Guest Blogger Nate is the creator of the Nebraska Beer Blog, www.nebraskabeerblog.com which keeps people all over the state current on craft beer news. Nate also is part owner in Brew Bums, a homebrew supply store in Ansley, NE.
We are bio parents, step parents, grandparents, foster parents & soon to be adoptive parents. Between the 2 of us we have 5 bio children ages 27, 18, 12, 8 & 4. We're grandparents to a 6 & a 5 year old, foster parents to 6 children (1 aged out of the Child Welfare System, 3 reunified with bio parents, 2 in process of adopting).
Guest blogger, Brad, is from Broken Bow and is a National Guard sergeant currently deployed in Iraq. He is nearing the end of his tour and reflects on his time there:
Ever feel so stressed you don't know where to begin de-stressing? I'm pretty certain that's the story of my life. In fact, I was so involved in things during my childhood/high school/college years that I've barely volunteered for anything since then! And, then, along came children! I can't even remember what I did with my spare time...in fact, I don't think I can remember what "spare time" means.
Don't get me wrong, I love my kids, work and play - and the things I volunteer for now are very meaningful to me. However, it's also important to have time to relax and de-stress.
When I look back on my family of origin, it's interesting to see how our relationships change and then come back around. I'm POSITIVE I was always the loving, caring older sister who looked out for my younger siblings. Ok, ok, so there were a FEW times I got mad and mean.
Ever feel like life is running away from you or pulling you every which way? I think that's what constitutes a "normal" day for me. Which raises many questions, primarily, what am I to do with my life?
Have you ever met that person who knows everything there is to know about a subject - and yet, they've never actually experienced it? Ya, that's me. I've learned that through becoming a parent, but that's not what I'm going to focus on.
Growing up, I wanted a horse. I tried Shel Silverstein's idea, threatening my parents with "I'll die if you don't get me a horse." (It didn't work) I ended up riding and showing other peoples' horses. In retrospect, it wasn't a bad gig. However, I didn't give up on my dream to own a horse.
Blogs are for info and opinions, commentary and descriptions. They are interactive...or should be.
After posting this blog and re-reading it, and having several others read it, I was elected as "most opinionated." However, as a source of news, we must also stick to the facts. So, here is the super-duper politically-correct information I have to offer you:
Go to the following website for the most up-to-date information about our next school bond: http://services.bbps.org/publications/bond_issue_facts.pdf
And, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE exercise your right to vote.
Well, I'm back in Broken Bow. After 3 1/2 weeks of chasing a dream, I'm glad to be home. But I have to admit, the dream was worth chasing...
If you've read the previous blog "Waiting to expel," you know where I'm coming from. If you haven't - well, take a minute to read it! It wasn't easy waiting for my second child to be born, as I do not like to sit idle and it was difficult to view it as a vacation when half my family wasn't there.
So here I sit, waiting to expel...a baby! I thought I'd share a little of what I'm going through in this blog, primarily because it's the only thing that has consumed the past 3 weeks (not to mention the previous 9 months) of my life.
Two years ago, I gave birth via c-section to a beautiful baby girl. However, the birth experience was not what I had dreamed. There was no labor, at least, not that I could feel. I hated the recovery and the feelings/thoughts that came with it.