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12/28/15

The Christmas Detour - #Music

Our Christmas day took a detour. I was shocked to learn of a mother I know in the hospital. She had lost her  six months old pregnancy. I had just seen her days before and all was well. She was so very excited for this baby after so many miscarriages.

She said, they said the cord had wrapped around the baby.

I rushed to the hospital on Christmas day. We didn't cook or bake. We spent the time just visiting with her. She is still in shock and hopes this is a dream.

I feel such sadness for her. I'm hoping  I know how I can help. I want her to get professional help to help her grieve and heal.

I wish I knew how to help her through.

My kids were so understanding and helped me make dinner and baking the next day.

I hope y'all had a blessed Christmas with your family and friends.

Welcome to another Monday.




I was so glad to have youtube for my Christmas music this year. It seems the radio stations forgot to play Christmas songs.



I love Pentatonix! And so does my children. I love hearing my daughter sing along.






Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

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Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
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Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

Steps:
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4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


Aloha


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/27/15

5 Simple Secrets to Sounding Wine Knowledgeable

The Perfect Wine to Bring to a Holiday Gathering: It's All About the Food
by Paula Moulton

I became infamous at Le Cordon Bleu in France (at least in my own mind) on a relatively quiet and peaceful classroom day of wine tasting. I am on stage but the theater is a dimly lit classroom in the 15th Arondissement of Paris and I am an American widow with three grown children wearing a uniform that matches my nine other youthful women classmates. Can I succeed at performing the international protocols of a flawless 7-minute wine analysis that ends with a perfect food and wine pairing while standing in front of my peers, professor and the man from Margaux?

With a grimace, and a bit of pride, I always think back to this life-changing moment in the spring of 2012 when I was preparing for intensive wine exams. After studying ten months in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu's first year of wine management, I still had my doubts about performing the 7-minute wine analysis and, if given the choice, would rather have performed the 7-minute AB workout even if it entailed wearing my spandex shorts in front of my other twenty classmates.



My classmates snickered, but I think they were secretly happy that I broke the traditional standards of food and wine pairing that day. It certainly opened the doors to the steps I follow when it comes to choosing the perfect wine for holiday gatherings.

The internationally accepted rules of a wine tasting analysis chronicle in detail the visuel, or visual; olfactif or aromatic; and gustatif or taste of a particular wine, analyzing the future of the wine in terms of age, serving temperature, whether to carafe or decant, and finally, what dish to pair with the wine—all in 7-minutes or less. And the key ends with unlocking the door to choosing the correct wine for your meal.

I hold the glass of 2009 Chateau Kirwan Bordeaux in my hand like a singer ready to begin a melody. “This bouncy and forward 2009 Bordeaux from Chateau Kirwan, which is predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon blended with Merlot, Petite Verdot, and Cabernet Franc,” I exclaim, “could be paired with a lovely garlic-rubbed grilled leg of lamb served with roasted rosemary potatoes and sautéed green beans with toasted pine nuts . . .”
Monsieur Professor is proudly smiling at me and begins to clap with my other nineteen classmates and the man from Margaux.

“Or,” I sheepishly announce over the first seconds of applause, “it could be paired with a thin-crusted pizza covered with caramelized onions, crispy pancetta, sautéed shitake mushrooms, and Gorgonzola cheese.”
The clapping stops abruptly, “Why you do that!” Monsieur Professor shouts at me after my offbeat pairing suggestion. “You just gave perfect wine analysis and then ruined it by your food pairing . . . pizza, mon Dieu, not with Chateau Kirwan from Margaux!”

I genuinely want that bottle of Chateau Kirwan from Margaux with pizza. Ce n'est pas chouette (that's not cool) for a traditional French food and wine pairing but for me, an American, it is.
I suggest using my basic pairing principles—that so abruptly disturbed my French classroom that day—to explore and have fun with food and wine pairings during the holidays. By matching a wine that’s either similar or opposite to the dish or ingredients being served, you can produce delectable and unique pairings. It's all about the personal adventure when it comes to food and wine pairing.

I pair wine using a simple technique that I learned from a famous sommelier in France. "Wine pairing should be looked at like we look at couples,” he shared. “There are two types of couples in this world. There are the couples who are similar to one another and make each other whole almost like being one person and then there are the couples who are completely opposite and one would never put them together."
Yet both couples work together and form a powerful bond...

