Snow…North Carolina Style ❄️

Sooooooo…I was suppose to fly back to PA this morning…Mother Nature had other plans though, in the way of snow! My flight was actually cancelled yesterday…and the trucks were out in force brining/treating the roads. (They actually did this Thursday)

So, my flight’s rescheduled for Tuesday…in the meantime it’s been Peace Scnapp Slushies…

I didn’t venture off the porch, having left my newly purchased snow boots behind…didn’t think I’d be needing them down here…silly me 🙃

Jemma and Landon on the other hand, couldn’t wait to get outside…braving the cold in bare feet and pj’s! Lol

Eventually..they did get dressed…..

I stayed inside with Maddox 😊

A Very Merry ‘different’ Christmas 🎄

“Christmas is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it’s Christmas.” ❤💚❤💚 ~Dale Evans~

Wanted to take a moment and wish y’all a very Merry Christmas..Happy Hanukkah…Kwanza…Holiday….take your pick……… Christmas started at 4:30 a.m. I was up before the rest to get breakfast and coffee going…the plan was to awaken the kids at 5 a.m. to open presents as their dad had to leave for work at 7……this was the first Christmas with any of my children in 9 years…….

After breakfast…I headed down to the park for a quiet Soul Stroll…….temp was in the low 50’s….I had the park to myself…….had a nice chat with him ❤💚☕ 

“And when we give each other Christmas gifts in His name, let us remember that He has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, and the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans–and all that lives and move upon them. He has given us all green things and everything that blossoms and bears fruit and all that we quarrel about and all that we have misused–and to save us from our foolishness, from all our sins, He came down to earth and gave us Himself.” ~Sigrid Undset~

Wishing family and friends, near and far, a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. Each and every one of you is a gift. We celebrate Christmas every moment of every day, knowing what a precious gift each day is. May yours be filled with the gift of love. 💚🎄🎁

(I posted this last year on my Facebook page…..little did I know that it would be my last Christmas with Jim and my cousin Larry.)


This afternoon…well it was time for toasting with mimosas…and later..we’re really changing it up…ordering Chinese takeout for dinner before FaceTiming with the rest of the troops……..this Christmas has been bittersweet…but as much as I miss him..the gift of his love remains deep in my heart…I draw strength and comfort from his love every moment of everyday……his love is the gift that keeps on giving…..I’m truly Blessed. ❤💚

Christmas Eve…North Carolina Style 🎄

Well, here I am..venturing into new territory. My first Christmas Eve without Jim….I’m in the midst of Christmas Eve Chaos with the kids…..a welcome, yet bittersweet distraction….

Jemma loves chocolate ALMOST as much as Nana 😄

LOL….Landon cracks me up 😄

Maddox’s smile stops my tears pretty quickly 😊

I’m incredibly Blessed……but the emptiness is real. I feel his presence, but I miss him so…….

This is ….My first Christmas without you

And though It’s hard to celebrate….

The gift of your love is one I cherish

And one I will hold dear for goodness sake…..

I hear your laughter in my mind

I close my eyes, I imagine your touch 

My love for you is forever 

The gift of your love…is enough ❤💚


Love you husband ❤💚🎄

Remembering Him….and Living

9 weeks….63 days….1512 minutes 😔I miss you every moment of every day Husband ❤️

“Perhaps in losing you, it’s just possible to find you, to feel your Spirit with me, guiding me, wherever I may go.”


As Christmas approaches, I’ve made my way down to North Carolina, where I’ll be celebrating with my daughter and her family. I’ve finally met my newest grandson, Maddox

Nana and Maddox Woodrow


Landon and Jemma are excited to have me here. They, as are the rest of my children and grandchildren, the best medicine I could ask for. 

Nana and the Crew ❤️😄

Always A Nana……☺️

Sitting here, in Philly..drinking my coffee with mixed emotions…..I miss my Jim, my home and my routine…..yet it never gets any easier leaving my children. I enjoyed every moment…but it’s also time to give them their space as they all adjust to being a family of 4. Mason isn’t so sure about sharing his mommy with *Nania*………..with that said, he and I had a good day yesterday….

hanging out on the swing

mason and nana’s cairn

we saw sparkles on the water and dragonflies in the air!!! 😄

next time I hold this little peanut she’ll be 2 1/2 minths old!!

Next up……boarding the plane…..

“Everytime I slip into the ocean, it’s like going home.” ~Sylvia Earle~