Category Archives: Life

Miracles do happen!

So as you know, we have been experiencing a financial hardship since my surgery in June. I have been praying for some sort of financial miracle and praying that God would just help us get through this hard time. Days, weeks and months go by and we just can’t seem to get ahead. All our bills are late and some of them we haven’t even been able to pay. My boyfriend drives 2 hours each way to work so it would be impossible for him to try to get a second job, so I’ve been looking and have a promising opportunity on the rise. I also started selling Avon and Thirty One Gifts in order to bring in some extra cash. I have been begging and pleading with God for a miracle…but I would never let it go and give it to God. I would pray and have hope and soon after would take it back. The worry and anxiety would set in and I would lose my faith. It finally got bad enough that I just gave it to God and then he sent a miracle in the form of my birth father. My birth father wired money into our account that allowed us to catch up with most bills. I can’t even explain in words the relief that overcame my body when he made the transaction. It allowed me to open up a little more to God and keep my faith strong.

Today I am thankful to have a God that takes care of me even when I can’t take care of myself. I am thankful to have a God that loves me and has faith in me, even when I have none for myself. He constantly shows me that he will never leave me or forsake me. It’s been a beautiful day, thanks to God!!!!

Praise God!!!!

Eight is Enough ~Jenn~

Bye, Bye weekends!

My weekends are now filled with work, work and more work! Who wants that….NOT me!

Going back to last month….

We have been struggling financially since being out of work for my shoulder surgery and even though I am back to work full time, it’s been a uphill battle trying to catch up! I was contemplating trying to get a second job (I only work 3 days a week at my current job). I got the nerve up to ask one of the physicians that comes to my hospital if they were hiring. He informed me that he would look into. I was sooooo excited! I went right home to update my resume and get it all ready! The next day he came and picked up my resume and personally walked it over to his office!!!! Now the waiting games begin… I finally hear from them and get my interview all set up! The interview went AWESOME. Then they asked if I would come shadow them for a half day to see how we all got along! They had me follow the nurse practitioner on stress test day (It’s a cardiology office). My job, if I accept it, would be to work right with the ARNP in the stress lab. I would be prepping the patients and monitoring their vitals during the test. I had a great day at the office. We all seemed to mesh…it was like I had already worked their for months! The days were perfect…I would be able to adjust my days at the hospital to accommodate the 3 days they wanted me to work. I immediately called my work to tell them I needed to switch to only weekends…and they agreed!

Of course, because of the holidays and some medicare issues the main doctor in the practice is not sure about hiring someone else. We wanted to wait a little bit to see how things played out with medicare. Last week she informed me that the medicare changes have been put off another year so all is good there and that after the holidays I should be able to start! Of course, I really need it right now but am so happy that it looks promising for next year!

I am keeping the weekend schedule for now with the hopes of this job coming through in January!

Prayers welcome!!!


Oh Joy!

I wish I was a professional writer like some of the other bloggers. Their posts flow with such great ease and they always have something to write about! There are so many people that follow their blogs and make all sorts of comments! Well I am far from that…so searching on the internet I found a site of writing prompts!!! I would love to provide an attachment but the html codes I had do not work on wordpress. So comment on that if you know how to attach links within your posts =)  My prompt for today is…

My 10 greatest Joys!!!!

  1. My first and greatest joy is worshiping God!
  2. Secondly is my beautiful and amazing kids.
  3. Spending time with my loving, caring and nurturing boyfriend.
  4. When my cat spoons me at night when I sleep!
  5. Walks on the beach.
  6. Playing cars with my lil man!
  7. I love to cook…clean up is for the birds though!!! LOL
  8. Floating in the pool with my funoodle!!
  9. Reading a good book, although I rarely have enough time for this one!
  10. Going to SeaWorld or the Zoo!

Eight is Enough ~Jenn~

Fall for Me…

Thanks MamaKat for my mission. I choose to accept it!

2.) The perfect fall photo…share a picture that defines fall for you in your neck of the woods.

November at the Beach

Living in South Florida, we don’t have the pretty changing colors. Our color change is from green to brown…not so pretty!!! Fall for me means it starts to cool down…in the 80’s instead of the 90’s!!! We can still go to the beach, but the sun is so brutal! And we can even open the windows…some days (in the evenings!) I love our falls!!

There is one thing that is beautiful year-round here and that’s our beaches! We just went to the beach the other day. It was nice and breezy and we all got to play in the sand and water! It was a beautiful Florida fall day! I wouldn’t trade it for the world!

You want HOW much????

This is a b!tching blog….Read at your own risk!!!

Just when I think our financial life can’t get any worse then it does!!!!! Taking care of 8 kids financially is very hard. We just don’t bring enough money in a month and every time we get a little ahead, the bottom falls out! We haven’t been able to pay the babysitter, but we still need to use! We are blessed with a babysitter that does work with us….if only the rest of the collectors were the same way! Our biggest hurdle right now is paying our car insurance. The cable has already been turned off and the phone too. And that’s okay cause there are far better things we should be doing than watching cable! And we have cell phones, so who needs a home phone anyways. My insurance has been canceled!! Yes, I am driving a car without car insurance…Well actually Rafael is driving the car with no insurance. I drive his van (which as of today has insurance). Well the insurance (which tells me every time this has happened) notified the State of Florida that I do not have car insurance….I found this out by this pretty little letter telling me that on December 8th they will suspend my driving privileges…unless I can provide them with info on ACTIVE insurance…  Well we still don’t have money and I have contacted my birth father and my mother…pleading for help. I feel like such a loser every time I have to beg for help. They have their own financial hardships to have to take my on also.  Well my birth father agreed to help…but before he could, he ended up out of the country! How does that happen??? Ugh! I hate waiting to the last minute and I have NEVER been without car insurance like this time! It’s been almost a month….Thank GOD, Praise GOD that we have not been in any accidents or such! Is it tax time yet??? It’s the only way, at this point, that we are going to be able to get ahead! Migraines and tension headaches just seem to be a daily part of my life! I am grateful for Excedrin!!!!

