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This week has been a very emotional one. Some of it made me so proud and some very sad. I have had a rollercoaster of emotions week.

I have finally gotten caught up at work after the unplanned week off for my surgery. That was a great feeling of relief. I hate to miss work. I know my boss depends on me and there is so much that is just on hold if I am not there. He pays me very well to do the job he needs me to. I love my job and am emotionally involved in the cases. While my boss is very patient and understanding about what I have been going through he also needs me to be there and have my full attention. I am proud of the work that I do. I am human and I do make mistakes but I try to keep those a few as possible. Therefore my boss knows he can depend on me and I am very proud of that fact.

We had to say goodbye to someone that was a very important part of my children’s childhood. She was someone who I have known for a long time. As she took care of my children while I worked I came to consider her a good friend. It was very hard to say goodbye. Our whole family went to pay our respects and say our final goodbye.

I finished the edits on Soul Journey. I was so very stressed about finishing this up. As I was making the final edits and doing my final read through I was desperately trying to find every last mistake or typo. It was like I was publishing it for the first time all over again. I have expanded scenes, added new scenes, reduced scenes and taken scenes out. It is still the same story line but told in a better way.

I then learned how to format my book. I had paid someone to do my formatting for me the first time. This time Savannah took the time to sit down with me for a whole Saturday and teach me how to format. I love to learn new skills so I was excited for this. It was so much easier than I thought it would be. I was so relieved to see that it was more time and detail than actual work. Don’t get me wrong it is definitely work, but once you figure it out it’s not as hard as I thought it would be.

On Saturday I had a very busy and stressful day. As the assistant coach for my daughter’s competition dance team I am always stressed on a competition day. We have taught the girls what they needed to know. We have been making corrections on their dances for the last few weeks. We have given them all that they need to be successful (aside from the amazing talent they provide for themselves) and it was time to get on stage and shine. As I was getting my daughter ready I was watching to make sure that the other mothers were doing alright. I flitted around giving advise and showing them how to do something if they were struggling.

It was time for the girls to go on stage. I was so proud of each and every one of them. They all did an amazing job! While I am very proud of them all, as a mother I had to feel a special intense pride for my daughter. Their group numbers did very well but her solo performance had me tearing up in the audience. She never wants me backstage with her when she is waiting to go on stage. She wants me in the audience watching her. As I sat and watched her do her dance with all the skill she has I was so proud of her that it brought tears to my eyes. She performed her dance and lit up the stage.

Of course with my health problems my busy and stressful day on Saturday and the stress of the rest of the week came with a price.  Yesterday I did laundry and not much else. I did have my best friend come over and teach me how to do makeup. For the villains ball in April she had to teach me how to do the makeup for my character. She also taught me how to do a smoky eye. I have never been good at eye makeup and needed the lesson.

This week should be a normal week so I can get back in my routine and prepare for Atlanta. Just waiting on the last shipment of books and then I can start to get everything packed up and ready to go.

Til next time, remember to stop and enjoy the things that make you the happiest.

~ Miranda

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