June is Pride Month — Army of Angels: Part 2

I did a thing this evening….our little town has a “First Friday” event once a month on our town square. Businesses are open late, food trucks are there, and anyone who wants to set up a spot to promote their business, church, or political agenda. Well, for the past year, I have served on our […]

June is Pride Month — Army of Angels: Part 2

Comic Book Day! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Red Hood is my 16 year old. We walked into our local comic book store, and who should be at the door? Batman!! I took a picture before I left the store (Red Hood didn’t really want mom at this). I did some errands, then returned to the store. Red Hood said that several people […]

Comic Book Day! — Army of Angels: Part 2

A Little Weird: The Teen Years — Army of Angels: Part 2

No longer a child, not yet an adult…. Longing to fit in somewhere, anywhere….other teens seem so confident, and beautiful….talking and laughing together, about nothing….How do I make myself fit into this mold?….I sit alone at lunch, usually in the library…..Reading about human behavior, and trying to figure it out…..Where do I fit?…. I am […]

A Little Weird: The Teen Years — Army of Angels: Part 2

Dissociative Identity Awareness Day- March 5 — Army of Angels: Part 2

Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) has always fascinated me. I have just started learning more about it, and as I typically do, I am diving all in! I have a personal reason to explore this now….my (almost 16 year old) teenager was diagnosed with it about a month ago. I had suspected this diagnosis several years […]

Dissociative Identity Awareness Day- March 5 — Army of Angels: Part 2

Back With the World for a While — Army of Angels: Part 2

2021 has almost turned the corner, and I honestly don’t know how I am still able to smile. I had a falling on ice accident in February, fracturing my back and completely messing up my knee. This year saw two major surgeries and recoveries…well actually I am only three weeks out of my final surgery. […]

Back With the World for a While — Army of Angels: Part 2

No One to Tell — Army of Angels: Part 2

I just learned a couple of hours ago that my ex- father-in-law passed away last night. I am both sad and angry. This was the dad’s step-father…..the most stable one in the group. The kids and I loved him….but he could not separate himself from the family abuse enough to have relationships with the grandkids, […]

No One to Tell — Army of Angels: Part 2

You Don’t Realize How Much You Do, Until You Can’t Do It — Army of Angels: Part 2

I had a COVID scare this past week. I started having tightness in my chest that remained constant for 48-76 hours. I was going to try to just sneak to get a COVID test, so that everyone would not be upset with anxiety, and I wouldn’t have to be out of work for a week […]

You Don’t Realize How Much You Do, Until You Can’t Do It — Army of Angels: Part 2

Adoption Application — Army of Angels: Part 2

Guess who is ready to adopt a rescue Basset Hound? After years of being pet free, we are ready to welcome a four legged, floppy eared, furry friend into our family! Our state Basset rescue does not have any Bassets right now, but I went ahead and submitted our application and did the “virtual home […]

Adoption Application — Army of Angels: Part 2

Is January the Preview? — Army of Angels: Part 2

Although I entered 2021 very carefully, and continue to tiptoe around, the unbelievable just keeps coming. Perhaps most unbelievable in my world, is that the dad has just submitted his intent to represent himself in a court case that he initiated against me in 2018. He has been through nearly 10 different attorneys since our […]

Is January the Preview? — Army of Angels: Part 2

A Different Christmas Eve — Army of Angels: Part 2

While the holidays bring images of happy homes and loving families, please remember that the pictures don’t tell the whole story. Be gentle and merciful toward others. Time has been a great healer of the AoA past. Eight years ago, Christmas Eve, the dad walked out of our house after pacing the floor, saying the […]

A Different Christmas Eve — Army of Angels: Part 2

Almost There — Army of Angels: Part 2

December 22nd…..almost Christmas! We have had a lot of fun this season, even amidst a pandemic. Little AoA sent out about a dozen gift packs to her pen-pals. In the weeks that followed, packages started coming regularly for her. She has had so much fun with her pen-pals! Little AoA never really had friends in […]

Almost There — Army of Angels: Part 2

It Has Hit My Family Now — Army of Angels: Part 2

It hasn’t hit my immediate household yet, but my nurse daughter tested positive for covid. She is just feeling like she has a head cold with pleurisy right now. She knows how to fight this battle! My heart just sinks when I think about her being sick. She was so worried about missing these last […]

It Has Hit My Family Now — Army of Angels: Part 2

Relief for the Holidays — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today, a huge holiday weight was lifted from my shoulders. We had court scheduled for December 30th. The dad filed a motion against me back in 2018, because the kids were not both ready for visits. Within a few months of his filing, both kids started visits. Then, two months later….BAM! Covid hit! The visit […]

