Friday, December 19, 2014

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Freedom to be Spontaneous as a Busy Single Mom

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As a single mom with twin monsters, my hands are beyond full. My whole life revolves around them. I am a mom from before the sun comes up and way past the time the sun sets. Meals, school, laundry, homework, cleaning, laundry, snacks, cleaning, story time, breaking up fights and more laundry. I don't have the freedom to be spontaneousMost days I don't feel I have even one moment to myself. When I do get time to myself, I usually sleep. I know it isn't exciting but having the bed to yourself can be nice. 

However, if I was dating and I didn't want to sleep alone... (did I just type that?) it would be nice to have one less thing to think about when trying to secure a sitter, figure out what to wear, doing my hair and makeup. I heard about KY Liquibeads and they are easy to use and help me be ready for more than a kiss goodnight. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, but if you are uncomfortable shopping for personal lubricants, you can shop onlineI found some in my local Walgreens store. I already had to stop there to pick up a prescription for a sick kid. You can even go to and print it out a coupon. 

I have to be honest though, as much as I might like to be in a relationship, I don't think I am ready to have one right now. I am getting closer to 40 then I care to think about. I have two small children. I am trying to work part-time and run a small business.  I live in a small town. I have tried to meet people. I have tried the dating sites. Blind dates are horrible at my age. Trying to meet people is a losing battle as well... Besides, I am too tired to even think about dating!

I think I will just wait and see what happens. I am trying to be a better person and make better choices. Right now, I think that means focusing on my boys. Actually, I am quite happy with how my life has settled into place. I have a very busy life that can make me smile, cry and scream all in one day. I work very hard to accomplish my To-Do list as it is - I couldn't add anything else without adding a lot of stress. For a new relationship to work, I need to be happy with my life and my choices. That confidence will shine through and things will come together when I least expect it to. I recently landed my new job at a time when I wasn't looking. Life has a funny way of working out for the best. 

Photo Credit: Savage Photography

KY Liquibeads are easy to use. The ovule is inserted using a one-time use applicator. Use only one in a 24 hour period. Use as needed every 3 to 4 days. Ovule should be inserted at least 30 minutes before intimacy. Read the enclosed information leaflet for complete instructions. Please Note: If you are pregnant or nursing, please contact a doctor before use. 

I do have a week off while my boys stay at Grandma's house after Christmas. Maybe my alter ego will set up another blind date. Or I could just stay home and take care of things by myself. A single mom has needs too! (I can't believe I just typed that either!) It could be a great way to end the year - OR - it could lead to a new set of resolutions. Hmmm...  I might have to think about this a little more. 
  • Making time for yourself as a Single Mom. 
  • 5 Ways to Escape a Bad Blind Date. 
  • Having a Night All to Yourself. 
  • 5 Ways to Stay Social as a Single Mom.

Check back in the New Year to see what I added to my list of resolutions. 
What will you do when #TheMoodStrikes ?

Hair and Make-Up: Michelle Vogt

Monday, December 15, 2014

Tuition Credit for Sammy & Jayson

Originally Written - August 2014

I am writing this letter today to tell you some exciting news. The twins were accepted to Mt. Calvary School for the 2014-2015 school year. This is a private Christian school in Flagstaff. As with any good Christian education, the tuition is high. With TWIN BOYS, it seems like an impossibly huge amount to cover. As a single mom on a limited budget I am going to need help to give them this great opportunity. Lucky for us, the State of Arizona offers a dollar for dollar tax credit against your state tax liability. Any monies donated between now and April 15, 2015 will be credited to the 2014-15 school year. This money will help cover tuition for both the Fall and Spring semesters. Sammy and Jayson are registered at this website:
Sammy Ludwig -- Jayson Ludwig -- Mount Calvary Early Education
If you go this website, you can donate online using a debit or credit card or mail in a check for your donation. In the drop down box, you will select to donate to a Family/Student. Type in each of the boys' names and then you can select their school. (If asked on any forms, the boys are classified as Kindergarteners.) The total amount varies for each tax payer, but the donation could be up to an approximate $3,000. WOW!
All monies will be credited to your next tax return. If you have any specific questions, please refer to the website. If you can not find an answer, please email me and I will forward the information to the financial office at the school.
I first met their new teacher a couple years ago at a MOPS (Moms of PreSchoolers) meeting. She was explaining their different school programs to all the moms. Since that day, I knew in my heart that Sam and Jay needed to attend this school. We do have a preschool closer to our home, but I want the boys to be given a great start to their education. I know they will get that from Mrs. Williams. The boys love going to church. They love bible stories. I have even heard them recreating bible stories from Sunday School in their room with their toys.
I have an amazing amount of anxiety regarding this decision but I am trusting in God that all the finances will come together. I know this verse is often quoted but it is a verse that has stuck with me, even when I wasn't giving enough time and energy to my walk. There have been many times when I wasn't sure what our next step was going to be. However, we have spent the last four years planting roots in Flagstaff. I KNOW this is where the Boys and I are supposed to be.
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Thank you for reading and considering to help the boys with their tuition to Mt. Calvary.
Thank you.