Ok, I am going to stop b!tching now!!!! In the end I KNOW God will take care of us…We do have faith!

Eight is Enough ~Jenn~

Driving by Braille!

So there is one thing that I forgot in my 100 things. I drive by braille…I like to reach out and touch people! I seem to be prone to car accidents. It’s like somebody installed a large magnet in my truck and under my hood! It all started within a few months of getting my first car. And it continued REGULARLY until about 3 years ago…Woohoo the insurance is getting ready to go down!!!!! I am so happy that they don’t consider ALL your diving history for insurance or else I wouldn’t be able to drive anymore! I am proud to say that I have gone 3 years (well on 12-02 it will be 3 years) without any car accidents or speeding tickets!

Well after all that is said, I suffer from neck and back problems due to my previous driving by braille incidents. And having my latest baby has made it worse also.I have had all sorts of treatments….Acupuncture, Massage, TENS, Chiropractic treatments,  PT and so much more!

So yesterday I had the day off and got so much done around the house…lots of organizing!!! In between all that I was carrying a grumpy little man around the house. Today I woke up with a sore back and by 12pm today I had officially thrown it out of whack! I could barely walk…I made it to the drug store to buy meds, patches and creams!

I am officially out of commission…if only the baby would cooperate! Why is it that when mommy doesn’t feel good the children always seem to be at their neediest!!!! Aiden has cried for me to hold him all day! I know he is teething…but I swear it is at it’s worst today…of all days!

Hoping for some good thoughts and prayers to be sent my way!!!

Eight is Enough~Jenn~


Sleep, what is that???

I have this beautiful, amazing little man and he is 1yr old….AND he still wakes up at least once a night for a bottle. He slept through the night for about a week and that was it!!!! I tried the whole let him cry and go back to sleep…but it is too hard to sit there and listen to him pout his way back to sleep! He eats good during the day so I really don’t think it is affecting his appetite…but mommy needs sleep! 4:30am comes very quickly and I definitely do not fall right back to sleep after getting up with him…I am so exhausted. I think I felt more rested when he was a baby and still sleeping in my room, nursing every 2hrs!!! Go figure…lol! Any suggestions that might have worked for other mommies????

Nice to meet you!!

Hello, my name is Jennifer! I have tried to blog before in the past but ended up just letting it die off. I wanted an outlet for my thoughts…cause they are clogging up my mind….So I am back and found out that I can use my blackberry (easily) with word press….so here goes!

I am a 35 year old woman. My boyfriend and I recently re-united after 20 years and found ourselves expecting a beautiful baby boy! I previously had 2 other children with my ex and he has 5 from his previous relationships! We were definitely not expecting or trying to add another baby to our mix of children…but God had other plans!!! So now we are definitely one big happy family, although most days (at least weekdays) it is just me, my man and our baby! My older 2 live with their father and his other 5 live with their mothers too!

I work in the medical field and love it! I want to finish school for Nursing….all in time! But for now I will continue to sit and watch the 4 t.v. monitors for 12 hours. I monitor and interpret cardiac rhythms all day! I also recently signed up to sell Avon and Thirty-One Gifts!!! I love both companies and so far they have not got in the way of each other! The only problem I have with them is I spend too much money buying myself stuff….lol!!!!

I have lived in South Florida for the last 2 years. I moved from Orlando where I lived for all my life with the exception of 4 years!!! I love South Florida and will probably be staying here. I do miss my family and friends so much! I get to go back and visit as often as possible!

I am an open book!!! Ask me what you want to know =D

Angel from upstairs…

I rushed around the house this morning trying to get ready for work and get out the door on time. I kept forgetting things…I think I ran back in the house 3 different times this morning! All while lil Aiden, strapped in his car seat, waited in the car. I finally get it all and it’s 6:15….I usually leave at 6am on the dot! I attempt to start the car one time, two times and three…It won’t start. And Rafael left for work at 5am, UGH!!!! What was I supposed to do. I sat with him on the phone trying to mimic the noise that the car was making….I suck at this. How come a guy can replicate it no problem….but when I try, HA! Back to the story….. I finally give up and call my job at 6:20 and tell them that as of right now I would not be there…unless a miracle came and my car started. I continued to try some more….NO LUCK! All of a sudden my upstairs neighbor is outside my car door. I open it up and she hands me a paper with her number and then her car keys. I couldn’t believe it…I don’t even know her that well, all just in passing. She insisted that I take her car to get to work. I couldn’t believe that someone would do something like that…Would I if the situation was reversed and I had 2 cars also???? I wondered! I quickly called my job back to make sure I could still come in and they said Yes…WooHoo!!!! I transferred everything to her car and went on my way. I am so grateful for having a neighbor that cares. I felt so blessed!!!! I am so blessed!!!!!

The key to happiness?!?!?!?

Someone once told me that in order to be happy we have to learn to adapt to everyone’s differences. I understand that everyone is different and we will all not always agree with each other. But what if that difference is more than just how you cook your ramen noodles. What if it is something much deeper than that. Do we have to put aside our beliefs in order to “be happy” with the one we love? How do you make a difference in someone’s life without trying to “change” them? I know from past experience that you cannot change a person, that it must come from within themselves. I am so confused!