Behind the Badge

SO I get many friends asking me… “Aren’t you scared?”, “How do you let him go?”

My husband is a police officer and in these times things can be a bit scary. This is my hubby’s second career… You know that job you always dreamed of doing? The one you said,  “if I could do it all over again I would…” Well he DID IT! (That story is another post!)

Here is my thinking. I could fear every night he goes out, yep he works 5 pm – 5 am and be consumed with this fear quite easily… or I could resolve to know that his training, gut and men and women in blue have his back.I chose the second!

I encourage you to take the time to think about the fact that the men and women who go out each day to protect you are HUMANS. They are not “out to get you”. They are just doing their job and they have families to come home to.  Take a quick second to say hello! Believe me I know they love to be acknowledged! Know they are real people with real feelings and behind them is a loving wife, husband, mother, father, sister, brother and maybe even children.

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I am third in from right, on second to last row.

I am blessed to be part of a really great group of women who provide support. They know what it is like to be the wife of a law enforcement officer. They are a “tribe” of women who stick together, chat online at all hours if need be, contribute back to the community, and do oh so much more!

If you are feeling isolated or alone I encourage you to reach out and find what you need. These women have taught me YOU ARE NEVER ALONE!!!

Sharing Your World 2015: Week 4

As usual it has been a roller coaster of a week.

Where did you live at age five?  Is it the same place or town you live now?

I lived in Tampa, Florida with my mom. She was a single parent and we lived in a one bedroom apartment which I remember vividly.

Surprisingly I learned this past October that at age 3 my mother took me away from my father. I of course knew nothing about this. My mom is gone and can not ask. But my father told me he came home from work and my mom and I were gone! He did not hear from my mom again until I was 5! I can’t imagine his pain!!! This leaves me wondering so much!!! My was BLOWN AWAY by this news. and strangely enough it came up in casual conversation with my daughter and my father. I knew nothing about this and at this point… not sure I wanna know more…

You are invited to a party that will be attended by many fascinating people you never met.  Would you attend this party if you were to go by yourself?

I would go by myself. I am at the point in my life when I say no regrets. You never know how your life could change by who you meet.. I could meet someone I could learn so much from!

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

I grew up in Tampa from age 3 to age 10. I loved the special places my mom took me. I did fly to Chicago each summer solo to visit my uncle, my mom’s brother. I absolutely loved this town!!! There is soooo much to see and do. We moved back there at age 12 just for 2 years and loved all the museums, zoos and parks.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a kid I do not remember wanting to be anything. Weird I know! But as a teen my thoughts were architect, oceanographer, psychologist. In college, my first four years, my major was psychology. In year 5, I changed my major to special education. I use psychology everyday in my classroom.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

From last week I am grateful for a a lot.

1. My son who last year thought he would not graduate from high school received a letter to the Honor Society. He has returned to the public school system after 3 years of virtual school and clearly is ROCKING it! Proof, that if you set your mind to something you can do it!! Proud momma moment!

2. I spent almost 2 hours on the phone with my daughter this past weekend! I loved every minute of it!!!

3. I am thankful for my journey with Young Living. Both sides of using oils hit home this week. One they kept me healthy with the dreaded flu going around school, I have been heavily oiled! And when our bank account fell short this month my extra income saved the day!I look forward to a quiet weekend as this week is almost over! Hubby is working his weekend so this police wife gets to spend it alone…

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Me at age 5

Me and my dad- October 2014

Me and my dad- October 2014

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Share My World 2015 – Week #2

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These are all HAPPY questions for me! Cee must have sensed a need of Happiness on a Monday Morning!

Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
I am a HUGGER! As a teacher many times we are told “DO NOT TOUCH the kids!” We are talking KIDS here people! I give hugs and probably will hug my students until I retire sorry big boss people. As for outside of school I hug too! For a few years my fibro was so bad I had to stop, even a light hug hurt so I am happy to be back to HUGGIN’

What’s your favorite ice-cream flavor?
Chocolate… Anything chocolate. the more chocolate the better!!! For close to 10 years if I ate more than i spoonful of ice cream I had a TERRIBLE Belly ache, with my DiGize Oil I can have lactose so that means LOTS of chocolate ice cream!!!

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either?
Well, seeing as how I am finally with the 99% of American’s who LOVES food, I NEED to get moving more. I exercise my mind so much more than my body BUT having put on a few pounds, OK, not yet 100 but… more than I have been other than being pregnant I better get myself moving. No more excuse that my fibro is too bad to do so, I just gotta do it! need inspiration in this area!

Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? Why?
We currently have 3 dogs and 3 cats, our highest was 4 dogs and 6 cats. It is soooo hard to choose. I guess I love any animal who snuggles! Lately it has been my dogs who fall in this department. We have a Blue Tick Hound (Suzie), a Greyhound (Bosco), and a part beagle part German Shepherd (Jesse). My Minipin- Chihuahua(Peyton) just past away last month… In the need for another snuggle dog for sure! So I am going with dogs… for now.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful for my hubby Paul. He is a Law Enforcement Officer and my life-long love. In the light of all that is going on with officers he goes out there and does his thing! Scary for me, but proud to say he is FINALLY happy in his career! (this is his second)

And for the week coming up? I am excited for Bunco. I play with a group of ladies at my school, we are low key and just get together to have fun. Food + Friends = Fun

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One Word for 2015…

In thinking about a word to focus on for 2015, I thought of many…dream, focus, peace, transform, serenity but one stuck with me… HARMONY!

I am needing a little Harmony in my life!

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Having a bipolar teenager is enough to send even the most calm and collected parent running for the hills or perhaps just under the covers!

Add on top of that being a Law Enforcement Officer’s wife, teaching full-time as a reading specialist working with struggling readers all day, tutoring afterschool, and running a business I need HARMONY Big time!

I am going to get some canvas and paint me a picture to hang up so I can focus on this!

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If something can be let go of I WILL LET IT GO… I will not add anymore stress to my already full plate. I will continue to find harmony between my illness and my business sharing my story with anyone who will listen. I will find harmony between my hubby and myself trying to find sometime to focus on each other. I will find harmony between my son and myself, letting the little things that teenagers harp on not get to me so much! I will find the harmony in 2015!

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