I’m Still Standing Too Close to Myself

With Lillian turning 18 and the stressful move, I got behind on posting things here. For a while, you’ll be getting some older posts as I get caught up … Almost caught up! Much love!

February 28 2020

Tonight we celebrate (with sparkling pink lemonade)! After 8 years, a chapter of our lives full of struggle and worry has come to an end. That’s one, damn long chapter! Hallelujah, Wahooooo, YES!!, WooooHoooo ….

And, I’m Still Standing …

I pray to never relive that chapter …


March 11 2020

Help! I’m answering interview questions and drawing a blank for this one …

“Tell us something unique about yourself.”

I’m too close to myself, and think I’m quite dull in most instances! HA! Have you noticed something unique about me? xoxo

Here are what others commented when I asked this on facebook. Do you have something to add?

You have an abundance of patience!


You have 2 kids who are published authors.

Contagious Smile

Very conscientious, a fantastic Mother, and a friendly person!!

Very Wonderful and Very Fantastic and Very Amazing and Very Terrific and Very Spectacular All of The Above You Sure Are!

Your great patience and perseverance

Creative problem solver

I think it is very unique and wonderful that your kids are published too, you all share in collective creative gifts that you kindly share with the world

You can find a heart everywhere you look

You are incredibly resilient and you find a way to make things work

You are creative, patient and have faith! Also lots of Love!

You are extremely resourceful! You made a decision years ago to focus almost solely on your family, with very little resources, but somehow you’ve made it work!

You are one of the most selfless people I know

I see an amazing warrior and trail blazer

A true heartfelt warrior woman

You have overcome a lot.

Outrageously determined, strength!

You are one of the most unique people I know! Creative, altruistic, Earth Mother

Super resilient…hopeful…and amazingly light in yourself considering the hand of cards you are playing SO well. You are AMAZING!


You have a way of seeing and making the best of whatever situation is in front of you and you’ve helped your children stay grounded and see the world with a sense of wonder.

You inspire others because you find a way to make the impossible happen without dragging others down in the process. That my friend, is a rarity.

Thank you to everyone who commented and adds to the sharing. Oceans of love to y’all! 

See It. Share It. BE IT … Spread Love Everywhere You Go!

“Words of Alchemy” has arrived, December 2019! A free-verse poetry memoir covering the last 6 years of my life. The poetry of nature, the poetry of healing, the poetry of appreciation, the poetry of love, in one beautiful book.

Amazing news! My 18 year old daughter, Lillian Darnell’s debut book, “Where Would You Fly and Other Magical Stories” was published January 2018. Learn more and order here

Wonderfully exciting news! My 14 year old son, Thomas Darnell‘s book, Biggest Little Photographer is published. Be inspired! Learn more and order here.