Sunday, August 28, 2011

Putting one foot in front of the other

You know they say in life that when tragic things happen, you simply have to pick yourself up and put one foot in front of the other.

To be honest, this year I have thought that to be a load of hooey!  THIS year started out with my husband of only two years, being hit by a car.  I was not sure he would make it or have permanent brain injury or what.

The next thing to happen was my Grand-mother, whom I adored, passed away in April, only to be followed by my Dad two months later.  I was the sole person with my Dad when he passed away and let's just say I have had residual effects from that.  The very next week my brother was shipped off to Afghanistan for a year.

THEN, three weeks ago, I found out my youngest and sweet nephew had been diagnosed with leukemia. His Dad was the one shipped off as previously stated. For awhile, it was not even sure if he was going to be able to return from there to be with his son and wife.

As if that was not enough, I received some VERY disheartening news from my daughter that has simply clouded my thoughts. I am not at liberty to say or wish to what that is, at least not now.

So, here I am with much tragedy surrounding me and can I REALLY get up every day and put one foot in front of the other?
Seriously, I did not think so in the least! All I wanted to do is cry, Cry and CRY some more.

However,a week or so ago, I happened to turn on the Oprah show and that all changed. Why you ask? Well, Oprah has on her show a follow up to a story she did in 2010. It was about a family named the Cobles. (To read more about them go here.)

When I saw this family and their horrific tragedy. I realized that I could indeed get up everyday. I could move forward. I could continue to make those steps I needed to make.  My "things" seemed to pale in comparison to this family. However, they also taught me, again, that when things do happen, there is always a balance to them. It is a matter of stepping out and believing that things WILL get better.

Things are better for me but I am still healing and working through things.  I appreciate my husband for his patience, even if he did not thoroughly understand, he has stood by and held on to my fraying rope. I love him for it!

Peace...Naila Moon

Friday, August 26, 2011

A moment...

I am only away regrouping. I will be back on Monday.

Peace out...Naila Moon

Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday's Music Moves Me...August 15, 2011

It is that time again to move and groove to the tunes hosted by Xmas Dolly. Want to join? Well, then come on over and link up but make sure you put your dancin' shoes on first.


This week the spotlight dancers are leading us in to "freebie" week. Which mean I get to pick. (hee hee)
Ok, ok, they get to pick too.

I was watching Toy Story 3 with my hubby and was thinking about Monday's Music...really, I was!  I thought, since it is "freebie" week, why not do something on our inner child?! ;)

Starting off with this first video, we have no worries! *grins*

Next up, if you don't start stomping your feet to this one, then I don't know what to tell you:

Let's tap our feet or is it waddle with this one (chuckles):

And finally, let's round off our selections with this one: (note: although this does not fit in to the "inner child" per se, the visual speaks to colors and movement)

Keep movin' and groovin'...Naila Moon

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Top 10...Charities...August 11, 2011

Today's Top 10 topic hosted by Beth over at A Work In Progress, comes on the heals of something very personal that has occurred in my life in the past two days. More on that in a moment. (Blog coming soon too!)

So today's topic is: Given the opportunity (and money) what 10 charitable foundations/organizations would you give to? 

As stated above I had something occur in my life which happens to be that my nephew was diagnosed with leukemia. So, my obvious first choice would be...

1. Leukemia Foundation

2. American Heart Society  (My hubby has had heart disease)

3. American Diabetes  
(I have type 2 but my daughter-in-law and some friends have type1)

4. American Cancer Society  (parents both had different forms)

5. The Komen Society for the Cure  (two aunts are survivors!)

6.  Muscular Dystrophy  (this has always been close to my heart)

7.   Autism Speaks  (second cousin has)

8.  Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation  (this is all about me!)

9.  American Red Cross  
(I volunteered with them in 1993 and they managed to get my sibling home from the Army for an emergency

10.  Presbyterian Children's Home  
(I used to do magic shows at a local home.)

Note: If you would like to donate to any of these fine charities please click on the links. 

Peace...Naila Moon

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Monday's Music Moves Me...August 8, 2011

Here we are again for Monday's Music Moves Me hosted by Xmas Dolly.  As you all have surmised it is one of my favorite days for blogging because I get to groove and move with the tunes.

This weeks theme is based on the fact that this fun site is often called "The 4 M's". So, it was decided all music/videos should pay homage to those bands or singers that start with "M".  Since it is "4 M's", I will post four videos just for you! ;-)


First up: This one doesn't exactly "rock" but what would we do without their music?

Next we have one of my favorite groups of all time. I had every album they ever put out and watched all their shows. I give you their theme song:

How about this classic one? I stayed up until midnight to watch the original posting of this video on MTV. Does anyone remember when MTV actually played videos?

And finally what would the music world do without her? To round out my selections I give you:

Keep on rockin'!
~Naila Moon

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Top 10 Thursday... August 4th...Deserted Island

It is Thursday and that can only mean it is Top 10 List day. It is hosted by Beth over at A Work In Progress. This week she asks "assuming you had advance notice, if you were going to be stranded for an extended period of time on a deserted island, what 10 things would you bring?" (No power sources, boats, airplanes, or satellite phones)

Now, I have to say, if I had advance warning, I simply would not go! :) However, I digress. Here is my 10:

1. Huge tent!

2. A saw for cutting wood or opening coconuts.

3. Since there is no power source other than sun, I will go with a library full of books to pass the time. (that of course would include the Dummies Guide To Getting Stranded On An Island)

4. Fishing pole with a hook. (After all, a girl has to eat.)

5. Solar powered or crank flash light with radio (I want to see what is in the darkness of night and hear some news too. I also want to be rescued eventually.)

6. An emergency bag and a pillow (I suppose that is two things t..ah, well my list. lol)

7. My husband! (the rules did not say I could not bring another person to get stranded with. *grins*)

8. Solar powered water purifier.

9. Solar powered lighter. (yes, there is such a thing!)

10. Inner tube big enough for two! (the rules did not say, I couldn't bring an inner tube...not to mention this one has a rescue flag attached. lol)

 I think I am set now! Peace...Naila Moon