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Sailing the Savage Seas of Suck

I don’t remember a crazier time in my life than the past 6 months.

I’ve been dealing with a dying family member, the hospitalization of one of my children, an ongoing legal situation that has drawn on for more than 3 years, and 9 months of freezing cold “Arctic showers”, thanks to a rickety old water heater.

Believe me when I say, those cold showers are no joke. I’m not at liberty to expound on any of the (aforementioned) scenarios- save the water heater- but suffice to say, this year has already damn near killed me.

But, you know what they say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger bitter as hell! 🙂

Just kidding.
(Sort of.)

But really, thankfully, we’ve finally been able to replace the water heater and are at long last taking scalding hot showers once again. The legal situation seems to be coming to an end, my child has made a miraculous recovery, and life seems to be slowly stabilizing once again, making me believe that it just might be doable. What’s made everything particularly challenging is the fact that I’ve battled through all of these things tackling 5 classes as well. The 5 classes alone are enough to take someone down, but combined with everything else, it’s really tested me to the fullest.

As long as I can come through it all with some compassion left in my heart and serenity in my soul- I really can’t ask for more than that. Understandably, I blew an exam in one of my Psych. classes- (unacceptable!)- but still have 4 strong A’s in my remaining 4 classes, so I’ll be working extra hard to repair my grade in my Psychology of Personality course. My GPA is still right at 3.6, but I’m working hard to try and boost that up to a 3.8 before applying to grad. school over the next few weeks.

I’ve been working hard trying to complete all of my requirements (on the side) for the Society of Leadership and Success, and I’m 3 small projects away from being fully inducted. Afterwards, I’ll be able to take advantage of most of the Society’s scholarships. I’m racing against so many deadlines! I’ll be graduating in May, so I’m continually racing against this merciless clock- and the world seems to be spinning so fast. The days are just flying by.

I’m so busy that I haven’t been able to go out on a proper photo shoot, except for the picnic at Spring Mill Park last weekend that Josh and I were able to take with Brianna. She’s been staying with us for the past week and I’ve been so happy to have my little girl back, if even for a few days. Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences is going remarkably well; I can’t believe I have an A in the class still. On that note, I can’t believe I’m still making the Dean’s List so far this semester. I’m almost at the halfway point: I just have to keep hanging in there. I nabbed a shot of a few (mock) soldiers out at the Pioneer Village on Saturday; it would have been better if the modern-day cars weren’t included in the shot, but I don’t have time to clone them out right now. Still, it’s a cool shot. And that super furry dude isn’t Wild Bill Hickok, it’s Josh, with his winter beard that I love.

The last of the snow- taken last week
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Josh, overlooking the Ohio River at a restaurant called “The Overlook”
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View of the Ohio River at the Overlook
Overlook
Spring Mill Park/Lensbaby Composer/ f/5.6- manual- Feb. 20- Pioneers
Pioneers
Note to self: clone out those cars!
soldier
Josh and Brianna on our picnic
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Josh, in the Weaver’s House- Pioneer Village
Josh
One of my favourite pics of Josh ever- love that BG.
MJ1

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6 responses

  1. YVONNE BECKWAY

    geez . . great title B. Sorry that has been true. You are an incredible warrior and an unstoppable force. You have my utmost respect and admiration and I have no doubt you will succeed in your goals. Sending love and prayer. xx

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    February 23, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    • Hey, Y. It could always be worse, eh? But also, I can easily point out that you’re a warrior as well! I’ve seen you push through things that would’ve destroyed weaker folks. You always bounce back. 🙂 And really, it’s alright if we’re chewed up and demolished along the way…it’s about never giving up and always choosing to push on to the best of our abilities.

      Things are finally looking up. 😉 Thanks so much for your constant stream of prayers. They DO make a difference. x

      February 23, 2016 at 9:59 pm

  2. Cold showers are a challenge…
    The water heater died a few years back, and I did the cold shower for almost a week….brrrrr

    February 24, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    • It’s pretty refreshing in the summer- that was actually nice. But one winter rolled around, that was another story entirely…heheh…

      February 25, 2016 at 2:07 pm

  3. You’re such a brave lady! I’m sending positive vibes your way, hoping that the following days, months, years will be 1K much better than the ones you’ve been through! xoxox

    February 25, 2016 at 5:31 am

    • Hey, thanks so much. Things are finally looking up after some very rough times! Hope has been restored. Thanks for checking up on me. 😉

      February 25, 2016 at 2:09 pm

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