1. Is this wine similar to the dish?
Ex: A heavy beef stew with lots of pepper and bay leaves would have flavors similar to a peppery, earthy red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon or a spicy Pinot Noir. The bold aromas and flavors of the wine are similar to the strong and spicy ingredients in the stew.

2. Is this wine opposite to the dish?
Ex: A creamy white sauce over pasta would pair well with a nice Sauvignon Blanc. Why?
The acidity in the wine is opposite from the creamy, smooth sauce and actually subdues and balances both flavors.

In pairing traditional holiday dishes, use the basic concepts above (try on your own first) and if you get stumped here are some cheat notes:

  • Turkey (Dark Meat): Merlot, Zinfandel
  • Turkey (Light Meat) Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Viognier
  • Chicken: Beaujolais, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rioja
  • Lamb: Bordeaux Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
  • Salmon/Seafood/Shellfish: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir
  • Pizza: Bordeaux Blend, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Sauvignon Blanc
  • Macaroni & Cheese: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rioja
  • Hamburgers: Merlot, Rose, Zinfandel, Syrah

Be bold, brave and thankful that your pick does not include the man from Margaux. Simply take that adventurous wine leap believing that your personal palate will always catch you. And even if your palate fails you with the hours of thought you put into that special holiday food and wine pairing, who cares, try again later.

Toss out the old ideas about failure and embrace it as your best friend because, when it comes to wine, there is always another chance to get creative with another even more provocative pairing.


What's your favorite alcoholic beverage? 



A viticulturist, award-winning winemaker, and published author with over 25 years of experience in the wine industry, Paula Moulton has worked with wine talent such as Joel Peterson of Ravenswood Winery, Mike Benziger of Benziger Family Winery, and Jean-Luc Thunevin (Bordeaux's Bad Boy wine). She has appeared on the Today Show, CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, CRN, and other major media outlets as an author and wine industry leader. Moulton holds a BA from U. C. Berkeley in Rhetoric, an AS in viticulture from Santa Rosa Junior College, and a Wine Management degree from Le Cordon Bleu, Paris, France. Learn more about Moulton at www.paulamoulton.com.



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/23/15

Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods - #americasrecipes

When I think about holidays, the thing that comes to mind is food. In my country, we used food and music to celebrate everything! And the food and music is always so good that rich or poor, you always had a great time! And for us poor people, we never missed not having gifts. We are just happy to enjoy a full stomach and relax with friends and dance the night away!

I kept debating what I wanted to do this Christmas season. I wasn't sure what my palate desired coming so close off Thanksgiving, so I sat down with the kids and we decided what to do for the Christmas menu.  They are all excited.

However, it's the meals leading up to Christmas that I want to be short and sweet, with little or NO leftovers!

I'm always having leftovers, I think I remnant from the discipline of cooking for over 50 girls in the orphanage.

Del Monte is a part of our shopping experience at one time or another and I'm sure their products will be on your list to help with your many favorite dishes this Christmas.

Del Monte wanted me to share some very informative information with you and during this process, I decided to make their Skillet Parmesan Chicken, because everything parmesan has suddenly become my favorite!



I recently partnered with Del Monte (the makers of premium canned vegetables and so much more) to share with you some fun stats on what Americans love to eat during the holidays. They just published their Del Monte Comfort Food Index, which ranked the Top 10 Holiday Comfort Foods.

1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
2.  Pie:  82%
3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
5.  Cake:  71%
6.  Casserole:  69%
7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
10.  Cornbread:  60%

Throughout the holiday season, we have pretty much all of these dishes on the menu. My husband is the potato lover around here, while we three tend to go for rice or rolls, but casseroles are always a huge hit too. And ziti has taken over this household!

Now who doesn't love comfort foods? I have to have comfort something during the middle of each month.

My favorite comfort food is pecan pie and ice cream....well it could be ziti...or squash soup. Seriously it's hard to narrow it down! I make good food at home okay!


Going through the Del Monte America’s Recipe site, I discovered some recipes I'd like to try out for this year's feast.

For many of you, the Cheddar Corn Casserole may be the ultimate holiday comfort food. You can also add ham or turkey to it to make it a complete meal.

Another guaranteed holiday hit is Green Bean Casserole. In fact, it's not surprising to hear that 57% of Americans find it comforting and nostalgic to eat green bean casserole. (I'm certainly one of these folks.)

And... Pie. My husband loves his pies because that's how he grew up, so of course I have a ton of recipes for pies to make for him. Del Monte's Peach Slab Pie recipe seems so easy to make, I'm excited to try it! The crust is mixed into the pan, it doesn't get simpler than that.

