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I Wasn't Ready to Say Goodbye...

I look over to my right every day at my desk and see your face. I remember taking that picture of you. I was sitting on the couch and you had just finished talking to Bryan. As he walked away, I called out "Dad!" and you turned and gave me a sarcastic smile. You didn't mind doing it though and now I have this picture of you. I wrote on the back "Uncle Larry (Dad)" and immediately I feel my heart break. That wasn't right, that wasn't right at all. It was just Dad. Completely just Dad and now that you're gone, it hurts even more. Our last full conversation rings in my head every day. You told me you wanted to come up here and surprise your Granddaughter at her school for lunch one day just to make her smile. I was going to make sure I was off work and meet you there. We weren't sure when it would happen but you were so excited at the idea. You were so proud of her when I told you how she was planning to do honors math and science starting next year

Mommy Mondays: I'm a Mom first, and a friend second!

The following is the opinion of The Review Ballerina and though it may not be shared by everyone, it is a proud opinion! When I was growing up, I was raised by my Aunt, Uncle, and Grandmother. Sadly, my Grandmother was not really a "Mom" to me but moreso a friend kind of position. The other sad part is I spent Sunday night through Friday morning with her, and only Friday night through Sunday afternoon with my Aunt and Uncle. So I really did not have the "parental" influence in my life as much as I should have. I've seen so many people in the generations after me (with my generation as their parents) become disrespectful, criminals, smart-mouthed, and more all because in this time for some reason society has stopped parenting. Well, I continue to do so.

Nadine West: The Subscription Box for Women!

Nadine West: Official Website Nadine West: Official Facebook If you're like me, finding clothes that not only fit, but look good on my body and also are affordable is almost impossible. But then I heard about Nadine West and after a few packages, I have to tell you all about this awesome subscription service!

Recipe Wednesday: Baked Cinnamon Apples!

This has to be one of the most incredible desserts we've ever made! Make sure to make this with a little vanilla ice cream to cut the sweetness, as Dolly Parton said in Steel Magnolias! Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins Total: 55 mins Servings: 4 Pan: 1 8-inch glass pan Ingredients 3-4 Golden Delicious Apples 2/3 Cup of Water 2 Tablespoons warm butter 1 1/2 Teaspoons all-purpose flour 1 Teaspoon corn starch 1/2 cup brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 Tablespoon honey pinch of salt Instructions Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Layer apple slices in the bottom of an 8-inch glass baking dish.   Mix water, butter, flour, and cornstarch together in a bowl until no lumps remain. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt until smooth. Pour apples in the baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes, until soft and juicy, about 45 minutes. Once cooler, add one scoop of vanilla ice cream into bowl, and top with delicious apples! Elizabeth is a wife to her wo

Positive Prints: Custom Star Map Review!

Positive Prints: Official Website Positive Prints: Official Facebook Positive Prints is a beautiful company that creates amazing artwork of your life events that are most important. Whether it's when you became a parent, met your spouse, moved somewhere, it doesn't matter! You can have a perfect print that shows off that moment for the rest of your life. I was lucky enough to receive a Custom Star Map  which I customized for the day our daughter was born, and now I get to show all of you!