Relief for the Holidays — Army of Angels: Part 2

Making Friends — Army of Angels: Part 2

Child development took a detour! Our children are doing the best they can. They should not have to worry about spreading an illness….period. I am getting on my soap box for a minute. What our kids need now is not more testing! Teach them…..teach them….love them…..play games with them…..challenge them…….they are surviving a pandemic! Family […]

Making Friends — Army of Angels: Part 2

Holiday Season: 2020 — Army of Angels: Part 2

The holiday season has officially started, and it is a welcome distraction from the pandemic world. We ate our traditional turkey dinner on Wednesday….because we could. No company…no extended family…just our “pandemic pod”. My adult son took a to-go plate, as he is fairly certain that he has been exposed to covid at his new […]

Holiday Season: 2020 — Army of Angels: Part 2

They Sent Us Remote — Army of Angels: Part 2

It finally happened….our whole school system moved to remote learning. The covid numbers in our county have reached the level of “high spread”. Many teachers are out with either positive covid cases or symptoms. There aren’t enough substitute teachers to keep up with the need. Parents want their kids in school, but I guess not […]

They Sent Us Remote — Army of Angels: Part 2

What About This Neverending Election?! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Tuesday night was a tense night, as people everywhere waited to see how the presidential election results would unfold. Some states, like mine, are ALWAYS the same. It turns into a red state.every.time.fast. Nothing new to see here. Then came the other states….red-blue-red-blue…….on and on through the night. Next, the stall out! Some states had […]

What About This Neverending Election?! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Whole Schools Close — Army of Angels: Part 2

This week, our school system closed three schools due to widespread Covid-19. One of them was the school where I have my office/classroom. I know of three teachers who have covid. I only know because they posted about it on social media. There is no transparency about it. Our school systems are just not equipped […]

Whole Schools Close — Army of Angels: Part 2

Another Needless Casualty — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today we lost a 7th grade student to suicide by gun. This is the first time in my 20 years, that this has happened at a school where I serve. Our faculty is overcome with grief, as we prepare to tell the students when they return to school tomorrow. My sadness and anger intertwine. This […]

Another Needless Casualty — Army of Angels: Part 2

Buckle Up! — Army of Angels: Part 2

After a much needed week long break from work and school, we are buckling up for the next covid wave! I shared some concerns with my teacher council representative, after unknowingly walking into a school that had almost an entire grade level out, along with all front office staff! The updates that our county said […]

Buckle Up! — Army of Angels: Part 2

We Lost Someone — Army of Angels: Part 2

It happened…..we lost a public school employee to Covid-19. He went home one day with Covid-19, and passed away soon after. Schools have been in session for about seven weeks. We currently have 41 adults out with Covid-19, and 32 students. Many more are quarantined as “close contacts”. Our employee worked at two of the […]

We Lost Someone — Army of Angels: Part 2

Pandemic Anxiety and the birthday cake — Army of Angels: Part 2

One of our main high schools had to close for a 14 day quarantine. Each day, our county updates on which schools have had to send students home to quarantine. No one seems to connect the fact that if students were exposed here, there is a good chance that siblings at other schools are at […]

Pandemic Anxiety and the birthday cake — Army of Angels: Part 2

Mass Confusion and Frequent Pivoting — Army of Angels: Part 2

Here in my county in Tennessee, we have just completed two weeks of school with kids in person. Our state seems to be in complete denial that the pandemic is serious. Our state sat at 17th most cases in the country not so long ago. The cases have not been decreasing here, and we have […]

Mass Confusion and Frequent Pivoting — Army of Angels: Part 2

Mask Up And Go In! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was our first day of school with kids. It went very smoothly at my school, mostly because our administrators are logistics superstars! Classes on my side of the building, with 5th and 6th grade, were at a little less than half capacity. The kids were mostly not wearing masks in the classroom, and neither […]

Mask Up And Go In! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Ready to Go! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Teachers have been preparing their rooms and lessons to be ready to receive students! As the time draws near, my teacher friends with compromised health conditions grow more nervous. One of my friends is “getting her affairs in order”. My own parents are scared that I will unknowingly bring this virus home. All while one […]

Ready to Go! — Army of Angels: Part 2

The Vote Against Masks — Army of Angels: Part 2

Everyone needs to wash their hands, because our school board voted tonight, not to require students or teachers to wear masks at school! Correct me if I’m wrong- I am not a doctor… but I thought we knew our special virus was airborne. Three school board members, the school attorney, and superintendent (he is BRAND […]

The Vote Against Masks — Army of Angels: Part 2

Pivot! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was the third day of professional development for teachers, pandemic style. Everyone has to have their temperature taken at the front door, and log their answers to the Covid-19 questions on a google form. Then it is each teacher to his or her classroom to log on to distanced training. I never realized how […]

Pivot! — Army of Angels: Part 2