Monday, April 30, 2018

Life Changing Inspirations from One Author (Part 2 of 5)

     Featuring: A. Adams Jones, Author

 

(This post was created on: June 15, 2016 and originally published at
 Reflections Beneath the Poetz Tree)


In recognition of the author who inspired so many changes in my life five years ago...
here's a re-post from 2013.


  PLUS links to A. Adams Jones
 books and video synopsis. 
  


Blind Innocence
My five-year-old's recommendation for our trip to the park set into motion a series of events that I never could have foreseen.  There were too many factors involved in what transpired following this visit to believe in simple coincidences.  Something bigger was at work here.  Yes, I ultimately made decisions.  However, if I had known about the consequences, I may have played my cards quite differently.   Sometimes, you just have to take that trip, see those sights, and experience the sensations that accompany the journey. 


Following my introduction to A. Adams Jones, author and publisher of the debut book "Blind Innocence", I began to realize how pressured the past eighteen months had been.  Once again I had been left to raise three children alone (after a brief attempt by their father to reunite everyone in Atlanta, Georgia), survived a horrific car accident where someone slammed into my car as I was stopped at a red light - pushing me into the car in front of me (thank God the children were not in the car at the time), re-entered the work force as a teacher, lost my apartment and moved into an extended stay hotel, and struggled to deal with some very challenging group dynamics in my classroom. 


One day at work, after another stressful situation arose, I decided that it was time to take a break from all the chaos and  reclaim my spirit.  There is only so much a human can physically and emotionally tolerate before you realize you're headed to the zoo.  I submitted a leave request to my Center Director.  I had hoped that since we had college students returning to help, the room would have adequate coverage in my absence.  I was advised that I may not have the Lead Infant Teacher position available upon my return if enrollments increased, but was assured that something would be available.  I was told, "We are going to honor your request."  Since the Director was also a single mom of three, I felt like she understood I needed to take my children to see their Dad.  They hadn't seen him in eighteen months.  Their behaviors indicated to me that it was time that they went for a visit.


My plan seemed sound.  I spent the first day of my vacation updating Developmental Milestones folders for each child from my classroom.  I organized important forms and other paperwork that the staff would need in my absence.  I left all of my personal resources including books and activities so the infants could continue to enjoy them.   The following day I delivered the files to the school and left numbers where I could be reached.  The vacation pay I expected would be just enough to fund my return trip.  Everything seemed to be set for my road trip too. 


With a well packed car, directions, a map, and snacks, my three children and I set out on our adventure. We crossed five states and drove from Smyrna, Georgia to Colorado Springs, Colorado in two days.  (I have always love to travel.)  This time I did it with three children.  We had a blast!  The visit with their dad went well and I was sure I had done the right thing.  My first hint that all was not well  with my plan came when my bank account failed to show my vacation time had been paid.  Never assume people will do the right thing.  You'd think I would learn after all this time.  Yet I continue to trust, believe, and see the good in people.  Sometimes to my detriment .  This turned out to be one of those times.  Next Posting... Moving Forward - Part III        


PARTS I and II Now Available


Blind Innocence ebook by A. Adams Jones
Blind INNOCENCE II - AFTER THE STORM ebook by A. Adams Jones 



Wishing A.Adams Jones and all of her talented family of authors
Much Success!




Friday, April 27, 2018

Life Changing Inspirations from One Author (Part I of 5)


 Featuring: A. Adams Jones, Author

 

(This post was created on: May 26, 2016 and originally published at
 Reflections Beneath the Poetz Tree)


In recognition of the author who inspired so many changes in my life five years ago...
here's a re-post from 2013.


  PLUS links to A. Adams Jones
 books and video synopsis. 



Blind Innocence


  

How I ended up back in Colorado
 Written by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
 
I am once again in a situation where I need to be reminded of all the wonderful, unexpected moments that occur in my life.  These moments of inspiration allow me to grab a rope as I dangle from a precipice so I can pull myself up.  First a little back story:  Two months ago, I announced to my three children that we would go to the park.  It was a Saturday.  My plan was to take them to the playground so they could burn off some excess energy .  My five-year-old, Sebastien, excitedly told me, "Mommy, let's go to that big park by Walmart."  I hadn't thought about going to Tremore Park, but something told me that we should go there. 


