its feast of losses?  
In a rising wind  
the manic dust of my friends,  
those who fell along the way,  
bitterly stings my face.  
Yet I turn, I turn,  
exulting somewhat,  
with my will intact to go  
wherever I need to go,  
and every stone on the road  
precious to me.  
In my darkest night,  
when the moon was covered  
and I roamed through wreckage,  
a nimbus-clouded voice  
directed me:  
“Live in the layers,  
not on the litter.”  
Though I lack the art  
to decipher it,  
no doubt the next chapter  
in my book of transformations  
is already written.  
I am not done with my changes. 
~ Stanley Kunitz  
"The Layers" 


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Celebrating 39 years of life today. Happy to have another year to live, laugh, and love. 

What a difference a year makes!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Life really changed for us in 2014 in so many ways:

I changed jobs and finally found the one I love and am thriving in.

We celebrated our first wedding anniversary in August and my husband's birthday as well.

Mom came to stay with us for awhile so she can get the excellent health care provided here in Houston.

We decided a second child was a good idea in October after God dropped her in our path.

We celebrated mom's birthday in November followed by Thanksgiving later that month.

We had a wonderful Christmas together.

We finished the major portion of the immigration process for my husband. Hoping to complete it totally by the end of January.

So much to be thankful for, I am incredibly grateful for all the blessings God has given this year. I have my amazing husband, my wonderful mother, my two sweet fur babies and a job I love. Life is good.


Thursday, December 25, 2014


Our New Baby!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

We weren't planning on a second child, but sometimes life throws you a curve ball so we'd like to introduce you to Lucy, our 12-week old new addition :)

Our sweet almost 8-year-old first child, Peanut, was out on patrol with her daddy when she noticed Lucy who ran into the laundry room. Of course, my wonderful husband could not leave her there so he brought her home and texted me at work to tell me that he had found her. I got home and we both felt that Lucy was meant to be ours. She had clearly been out there for awhile, she had fleas and little patches of fur missing, infectious pus pockets on her stomach, plus her tail was broken. Someone had tried to dock it by tying a rubber band around it most likely. She was emaciated and scared. She cowered when anyone tried to pick her up. 

We took her to the vet, got her examined and started on some meds for hookworms and fleas. She was bathed and now, three weeks into being in her new home and family, she's doing great! She gained two pounds, her skin cleared up, the fleas are gone and she doesn't cower anymore. She knows she's safe and loved!