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Golf Balls, Pebbles, and Sand

I am always amazed at the little things you can learn through object lessons and movies. A doctor once told me that I'm a stressed individual. I would say, that's about right. I stress about everything and worry about everything. I saw this little object lesson on a video that was circulating through Facebook. I'll summarize:

A professor took out a jar and filled it with golf balls. He turned to his class and asked, "is the jar full?" He received a resounding, "YES!" He then took out some pebbles and poured them into the jar. The pebbles filled in the gaps and cracks left by the larger golf balls. "Now is the jar full?" "YES!" exclaimed his students. Then he took out sand and proceeded to pour it into the jar. The sand filled the even smaller gaps between the pebbles. He turned to the class, "now is the jar full?" "YES!" Finally, he took out two beers and poured them into the jar. The class was amazed that so much…
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You Can Do ANYTHING for 10 Seconds

Over the last few months, I feel I may have fallen victim to negativism. You know what I'm talking about...when you just assume the worst in all situations. I don't know what had changed, but it wasn't in my favorite place to be. A while back, Suzie and I watched a hilarious Netflix original, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. 

A brief summary of the show, Kimmy was held captive in a bunker by a religious fanatic that told her of the world apocalypse. It ended up being a fictional tale and she was "rescued" and tossed into "normal" life in New York City. The show focuses on her spunky attitude and her hilarious attempts at figuring out modern life. In one episode, Kimmy is talking about how she over comes hard times. She is working a crank in the corner of the bunker. Others in the bunker tell her to stop and allow someone else a turn. She, in an exhausted voice, says:


“I learned a long time ago that a person can stand just about anything for 10 seconds, then yo…

Time to Adjust

I am not a super emotional person as anyone can tell. I do have my outbursts of anger as do many people, although for the most part I would think of myself as relatively easy going. This last week, it has been a roller coaster of emotions. I don't really know what's change. I think it all begin with Nari. Don't get me wrong, I'm not blaming the poor girl, but I know she is missing something great.

Before we all jump to conclusions on what she's missing...first let me back track. It's been six years since my mom passed away due to cancer. "Time heals all wounds..." I know the cliche quite well. Time does not heal all wounds in the sense that I'll eventually not feel the sadness. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss her.

I wasn't always the perfect son and if I could go back in time, I'd definitely kick myself in the pants so much! But my mother did teach me some valuable lessons.

Getting back on topic regarding Nari and …

6 Months, Clichés, and More

To avoid the cliche, I won't begin this post with "I can't believe it's been six months already..."

Nari Nancy passed her six months mark just a few days ago. I have been meaning to write a more detailed blog post on her and just am finally getting a chance to sit down and write. Reflecting back, these six months have blown by. Let's get this out of the way:

Nari now rolls over from tummy to back and back to tummy. It's actually her primary method of moving around. I laid her on her play mat in the family room for a few minutes. When I turned back around from folding clothes, she had rolled her way across the family room.

She's all about drooling now. She eats basic baby food and yes, her poop is beginning to stink more. She is babbling like crazy. Sometimes I think, "man she is LOUD!" She screams and has a very high pitch squeal. Her first words were, "dada!" I couldn't be happier!!!

Kayden and Rose just love little Nari. Nar…

Diapers, sleepless nights, projectile poop, and just love...

On August 1st, 2015 my life changed. I married a wonderful woman named Suzie. She has two children (Kayden and Rose) from her previous marriage. On that day, when I said, "I do..." I became an insta-father. I've been around since Rose was a little baby and I doubt there is a time that the kids remember without me around.

October 8th, 2016 at 0824H my life changed again. We welcomed Nari Nancy Hunsaker into this world.

Let me explain her name: Nari is Korean for lily flower. Despite popular belief, Suzie's real name is Azucena, which means lily flower in Spanish. Nari is also a four letter flower name, much like Rose. Nari's middle name is Nancy after my mother. Our other daughter's name is Rose Maria after Suzie's mother.

Suzie was scheduled to be induced on October 7th but unfortunately was bumped due to how busy the hospital got that night. We went in at midnight on the 8th. They started her on Petocin and we waited. After minimal change by 7AM, the midw…

Parenting is HARD...

Parenting...it's hard. Not that I expected anything less, but at times (or a lot of the times) I find myself at wits end. I figured my blog would be a good place to voice my opinion since it is MY blog. I will be the one that writes down those embarrassing, hilarious, horrifying, and disgusting moments. Too often, I find parenting blogs so over the top. Who seriously has the time to do half the crap that I read about on Pinterest. Oh man, I just admitted I am on Pinterest. Scratch that.

The latest challenge/failure has been my cooking. Suzie and I have our schedules set up to minimize day care costs. In the summer, the kids do not have to be in day care at all. The days Suzie is at work, I'm at home alone with the kids. Before you call CPS, just know...no children have died...yet.

As a forethought, I do believe I have done this whole "parenting" thing backwards. Being a "step-parent" is really tough as well. The kids have accepted (or so I would like to think…

Missing You, Mom.

Mothers, mom, momma, however you want to refer to them...there is one special one. I'm not referring to my biological mother, but the woman who was there for me every day. I'm not discounting my adoption or the act of love to place a baby up for adoption, but rather focusing on the woman I called "Mom."

I can't believe it's been exactly 5 years since she passed away. Most of you know, she was diagnosed with cancer in 2004 while I was living in Brazil. After radiation and other treatments, the cancer went into remission. Years later, she was re-diagnosed with cancer that had spread and was in stage 4. To make a long story shorter, she passed away after a long fight with cancer on August 17th, 2010. At the time, my emotions were all over the place and I didn't know how much I'd truly miss her until much later.

Nancy Hunsaker, the woman I call "Mom," was an independent, strong willed, determined, and a service-oriented woman. I miss her every …