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This blog started out as a spin off from the blog we had to keep family updated on what was going on with my husband.   I needed some place I could put down my thoughts about being a mom, wife, and caregiver to my husband.  I have found that blogging is a way to help calm my nerves, but I didn’t want to take over the other blog with my ramblings.

A little about me.

  • I’m in my 30s
  • I became a widow at the age of 32
  • In Jan 2012 I celebrated 14 years with my husband.
  • I have 2 kids, although sometimes they can feel like 5
  • I had 2 csections and have an amazing bond with my kids, I dare someone to tell me otherwise.
  • I was diagnosed with Lupus and Scleroderma in 2008.  Since then I have added Fibromyalgia, Hypermobility Syndrom, and Sjögren’s (SHOW-grins).
  • I hate stupid people and have a hard time keeping opinions to myself
  • I grew up in Illinois until I was 16, don’t miss the cold, or the summers
  • I lived in Vegas for 4 years, and miss it
  • I lived in Oregon for 2 years and couldn’t stand the rain
  • I lived in California for 12 years. its not as glamorous as tv makes it out to be,
  • We now live in South Carolina and absolutely love it and the people!

Tin Man was born with a congenital heart defect (CHD) called Transposition of the Great Arteries (TGA).  He was listed for a heart transplant on December 3, 2010 and received his new heart on March 6, 2012 after waiting 15 months and 3 days.lHe passed away on April 10, 2012 from complications.  You can read more about Tin Man’s heart over here.

I’m mom to 2 kids.

  • Warrior is 17.  He’s my way to smart for his own good, and my sanity, child.  He’s decided he wants to be a cardiothoracic surgeon.  After seeing everything his dad went through, he wants to help people the same way the doctors and surgeons helped our family.
  • Sugar Peas is 13.  She’s my fashion diva, my girly tomboy.  She was diagnosed with an auditory processing disorder in 2008 and with a visual processing disorder and short term memory issues in May 2012.  She wants to be a nurse in a cardiologist office.
  • Both kids do a lot with Donate Life.  They look for different ways to help get the message out.  They speak at high schools, have done different speaking engagements in our area, and do a lot through Facebook too.

They are awesome kids.  They’re the only things that have held me together since Tin Man’s death.

I love

  • photography, I love playing around with my camera, especially with nature shots.
  • reading.  I’ve always been a reader, but lately, with all the hospital visits, and not being able to sleep, I’ve started reading a lot more.  I’m always open to suggestions on what I should read.
  • historical places.  I hated history when I was younger because I hated reading about it.  I want to learn about it first hand.  I want to see the actual places and not just pictures in a book.
  • anything crafty.  I’m a sucker for crafts and love home made gifts.
  • Donate Life.  In August 2011 Tin Man, Warrior, Sugar Pea, and I became Donate Life Ambassadors.  We decided as a family we wanted to learn how to educate people about the importance and need for organ donation.
  • and i love video games when I have the time.


This is me.

Hi! I’m Samantha. I’m a mom of 2 great kids, and all that goes with that. I am a Pink Zebra Independent Consultant, I’m also a widow. I am learning to live life after the death of my husband, figuring out what my new normal is, and battling with my grief.

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I'm a widowed mom of 2 amazing kids. Engaged to the man that made me realize I could love again. I love photography, gardening, and reading. Caregiver, taxi driver extraordinaire, chef, maid, and everything in between.

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