February 4 2016

Day 4 – CHD Awareness Month

Today is day 4 of my CHD Awareness Month campaign.

CHD Awareness Month Day 4 Some statistics

CHD Awareness Month
Day 4
Some statistics

Some of these statistics are scary and frightening!

Some are unbelievable, but they are true!

Until I had a child with a CHD I had never heard of it, now I want EVERYONE to hear about it because it is so important.

Everyone hears and sees the stats and ads about childhood cancers, and yes that is scary and frightening and horrible.  But we all hear about it, no one hears about CHD until it happens to them.

2016 Sweetheart Day Photo Challenge Day 4 - Love is..2016 Sweetheart Day
Photo Challenge
Day 4 – Love is..

My husband, Brad, and I on our wedding day.

This year we will have been married 14 years but we been together for 20 years.

Brad is my rock, my strength, my calming influence and the love of my life.  He is a wonderfully intelligent, clever, caring, and loving man.  He has been by my side through some horrid stuff and we have come out stronger at the other end.   He is a doting dad who is the apple of Bryce’s eye and is sorely missed when he has to travel for work.

There are times when I don’t know why or how he puts up with me, I am not the easiest person to live with.  But he is always there – both for me and for Bryce.

Love is… Brad…

2016 HeartKids Awareness Photo Challenge Day 4 - Inspiration2016 HeartKids Awareness
Photo Challenge
Day 4 – Inspiration

This is essentially the same as the photo challenge yesterday for the Sweetheart campaign.

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer.  Let him keep step to the music which he hears.” Thoreau


December 9 2015

Welcome to my space


Maybe you’ve been here before, maybe you haven’t, either way welcome to my space.

IF you have been here, it was probably a long time ago, I haven’t written anything on here for YEARS!  That is about to change.

You see, I am returning to the world of academia to complete the final year of the Master of Letters in Creative Writing.

8 years ago, I had to give up my studies because I had a child, that in itself is not unusual.  What made our situation difficult is that my son was born with Congenital Heart Defects (CHD).  Without going into specifics at this time, he was essentially born with half a heart.  He has undergone a number of open heart surgeries and other related procedures.  At times he has been a very sick little boy.  This made it very hard for me to complete the final year (thesis year) of my MLitt, so it’s been on hold for all that time.

I am now at a point in my life where my son is stable, healthy as he can be, and managing well.  This means less stress and worry for us.  It also means that I am at a better place emotionally and mentally.  I am ready to face a new challenge – complete my thesis for my Masters.

Now, I can hear you asking what on earth all this has to do with my reopening my blog.  It’s quite simple really, my blog is going to my writing practice forum.  I am so out of practice with writing and apprehensive about what I have to do next year to complete my thesis that I have decided that I need to get into some writing habits and get some practice before I start my thesis in March.  So I decided to reopen my blog and use it for my practice.

One of my ideas is to get some writing prompts and just write whatever comes to mind with little to no editing, just to write and see what happens.  Hopefully this well get the creative juices following and get me back into the writing frame of mind.

I am also going to use it to raise awareness of CHD’s and hopefully educate some people along the way, because trust me – it’s scary stuff.

I will also use this blog for more personal stuff like sharing my recipes and information about unicorns.  (BTW I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS!)

I welcome constructive and appropriate feedback on my writing, personal attacks are not welcome.  I aim to write something everyday, even if it is just a recipe.

I hope you enjoy reading this – and if no one is reading that’s ok too – this mainly for me.

I guess this counts as my first day of writing practice – wasn’t that hard…  Setting up the blog on the other hand, that has its issues.