So, just how important is comfort food during the holidays? Very important. The survey also found:

46% of Americans agree that their family "shows love and comfort through food."
44% of Americans look forward to the food more than presents during the holidays. (YES for me, but the kids are like 60/40 :D)
62% of Americans say that they are "traditional and like to make or eat classic comfort recipes in the same way every year."
>> 38% of Americans say they "like to change things up and prefer modern twists on favorite comfort foods."

Looking for more quick and delicious versions of comfort food? Check out some of my new faves which match the top 10 comfort foods:

1.  Potatoes (mashed or scalloped):  84% (percent who feel "comfort" by eating the food)
>>  Skinny Scalloped Potatoes

2.  Pie:  82%
>>  Peach Slab Pie

3.  Baked goods (cookies & muffins):  81%
>> One Bowl Carrot Oat Muffins

4.  Macaroni & cheese:  75%
>>  The Best Macaroni, Cheese and Peas

5.  Cake:  71%
>>  Individual Mandarin Tin-Can Cakes



6.  Casserole:  69%
>>  Cheddar Corn Casserole
>>  Green Bean Casserole

7.  Stews and hearty soups:  68%
>> Shrimp and Corn Stew

8.  Meatballs (with or without pasta:  65%
>>  Meatball Pasta Bake

9.  Sweet potatoes (mashed or cut):  61%
>>  Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pear, Sage and Browned Butter 

10.  Cornbread:  60%
>>  Golden Sweet Cornbread

Find more of Del Monte's top-rated, family-approved holiday recipes here: Del Monte America’s Recipe site

I'd love to hear which of these recipes you want to add to your holiday dinners! Let me know in the comments below. 


Enjoy the Skillet Parmesan Chicken


Ingredients
2 cans (14.5oz.ea.) Del Monte® No Salt Added Diced Tomatoes, not drained

1 can (8oz.) Del Monte® Tomato Sauce

1 can (14.5oz.) Del Monte® No Salt Added Cut Green Beans, drained

1½ tsps. dried oregano [or 2 Tbsp. fresh oregano], divided

½ tsp. garlic powder

8 oz. dry rotini pasta, (3 cups)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 1/2 lb.

2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese

½ cup finely crushed garlic croutons


Directions

Combine diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, green beans, 1 tsp. oregano, garlic powder and 3/4 cup water in a deep 12-inch skillet. Bring to a boil; add pasta, stir and reduce heat to a simmer.
Place chicken breasts over pasta. Cover and simmer on medium-low heat 10 minutes. Turn chicken and stir pasta. Sprinkle chicken with Parmesan and remaining oregano. Cover and simmer additional 5 to 10 minutes or until pasta is done and chicken is no longer pink inside.
Sprinkle chicken with croutons before serving. Gently stir pasta and season to taste with salt and pepper, if desired.


VARIATION:

GARDEN CHICKEN PARMESAN - Substitute 1 can (14.5 to 15 oz.) Del Monte® Sliced Carrots or Sweet Peas for Green Beans.




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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/20/15

A Christmas To Believe In - #Music For Family

It's December 20 and I should be sleeping, but I'm trying to get chores done. I haven't yet put my tree up. I usually have it up by the first week of December.
I feel non-Christmassy.
But I am going to put it up. My children will decorate it and since Friday was the last day for school and beginning of their Winter break, it works out great.

I can say things have been so very busy and all I want to do is just sit down with my family and rest awhile.

I hope y'all get to enjoy the Christmas holiday with your families.




It's a house full of noise ‘cause the family's all in town
It's an attic full of toys so the kids won't find out
The smell of cookies in the oven, it's a slow dance in the kitchen
Oh, ain't it somethin', it's a Christmas to believe in



It's in the snow making angels, it's a mistletoe kiss
It's an empty seat at the table to remember who we miss
It's a candle light carol, it's a grateful choir singin'
Oh Hark! The Herald, it's a Christmas to believe in

More than just a Merry Christmas
I'm wishing you a Christmas to believe in
Where the moments turn to memories
And years from now you'll close your eyes and see them
More than just another busy season
I'm wishing you a Christmas to believe in

It's a blanket by the fire watching all our favorite movies
“It's A Wonderful Life” in black and white just like it should be
It's Salvation Army bells, hear them ringing to remind us
There's a world that needs our help, may compassion come and find us

Hallelujah, we believe in Christmas

It's grandpa's Bible opened up to Luke Chapter 2
It's the greatest gift of love being born for me and you
It's a heart returning home to the One who is the reason
Every Christmas is a Christmas to believe in
May your Christmas be a Christmas to believe in


Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

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Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
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Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

Steps:
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Aloha


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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NuMe 5-in-1 Lustrum Curling Wand Set #Giveaway - RV$249

How do you like wearing your hair? 
I love a variety of styles that work well for my face. Sometimes curly and sometimes straight. 

