Sunday, April 11, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

my children

A party! This is exactly what I needed today. I just found this and am happy to join in. Follow the Ultimate Blog Party link in my sidebar, and you'll find hundreds of moms joining in the fun.

I'm here to tell you what it's like being a mom of "old" kids: motherhood never ends! I thought once they were adults I'd be "off the hook," but I'm not!

Mine are almost 30 and almost 24. My daughter, the older of the two, is a fireball, sensitive, friendly, very warm-hearted and keenly aware of morality [right/wrong]. She is a fabulous knitter. Right now she is going through a very rough time - the hardest she has ever experienced. It is hard to see her struggling. I grieve for her. The mom in me wants to fix it for her, but of course, I can't and shouldn't. She is doing a great job of working through it, but it's still hard to be a mom of a child in pain. You can say prayers for her if you want! She could use some courage, comfort, and discernment.

My son is newly married (9 months now). His wife is a real doll. They are so cute and make me happy. Son is mellow, very smart, caring, and funny. He and my DIL are vegan, and he has turned into a great cook. He loves to bake his own bread and create yummy vegan feasts. DIL is busy-as-a-bee and so hard-working. She sings in a community choir and they both have lots of friends. She is heading to graduate school this fall.

I am a quilter and a beginning knitter. I actually learned to knit about 40 years ago, but never got beyond beginner stage. I love to read, take walks, swim, spend time at lakes and in the woods. I am the grand-daughter and daughter and cousin and niece of United Methodist ministers. Yes, United Methodism is in my blood. I am currently the president of our local UMW (United Methodist Women).

I work in a public school with special ed young adults, 18-21. I'm a sign language interpreter and general assistant to all disabilities. I absolutely love my job, but I am retiring in June and absolutely love the thought of that as well.

Today I've been feeling a little sad and stressed about my daughter's current struggles, so having a Moms party is perfect. Later today I will sit back with a cold Diet Coke and start reading some of the blogs... I have a long way to go so will greet some of you over time.

Here's a toast to our children! May they be happy, healthy, and peace-loving all of their days.

my son and DIL

P.S. I decided, if I win, I would like these:
first the laptop (wheee!)
Then: 39, 11, 73, 52, 32


mama2lilev said...

Here for the party! Nice to meet you :) Sorry you having a down moment. I guess you never grow out of worrying about your kids! Enjoy your diet coke!

Crazy Mom of Four said...

Nice to 'meet' you. I was drawn to your blog because I adore giraffes! :-) I just wrote about them today on my blog! I love that you say your blog mentions barely anything about giraffes. I'll be praying for your daughter. I taught myself to quilt a few years ago; sounds like we have a few things in common.

Xenia said...

Thanks for coming by my party, Carol - whenever you want me to drop my kids off with you, just let me know! :)

I'm so glad that you found the UBP to help cheer you up, that's what a world of online friends are for, right? Your children sound wonderful and you are such a caring mom for doing what's best for them!

Jenn said...

My hubby and I are trying to be vegan! We don't eat meat or dairy but eat eggs. That is wonderful that your DIL and son cook vegan feasts for you! Yumm! Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog - hope you will stop by and say hi! :) and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

Michele Bilyeu said...

A beautiful post, Carol. Blessings to your daughter and to all of our children who struggle. Whether their challenges are physical, emotional, mental, or economic...may the yin and the yang of the energies reverse and better times and many good things come to them all!

blueviolet said...

Your kids are a little bit older than mine, but not by much. It's hard to see them go through hurts and challenges!

Thanks so much for stopping by my place from the party!

Jen @ Happy LIttle Homemaker said...

hello from UBP; have a great week!

Sarah said...

Hello there. Just stopped by via the UBP. This is the first year I've done it, and there are so many great blogs out there to discover.

Also, my sister is going through a tough life situation right now too. It is tough to watch and worry and not be able to do much to help. I understand! I hope it all works out for her.

I hope that you'll stop by and say hello at my place too. I actually blog at Mommy Daisy and PS Mom Reviews. I'm doing the UBP with my PS Mom Reviews site. I've got a few giveaways open there right now, like a Thomas & Friends DVD.

I've added you to my Google Reader. And I hope to see you around.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Enjoyed my time at your blog..Since I did not get to all the blogs during the blog party dates, I am going to keep going for a few days...I have found so many great blogs....wish I had time to read lots of posts on every blog and plan to come back to many. I am not going to have the prizes on mine sorted out until tomorrow, so anyone that leaves a comment Sat or Sun will go into a special drawing for SUPRISE GIFT. Hope you will stop by...

Jenilee said...

Hi Carol, its very nice to meet you. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog.
My grandma is part of the UMW in Illinois. When I lived with her I helped out a ton at the Methodist church. I really want to get into the methodist church here, but just need to be able to get up in the morning for it.
I admire you for being able to knit and quilt. Maybe someday I will learn. My sister is the same age as your daughter and shes a pretty talented knitter as well. I will pray for your daughter. I hope all is well for your family and hope you had a wonderful weekend. Hope to see you again sometime!