I was about sixteen when I first thought about getting a tattoo. It wasn't even an option at the time. I would think about what I wanted. Where I would put it. This little dream went around and around in my mind for quite a few years. I made a deal with myself that if … Continue reading Me and My Tattoos
I don't know how long my parents knew each other before they got married. I do know a few snippets of life before I was a thought. My paternal grandfather Walter, who was born on July 4th, was the youngest male in his family. His father was also the youngest of his family and had … Continue reading In The Beginning
I have had many names throughout my lifetime. I believe people live up to the name they are called and the feeling that name evokes in the person who owns the name. Not everyone believes as I do. I have this opinion because of my experiences within my life. I was born Francene Marie Houle. … Continue reading The Story Behind My Name
Family. When did 'family' become a word that could bring up so many mixed emotions. Happiness, anger, abandonment, love, loneliness, sadness, betrayal, passion, loyalty, selfless, selfish, so many feelings have been connected to this one word. In the Websters dictionary you find a definition that a family is "the basic unit in society traditionally consisting … Continue reading Real Family
Where to begin is always the hardest step in any process. It is change and change is uncomfortable. I am taking that first step forward into the next phase of my life. A journey without chaos. It is hard to believe but I have come to a place where I see my future is in … Continue reading Time For A Change
There was a time in my life that my daughter, prior to her death was incredibly close to being homeless. She was full of pride, she was young and listening to mom wasn't always easy for her. Not all kids have someone to support them. They are alone, scared and homeless. They don't know when … Continue reading Be An Angel Today!
Kat, Tomorrow marks 10 years that your light has not been here with us. I miss you baby girl. Every day you cross my mind. Sometimes with tears, sometimes with a smile. Whenever a butterfly crosses my path I know it is you saying hi. It always makes me smile and remember our talks about … Continue reading Capital H
Baby Girl, It was our ninth holiday season without you. Nine long years. People all deal with grief differently. I encountered many different aspects of grief just dealing with those who were impacted with your passing. Your father and his family blamed me for your death by suicide. They said I murdered you. They put … Continue reading Cracks and Crevices
It has been months since I have spent time putting meaningful words together. I journal my day to day activities thinking someday my menial life may be important to someone. Then other days I think, who am I kidding, my days of annoyances and successes truly would be boring reading. In my little world I … Continue reading What Is Important?
I had the pleasure to do my first interview. From collecting canned goods for hungry families in the neighborhood to saying hello to the new girl in class –Girl Scouts is all about being a sister to every girl! Francene “Treasure” Niemiec, has taken this to heart in everything she does, including her creative business … Continue reading Girl Scouts and I