Galveston’s “Place of Remembrance” Keeps Me in Check!

Place of Remembrance Galveston

Galveston's "Place of Remembrance" statue helps keep me in check often. I have problems in my life, we all do, but this statue makes my issues seem insignificant and gives me strength when I'm doubting everything I do. This statue by 4th generation Galvestonian artist, David Moore, was dedicated on September 9, 2000 in memory of the 10,000 plus victims lost at sea during the Galveston hurricane of September 8, 1900. I admire its beauty. I admire its presence. I admire its power. Of those 10,000+ islanders who lost their lives...at sea, 90 of the 93 orphans, and 10 of the nuns that protected them at the St. Mary's Orphan Asylum in Galveston, didn't make it. Three babies lived. Only 3. The statue portrays a family battling the storm. The father, holding one arm up to the gods and the other around his wife while she holds, comforts, and protects her baby...well, it gets me every time. This family shows strength. I admire and respect them. I hope they made it. Then I think of those 90 … [Continue]

Low Sodium Sloppy Joes

low sodium sloppy joes, homemade sloppy joe sauce, manwich copycat

Sloppy Joes are a great, quick weeknight meal and my family loves them. We love a good Manwich as much as anyone, but holy heck, have you seen the sodium packed in that can? And then when you pair your sandwich with chips and pickles, you've got a plate full of salt that just isn't very heart healthy (although it is delicious). If your family loves Sloppy Joes too, but you're trying to reduce the sodium in your diet (you should), you're going to want to try this recipe for lower sodium Sloppy Joes. It tastes as good as a Manwich, hold the salt please and thank you. Print Low Sodium, Turkey Sloppy Joes Author: Christy Recipe type: Main   Ingredients 1.5 lbs lean ground turkey 1 cup low sodium ketchup ¼ cup water 2 tbsp brown sugar 2 tsp low sodium Worcestershire Sauce 2 tsp prepared mustard ½ tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb Seasoning ½ tsp Mrs. Dash Onion & Herb Seasoning 5 dashes of your favorite hot sauce Instructions Brown the … [Continue]

My Baby Girl Is Broken and I Can’t Fix Her Alone

learning disabilities, parenting, discipline

A while back I made a bold stand and explained that my baby girl was different. She's a societal square peg being shoved into a round hole. I stand by that. She doesn't fit any mold and I celebrate her uniqueness and I support her no matter what. She's my baby. That's my job. I love her unconditionally, and I always will. But lately, she's been trying that unconditional love theory. She's been trying it for 6 years in fact and I'm beginning to think that I can't tackle these issues alone. She's a bright girl. She was in the GT (gifted and talented) program at school until earlier this year when I pulled her and moved her to a different school. She's no dummy. At. All. She's intelligent, beautiful, and she amazes me every day. But she's broken and I'm afraid I can't fix her alone. I have to be honest with you because honesty is important to me. At times, she's just bad. She doesn't mean to be. I know she doesn't. But she pitches fits (like frightening fits), she talks back, she's … [Continue]

The Best Guacamole Recipe Ever {Low Sodium Recipe}

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Guacamole. People seem to love it or hate it. Me? I have mixed emotions about it. I often get it served up with quesadillas at different Mexican restaurants and I always end up scraping it off because I really don't feel like eating 3 day's worth of my salt intake in one little scoop. It's so salty and that just isn't very heart healthy, plus to me, it doesn't even taste good. I've had friends' guacamole recipes that I have liked much better than the sodium-laden restaurant varieties, but I'm here to tell you, if you're looking for the best guacamole recipe on the internet that's low in sodium too, stop searching because you just found it. Guacamole is perfect on your game day table, at picnics and gatherings, and it's great as a sandwich spread as an alternative to *SHUDDER* mayonnaise. With just a few simple ingredients, you can put this deliciousness together in no time. Print The Best Guacamole Ever! Author: Christy Gossett   This guacamole recipe is low … [Continue]

Galveston’s Pleasure Pier: Rich with History

Galveston Pleasure Pier, family fun in Galveston, Galveston history

Galveston is full of rich history and resiliency. It's not filled with the most beautiful beaches during a good portion of the year because of the red tide, but it's beautiful, it's strong, and its people have stood the test of time as they've rebuilt our quaint island again and again. The Galveston Island Pleasure Pier is just one shining (and very blinky at night) example of that resiliency, determination, and dedication to our home. Originally built in the late 1940’s, the facility on this pier was a place of fun for the military and then was turned over to the public after World War II. It was destroyed in 1961 when Hurricane Carla hit, and in 1965, The Flagship Hotel was built on the pier. Hurricane Ike destroyed the hotel in 2008, and in 2012, the Historic Pleasure Pier re-opened as a nostalgic theme park for tourists and locals to enjoy. Our island has much to offer to its tourists, but its greatest asset is its residents. Strong, resilient, shiny, happy people. I love this … [Continue]

My 2015 Word of the Year: Family

Galveston, bike riding, Poise, LBL, light bladder leakage

Happy New Year! What does 2015 hold in store for you? I know I might be a little late with this message (don't count the days, I've already done that for you), but I've been thinking a lot about this over the past few days, months, years in fact. For me, 2015 is the year of family. I want to be present. I want to be here, here. Not just here. I focus a lot on my career, on financial stability, for my family. We're doing well financially, and we're always together as a family. But by together I mean, other than work and school hours, we're always together, in the same room, on laptops, phones, tablets...together. We're not paying attention to each other necessarily, but we're together, alone in our own worlds...together. I don't want that anymore. I want to be present. I want them to be present. I'm not present. Don't get me wrong, I do a LOT for my family. I get up before the sun comes up and kiss B goodbye before he heads for work. I get the babies up, feed them breakfast, make sure … [Continue]