Dear Victoria, Today, you turn 23 years old. You have reached a major pinnacle in your life, but it has only just begun. I eagerly wait with anticipation to see what your life has in store for you. Of all the things I am capable of giving you today, I feel my words are the most valuable and I wish someone had shared these thoughts with me when I was your age. These are exciting times for you: finishing college, starting a career, dating, marriage, having kids. The possibilities are endless. But, I’m not going to lie. At times, life is going to get rough.

I know, I know.  I am running behind this week on posting.  It has been a busy 7 or 8 days since my last post.  With Thanksgiving and all that goes with it, I was pretty busy.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I spent all day Wednesday cooking and prepping for Thursday so we could spend as much time as possible with family.  It was tiring, but so worth it.  The only people who weren’t here were my daughter (working – damn early black Friday) and my parents (who probably wouldn’t have came anyway).  We had my Father/Mother in law, my two married step-daughters and