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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Getting The Word Out

I have only 37 prompts to finish to arrive at the completion of the Your Life Spelled Out journal that will be published this year. I should be finished by 2/15 as that is my deadline.

I already am thinking of another book project. I will be writing as essay book about 40 people that are experiencing or have experienced mid life crisis . I will record what they went through or are going through and where they ended up on the other side.

I will be interviewing for the book after the Journal is finished (mid February).

If you are in fact in the middle of a mid life crisis or on the other side of one and would like to be considered please comment or email me at smsummerville@hotmail.ocm and I will ad you to my list to contributors to interview.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

It's been awhile since I have share photos of the grandbabies so here you go. Tyler is 5, Aubrey is 1 and Wyatt is 2. My little iphone babies!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Continuing to work on the new blog, continuing to grieve the loss of Olivia, continuing to wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back asleep, continuing to fantasize about another life, continuing to to write the book, continuing to set goals, continuing to shed pounds, continuing to create art, continuing to ponder everything about my life, continuing to be depressed, continuing to move forward, continuing to make life changing decisions, continuing to get to know myself, continuing to accept myself, continuing to learn to really be myself one day at a time.

Welcome to my Mid-Life Crisis

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Year Of....

I have named years for the past 10. For example, one year I named the Year Of Growth. I will NEVER do that again. Ha!

So when it came time to name this year I found myself in such a negative place that I decided that naming it just might not be such a wonderful idea.

I believe that feeling like I have no life of my own (self pity..YUK), looking in the mirror and for the first time really seeing signs of aging and realizing that (Yes Susan You Are Really That Old) and the death of a child that I was very close to was the catalyst for my uncharacteristic way of thinking (and acting I might add). I believe they call that mid life crisis. So in an attempt to reign myself in and handle this time of life with some dignity and not make any rash wild decision or act out any more than I already have, I have decided to start a contributing blog (that everyone may contribute to) that addresses the issues of mid life and baggage we have not dealt with that we drag into it. I will let you know when it is up and running.

For now this blog will be used to update anyone that cares what is happening in my life and the lives of the people I am closest to. I know ...boring huh!

This year Tyler will be 6, Wyatt will be 3 , Aubrey will be 2 and Mom will turn 70!
Hannah is getting married on June 3rd.
Camp Ed Bear is June 4th,5th and 6th
Akron Walks For Autism is June 18th (I am on the board of The Greater Akron Autism Society)
I probably will have to go to Asia at least once and I HATE even thinking about it.
I am going to Hawaii for the first time at the end of this month. That is something I am looking forward to.

I am diving into Art. Working on an Art Journal. Great Therapy for me and I desperately need it right now.

I am finding that the people I can act completely crazy with and they think nothing less of me are the people I need to be around. I have just a couple of those and God knows how I treasure their friendship.

Working on a gratitude list which is something I encourage all of my friends to do. It really helps put life back in perspective.

Drop me a comment and let me know how your year is starting out!

Sending Love,
I have learned in my life that the people you can act completely crazy with and they think nothing less of you are the ones you need to keep around.

Monday, December 27, 2010

My end of year letter went out!

Each December I send a thank you letter out to five people that have impacted, influenced or touched my life during the year. I always write them the week after Christmas and make sure they are in the mail before the first of the next year.
I have them finished and in the mail as of today. I love this tradition. It helps me stay focused on the blessings in my life and also enables me to do something that I believe should always be done. Acknowledge how important people are in my life.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas 2010

A Christmas Letter to the People I Love

The Christmas letter will be a little different this year. The focus will be on lessons learned instead of what has happened in our family this past year.
My little friend Olivia passed away on December 11th. She was a light in the lives of so many. She taught me so many things in our few years together. She taught me that
• You must love with ALL of your heart ALL of the time, even if you know you may hurt in the end.
• If you don’t like the way they cook your bacon, send it back.
• If you want to create art you should stop talking about it and just do it.
• Always think of others before yourself.
• Some rules really are there for a reason.
• No one else but you can put a voice to your opinion so voice it often.
• It’s alright to have more than one favorite color.
• You can love many people at the same time, all for different reasons.
• Some people are brought into your life for a special reason. Pay attention so you don’t miss it.
• Rocket Popsicles ROCK. Why have just one flavor when you can have three!

More than anything she taught me that one life CAN make a difference in the world. She left me with the desire to try to make a difference in someone’s life each day of 2011.
Oh and the family is beautiful and well. We wish you all a blessed Christmas surrounded by people you love.
I leave you with a favorite poem of mine. I was not surprised to find out that it was also one of Olivia’s favorites.

Hug O'War

I will not play at tug o' war.
I'd rather play at hug o' war,
Where everyone hugs
Instead of tugs,
Where everyone giggles
And rolls on the rug,
Where everyone kisses,
And everyone grins,
And everyone cuddles,
And everyone wins.

Sheldon Allan Silverstein

With Love and Hugs Too,

Luke 2:9-12

Monday, August 16, 2010

Catching Up

Well as you all know it is that time of the year again for me..PROJECT ED BEAR time. The dinner/auction is on Monday, November 29th. I held the first committee meeting on the 10th of this month. We had a nice turn out and a great group of people on the committee this year! :-)

The website is lame but up and the blog is up and running!

Aubrey just turned 10 month AND has started to walk. She is so beautiful. I will be posting new pictures soon. Wyatt is as gorgeous as ever and was diagnosed a few days after his second birthday with autism. Tyler just turned 5 and will start kindergarten in September.

Skip and I will not be traveling out of the country again until next year and for that I am very grateful. I was sick for 2 entire months after returning home from Asia in April.

I have a journal prompt blog up and running since January and have a nice following. I am in the middle of writing a journal prompt book.

Come visit at

I am the newest Board Member of The Autism Society of Greater Akron.

My most (fun) news is that I went ot Michael Symond (IRON CHEF) house recently as part of a fundraiser for Autism Speaks. Pictures above..We LOVEd it. Skip and I are both such FOODIES that is was just heaven for us.

I will be posting more often..yeah..I know I said that before but now that I have decided to make this the (What's going on in my life blog) instead of the (inspiration sharing) blog that it started out will really happen. Watch for it!

Hey..have a great day!!!