|Posted by Valerie Anderson-Stallworth on February 6, 2010 at 6:29 PM|
Every day should be a "New Day". Life is never what you expect it to be. We begin each and every day with a kiss from heaven. God is our master, and the head of my life and house. I've been wanting to do the blog thing for a very long time. Here I go. Welcome to my New Day. This year I will turn 50 years old, and yes, Doctor Cheryl told me last week that this is the year of the Colonoscopy. I am excited about turning 50. In August, I will be a half a century older, or younger, which ever way you want to look at it. The big 50 is not the death sentence that many of my friends hide from, but an opportunity for me to share my lifes lessons and God's spirit with those within my sphere of influence, and yes, I will embark on my 50th Birthday cruise in August. Arianna, my oh so precious, divaliciously sweet 7 year old granddaughter. She is the apple of everyone's eye. She is growing up so fast before my eyes. Monique, my oldest daughter, and Arianna's mother, moved here to Tampa to be closer to the family. Before then, I was a closet/holiday grandmother, and wasn't involved in the day to day lives of Monique and Ari. Now, I have been blessed with the opportunity to watch Ms. Ari grow, grow, and grow. I look forward to her big hugs and squishy round cheeks every day. Maurice, my precocious 6 year old grandson is another gift to behold. With his oh so perfect smile, and enchanting "grandma" voice, I have a terrible time not giving in to his wants and wims. To my surprise, Maurice "Buddha", is a fairly well behaved young man. If you had asked me about his behavior two years ago, my response would have been quite a bit different. Watching him, while he is watching Alvin and the Chipmunks is just amazing. He is so into the movie, and watching it so intensly... oh well, I guess I spoke a little too soon. I'll check back in on this one later. Micah, the baby grand, at two years old is quite a character himself. He is going to be a charmer, for sure. I'd be a ca-billionaire if I could bottle his energy. He is beginning to talk and talking circles around "grandma". Of course that is one of the only words I can decipher. The other is Papa Willie. Just wanted to introduce you to the grands. You'll be hearing more about them in the days to come. Amber, just turned 12 years old. I gained permanent guardianship of two of my nieces from Colorado in December of 2006. Our lives have been so full of "little" blessings, since their arrival. Willie used to talk about missing the pitter patter of little feet, and now, look at what God has done. Amber was so vulnerable when she came to Florida. A 40 year old woman in a 8 year old body. Her life had not been easy. By the time she was 8 years old, she knew how to change her baby sister's diaper, fix formula for her bottle, and mix a mean bowl of cereal for her brother Isaiah. She saw herself as the "caretaker" for her brother and sister. She has grown so much in the last 4 years and really begun to mature as a growing young lady. She is very smart, intelligent, and responsible. She just made the Principals Honor Roll this semester, and I am so very proud of her. I look forward to seeing and hearing her success story. Her life is going to be what stories are made of. She has so much opportunity ahead of her, and I am honored to be a part of her life. Idela, just turned 8 years old. When we picked the kids up at the airport, Dela was 4 years old. I watched this beautiful pink bundle coming through the arrival gate at the FWB airport, carrying a back pack on her back that was just as big as she was. I wasn't sure at the time, that I was ready to add 3 new additions to my household, but God had other plans. Amber , Idela, and Isaiah would bring so much into our lives and provide Willie and us with 3 reasons to re-evaluate our lives and begin to purge ourselves of the unimportant things that weighed us down. We were now responsible for life and health of 3 small young children who had by this time in their lives, experienced more than any man or woman should have experienced. I simply could not have imagined a life without my parents, and especially my mother, at 4 years old. The strength of this little person was amazing to me. Looking into her deep eyes which showed a life of someone so much more older, I could see that there was something I might learn, even from a 4 year old. Monique and Michelle are my "girls". They may not want me to share their ages on line, but having had a hand in not only bringing them in to this world, but providing them the support and nurturing throughout their lives, had given me so much pleasure. I am so proud of the both of them. Such little ladies. Michelle and her family have just relocated here to Tampa also. Now, my family is complete. Traveling around the world as a military brat was difficult for me and my siblings. We had to rely quite a bit on each. We didn't have those friends that we knew or grew up with all of our lives. There were no cousins or relatives that we could hang with on the weekends. We missed a lot of the benefits of being grounded in one place. Don't get me wrong. I wouldn't change anything from my child hood, and there were many benefits to growing up a Military Brat, but having connections wasn't one of them. I have made some lasting friendships and found some old friends, but could never meet the "girls" for dinner or shopping. Now, Moniqe and Michelle's children will be able to grow up just a few miles fron grandma, and their cousins. We will be able to get together for birthday's, holiday's, and just for any day. Idela, Maurice, and Arianna ride the same bus to school each day, come home and do homework together, and spend a lot of time together on the weekends. God has been so good to us. Now, Willie, he is my friend, my partner, and my lover. I am so glad to have him in my life. We truly provide the support and encouragement for each other that a couple needs. I hope that our lives will be a beacon and a light for younger couples out there. We both have had our ups and downs before finally finding each other, and we have had some ups and downs since being together, but we have jumped over those hurdles, and our lives and love have grown stronger. Of course you will hear more about Willie in the months to come. My parents, Bill and Idella, sisters Debra and Denise, and brother Joey are a huge part of my life also. I can't wait to share their ups and downs with you also. I'll try not to provide too much of their information. Well, if you have read all of this introduction, welcome to my New Day! Hop on board and enjoy the ride. I'm hoping that this will be a great outlet for me, and an avenue for expression that I've not had before. This modern day of technology has offered us so many opportunities that we've not had before. Let's see how far we can go... If I can encourage just one young person out there, then this is all worthwhile. Oh, and don't forget to browse the pages of Stallworth's Precious Gifts. We are still under construction, and adding new items daily. Shipping for the next 90 day's is free, and you have a few shipping day's left before Valentines Day. Be Blessed!