Here is your chance to curl away by entering for your chance to win in the NuMe 5-in-1 Lustrum Curling Wand Set #Giveaway - RV$249



This post contains affiliate links. All opinions are my own.



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One lucky reader will receive the Lustrum 5-in-1 Curling Wand Set from NuMe (ARV $249!)

Giveaway begins on 12/20/15 at 1:00 am CST and ends on 1/10/16 at 11:59 pm CST. Must be 18 years or older, open to residents of the US and CANADA only (void where prohibited.) Once confirmed, the winners will be added to the Southern Mom Loves Winner's List.


Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per IP address. All entries will be verified. Void where prohibited by law. Winner will be contacted by email; Please add southernmomloves@gmail.com to your whitelist. NuMe will be responsible for prize delivery to the winner. This giveaway is in no way administered, sponsored, endorsed by, or associated with Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest, or any other social media platform.


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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/19/15

I and Love and You Cat Or Dog Prize Pack #Giveaway!

I am sure your pets are on the gift list. What better way to win them a nice prize!

Here is your chance to put something under the tree for your fluffy by entering the I and Love and You Cat Or Dog Prize Pack #Giveaway!

I and Love and You Prize Pack Giveaway


Prize: Winner's Choice of Cat or Dog I and Love and You Prize Pack


Every one of I and Love and You products has been formulated by their holistic veterinarian to include the optimal combination of complete, whole-food nutrition, freshness, and premium ingredients your pets will wag over. 

They create only the highest quality products because they LOVE keeping your pets healthy.

Dates: 12/19-1/2
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



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Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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Berry Breeze Refrigerator Sanitizer #Giveaway - RV $49.99

I have much leftovers after my cooking sessions, so this kitchen appliance would definitely be great for my use.

I will have to research this appliance very keenly!

Here is your chance to win the Berry Breeze #Giveaway - RV $49.99

Berry Breeze Giveaway


Sponsor: Berry Breeze

Prize: Berry Breeze Refrigerator Sanitizer


BerryBreeze provides an uncomplicated solution to refrigerated food waste, a solution based in science and nature and packaged in efficient technology. 

Activated oxygen (O3) protects the upper atmosphere from radiation and purifies and sanitizes the air in our lower atmosphere. 

In a refrigerator or storage space, activated oxygen neutralizes bacteria, mold and other microbes by inhibiting ethylene gas that triggers decay. 

This keeps food in a “living” stage – on average, two to three times longer than normal – and staying fresh and odor-free.

Dates: 12/19-1/2
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.


Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/15/15

Christmas In Kilarney Or Our Household - #Music #Christmas

I am sweating! It's high 70s here all the time! It's like late summer in winter! I do not get it. Last year this time we were freezing and having frozen stuff.

I even thought that I might need a real boot this time, since I only wear regular shoes during winter!

Why should I complain eh? At least it's warm :)


I hope y'all are enjoying your weather.

We are busy all weekend and about to be busy from sun up to sun down tomorrow Sunday, so there goes the weekend without a day of rest. AGAIN!!!

And welcome to your Monday and dancing! I might be napping or something. We'll see.

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Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

CONGRATULATIONS to this week's spotlight dancer!

Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
Spotlight Dancers
Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

Steps:
1. Visit YouTube (or other) and get your music for the theme of the week
2. Grab our "Monday's Music Moves Me" button (above) 
3. Add your post to the linky - follow the hosts and grab our buttons. Leave a note so we can follow you back
4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 







Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/14/15

I Am Not Alone In This Accident Before Thanksgiving With Family - #Music Soothe

I can't even tell if I"m exhausted or not. We just drove in yesterday afternoon from Montana. It was quite a trip.

We visited with family for the Thanksgiving. It was more for all the children and spouses and cousins to be in the very same place to celebrate with their father/grandfather who is ill.

It was amazing to get so many people in the very same place at the same time.
I'm glad we were able to go, even though in the beginning,  I was thinking, staying home alone and with quiet sounded much more relaxing and less stressful.

