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Welcome! I am Val. My adult daughter Jess and I live together and have a loving and fun relationship. We share our daily adventures, travels, struggles, and the strong loving village that surrounds us.
“It takes a village”. For those of you who have followed us for a while, I’m sure you’ll agree we are blessed with a strong loving “village”. Looking back at September, let’s put the spotlight on some of our favorite #goodones.
HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED IN SEPTEMBER
We start on a difficult note. In September we said goodbye to “Aunt Sue”. You wouldn’t have seen Aunt Sue in our bideos, but you would have felt her presence. When Jess talked about ‘going to work’ it meant going to Aunt Sue’s to be her nurse, and it meant the world to Jess. Twelve years. That’s how long Aunt Sue and her daughter have been dedicated to calling Jess every single day.
As you would expect, Jessica took the news of Aunt Sue’s passing hard. Jessica has her own way of grieving and I expect her grief will continue for a long time. While we obviously keep some parts of our lives private, we did share this video of a raw and grieving Jess. Amazingly, Jess showed the most profound wisdom in her message for Aunt Sue at the service: “I was your nurse for a very long time. I miss you. Heaven is a wonderful place. I’ll see you when I get there”.
BadDaddy, AKA my ex-husband and the father of our children, Jessica, Madison, and Hannah. No, he’s not remarried. No, we’re not getting back together. Yes, we have worked hard on our friendship and will even travel together.
And he’s not actually a ‘bad daddy’. We settled on that name because I didn’t want to constantly refer to him as my ‘ex’ and he did not appreciate my joking references to him as ‘baby daddy’. I thought that #BadDaddy was the perfect way to capture his special relationship with our kids. As I explain in this Q&A, while ‘Good One, Bad One‘ started with Abby, Jessica and her dad have really taken it to new levels!
BadDaddy has recently retired and so he’s been able to spend some more time with us and that includes taking the oodles of poodles for walks. Before Covid, Jessica spent every other weekend with him. We’re working our way back to that with some Daddy-Daughter dinner dates. Thanks to a generous goodone, the four of us (BadDaddy, Hannah, Jess, and I) enjoyed a “What’s the Deal” meal at a family favorite restaurant, Red Lobster.
Our middle child is a son, Madison. Madison is married to Sarah and they live in Charleston. You won’t see them much in our posts because they prefer the quiet life and I respect that. If you’re interested in an oldie-but-goodie, check out this video of Madison giving Jess a ‘driving lesson’.
As many of you know, we’ve been planning a family trip to Disney World in October, and we’re very happy that Madison and Sarah will be there also.
Hannah is the youngest of our three kids. As you all have seen, she is a special soul. This summer Hannah moved back home and is settling into the basement suite with her furbaby, Daryl. You’ll hear Jess talking about moving and as I explain in this QA, “Are we Moving?“, we’d like to move eventually, but we have no immediate plans!
In September, Hannah and Jess, in addition to grocery shopping, spent some quality time in the kitchen: pumpkin bread, chocolate cake, and sausage balls. Reminding us once again that progress never stops, Jessica got quite a kick out of rolling the sausage balls.
Marlow is Hannah’s best friend, and also Jessica’s paid caregiver. Marlow comes 3-4 days a week. Jessica and Marlow’s September adventures included baking chocolate chip cookies and a late September water day. In August, Marlow joined the poodle parent tribe with Benny.
Nonnie and Granddad
Nonnie and Granddad are my parents. We have a very close relationship, and I can tell you they are as kind and loving as you would imagine. From “cooking with Nonnie” to “shopping with Granddad” to a McD’s delivery to visiting on the porch, they are the true #goodones! Jessica has recently resumed her overnight visits with them and that’s as important for Jess as it is for me.
And all of you!
Whether you are a new follower or a longtime #goodone or a Crispy, we appreciate you! Our Tuesday Crispy ‘meetings’ and our Thank You Thursday ‘Alives’ are a huge support to us. Jessica enjoys very much connecting, and so do Hannah and I! We enjoy sharing our life with you and also using it as a way to encourage and educate.
In September we shared our usual ups and downs and musical features, along with Q&A videos about how we ended up where we are today: “What Next When Vocation Options Failed“, “Did Jess Attend an Adult Day Program“, and “Was Jess Kicked off the Bus?“.
If you have any topics you are interested to hear more about, please let me know!
HERE’S THE PLAN
The first family vacation with all three kids in a really long time
A new challenge: “…tude”
“What’s The Deal?”
30-day challenge wrap-up
Cooking with Nonnie, cookbook edition!
FOR YOUR CALENDAR
- OCT 01 – National Hair Day
- OCT 04 – World Animal Welfare Day
- OCT 05 – World Teachers’ Day
- OCT 10 – World Mental Health Day
- OCT 11 – Thanksgiving (Canada)
- OCT 14 – National Dessert Day
- OCT 17 – National Pasta Day
- OCT 21 – National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day
- OCT 25 – International Artist Day
- OCT 31 – Halloween
Thanks from the bottom of our hearts for following along in our journey! We enjoy sharing our joyful life with you all, and love knowing all of the various ways our story and videos help others.
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