I had originally thought we could go to Rhyne Park, closer to home near their school.  It was not meant to happen.  So even as storm clouds threatened to release their burden upon us, I ushered my three pumpkin-headed monkeys (a term of endearment I coined just for them) into our mini-van and proceeded toward our destination.   Minutes later, we pulled into a parking space and I released my little wild ones onto an unsuspecting playground.  Several other parents had the same idea.  We all hoped the rain would wait while the children unleashed their pent up energies. 


As I watched my "free-range" kinder dash from climbing walls to swings to monkey bars, I noticed that the nearby covered picnic pavilion was buzzing with activity.  It looked like a family had reserved the space for a celebration - a birthday perhaps.  Several adults made a path from their cars to the pavilion with large, covered aluminum pans filled with food.  A grill was started and soon the aroma of cooked burgers and hot dogs filled the air.  Someone decorated the pavilion with balloons and posters.   My stomach grumbled.


In my haste to get the children to the park, I had forgotten to eat.  I could handle that.  What I feared was that the heavenly scent of fresh-grilled meat would reach my always-ready-for-more-food children and the whining would ensue.  I held my breath and waited for the moment one of them would come to me and begin the litany of "Mommy I want a Happy Meal, I am hungry, I need something to eat, etc..."  Usually this was released in the style of a Gregorian Chant - only more annoying and much less relaxing.  Anyone who is on a tight budget can attest to the fact that there is nothing happy about a "Happy Meal."  It's way too expensive, not very nutritious, and the toys are usually a starting point for terrific arguments.


Turns out I didn't have to wait very long before one of the kids asked when we could get something to eat.  The drizzle of rain and the requests were simultaneous.  I decided that we'd wait a few minutes since my children wouldn't melt or waste away anytime soon.  During my wait, a young man from the picnic pavilion walked over to me and handed me a post card style invitation.  That buzz of activity wasn't a birthday party.  It was a Book Signing for New Author and Publisher A. Adams Jones for her book "Blind Innocence."  The gentleman invited me and others on the playground to attend the book signing and enjoy free food.  Wow!  I had a choice to make.  Should I go ahead and  meet the author?


I had no money with me that day.  We were between paydays and I needed to take the kids home to cook dinner.  The rain was beginning to come down with more intensity.  I waited to see if anyone else would go first.  But nobody stepped forward.  I am not the most outgoing individual, but I do have three very entertaining and confident children who often "force" me out of my comfort zone to do the unthinkable.  And there was that opportunity to feed them right there.  I took a leap of faith and walked over to the author and introduced myself and my three children.  I learned that her book was based on a true story and I found myself drawn to her kind spirit as we spoke.


A.Adams Jones took time to talk to me and to my children as a videographer documented this stop in her book signing tour.  For some reason, it touched my heart and gave me hope that I too could write about my experiences in a way that might encourage people and help them through rough times in their lives.  She was encouraging and even gave me a signed copy of her book with an offer to call her if I ever needed to talk or pray.  I was especially grateful for the book since I had no funds with me at the time.  My children were so comfortable around everyone that they ended up making friends, eating well, and having another great family moment to add to their history.


That day was significant in many ways.  It jump started my interest in writing about my own trials as I struggle to raise my little family, forgive past transgressions, and move forward spiritually, emotionally, and in my career choices.  I never could have foreseen how that day would impact future decisions. My "inspirations" ultimately caused me to lose my job and end up stranded in another state with my three children.  Yet I am convinced there was a purpose behind the events on that day.  Next posting...Consequences and Resolutions.  You don't want to miss this one!


PARTS I and II Now Available 




Blind Innocence ebook by A. Adams Jones
Blind INNOCENCE II - AFTER THE STORM ebook by A. Adams Jones



  Book Signing Schedule

Author A.Adams Jones will be in Atlanta, GA
 This Weekend!


 04/27/2018 
 Nubian Bookstore
1540 Southlake Pkwy. Morrow, GA
12:00 - 7:00 P.M.




04/28/2018
Medu Bookstore - Greenbriar Mall
2841 Grenbriar Pkwy SW
2:00 - 8:00 P.M.
  

04/29/2018
Tumlin Park
(Includes books from A.Adams Jones PLUS her Family)
400 Chestnut Hill Rd.
Marietta, GA


She then returns home to Harlem, N.Y.
where fans and supporters will be waiting!



Wishing A.Adams Jones and all of her talented family of authors
Much Success!











Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dear Humans on the Road

Dear Humans with whom I share the privilege of driving each day, 
Please accept my apologies for the following comments, 
lightly dusted with sweet sarcasm. Enjoy!


Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom


1. I tend to stop at all red lights prior to turning right. It's not something I made up just to make you irritated while you are on your way to work. I'll assume that the kind gesture you offered as you zoomed past me was a "Hey, girl. How ya doin?" 


2. When there is a shirt load of construction going on as I try to exit my building, it can be difficult to see around the gates, cones, and barricades that have been erected. Additionally, I need to watch out for the students who need to cross the 4 lane road to get to school across from my exit. When I finally see some clearance and have my turn signals on, that is NOT a sign for you to speed up, hug my arse, and honk that I have gotten in your way. (Yes, I intentionally spelled arse that way.)


3. When I need to change lanes to avoid missing my exit, I would appreciate it if you took notice, stopped tailing the cars so closely it is impossible to merge into traffic, and did not take it as a personal challenge to compete with me for road space. I have enough challenges without that extra stress.


4. Pay attention. PLEASE! Get off your cell phones and just...DRIVE! I'm tired of watching out for you as you swerve into my lane. 


Finally, please help me understand how honking at me and showing me your "special" communication finger is making the world better, safer, kinder? 


This post is dedicated to the wonderful people who provided three horn honks and two finger gestures this week. (And it's only Tuesday.)







Now...Go buy something nice for your mamas!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Ten Fabulous Gift Ideas for Moms 2018 ~ Page 1


Happy Mother's Day 2018


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My skin decided to be extreme during my pregnancies. Skin that was previously clear and smooth became less silky and I had more breakouts. Additionally, the presence of stretch marks became more visible as my belly expanded to accommodate our developing little "snuggle" c. 2001 (a term of endearment given by my husband.)

Pregnancy is the perfect time to embrace the benefits of high quality skin care.  Looking your best and taking care of your body is a fabulous way to feel confident, promote healthy habits, and develop a special routine that will encourage you to take time for relaxation and meditation.  

The Spoiled Mama has a beautiful selection of toxin-free, organic, high quality skin care products for before, during, and after pregnancy!  You will also be surprised to find a Happy Mornings Tea To Help Morning Sickness. This is perfect for alleviating nausea regardless of what time of day it hits.  Discover the best  nipple creams (Fix that Sucker Nipstick Nipple Cream for Sore Nipples) for breast feeding moms, calming and hydrating body wash (Luxe-Mama Calming and Hydrating Pregnancy Safe Body Wash), and Mama's More Milk Please Tea to Increase Milk Supply


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The Willow Tree is one of my absolute favorite gift selections when it comes to acknowledging special moments, poignant memories, and milestones.  There are so many beautiful works of art available and I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity!  I will never forget receiving my first Willow Tree piece, and I am confident that you too will find a special tribute to your loved one.  
Willow Tree Art is a gift that will be received with a happy heart.  




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 I have thoroughly enjoyed writing this for all of you, and I hope you will share how you like to remember your special day.
Wishing everyone a beautiful weekend filled with adventures,
and plenty of resources to cope with whatever challenges you will encounter.

Much Love,



Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom



 

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Search for Significance in Prayer


 Here is something I have been wanting to share
 since my father passed away on 03/14/2018 this year.


We called this the "Papa Shack" where my father kept many of the books he read, including those related to theology and prayer.  
We keep finding prayer cards everywhere.
Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom


Our family recently decided to participate in a school related prayer rotation in honor of my father, Bella’s grandfather, who died on 03/14/2018.  Each family who participates adds a note to the prayer journal.  I added the following comments today, and tomorrow will pass the book on to the next family.  
This is a beautiful tradition. 


Copyright 2018 World of Writer Mom


Our family made an emergency trip to Georgia when I found out my father was in the hospital. I truly believe the Holy Spirit spoke to my heart and advised me to get there with the children without delay. We made it in 2 days by car.  Less than 2 weeks after receiving the news that my father had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer that had metastasized, my father transitioned from this world into the arms of Jesus.  The moments we shared while being present for my mother and father during that time were some of the most precious times we had spent together as a family.   

Our family met with the parish priest to discuss funeral arrangements. He asked each family member, from wife to children to grandchildren, to send him our thoughts regarding my father’s life and the impact he had in this world.  I’d like to share my contribution with you. (Some minor editing has been done to create this post.)


Dear Father,

Please consider these thoughts regarding my father and the grandfather of Isabella, Nathan, and Sebastien for your homily during my father's funeral mass.

