About Me


I’m a idiosyncratic, opinionated, bohemian mother of 4 with a somewhat (by that I mean “very”) strange sense of humor. I’m also a (proudly) recovering drug addict. I became an addict at 14, a mother at 16, a wife at 20, sober at 26, and a blogger at 33. I have three boys (17, 12, & 11), and one daughter (10).Β  I separated from my Husband of 13 years about 6 months ago (as of March 2013).Β  I struggle, as do we all, but most of the time I can look you in the eye and tell you that I’m doing the absolute best I can at this time. I’ve got a long way to go, but I have came even further.

Raising children is an…..interesting task by itself, and raising special needs children adds additional flavor. I decided to start a blog because I desperately needed an outlet for my thoughts.Β  If someone finds them helpful, or interesting along the way that is an added blessing, and more than I had hoped for. I didn’t realize how much I would look forward to feedback and participation until I got started, so please feel free to comment. You can disagree, share your experiences, ask questions, give advice, or whatever else you feel you want to contribute (with the exception of spam :-)). Thank-you so very much for stopping by and giving me a moment of your time. If I haven’t already found you, please feel free to tell me about your blog, I am always looking for new distractions πŸ˜‰ )


26 thoughts on “About Me

  1. prayingforoneday says:

    Please accept this award
    The Very Inspiring Award
    Please accept this award
    Thanks, Shaun

    • tgillespie27 says:

      Thank-you so much! Working on posting it and following the rules now. I’m fairly new so it may take a little while πŸ™‚ BTW- I am LOVING your blog!!!

      • prayingforoneday says:

        Pleasure is mine.
        And if you need any help, ask away.
        Just copy what I did and link all your award people in, once it looks like the page I sent you, open everyones page and send them your FINISHED page of acceptance of the award, so they know you awarded the nomination.

        Hope that helps πŸ™‚

      • tgillespie27 says:

        It helps tremendously! Thank-you πŸ™‚

      • prayingforoneday says:

        Good show, any more help, please just ask. Or go here http://wordpresschat.wordpress.com/ and ask for help…You get quick help there, I am there to help also…Thanks. Shaun

  2. prayingforoneday says:

    Feel free to visit my blog HHere http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/
    I am always willing to help, and I also help with WP technical support here http://wordpresschat.wordpress.com/

    • tgillespie27 says:

      That is great to know. πŸ™‚ Really! I absolutely love your blog!!!

      • prayingforoneday says:

        its “ok” lol…Go down the right, and to catagories and then Music, might like some of my tunes?


      • tgillespie27 says:

        Will do. Quick question….what do I do if I honestly don’t know 15 blogs that I would nominate?? I’m new, and I’ve found some great blogs, but not that many. I’ve made it to 11, and now I’m stumped. 😦

      • prayingforoneday says:

        Top left, big W, Hit that, go to reader, look for a topic, or search one, Follow another few and add them, or do what others do, just go with what you got, and add the rest at a later date, but say so in your blog. No biggy, the Awards are fun. How we connect, read and share is more important.

      • tgillespie27 says:

        Thanks! I actually knew more than I thought. How could I forget some of those wonderful people??? I believe I have it now πŸ™‚

  3. prayingforoneday says:

    You will get there, I did.
    So, read your story, inspiration or what! Well done you getting to where you are now. Where you from? (Country) Shaun x

    • tgillespie27 says:

      Sorry, I’m having a very hectic day, so it’s taking me a while to reply πŸ™‚ I’m from the US. Thank-you πŸ™‚

      • prayingforoneday says:

        Pleasure to meet you. Your story needs to be told. Others in a similar position to where you were, may be there now, they need to realise there are other paths.. Again, inspirational.

        Shaun x

      • tgillespie27 says:

        It is a great pleasure to meet you also. Meeting other bloggers has definitely been the best part of creating my own blog. I draw so much strength and inspiration from bloggers such as yourself, more than I could ever put into words. Thank-you for the kind words and encouragement! I would definitely like to help others who are struggling.

      • prayingforoneday says:

        I came for the same reasons, but a different story. I draw strength from many here, and through reading and sharing we help ourselves and help others.
        PLEASE! Keep doing what you are doing.

        Shaun x

  4. So before you read this, please put on your nonjudgmental, super empathetic glasses, cause I am kind of ashamed:

    Thanks for the nod with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Unfortunately, the blog I am doing is for the Fulbright folks who are graciously paying for me to be in Finland and study the educational system here, so while under their wing, I want to be careful about posts that are not related in some way to my research (okay the Finnish hockey post now seems completely contradictory…)

    In any case, what I did do (and what I hope you don’t judge me for because these blog awards are such an awesome thing and only spread good love and juju) is post a link to you blog in my sidebar (and the person who nominated you, because I really like his stuff too and was confused at first, so was checking out his page and not yours) and I did nominate a few others privately, so that I could still be spreading the love and not be being a total sloth. I told them to come look at your page or shaun’s to get the real rules and to pretend that they never witnessed me being such a cow-tow to the man, which I hope you can understand and do too.

    I love your header picture, btw and your post about your cat almost made ME choke on my dinner I was laughing so much.

    *all good things, Christine

    • tgillespie27 says:

      First, you are so funny how could anyone be upset with you?? Second, I am not, would not be upset in the least. The truth is these awards can be so time consuming that many people just can’t do them, or have reasons much like your own. So don’t feel alone πŸ™‚ . I feel it’s really more about letting someone know you appreciate their blog, and connecting/supporting people in the blogging community. See, we’ve connected already!!! I appreciate the nod back on your blog, and your nominations (on-the-down-low of course) so much!! I’m also very happy you recognized Shaun, he’s so awesome. So no worries, just know I support what you and the others in your organization are trying to do and I am very interested in seeing what you learn in Finland. πŸ™‚

  5. prayingforoneday says:

    Please accept this award. you can have multiple of the same award.
    Thanks, Shaun

    • tgillespie27 says:

      Hi Shaun! I’m SO sorry it took so long to respond. My daughter has been in the hospital & had to have surgery. That whole process threw the rest of my house (esp. Michael) into a tailspin & it’s been crazy around here. I just haven’t been able to get on WordPress. Thank-you so much & I REALLY would like to try and accept the award, I’m just not sure I will be able to do it right now. It may even be too late now. Once again, thank-you & I can’t wait to catch up your blog!

      • prayingforoneday says:

        I am sorry to hear this, Had I known, I am sorry…
        I hope all is ok and you and your family is well..
        This is just an award, it is not important


    • tgillespie27 says:

      I will gladly accept…..though it may take a bit. I’ve been so super busy lately. I really appreciate the attempt to make it a bit easier to share, I can handle 5 people! Thank-you very much. πŸ™‚

  6. Well I came by to nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award and notice you have already received a few of them! And recently as well! I would still love to nominate you, but I will understand if you just want to skip the response post thing lol you can see your nomination here http://thedissocialmom.com/2013/05/11/of-awards-and-spectacular-days/ Congratulations too all your awards! πŸ˜€

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