". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Intro Post - ABOUT ME:


I have a wonderful and patient husband who somehow puts up with me and my shenanigans. Put us together and we have "yours, mine, and ours" make 10 children and 16 grandchildren. Our 2 youngest boys are at home, they are 11 and 12. Family is very important to us!!
(That's me in the red sweater in the back 
standing next to hubby on the end... Christmas 2009)

I am a photographer and LOVE to create with my camera and PS!
This is actually an image I shot of one of our daughters 
and her baby and gave it an old world style overhaul. 
One of my FAVORITES!! 
It hangs in an art niche over our stairway.
(He's the one in green on her lap in the photo above... 
this image was shot the year before.)

We are members of :
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

We lost a beautiful granddaughter to NALD at 16 months  :`(

Now her little brother has the same disorder and we cherish the time we have with him. Each day is a blessing! He is 26 months... 10 months beyond the time frame they gave him and currently doing pretty well. He is mostly deaf and blind and has a feeding tube. He has the cutest laugh and the sweetest spirit!!

I have 2 adorable pups that entertain me endlessly...
(Yeah... Christmas in JULY! BWAHAHA...)
I've had some pretty rough patches getting to where I am... divorced parents, moved a LOT, abuse, eating disorder, divorce, abuse, divorce, metabolic disorder (=WEIGHT problems), bipolar disorder... But I have found the love of my life; the man that will be my partner and inspiration through life. So things can only get BETTER! Right? This year will make 13 for us. I blog my journey HERE!
1.) Why do you blog?
Blogging gives me a direction for my distractions. Sometimes I need to get out a frustration, others I want to HELP in some way, frequently I'm RANDOM. Blogging gives me an outlet to SAY SOMETHING... I try to restrain in person because when I go off rambling and catch myself, I am embarrassed. It is adult interaction. I find support and others to relate to.  ;D
2.) What do you blog about?
I blog about whatever suits me for the moment: Life, Things I'm excited or anxious about, The past..., Awareness, Bipolar, Reviews, Music, Politics, etc...
3.) What do you find to be the biggest reward you get from blogging?
Support & Friendships that develop
4.) How long have you been blogging?
A little over 2 years, although some are private to family only.
5.) Let's hear the story behind your blog title! :)
Diamond in the Rough was taken... and all the forms of it I could come up with... SO I had to think of another way of putting it that wasn't too long for a URL.  ;D  Thus, Diamond Potential

Now, let's think of HOW a DIAMOND comes to BE:
  1. Diamonds are formed primarily by intense pressure over long periods of time. Diamonds are formed when enough pressure is produced ninety miles under the earth's surface, along with temperatures of 2200 degrees Fahrenheit. Without these particular conditions, diamonds can't be formed. Diamonds are formed deep within the earth and eventually, over extremely long periods of time push their way to the earth's surface, usually through volcanic eruptions. When diamonds are formed and begin their ascent to the earth's surface, they do this through what are know as volcanic "pipes", literally channels where the magma from the volcano rises to the surface, picking up diamonds along the way and eventually depositing them on the surface, where they are eventually found and mined. Because of this laborious, natural process diamonds have always been a rare and precious commodity.
  2. Diamond, mineral form of the element carbon, valued as a precious stone. Diamond is the hardest natural mineral and has many other exceptional properties. Rough diamonds are not brilliant and can appear greasy. Diamond cutting encompasses a number of processes that bring out the beauty of gem diamonds. These processes include cleaving, sawing or laser cutting, and polishing. A diamond cutter seeks to enhance the brilliance and fire of each stone and to eliminate imperfections, such as cracks and cloudiness.

(1) http://ezinearticles.com/?How-Are-Diamonds-Formed&id=405139
(2) http://ernieinamsterdam.com/diamonds.html

I have had many trials throughout my life, and they continue. But I believe that God knows me and loves me and that if I endure these things well, through the pressures and heat, I will be cut and polished into something that is precious in His sight; and hopefully to my family and those I love. I know I have a LONG way to go, but with my patient and loving husband at my side, I will continue to strive to become my full potential. For now I remain, a Diamond in the Rough; I have Diamond Potential! 


Cluttered Brain said...

YAY!! You joined the party!!
Did u link up at Brittany's place so everybody can see your post?
Cool explanation of diamonds BTW. That is neat.

And your pics!

Kristina P. said...

I loved getting to know more about you and your babies!

Amy said...

I loved reading this post and getting to know more about your background and who you are.

Adrienne said...

I love your blog and I am sorry to hear about your children who are ill and the one who passed =(
I can't wait to read more of your posts =)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love the picture of your daughter. Glad to get to know you.

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