My father taught us to be faithful and encouraged us to embrace the power of prayer.  Our earliest memories involved us praying together as a family.  We gathered together for meal time prayer and every evening before bedtime. Our night prayer involved praying for every family member and for the souls of those who had already departed from this world.  Everyone was included.  By praying for family members who had passed, he was in a way preparing all of us for the time when our earthly existence would come to an end.  This is something I have shared with my own children.

Dad also began a tradition of blessing each of us with the sign of the cross on our foreheads at bedtime and whenever we were getting ready to leave after a visit. It was a symbol of his faith and one of the gifts he bestowed upon us even when he was ill in the hospital.  I treasure the moment each of us was able to bless him with the sign of the cross on his forehead, place a kiss on him, and touch the arms that had held us and hugged us, as we watched him prepare for his transition from this world into the arms of Jesus.  How can such a moment be so sad, sweet, and hopeful at the same time? 

I am confident that my father changed the world for the best. By planting the seeds of faith in each of us, teaching us to accept and embrace people even if they have differing views, and showing faith in action, my father left a legacy that encourages and challenges all of us to reach out to those in need.  It is up to all of us now to plant, grow, and nurture the traditions of faith that might lead others home to Jesus too.  Each of us have gifts and talents that are meant to serve as strategies for faith in action. 

My father had special gifts in musical performance, conducting, teaching, and discussing religion.  He never turned away anyone who came to our door to talk about their faith.  The day after he passed, two young people came to our door to invite us to their church.  I spoke with them and remarked how incredible it was that they had chosen the day after my father was called home to visit.  I spoke with them about my father's faith and how he loved discussing theology.  I encouraged them to take that story with them, hold it in their hearts, and remember they are making a difference every time they extend an invitation of faith. I thought to myself, "Thank you, Dad, for giving me this opportunity to speak with them on your behalf. You made a difference even after your death."

When I was a child, my parents had a large rosary hanging over their bed. It glowed in the dark and made me feel so safe and secure. If I had a nightmare, I knew I could find my way to my parent's room by looking for that rosary.  I believe that God lead my father past the pain he was experiencing in the same way. Although we will miss my father's physical presence in our lives, his spirit will always be with us.

Here are some things my children wanted me to include:

Always a loving person, my grandfather taught me how to stand strong in the waves even when you didn't know where the current was going. To literally go with the flow. While I will never forget our inside jokes, the ongoing screech of his lullabies, or his constant smirks at the dumb stuff our family would do; the one thing there is to remember was the humble hearted man who taught me to just be. (Isabella)
 
I've known Grandpa all of my life.  He was a quiet person, but he had his sweet, funny personality and the warped sense of humor that my family knows and loves.  I never really knew what Grandpa did until I got older and could understand better. I was AMAZED. That's my Grandpa?  I have a pretty cool Grandpa.  He played instruments, conducted, was in the Army, and he studied hard for so many things.  The best part of all was how humble he was.  He never bragged or talked much about his accomplishments, but I know he would have appreciated being acknowledged.  I love my Grandpa and my entire family.  He left behind a legacy that will live on, and I thank him for that.  Thank You for being my sponsor for baptism and confirmation. We all love you Donald/Grandpa.  May you rest in heaven in the hands of God. (Nathan)
 
I had a really hard time seeing Grandpa so sick.  I love him and appreciate the funny things he said to us.  The last joke I told him was the one that made him laugh the hardest before he got so sick.  When I was three I said, "Why did the chicken cross the road?"  He asked why.  I said, "To slap the fish."  The way I said it was so funny that it became one of our stories.  I am glad I inherited his trait of being left handed and also his sense of humor.  It makes us special.   (Sebastien)
 
Father, we know you can't include all of this, but we hope it will help you understand a little more about our Dad.  We greatly appreciate that you took time to speak with us last Friday, and we look forward to hearing you speak at Dad's funeral. If there is anything else I can do to be helpful, please let me know.

Kindest Regards,
Mary

Our family looks forward to hosting the prayer rotation again soon, as a reminder that living a prayerful life is an important part of our contribution to our family, friends, and community.  My father lived this way throughout his life, and I am grateful that he taught us how to pray.  Even now, my mother continues to find evidence of my father’s daily prayers.  He had hand written pray cards throughout the house, including on his treadmill where he ran and apparently prayed for all of us. 

Lovingly,
World of Writer Mom



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