It is a strange thing to see your baby girl pregnant. It seems that I have been waiting forever to be a grandmother. Now back in AZ for the gender reveal it is all coming into focus. I can trace my life backwards to my decision to leave Omaha to enroll at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This one choice changed my life forever. I was granted the opportunity to be come a mom 27 years ago. I was lucky to have 2 more smart and ambitious children. It has been a challenge to be a single mom, but I know that every choice I made, every decision, every path I took brought me to this moment. To be a Grandmother. My kids are my hope and joy, I can only imagine what my grandchildren will be for my life. I know that I want to have them, hold them, teach them, cherish them and love them. December 2018 represents so much for my life going forward and as I look back, there was no other path for me to take, no other choice for me to make than to move to Chicago to be a mom to Blake Patricia Marie.
I wanted to be a Foreign Service Officer. That was my goal. I wanted to see and be in the world. I started my college life in political science and discovered the world. Around my sophomore year I decided that I wanted to have a global life. Being raised in a military family, I was […]
#RaisingGrownUps #MakingMelinda #HalfCenturyLife #next’hood Raising Grown Ups turned out to be more difficult than I expected, yet I am satisfied with my efforts. I remember learning that I was pregnant and crying for three straight days. I had ruined everything, I had let everyone down. Those were my first thoughts, then I got scared. I […]
I found this canvas in an antique shop in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood. It stopped my heart. This is how I see myself. This is who I am at my core. But the picture can be interpreted differently from my view. This is a mother protecting her son, a sister protecting her brother, a wife protecting […]