“Nature is infinitely creative. It is always producing the possibility of newbeginnings.”-Marianne Williamson
Well hello there! My name is Jill, I am a 33 year old stay at home mother of two astonishing young men… my oldest Justin 13, a pleasant light during my dismel times, as well as a stubborn second to my adolescence… Since the beginning of his life Justin has been my sole educator to the true meaning of the word patience! LOL! He lacks a conscience at times, resulting in his inability to make the right choices! Leading to theaft, destruction of public property and at times a police escort to our front door… However on the other hand! Justin is a master of the art of dance, art and basketball! I truly am proud of what he is capable of. Like any mother I would just prefer he use his talents for success is all…
I also have a 9 year old, Jahdon (pronounced Jaydon). Despite the fact that he has been alive for 9 yrs, maturity wise he is more like 15!! Very hard headed, rebellious and at times way to smart for his own good! Jahdon is my common reminder to keep going, no matter how hard things get. To him, failure is not an option! He doesn’t care what situation he is handed he knows he has to keep moving forward… he is my inner strength to continue moving on! Just don’t tell him that! 😉
I am happily married to a man who has truly been tested by the obstacles of life in more ways then one. My husband James grew up in poverty surrounded by numerous gangs and constant violence… He left all that behind to join the military only to be medically discharged 6 yrs later do to a genetic mutation resulting in the loss of his sight… He then went on to attend college for 6 years ending with a degree in liberal arts! Alright!!! Now you’ve become aquatinted with my family. Let’s move on! 🙂
This is the first time I have had a blog… So I don’t know what to expect from this new found journey, but I can only hope that this experience will be for the positive and nothing else! About 7 months ago my husband and I made the decision to pack up and move our little family away from all friends, family, and, well… life as we knew it… Starting over in a new state, with new schools, new policies, and even new laws! We encountered new culture, new walks of life, new environments and that was only in the first two weeks!!! 😉
we come from a state where the use of recreational and medical marijuana was illegal… Getting caught is punishable by fines, community service and even jail time… We now reside in a state where recreational and medical cannabis are both legal… Yeah!! Imagine walking your two children and your blind husband, up to a register at a ma and pa grocery store and encountering a glass case full of bongs, pipes and bubblers… It’s not easy listening to your children argue over a bong, being a self watering vase or a musical instrument and not want to interrupt to set the record straight! But I did compose myself and we ended that trip on an awkward positive note!!! I decided to start a blog as a means to document our families journeys…
Just a while ago, our family was hit with a band new experience when my oldest son Justin had his second grand mal seizure in his life… Trust me there is no parenting book out there to prepare you for the helpless felling that is washed over you as you watch your child shake uncontrollably, with contorted facial expressions, while blood pours from their mouth. He and I together embarked upon an expedition to find him some answers… We immediately scheduled him for an EKG (Electrocardiograph) an ECO (Electrocardiogram) and an EEG (Electroencephalogram)… Justin was soon diagnosed with Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy which is a common form of epilepsy. As long as we keep him on a medicine that works for his body, Justin can lead a fairly normal life.
As a family we have had to make many changes, mostly in our kids room to accommodate the “what if” aspect of all of this. You know change bed positions, put up just in case prosedure steps to deal with seizures. We all had to take classes on how to properly handle situations if a seizure should happen. And Justin’s little brother became even more protective of him…
At times finding the positive out of dark situations is difficult… To me it’s like looking through a bag of sewing needles to find the pin cushin! But Justin has this ability to give you the light you are looking for at times when things don’t seem so bright! While in the doctors office after Justin was informed that any form of contact sports are out of the question… He looked at me with so much love and confidence about him and said, “mom, it’s okay… I can still play basketball! And I do love city bus adventure!” My heart skipped a beat and with an honored glance of impression I hugged my son, smiled at him and took him home….
We don’t know what the future holds for our family right now… We have barely come to terms with the here and now. But we do know this, we are prepared to protect each other through thick and thin. We all know when life hands us tough times the strength of our family will get us through anything!
So there it is! My family in the rawest of form! With some life challenges along the way! Please stick around, we are just getting started! Hopefully this blog takes us on a journey of suspense and success! Opening our lifestyle up to new opportunity and challenges! Exposing our weaknesses and our strengths! But for now this is it! THIS IS US!!!