Monday, May 15, 2006

Out of the Minds of Babes

Yesterday was Mother's Day. And my creative children came up with their own handmade cards for me. Indulge me while I share their accolades.

Tori's card was entitled "A Book About Moms" and included the following (complete with illustrations, naturally!):

"There are moms that teenagers hate,
Moms that are trying to be 'hip or cool...'
Then there are the moms that question and disapprove everything you do...
The moms that swear they are your best friend,
The moms that are never there.
But then there is you...
The coolest, raddest, awesomest, bitchingest, amazing-est MOM around!"

Nick wrote his in school and had to fill in the blanks (his answers appear in italics):

"My favorite time together is when we...go shopping together.
I know my mother loves me because...she takes good care of me.
My mother looks prettiest when...she wears her handcuff earrings.
If I could give my mother something special just from me, it would be...a nice light blue sweater.
I want to thank you, Mom, for...taking care of me, not getting mad a lot, and everything else."

Sometimes, as a mom, you wonder if you're doing right by your kids. There's no instruction book for parents and all you can do is fly by the seat of your pants. Every day, my two give me reason to thank whatever lucky star brought them into my life.

Tuesday, May 9, 2006

On The Mend...At Last

Finally got a diagnosis and the proper meds to correct what I've been suffering from over the last four weeks. Now, life can slowly get back to normal--or at least, what passes for normal around here. Good timing, too. Lots of events coming up in the next few months. Mother's Day, Memorial Day weekend, junior-high graduation for my daughter, the annual LIRW luncheon on the same day as graduation (naturally!), Father's Day, the onset of summer, and finally, in the last week of July...RWA National! I can't wait to see all my writing pals in Atlanta. Look me up and we'll do a margarita or two.

Of course, in the meantime, I'm balancing the day job with family life and writing life. I sent Kismet's Angel on its way and now must play the waiting game. To keep from going bananas, I've started revisions on Kismet's Revenge and also, thanks to a special RWU challenge, began the sequel to A Little Slice of Heaven.

Busy, busy, busy...

Wednesday, May 3, 2006


"I've got sunshine
On a cloudy day.
When it's cold outside,
I've got the month of May.
I guess you'll say,
What can make me feel this way?
My girl..."

My baby girl is FIFTEEN today! Happy birthday, Torikat!

SCHMALTZ ALERT: I'm going to get sappy now. She arrived at 8:30 pm on May 3, 1991--8 lbs, 8 oz and 21-1/2 inches. While we waited for her arrival, Philip and I had tossed around two possible names for a girl. Brianna Lauren, or Victoria Katherine (aka Tori). We had decided that if she was born with dark hair, we'd go with Brianna, blond hair would be Tori. Right from the start, my girl was a rebel. She slid out of me sporting jet black hair with blond highlights. Philip and I took one look at her and said, "Oh, yeah. This is a Tori."

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As you can see, she's still that rebel (only now her hair is brown with red highlights--until she dyes it purple or pink or whatever color strikes her fancy next...)

But she's also the best daughter a mom could ask for.

Every day she gives me a reason to smile, to laugh, or to just plain be proud she's mine!