I have made almost every mistake possible concerning relationships and raising children. As a result of that, I’ve learned some valuable lessons along the way. (mostly the hard way) Despite my missteps and failures we survived. Today I am able to own my mistakes and accept who I have become as a result of them. Because of my journey, please allow me to share some things that could help you and maybe keep you from making similar mistakes… unnecessarily. I have two beautiful (both inside and out) adult daughters who are successful in their chosen fields, despite my shortcomings. One daughter works in corporate America and the other in the beauty/fashion industry. I am also the “over the top” proud grandmother of two fabulous grand-children aka my GBs. However the greatest thing that I can share with you is that God loves you! Yes you; and right where you are, whether in the midst of a mess or in comfortable obscurity. The very same God who created the universe desires for you to come to know Him through His Son Jesus. I won’t preach to you but Baby, God has shown His love for me in so many ways that I must acknowledge that it is only because of Him that I am still standing and looking good for a ?? year old woman. HE will do the same for you and your children.
Some other things about me, I was born in Oakland, Ca., I am a retired flight attendant who has travelled throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, the South Pacific and of course, the United States, I have sister/girlfriends of all ethnicities, ages and backgrounds, I have been involved in Women’s Ministry for over 15 years and I love to laugh (mostly at myself) and last but not least… this Sister loves shoes! Not the same way I love Jesus or my GBs but I do like a shoe/boot/sandal and until recently would spend almost my last penny on a fabulous pair of shoes.
When I was raising my daughters as a single mom we were nicknamed the “Allen Girls” by a friend who surmised that we reminded him of the “Golden Girls”. It seems that our penchant for having fun together regardless of what we were doing, coupled with us being hysterical to watch, helped him make the comparison. Never mind the minor details that we are not white,not old and never carried a purse around the house! We are mother/daughter/sisters who love each other to an extreme and have survived some things that could have destroyed that mother/daughter bond that can be so tenuous. I love them and they love me… (even though I am a little crazy) AND they love each other.
There are many mothers, daughters and sisters in the world who have not spoken in years and have allowed some little thing or maybe big thing come between them. Quite frankly life is too short. Don’t allow anything or anyone get in the way of making memories and establishing a legacy for future generations.
So Babygirl, that’s the abbreviated version of my story. Now welcome to my blog. I hope to provide a safe environment for you to vent, ask questions, cry and yes…LAUGH!