Tuesday, July 27, 2010

What Happened To Your Giveaways?

If you are a loyal reader, you have probably noticed I have far less giveaways then usual. You may think I have been neglecting my blog lately *gasp*, but it is not on purpose. I think about you blogging almost all day, everyday. Here is a little glimpse into my daily life and actions regarding blogging:

Excuse me if this post appears scattered. I originally intended to organize my thoughts into two categories: life and blogging. However, since blogging is a part of my life and my life effects my blogging, it is nearly impossible to keep the two completely separate.

I think it’s safe to say my biggest problem right now is time. Lately, I just don’t seem to have enough of it. I thought summers were supposed to be a lazy time, a time to relax and spend tons of quality down time? Somehow, I missed out on that opportunity. I have been extremely busy tending to family matters while still trying to find a moment to sleep.

sick_energizer_bunny_at_hospital In regards to the family matters, everyone in the household recently suffered from bronchitis, and/ or an upper respiratory infection. My toddler also broke out in a mysterious rash, which is finally clearing up. Everyone is feeling better physically, however emotionally, I am drained.

The reason behind my emotional turmoil is the constant fear and worrying about my mother. To make a long story short – she is an alcoholic who has made many mistakes in regards to breaking the law by drinking and driving. Not only do I worry about her, but I worry about the long term impact her mistakes will have on my son (her only grandchild) along with constantly worrying about other drivers and pedestrians who may cross her path.

At the present time, we are awaiting her court date to find out the judge’s decision. With her prior drinking/driving record and complete disregard to follow the requirements as assigned by the judge, we expect a jail sentence of no less than 5 years. I know in my heart she will never learn. I’m completely torn. On one hand, I know the best thing for the community as well as my mother is to sit in jail. She won’t learn, but at least I can sleep soundly at night without worrying whether or not she will end the lives of an innocent family. On the other hand, I wish she would be required to complete a rehab program or be sentenced to jail if she does not comply. This way, my son would have his given right to know his grandmother.

giveaway_shopping_bags_LOGO My blogging is limited to night hours. I am a stay at home mother to a two-year old, and spend the days with my son. Bedtime comes at 8:00-8:30pm, and that’s when I hop online. Most nights I am online doing something blog related until 2-5am. Then, I’m up at 7am. I have been very busy working on the Fit For Fall blog event I’m co-hosting with two other wonderful women. I feel like I’m constantly going all of the time. All I can think about is how tired I am. My batteries have run out of juice, and I’m pushing through to make it through another day.

Honestly, I  did not intend on going into so many personal details, but I wanted to explain my lack of posts and I wanted to be open and honest with you – my loyal readers. With that being said, I have several great giveaways coming up including gift certificates, food, clothing, jewelry, gifts and much more. I hope my lack of giveaways has not deterred you as I truly value each and every one of you.

What are you are doing this summer?

Do you have any big plans? Vacations?

What are you doing to keep the kiddos busy? I’m curious to know what you are doing as well!



  1. You have your plate full! I said a little prayer for you and your mom. Hang in there.

  2. Thank you for your support Hannah. I really do appreciate it. The power of prayer can be a miraculous thing. :) That's one thing one can never have to many of!

  3. I know exactly where you are coming from. My Dad was on house arrest for a DUI for my first marriage. My brother had to give me away. You don't want her to go to jail...because that's your Mom but logic says that is probably the only solution. My heart goes out to you. You should probably just try to get a good night's sleep :)

  4. You are definately being pulled in a million directions. Take care of you and your family first and the rest will fall into place. Hugs!

  5. ::huggles:: You're in my thoughts. I really hope it all works out.

  6. "real" life always comes before blogging or anything else online.

    I appreciate you giving us background, not b/c I care that there have been less giveaways, but b/c I like to read blogs to know people and not just get free stuff.

    I will keep you in my thoughts. I hope for the best for your mother. I know how hard it can be to live with an alcoholic parent.

  7. JEN YOU ROCK. I can totally vouch for your busy life. Your family and their health comes first, for sure. I know all the great giveaways you have coming up in your Fit For Fall event. WHOOO HOOOO look out everyone GIVEAWAY CENTRAL AUG. 15th. Take care woman. :)

  8. Awww (((JEN))) I totally feel for you. While I am not a stay-at-home mom I feel like I work two full time jobs (accountant by day and mom to a rambuctios 3 year old when I get home) and have recently taken up blogging which like you doesn't start until about 9:00 pm. I am also dealing with family health issues. Please take care of yourself and your family first, we'll be here waiting for you when things settle down!



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