American Pride and Pumpkin Pie

Annah Elizabeth Family, Fave, Happiness, Happy Happens ™ Leave a Comment

“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” ~ W.J. Cameron Journeyer, as I reflect on last week, the one designated for “Giving Thanks,” I can’t help but ponder Cameron’s quote above. For many of us, the act of giving thanks takes place in the kitchen where we bake pies, baste turkeys, break out the fine china, and then nearly …

Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Mental Health, Parenting 2 Comments

It’s been a full week, Journeyer, and this weekend finds Warren and me on the road, again. Parent’s Weekend gave us a good excuse to visit our last little birdie to leave the nest…a trip that gave me opportunity (and akin to permission) to hug my boy and see with my own eyes that he is indeed eating and keeping …

The Hot & Cold of It

Annah Elizabeth Family, Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Parenting, The Five Facets Philosophy on Healing ™ Leave a Comment

Happy Monday, Journeyer! As is the way with back-to-school, last week seems like a whirlwind gone by. Extra work hours trying to organize student seat assignments, assemble student rosters and pour over the data to become as familiar with the new names and faces as quickly as possible… Toss in a few counseling appointments and several writing prompts to add …

Taking Shape

Annah Elizabeth Beauty, Fave, Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Travel 1 Comment

Happy Tuesday, Journeyer! I hope you had a nice holiday weekend with family and friends! I started out my week with a lunch date with Beauty. She’s twenty-one and has been doing what healthy teenagers and young adults need to do…finding herself. It’s odd how all too often the finding of oneself includes the pushing away of those that love …

Family Momentum III

Annah Elizabeth Beauty, Big Guy, Family, Fave, Happiness, Parenting, Travel Leave a Comment

LET FREEDOM RING! That is the first thing that comes to mind when I think about pulling away from Big Guy’s new home for the next four years. Let freedom ring for him. Let freedom ring for Warren and me. Don’t get me wrong. I love my children with every fiber I have, but I have always considered my role …

Gems

Annah Elizabeth Big Guy, Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Marriage, Mental Health, Parenting, Spirituality, Travel Leave a Comment

A few precious gems from this week that fed my happy organ… We loaded up Big Guy’s belongings and headed out on the next chapter of his life… We had a delicious night out to commemorate Big Guy’s big move… I spotted these glorious flowers at the Wegman’s  we stopped at to buy a few dorm room goodies…Aren’t the colors …

The Life

Annah Elizabeth Beauty, Fave, Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Travel 2 Comments

Journeyer…have you ever felt like you were living “the life?” You know the one…that expression “She’s living the life of her dreams!” or “He’s living the high life!” That’s sort of how last week presents itself when I look back at the photos and notes I jotted down for this Happy Happens column. As usual, I am short on time …

Family and Fireworks

Annah Elizabeth Happiness, Happy Happens ™, Mental Health, Parenting 2 Comments

Happy Monday, Journeyer! This past week has been filled with family and fireworks, and even a sideshow of the two combined, if you get my drift. My family and I were able to spend some quiet time where we slowly moved from whatever moved us in any given moment; a nice respite from the crazy and hectic comings and goings that …

I Remember

Annah Elizabeth Happy Happens ™, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting 2 Comments

Dear  Journeyer, Today is a special day on so, so many levels! Most of you know it simply as Mother’s Day. But for some of us, it is so much more… …a more that is equally complicated, courageous, saddening, maddening, underwhelming and overwhelming… Though I’m not surprised, I hadn’t expected the outpouring of sharing that began after The Grief Toolbox …

What Kind of Mother Has No Child?

Annah Elizabeth Child Loss, Grief, Loss, Grief, and Healing, Parenting, The Five Facets of Healing ™ 6 Comments

Two of my cards are in the mail, the third is filled out and waiting for Warren to read. Radio stations are running contests while television commercials are packed with everything from flowers to chocolate to fine jewelry. Everyone wants us to remember our mothers, to pay tribute to women everywhere, females who know what that classroom is all about… …