Ladybug Chronicles: A Baby Is On The Way!!!

Lani, in June 2015.

Deuteronomy 28:4Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock.

So my wish has finally come true, my little ladybug is pregnant and is about to have her own little ladybug, and I’m so excited!!! Just a reminder Ladybugs can also be male :). Out of Job Corps, having jobs, in their own place, and pregnant.

I won’t see my grand baby until February or March though so I have a while to wait, but time presses on. Being a grandma makes my heart glad. Now I understand my mom’s joy when I had Lani, she was so ecstatic about becoming one.  I’m thinking it also may have something to do with my mom and I only having one child each and wanting to experience the nurturing process all over again. This is a very strong desire in a woman, who knew? What I mean is, I’m surprised at myself, when I was younger, I never thought the prospect of becoming a grandma would be this exciting!!

Lately, I have had some serious writer’s block which has affected my blog. I haven’t even wanted to write a movie review in sometime. I’m not exactly sure what’s really going on but I hope this will jump-start the blog processes again. I’ve missed reading my favorite blogs and just haven’t been around here much of late but I do miss all of you and hope I’m back for good now. Now I’m just wondering what my grand babies will look like??? matt and lani

Hey Everyone I’m Finally Back!!!

Wow, so much has happened in the last few months since I’ve been away from my blog. I’ve lost 40 lbs, my daughter and son-in-law both are working.  Matt (son in law) is graduating from Jr. College shortly.Read More »

The Ladybug Chronicles, (Matt Got A Job!)

I’m so proud of my son-in-law, because he did the work and got himself a job! He is now a paid intern for a engineering company, and he did it rather easily. He took care of business and is doing the business of taking care of his wife. Wow, what a proud mama I am now. It’s so nice to know they did things in a good order, first they finished their trade at job corps, and now finishing Jr. college and then starting state college, and working and looking for work, and then hopefully starting a family. I’m a huge fan of godly order.Read More »

My Ms. Know It All!

Ladybug at a weddingDelayed Contact ~ How would you get along with your sibling(s), parent(s), or any other person you’ve known for a long time — if you only met them for the first time today?

The person would be my daughter, and she would probably get on my nerves because my daughter is a Ms. Know It All. When she was younger and in elementary school, she had answers for everything, since she grew up right in the age of computers and the internet, she would look it up and answer any, “I wonder why” question, I or someone she and I were with ever had. And her running answer to most of these questions was I saw it on myth busters. What I mean to say is, when I would ask her about her sources for answering the question she would say I saw it on myth busters and as she got older it just got worse.Read More »

Precious Moments Redeemed

In the bible it teaches us to redeem the time for the days are evil, Ephesians 5:16, and the bible is right. Since we waste so much of it, when you do really get to redeem it, it feels precious.

My daughter and her husband spent the weekend with me, and since I hadn’t spent much time with them in the last few weeks it was very sweet. Because although it was very early in the morning, I got to spend real quality time with my daughter since she married her husband. Just she and I, kind of like old times when she was young and would slip into my bed when she got frightened about something.

Even though she wasn’t scared she slipped into my bed at 3 in the morning and we talked for a while about how things are going for she and her hubby. The precious part was that it was 3 am, we both couldn’t sleep and she came in on her own. She said, “Hey mama, I can’t sleep can I get in bed with you?” and I thought, these are the moments that you wait for as a parent. The moments, when you don’t have to compete for affection from your married children. They just come to you and want to be kids again. At least for a few moments. I was so moved by this it made all the time we spend apart so worth it, because it’s true even though clichéd, absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

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Ladybug’s Turning 23

Lani at jobcorps june 2014

23 years old, can this be right? I can hardly wrap my head around this number being the age of my only daughter as of July 4th, 2014 at about 7:00 pm. These birthday’s are very introspective because it says a lot about where I have been with her and where I maybe going without her. And to add even more introspection to these birthday’s, she’s married and is living her own life without me in it for the most part. All of this is great in theory but when it actually happens it doesn’t feel that great. Because most parents would love to get a do over in areas of raising their kids and can’t once the kids are grown up. Also, when parents only have one child the introspection deepens because you only had one chance to get it right and then your done.Read More »

Hometown Memoir

Musings&Rants blog picDaily Prompt: You’re embarking on a yearlong round-the-world adventure, and can take only one small object with you to remind you of home. What do you bring along for the trip?

This is easy, a picture of my daughter. Because she represents all the godly, good, mature, and responsible things I’ve become from raising her. And it’s comforting being reminded of the woman I’ve become because of her, and the woman she’s becoming because of God. And such a beautiful person (on the inside, because this is where it counts). Also, she is tangible and intangible since she is an adult and married I’m not with her all the time like when she was little, nor would I want too be. But thinking about her as I embark on a long journey is reassuring because she’s the legacy I leave behind and I know it’s one God would approve. And if I were never to return, I am grateful for being part of what I leave behind. Now the only hard part is figuring out which pic to take.


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Pride Is Proud

My daughter Lani
My daughter Lani

Daily Prompt: Tell us about something you (or a person close to you) have done recently (or not so recently) that has made you really, unabashedly proud. 

Instead of ringing my bell, or tooting my horn, I will take the opposite place and say, I will not boast in myself but only in what the Lord has done! So what has he done? Only everything, he’s made me understand that bragging about things I’ve done in my life is like tare, and, ash. Also, that to do anything worth bragging about it starts and ends with Him. So instead I will humble myself and tell a story that my daughter and I learned an important lesson from rather than the other option.

Two years ago, I was teaching my daughter to drive and was very impatient and annoyed with her slow learning skills. Unfairly I grumbled at her and made her nervous and insecure. And when I got back behind the wheel, I started to show off. And as a result of the rainy day,  and me driving too fast, I had an accident. I began to hydroplane over a curb while exiting the freeway on a curve. Fortunately we didn’t get injured nor did I damage the car or anybody else’s car. My daughter looked at me after we skidded to a stop with her big brown eyes and was very gracious to me. She said, “Wow, I can’t believe that just happened.” And at that moment I understood what a gracious, humble spirit was and that she had one, and that I didn’t. I said, “I’m so sorry, I treated you like that.” I hugged her and thanked God no one was hurt and didn’t grumble again during her driver’s training.

Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling. It is better to be humble in spirit with the lowly Than to divide the spoil with the proud. ~ Proverbs 16:18-19 NAS

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Mother’s Day, Learning To Keep My Behavior Excellent

McKinley Park 2
East Sacramento, CA. McKinley Park.

Mother’s day started out quite different from most, usually you spend them with your biological family. Well my daughter and son-in-law changed things up. Instead of my daughter taking me out with her husband Matt in toe, Matt took me out on his own. It was nice to just hangout with Matt and get to know him better, and see his heart for God shine so brightly. I’m very pleased with how much he’s grown since meeting him a little over a year ago. He is becoming the man of God that I prayed for 21 years ago for Lani and I’m grateful.Read More »