The Love of a Family

Where do I go to find companionship?
Am I left drifting and alone?
Reaching out has always burned me in the past;
Don’t really know what to do…
For this moment, we are here
And here we shall stay.
My sister, my brother
I know it has been hard;
Love and acceptance
You will find aplenty.

This poem is dedicated to the River Bend Young Single Adult Ward in Utah and how I felt while I was there. The only sad thing about moving for me is the fact that I can’t take all of these wonderful people with me.


Awaiting Acceptance

In May I was honored to be given one of my first blog awards since I started blogging in earnest. I was surprised, pleasantly so, as I enjoy writing, but had no experience with how awards were given or if there were ones for something other than challenges. (The first award was because I entered a challenge for a Halloween story.)

After reading through the requirements for accepting the award (which were very easy to understand and I sometimes wonder why I was so confused about them before (chuckles)) I realized that it would take me a bit of time to accept the award. Not because I couldn’t meet them, but because at the time I was having issues with how to put certain things up on my blog. Once I’d gotten that done, other things in my life started happening in a domino-like action throughout my recent life.

One of the requirements for acceptance was giving the award to others who you feel deserve it and I feel that I need to do this while I still have the time. (Because something always seems to come up if I let it sit for a bit.)

I was presented with the award from eclectic odds n sods.

So here is the award and it’s rules:

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So, the rules are pretty easy for this one. If you do accept the award then:

  • Include the Award icon in your post and/or on your blog;
  • Add the link of the award presenter’s blog who awarded you & thank them
  • Give 3 examples of things you would like to see changed in the world
  • Present the  award  to 5 blogs that you enjoy (preferably those who haven’t already received this award);
  • Notify the awardees by leaving a comment on their blog  and link their blogs on your post; and
  • (optional, hey you know me by now right??) Donate the equivalent of $10 to a charity of your choice (optional because I can not check it, however it would be HIGHLY appreciated

The things that I would like to see changed in the world:

  1. Better opportunities for homeless children/adults.
  2. Better ‘help you back on your feet’ programs that ease you off of the help instead of dumping you the second you might be regaining your balance, causing you to either promptly fall flat on your face or become dependent to the ‘dole.’
  3. Governments that are responsible with the money that taxpayers contribute to the running of their country, etc. (i.e. – put that money back where it came from or so help me)
  4. Fresh water available for everyone regardless of where.

And without further ado (I love that word for some reason…ado…), here are my nominees:

Familial Friends

He hadn’t been in her life very long.

Well, ‘very long’ didn’t mean quite the same thing to her as it did to him, but that wasn’t the point.

The point was, Mary hadn’t known Alex even nearly as long as some of her ‘short term’ friends or acquaintances back home, but he was already a very important part of her life. So that meant that his opinions were also very important to her.

“I can’t believe you said yes!”

Of course, he was also prone to overreacting in some cases, and she hadn’t quite learned how to calm him down quickly enough for her tastes.


“You barely even know him!”


“What possessed you to say yes?”


“I mean, there’s no possible way that he is ever going to be good enough-”


Alex’s mouth shut with a click.

“Thank you. I realize that you are worried, but there is no cause for concern-”

“No cause-!” He started up again, but quickly stopped when he saw the look on her face.

“I know that you are worried, but I’m also aware that you’ve already ‘researched’ everything there is to know about Warren and if you really were against me knowing him, you’d have found some way to make him disappear.”

Alex looked slightly uncomfortable, “I wouldn’t have made it a permanent one unless he really deserved it…”

Mary nodded her auburn head, “Which is one of the reasons why I didn’t have too much of a problem with you looking into his past. The point is, I said yes. It is my decision and I have made it. Now, are you going to be an adult about this and accept my decision or should I find some way to drown you out for the next few hours?”

Alex pouted, “I don’t know why you’re always treating me like a child. I am older than you.”

“You appear older, that is all and you know it.”

Alex rolled his eyes and plopped himself down on the sofa across from her. “As far as anyone is legally concerned, I am the older one and that is what we decided to stick to-”

“What you decided.” she muttered playfully, knowing that she had won.

“-and so it makes no difference to bring anything up otherwise. Now,” Alex’s eyes began to sparkle, “Have you decided on a date yet?”

Mary groaned and put her head in her hands as Alex started talking about wedding preparations.

Inspired by Suzie81’s weekly word challenge:

I just couldn’t get this little conversation out of my mind once I read the prompt! Don’t worry, Alex and Warren will have their little moment as well!