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‘the keeper’

Sometimes when we read someone else’s words they hit you deep down in your guts directly to your soul, these words did exactly that.  They paused me.  They made me remember my job, “the keeper

I had bracelets made for both my kids, I wear my sons, one day I’ll give it to him but for know I am the keeper of the message “ain’t no mountain high, no valley low” the song I played them so much during a very hard time in our lives, the divorce.  We are years passed that now, however, old wounds die hard and long sometimes so it is just a reminder that through it all, good and bad, they could always count on their keeper

It certainly is the little things that we know to keep this lil sailboat  sailing like a Viking battleship ​

One of our silly videos to fully embraced our motto ​



“I am the keeper.

I am the keeper of schedules. Of practices, games, and lessons. Of projects, parties, and dinners. Of appointments and homework assignments. 

I am the keeper of information. Who needs food 5 minutes before a meltdown occurs and who needs space when he gets angry. Whether there are clean clothes, whether bills are paid, and whether we are out of milk. 

I am the keeper of solutions. Of bandaids and sewing kits and snacks in my purse. But also of emotional balms and metaphorical security blankets. 

I am the keeper of preferences. Of likes and dislikes. Of nightly rituals and food aversions. 

I am the keeper of reminders. To be kind, to pick up their trash, to do their dishes, to do their homework, to hold open doors and write thank you notes.

I am the keeper of rituals and memories. Of pumpkin patches and Easter egg hunts. I am the taker of pictures, the collector of special ornaments, and the writer of letters. 

I am the keeper of emotional security. The repository of comfort, the navigator of bad moods, the holder of secrets and the soother of fears. 

I am the keeper of the peace. The mediator of fights, the arbiter of disputes, the facilitator of language, the handler of differing personalities.

I am the keeper of worry. Theirs and my own. 

I am the keeper of the good and the bad, the big and the small, the beautiful and the hard. 

Most of the time, the weight of these things I keep resembles the upper elements on the periodic table – lighter than air, buoying me with a sense of purpose.

But sometimes the weight of the things I keep pulls me down below the surface until I am kicking and struggling to break the surface and gasp for breath.

Because these things I keep are constantly flickering in the back of my brain, waiting to be forgotten. They scatter my thoughts and keep me awake long past my bedtime.

Because all these things I keep are invisible, intangible. They go unnoticed and unacknowledged until they are missed. They are not graded or peer reviewed or ruled on by a court. And sometimes they are taken for granted. 

My husband and my boys are kind and generous and they love me hard. And this is by far the greatest job I have ever had. But sometimes being the Keeper is exhausting. Because you feel like you’re doing it alone. 

So to all of you who are keepers, I see you. 

I know the weight of the things you keep. 

I know the invisible work you do, which doesn’t come with a pay check or sick leave, is what makes the world go round. 

I see you.

And I salute you.”

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Crazy little thing called love: the one who holds my heart


How to begin?  Let’s call him “Troy”. He knows what It means.  Maybe I should start going backwards…

Making dinner I always play music, today I hit go on my playlist and when the song  “All of me” by John Legend was over, I say outloud to no one in particular “wouldn’t it be nice if that was true in life ?”   I then hear “but it is how I feel” I did respond  but he wasn’t paying attention.  Hmm..he assumed the opposite.

Since the day I met “Troy” , I couldn’t quite put my finger on it, I believe I have now.  He reminds me of my daddy.  A southern man who wears his heart on his sleeve, caring, kind, yet protective & strong, ready to be my rock  He is smart, handsome, loving, willing to move heaven & earth for me. He is a role model for both my son and my daughter, showing them exactly  how a man should act.  He filled the void their father left, so easily, many noticed exactly how easy.  Wondering why he only had one child when he was married because he clearly loves children.  He puts us first, I don’t doubt it one bit, I haven’t ever.

I hope by reading this he understands exactly what was said after  that song because I didn’t repeat it earlier, “it would be nice to have it happen the first time around in life, not the second” as yes, I did wave my pasta fork saying I should hit him upside the head for assuming I didn’t agree with him!  I love you to the moon & back, got it bonehead??


Thanks to my little lady for drawing us perfectly!