A parents worse nightmare….

Hi everybody. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. You know, busy life and all. 😥

But I had to share an amazing movie with you. I rarely have time to watch them but this one is SO GOOD.

It’s called Kidnap and it stars the talented Halle Berry.

Curious? Check out the description below:

A typical afternoon in the park turns into a nightmare for single mother Karla Dyson when kidnappers snatch her young son Frankie.

With no cellphone and no time to wait for police, Dyson jumps into her car to follow the vehicle that holds Frankie.

As the pursuit turns into a frantic, high-speed chase, Karla must risk everything and push herself to the limit to save her beloved child.

This movie is truly a parents worst nightmare. Turning your back for just a moment and poof! your child is gone, taken by a stranger.

Luckily I have not had anything remotely like this happen to me and I would never wish this on my worst enemy. There have been a few times I have had a little scare but thankfully it turned out fine.

There are so many kids taken and kidnapped now that the very idea of losing your child is terrifying, crippling even. In most instances, the parent does not know they are missing until it’s too late but in this movie, Karla (Halle Berry) witnesses the kidnappers taking her child and is able to give chase.Despite everything that is thrown her way, Karla never gives up.

Halle Berry gives an excellent performance in this movie, making you feel her terror as her only son is ripped away and her frustration as time and time again, she is unable to stop the events from unfolding.

This movie has several highs and lows, stomach dropping scenes, and more than a few shocks. It was such a good movie that even my husband was on the edge of his seat the whole time.

But it definitely makes you think about the what-ifs. True, you can’t keep your child/children in your sight 24/7/365 but there are a few things to help you keep them safe.

  • PAY ATTENTION

It is so easy take your eyes off of them for just a minute because of distractions. While at the park, the store, ball games or wherever, pay attention to your kids. Watch them play or better yet, play with them.

  • SAFETY IN NUMBERS (ALWAYS make sure your kids are not alone. Have them play with friends, other family members, etc)
  • GIVE THEM A CURFEW

They may think it’s punishment or that you don’t trust them but it’s just a parents way of keeping them safe.

  • CHILD SAFETY KITS

These allow you to keep your child’s info all in one place and handy in case they do go missing (hair or fingernail clipping sample for DNA), latest picture, age, height, weight, birthmarks, characteristic, etc)

Here are just a few sites to get your free child safety kits:

https://www.childsafekit.com/

https://secure.pollyklaasaction.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=291

http://www.missingkids.com/ChildID

You can also check with your local police department for safety kits as well.

  • CELL PHONES

If you’re avle to buy one for your child/children, do so. Yes, they can play games, watch videos, etc on them but they are also a good way to stay in touch with your kids.

  • USE A LOCATOR APP

There are a ton of apps, free and not free, that allow you to keep track if your kids movements and locations.

  • COME UP WITH AN ALERT WORD

For example, perhaps there is a certain word or number they can text or speak in case of danger. Make it short, easy to remember, and confidential.

  • KNOW THEIR PEOPLE

Get to know their friends, boyfriends/girlfriends, etc. And know their friends’ parents, their addresses and phone numbers.

  • KEEP TRACK OF THEIR SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVITY

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. I’m not saying stalk your kids. Just keep an eye out for them. Because unfortunately there are bad people that use these platforms to trick kids.

Hopefully these ideas will help in keeping your kids, and other kids, a little safer.

Thanks for stopping by.

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40 years and counting…

Good morning all. As I sit here writing this, I can’t help but to watch the clock, waiting for midnight, for October 2nd to roll over into October 3rd. Why? No, not for my break time (I work nights). The reason is simple:

On October 3rd, I will forever leave my 30’s behind. Yep, that’s right, I will join the group of 40 year olds.

By the time you read this, you will no longer be reading a blog post written by a 39 year old woman but from a 40 year old woman.

Big difference? Maybe….

There are those familiar sayings about a person turning forty. You know the ones:

  • Over the hill
  • Your life is half over
  • One foot in the grave
  • It’s all downhill from here

They go on and on. Now I’m not going to lie. Turning 40 makes me feel a tad bit depressed. I mean, I have been alive and on this Earth for 40 years and I don’t know, I just thought I would have done more with my time.

BUT….

I refuse to dig myself into a pit of despair about all of the things I have not done or the places I’ve never been. Instead, I want to think about everything I have experienced in my last 40 years.

1. I didn’t finish high school

BUT…

I got my G.E.D.

2. I worked on a stinky chicken farm

BUT…

I met my best friend in the whole world

3. Unfortunately I had to quit college

BUT…

I have a very good paying job

WITH…

A great partner

4. I got married…and divorced

BUT…

I met and married my soul mate

5. I didn’t have the twins I always wanted

BUT…

I did have two beautiful children

AND…

became a step mom to another beautiful child

6. I’m not living in some million dollar mansion

BUT…

I did purchase an even better, cozy, loving home with my wonderful husband

7. I didn’t get on become a NY Times Bestsellers List or sign a movie deal based on my books (YET…)

BUT…

I did become a published author!

P.S. The 3rd full length book in The Perfect Order series is in the early stages…

So, to sum it all up:

I may not have accomplished everything I wanted to in the way I wanted to…

And I may not have “The Perfect Life”…

But what I have accomplished is amazing to me

And what I do have, the LIFE I have, is perfect for me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Enjoy!

Christmas, Christmas Time Is Here!

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Hi everybody. It’s only 4 days til Christmas. My how the time has flown. It’s a little unbelievable.

But in spite of that, have you got your tree up?

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How about the decorations?

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Stockings strung up with care?

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Christmas wreath on the door?

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And don’t forget the mistletoe!

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And of course a question everyone always asks: “Have you got your shopping done yet?”

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For some, Christmas is all about religion:

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For others, it’s the  magic of a child opening a present:

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And singing Christmas songs to spead the joy of the holidays:

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Regardless of how you will be celebrating this season,  in the end, one thing we can all agree on, it’s all about spending time with those you love:

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So, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from my family to yours! Enjoy!

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