It appears I've become one of those "women of a certain age" when I wasn't looking. It's either that or some crazy old lady moved in and gets her jollies standing between me and the mirror every morning. The nest is empty (or as empty as it can be with our daughter and her family living right next door) and the husband and I are finally getting on firm financial footing after too many years of tough times (and some of our own stupidity). My mom and stepdad live beside us, too, and our son and his family live about an hour away in the 'Burgh. We have four grandchildren, two boys and two girls, and it's true what they say...grandkids are the best thing ever!
I work part-time as a theraputic activities aide the memory care unit (dementia) of a large nursing home. That comes after 16 years of driving a school bus and before you ask...I find working with dementia patients less stressful than working with a bus full of kids. It's a tough job, but very rewarding when you can make the day a little better for the residents and their families.
My family has grown in an unexpected way during the past year. After a lifetime of knowing the father I grew up with was not my biological father and never expecting my mom to break her silence on the subject, my son's Ancestry.com DNA test led to some names we did not know and brought out my mom's story. Since then I have met my half-sister, have been writing to my father (and plan to meet him soon), and just recently reached out to one of my half-brothers and heard from him.
Other things to know about me...
I am a devout follower of Jesus Christ, but I'm no Bible thumper. I don't hide who I am or shy away from discussing things of faith, but I won't judge anyone or condemn them. Not my job. That doesn't, however, mean that I will condone and accept everything. I can show someone love, kindness, and compassion and not condone or support their sin. That's just what Jesus did. He showed them love and they came to feel convicted of their sins on their own.
My political leanings are conservative, but I tend to (mostly) stay away from that on the blog. It's just not worth all the arguments and heartaches. Besides, it really doesn't matter who is in office in the long run since I believe God is in control no matter what. He will either place who he wants in office or allow someone who will help fulfill his purposes in office.
The things I like to fill my free hours with (besides the grandkids) are reading, blogging, cooking, gardening, computer games, working on our home, and hunting for "treasures" at auctions, thrift stores, yard sales, and flea markets.