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Back to our single family reality. The Friday, November 20, before we left, I was in a vehicle accident. I still cannot understand why we are alive. We were hit straight to the side BAM! The driver door and passenger door behind the driver seat, cannot open or shut. My son was with me.
We are okay. But for a bit of headache that eventually went away.

All week, all I can do is replay it in my mind over and over and over and constantly and I cannot for the life of me, understand why I didn't do the normal things I ALWAYS take caution to do and even talk to my children about how important they are while driving.
I should have looked again. And I should have signalled.

It's my husband's truck. I think he is grieving because he does love the truck. When he came to the scene, he seemed so sad and almost angry.
I didn't get a hug or anything until awhile later when it was all wrapped up and we drove home.

Plus that was the vehicle that was serviced and ready to take us on the long trip to Montana. So I can only imagine his disappointment.

He did say, he wished it was the car (we have a very old car), but I said, if it was the car, we would have been dead.....quite possibly.
If my son was not with me, I'd wish it was the car too. Just so he could have had his truck.

It's amazing how quickly he jumped in to re-plan everything. Talking to the insurance company, arranging a rental car for our trip and all the other little details, I'd have floundered over. I hope insurance will cover the fix and also ensure we have a rental for him to use, even though our trip is over.

I am thankful for his help and care.

Sometimes, I wonder if I'm in the afterlife, but then I realize, the afterlife is not like this life, so it would be different.
It's just so hard to believe we were not hurt or killed. It was such a terribly hard hit. I think my brain jiggled.

Anyway, now to do insurance and ensure medical help for the others if they have other hurts. Which they did say no, and then have changed their minds.

I think our premiums will go up. I hate that.

I simply wish I was working to help with this situation. I feel boarded down and rather helpless.

And I'm still so hard on myself. Me the super cautious driver. I just can't understand why I didn't look again....signalled...just can't shake it from my mind.

What control does one really have over life and it's circumstances.

I will simply try to be thankful that we are alive and that we can help with insurance and medical needs.

I will simply try to be thankful.  But something feels very odd to me and I just can't grasp it or explain it.


Do share how your Thanksgiving was.

Enjoy the new week and feel it's blessings.

*HUGS*




When I walk through deep waters
I know that You will be with me
When I'm standing in the fire
I will not be overcome
Through the valley of the shadow
I will not fear

I am not alone
I am not alone
You will go before me
You will never leave me

In the midst of deep sorrow
I see Your light is breaking through
The dark of night will not overtake me
I am pressing into You
Lord, You fight my every battle
And I will not fear

You amaze me
Redeem me
You call me as Your own

You're my strength
You're my defender
You're my refuge in the storm
Through these trials
You've always been faithful
You bring healing to my soul


Maybe I can do that eh....

Welcome to today's music.  I hope Monday find you with a smile and music to begin your week with light steps. 
I'm always coming to visit everyone on the linky so don't worry if I'm a bit late! 

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Don't forget to visit the spotlight dancer in the #1 spot. Soon it might be your turn.  And also Sign Our 4M's Social Network Help Linky!
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Thank you for visiting and I'll visit you soon! 

Hosts: 
Marie @XmasDolly
Cohost:
Colette @JamericanSpice
Naila Moon / Michelle - Just The Stuff Ya Know
Cathy Kennedy Is taking a hiatus as co-host, but will still be dancing with us.

Honorary Co-host: Thank you Becca and Welcome Danielle - Royalegacy

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4. Visit each other and leave a comment or whatever you want to do to let them know you were there. See if they have the same music style as you. Enjoy the music! 


Aloha!

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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12/13/15

$100 Sears Gift Card #Giveaway

Christmas is coming up and who wouldn't want to have a hundred dollars to go splurging somewhere! Gift me. I'll take it!

What would you get if you win?

If I had a hundred dollars from Sears, I'd definitely try to get a dresser or desk for my son to own. His room really need a desk for studies and just the regular things you use one for.

With all his legos and crafts, I think this craft table would be great for him! I'd want it in a different color though. Maybe I sea blue.
And maybe, just maybe there would be floor space to walk on! But surely one day I will get him a desk. I already bought a neat little one for my daughter with my first paycheck.

Come and enter the $100 Sears Gift Card #Giveaway for your chance to splurge!

Sears $100 Gift Card Giveaway


Sponsor: Sears & Shop at Home

Prize: $100 Sears Gift Card
Dates: 12/13-12/27
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!



Disclosure: JamericanSpice did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.



Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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