Category Archives: Dysfunctional Family Relationships

Keep Your Tissue, I Need To Grieve

My feeling is when a person is crying/grieving let them do so. By handing a crying friend a tissue there is a hidden message asking them to stop crying. People need to cry in order to heal. Allow the flood … Continue reading

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Christmas At The Beach

Wishing all of you a very happy holiday season, if you celebrate Christmas, Merry Christmas !! Ronnie and I will be celebrating Christmas at the beach this year. We’ve rented a suite, overlooking the beautiful coastline. The hotel has an … Continue reading

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Just Another Hateful Email

I debated with myself about sharing on my blog portions of an email that Ali sent to me. For those of you that are not familiar with Ali, she is my youngest daughter that I placed for adoption in Oregon … Continue reading

Posted in Adoption, Angry emails, cyber bullying, Dysfunctional Family Relationships, Healing and Recovery, Holiday chaos, Open adoption | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Comments

What It’s Like

Today while I was sitting in a very plush waiting room of my Orthopedic Surgeon’s office, there was a teenage girl and her mother sitting across from me. The girl was reading an article in a magazine and turned to … Continue reading

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Packing Up Our Life And Moving Forward

Ronnie and I have both been so busy these last couple months. We are very close to leaving our home. Finally once and for all, off of Applegate Drive. For those of you that don’t know, we have lived on … Continue reading

Posted in Domestic Violence, Dysfunctional Family Relationships, friendships, gift of love, Healing and Recovery, hope, leaving the past behind, new beginnings, Traumatic Experiences, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Handwritten Letters

Handwritten letters are a rare commodity, they indicate investment. Email is “permanent” in its own way. Our electronic messages are easy to keep and to search in huge volumes. But emails are not tangible and enduring in the same way … Continue reading

Posted in Dysfunctional Family Relationships, Family Secrets, happiness, Healing and Recovery, leaving the past behind, Life's Blessings and Joys, moving day, new adventures, new beginnings, Toxic Relationships | Tagged , , , , , , | 10 Comments

2 In, 2 Out

Two-in There should always be (at least) two firefighters together when they enter a location that is considered a hazard area that is considered “Immediately Dangerous to Life or Health” (IDLH), i.e., the interior of the structure fire. Firefighters operating … Continue reading

Posted in Dysfunctional Family Relationships, family bliss, friendships, gift of love, happiness, leaving the past behind, new beginnings, PTSD, Traumatic Experiences | Tagged , , , , , | 13 Comments

Finding My Family

I would like to introduce my birth daughter Abby. I asked Abby to be a guest writer on my blog. She has evolved into a wonderful mother and a successful woman. Abby was adopted at birth by two very loving caring … Continue reading

Posted in Adoption, daughters, Domestic Violence, Dysfunctional Family Relationships, Family Secrets, gift of love, Healing and Recovery, healthy relationships, identify problem children, Life's Blessings and Joys, Mental Health, new beginnings, Open adoption | Tagged , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Get Ready

First of all, I am extremely humbled for all of you that have followed my blog for the past 11 months. All I have to share with you is myself. I am not a writer. I just have a story … Continue reading

Posted in Adoption, beaten by mother, Dysfunctional Family Relationships, estranged fathers, Guest writer, Healing and Recovery, healthy relationships, identify problem children, Mental Health, narcissist, new beginnings, Open adoption, PTSD, Toxic Relationships, Traumatic Experiences | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

But , But…. Mine Was Extreme Domestic Violence

This post is going to have so many grammatical errors you may not be able to follow. Today I went from super happy because Ronnie is on vacation for a week , to angry due to an email.  Ronnie is … Continue reading

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