Tuesday, December 31, 2013

No more seats

A few months ago, I bought a Groupon for myself and Jeff to see Josh Groban. He had a concert in Philadelphia in November. I even called the venue prior to buying the tickets and they said I could still get accessible seating even with the Groupon.

To make a long story short - not true.  I couldn't get a wheelchair accessible seat. Thank God that I didn't just show up as told. Groupon finally did refund my money, but it made me think.  It's very annoying when there's only a handful of accessible seats yet hundreds even thousands of non accessible seating.  

Discrimination comes in all versions. It's ashame when having a disability the number of times one is discriminated against.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Good bye December

December is almost gone. It has been a very good month all things considered. December is probably my favorite month because it involves many of my favorites:  shopping, decorating, cleaning, wrapping, family and all kinds of busy.

Jason turned ten months on December 20. He has grown and developed in many ways. He can now sit up on his own, crawling all over, sleeping through the night, has great fine motor skills and has the best sense of humor. Jason has two bottom teeth.

Laura has excellent grades in school. She has the most interesting outlooks and is adorable in every way. Laura is reading at a third grade level pushing fourth. She knows more Spanish than I did as a freshman in high school. 

I've been perspective about my career. I am focusing my attention on teaching, my children.  As far as writing, I'm downsizing at the Examiner. The pay is ridiculous for the energy to research and write. I'm going to keep my blogs, web site job, slowly write my book and get my new web site going.

I'm also going to continue playing hockey and doing public speaking. 

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Purpose and Love of Marriage

I'm in process of reading the book called, "The Purpose and Love of Marriage." It was a free download on Kindle yesterday. I'm always interested in outlooks on marriage.

So far I really like the book and it's forcing me to look at my marriage in a new way. One thing I really like is how it validates the importance of marriage in a day where divorce and living together is the norm.  Marriage is vital.

Too many times, we miss direct our personal feelings to our marriage. Marriage is it's own separate identity. It's what we make it and feed into it. We can feel hurt for a moment but it doesn't mean the marriage is in horrible condition.

Media wants to tear marriage down by always showing adultery, divorce, flirtatious behavior, living together etc.  It makes me wonder why. Along with parenting, marriage is one of the hardest jobs we love. Married couples need support. Not a mockery of marriage everywhere you turn.

I also like the visualization that marriage is the slow formation of a diamond. Two people joining, solving problems, growing together, changing rubbing to make a beautiful diamond in the end.

Anyway, I recommend this book so far!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Santa Claus

We took Jason and Laura to see Santa on Wednesday to see Santa. It was Jason’s first time. Laura didn’t go at 3 months but every year after.

After teaching, Jason and I went with Jeff to pick up Laura and headed to the mall. We wanted to avoid crowds, and we did. Both kids fell asleep on the way.

When we arrived, we had Laura change into her Christmas dress. She looked great! Her grandmother got it for her.

When in the bathroom getting  Laura ready, I received a call that my new power chair could be delivered on Tuesday! It’s hard to describe how I felt other than like I was 5 and it’s Christmas Eve.

When we arrived to the Santa area, he came to me. I believe he thought I was there to see him. I was polite and how can you not be nice to Santa?

At first, Jason was cool with Santa. He was into the ball of the on his hat. But then he took a better look and realized another person was holding him. He started crying but we tried the best to keep him happy and snap a picture!

One year Sandy Hook

My mind is on Sandy Hook today. I remember sitting in a restaurant at the King of Prussia Mall when the news text came on my phone.  I just wanted to leave and pick up Laura! She was also in kindergarten. 

The horror of that day is too much for minds and hearts. I can only imagine how the parents felt and still feel. Everyone feels loss differently and it's arrogant to even think I could relate. Just to imagine that happening to my son or daughter makes every bone ache.

I pray that they are happy in God's love awaiting the day they are reunited with their parents and siblings. I pray nothing like that ever happens again. I also pray for the families to even find any ounce of peace or calmness in their souls.

I appreciate all the moments with Laura and Jason.  Each day is a mystery and never know how our story ends.

Friday, December 13, 2013

My Dad

My Dad celebrated his birthday Thursday. He is a very private person so I'm not going to write a lot about him. However, I love him very much. I'm very much like him and as I get older, he is right almost always.  I think his true calling in life is being a father and grandfather. 

He challenges me and never let me use my disability as an excuse to not excel.  He strengthens my faith in God. He has always been there when I needed him. He was there in my biggest victories and my worst choices. I completely know he loves me unconditionally.

I hope I can be as good as a parent as he is. He truly is a role model of love, caring, and fatherhood. Happy Birthday,  Dad!

Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

Today I saw the Hobbit Desolation of Smaug.  Last year I went with Jeff and really can't tell you a whole lot because I fell asleep.  I like to blame it on pregnancy because I'm sure it was an excellent movie.

I liked the Hobbit Desolation of Smaug. It kept my attention from start to finish. Luckily, the theater we were in had good handicapped seating. Some theaters put you way too close to the screen forcing a stiff neck!

The action and scenery were amazing. And the dragon. You tend to believe its real.  I know I'm writing this tired but you really need to go see the movie.

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