December 19, 2009 edensmommy

I am really going to do the very best I can to keep this going this time. I’ve started and stopped many times in the past and usually ended every blog because of family “issues” but I’m going to do my best.

Who am I ?

Hmm..Well I’m Audrey. I’m a True Southern Bell, born and raised in South Florida (yes it is the south!!) I had a very hard child hood. Basically stupid people making even dumber choices that led to consequences no child should ever have to deal with and be forced to live out.  Then I turned 18 and wanted more than that life and those choices. I have always been a very head strong person so when I was told there was no way I could go to college. I made it happen. No was not an option. I worked at my local starbucks from 5am to 2pm 4 days a week and the rest was spent commuiting over an hour to Ft. Lauderdale where I put myself through Art School. I worked my tail off, got a degree in photographer. During that time, I did alot of free work to get my name out there. It worked. Landed myself work with Ocean Drive Magazine, Irene Marie Models and the Jameson Group. That led to me working parties at the Marlin hotel, soon I began hosting and next thing I know I’m working from New Orleans to South Beach hosting VIP events, charites and parties. It was a fun, exciting life and time.

BUT then…in 2003..I met him.

We went to the same church *yes I go to church* we hung out..talked..he told me the more he hung out with me the more he felt the need to pray for me. This of course just made me laugh lol.  Our first date was October 30th 2003 and we were married in a huge church wedding in March 2004. His name is David. I continued to shoot and sell my work but it was becoming to hard to keep up. So I semi retired.

From that time till now, I have gone from my home state of Florida, to currently living in the mountains of Tn where I promise you there are more cows than people. I have gone from being one of two children, too one of 7! I have yet to meet any of my other sibelings as they are spread out from Boston to the east Coast but I hope to one day. My real mother killed herself soon after Eden was born. Became a mommy..then took in David’s father who suffers from severe skitzaphrenia and Dementia….none of the friends I had before David are really any of the friends I have’s honestly hard to even make friends. Very few understand how hard it is to have a child with different needs..constant needs..a father in law who doens’t really like you and yet you are responsible for keeping him sheltered, clothed, fed..Dr’s appointments..meds….

I’m rambeling…but seriously..why haven’t I started drinking yet??!!


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  • 1. Debbie  |  December 19, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    First of all, Eden is precious!

    Sounds like a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. You are a very strong person. What do you do to take care of yourself?

  • 2. edensmommy  |  December 20, 2009 at 1:44 am

    yes I love my girl..she’s too cute…and she know’s it lol. when she’s in trouble, She turns her head and gives a big smile lol.

    What do I do for me…unfortunatly very little. I got into scrapbooking a few years back but not having a place to go crop anymore..I feel guilty doing it at home. As pathetic as it sounds, yesturday was the first time in a year I got my hair cut! I don’t know if you feel this way or go through this but it just feels like I never have time after all is said and done in..and by the time there is something to do..all I want to do is SLEEP??

    • 3. Debbie  |  December 20, 2009 at 2:49 am

      I’m always grabbing naps here and there! My biggest thing these days is getting to the gym when Amelia gets on the bus to go to school. I spend about and hour and a half — a great run — no matter how tired, gives me a lot of energy. I’ve felt so — not myself since Amelia was born. I couldn’t lose the weight, because honestly, everytime we ended up in the hospital — I ate my way thru it. Just didn’t care!!! So I decided to start from the outside and work my way in. It’s worked. Had hair cut & colored. Bought some Sally Hansen Instant Dry nail polish and a new pair of boots! I’m fitting back in my prebaby jeans and feel much better. When I feel better about myself, it touches everything and everyone else in my life. Do you have respite? Are you connected with any agencies like UCP? (United Cerebral Palsy — your child doesn’t have to have CP to have them involved in Eden’s care)

      Anyway, it’s great to hear from you — thanks a million for the cheesecake recipe! I can’t wait to try it. Also — wanted to add that a great topping to try would be caramel! My Aunt makes an awesome cheesecake recipe (it’s all from scratch — including the caramel) but I would like to try Smucker’s Caramel Topping found in the ice cream aisle. I think it would be really great! AND…I don’t know how expensive it is — but there’s definitely enough in the bottle for several cakes!!!!

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