Yes or No

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Mr. Divine made a few calls later on that night then came back to me regarding some information about the young man that had my Kylie smitten. It seems the young man was, in fact, an amazing boy, his father on the other hand, had the reputation of being a true bastard. This situation would have to be dealt with delicately.

If there was one thing I learned from being involved with Walter is that it is a dangerous thing to get into a family you are not totally comfortable with. My ex-husband had come from a secretive family that was always fighting with each other and as a result, he pulled me away from and isolated me from my family. If we allow Kylie to go out this guy, she would learn a lot about people and that all family structures and dynamics we’re not the same.

“What do you think?” Mr. Divide me as we sat on the couch.

“I want to protect my baby but if she is to go off to college I won’t be there to tell her yes or no when it comes to the boys that she meets. She tried to find out as much as she could about him which shows she is thinking rather than blind following or jumping into situations. She needs to keep growing up and discovering.”

Mr. Divine sighed and hugged me closer. “Yes, our baby is growing up, learning.”

“So yes to this date? I asked with a smile.

“Yes,” he said with a sigh. “Before that date, she has to go for a refresher self-defence course. In fact, I’m going to send a message now asking if she can be fit in for Wednesday.”

I laughed at his comment but I knew he was serious. It was better to be ready and aware that clueless and caught. Our young lady was taking another step in her development from there we’ll see what is next.

Settling Into Place

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Free and ready for whatever comes next.

From our conversation on the beach, Mr. Divine and I have been doing a lot better. That talk seemed to have opened a floodgate of conversation to make sure that we are staying on track as a couple. We sit down and just try to talk about everything as much as possible and make sure we were on the right page or just the same page about the things that might be a complication.

With Kylie enjoyed her new school and both of them studying for upcoming exams, things were settling back into a quiet state in our home. A while back Kylie had told me was interested in taking several of her exams early so she had started to do extra lessons in preparation for those exams. That had been going well and it was a major help towards her applications into university.

The children’s sporting activities have brought back up the question of the possibility of them having the opportunity to move to another country so they can further their education and ranking in the sport. We all had a long talk and the plan is to wait for Kylie’s results and see if there is any early interest from the universities that she wants to go to. Her swim coach has also been looking into scholarships at her choice universities and several other schools that would teach the courses that interest her. We would know the results in a few months and from there we would revisit the idea of moving as a family or if we would let Kylie go off on her own and have an adventure. Time would tell.

Book Review – My Favorite Husband

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When I saw the book My Favorite Husband by Pam McCutcheon all I was thinking was that no matters what I have to see how this story ends. The title had me intrigued but I started to read and the story began to unfold all I kept saying in my head was that the very thought of this situation was insane. I don’t like to give out spoilers so here is the blurb that the author has written for the book.

My Favorite Husband BlurbAfter five years of being lost in the Amazon, archaeologist Chaz Vincent has finally come home to his wife, Kelly, only to learn that she has had him declared dead. When he attends his own funeral, Chaz finds out that Kelly married another man just that morning. Now she has to choose between them. Who will be her favorite husband?

As I read more and more about Kelly as she tried to figure out which husband she was going to choose I had several laugh out loud moments. There was nothing, and I truly mean nothing, straight forward about this situation because each of these individuals seems to have more than one love interest that seems willing to go to extremes to get this guy or gal. The back and forth reactions of the characters in this story had me laughing and I enjoyed every moment I spent reading it. It’s an amazing change of pace and I strongly recommend this book.

So go on over and check out My Favorite Husband by Pam McCutcheon and see what you think about the story. You can find it on Amazon.

Book Review – The Chocolate Cure

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I love chocolate and a good book, and I must admit I read this book because of the title, The Chocolate Cure (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 4) by Roxanne Snopek. It caught my attention and I wanted to know what it was about. That being said, I’m glad I let the chocolate lead me to this story, it was an enjoyable read. The main character Maddie, like most of us, is beautifully flawed but trying her hardest to get things together. Her method of self-correction was through the use of a new years resolution. I think a lot of use have been there, and she is determined to stop what she perceives as a downward spiral of her life due to bad choices. The opinion she has of herself and where she is right now as a person is close to self-loathing about her perceived failure.

Despite that, life has different ideas for this character, just like it often does for us, and the things she thinks she must give up are now clamoring for her attention. Facing her fear and sticking to her principles despite the consequences is something this character does and I couldn’t help but cheer for a happy ending for her. Life is not always easy and we often make choices, then second guess these same choices again and again. I enjoyed discovering how Maddie worked her way through to get to point where she was happy with her life.

Have a read and see what you think of, The Chocolate Cure (Love at the Chocolate Shop Book 4) by Roxanne Snopek.

Movies that Matter – Sahara

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I love Clive Cussler books, and I really mean love. To me, his books are like a history lesson and a full-blown action/adventure movie all rolled into one. So when I saw that his book ‘Sahara’ was being made into a movie I was beyond excited. The movie didn’t disappoint then and it still doesn’t now.

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Starring Matthew McConaughey, Penélope Cruz and Steve Zahn, the plot is based on the main character’s Dirk Pitt hunt for a civil war ironclad battleship called the Texas that Pitt was convinced was lost somewhere along the Niger. Along the way he and his long time friend Al Giordino meet up with U.N. scientist Dr. Eva Rojas on the hunt for a mystery illness that she is convinced is a plague. As the movie progresses the complications and revelations continue to a much deserving ending. Here is the trailer, check it out.

Did I like this movie? You can bet I did. I enjoyed it so much I bought it on DVD and I watch it often. When the kids first watched this movie they were in awe. To them, the movie was like a modern version of the Indiana Jones movie, only with the water related aspect involved. They loved the adventure, the discovery and the problem-solving element of it.

As usual, when the movie was done, the kids and I had a discussion and they had a lot to say about what they saw and heard.

They loved the comradery of the two main characters, as well as their adventurous, can-do attitude in the face of danger. Also the determination these men had to do the right thing at any cost. The thing the children found truly disturbing was the attitude of the villains in the story and some of the things they said. Lines likes the ones exchanged between two of the villains, Yves Massarde and General Kazim.

“Don’t worry. It’s Africa. Nobody cares about Africa.”

The words made them wonder how such a statement could be made or that type of sentiment exist. They also noted that greed was one of the driving forces in the plot and the lack of care or consideration for their fellow human beings displayed by the bad guys.

By the end of our talk, my children understood that having a good moral standpoint was not always easy and maintaining it was twice a hard. They also came to understand that some people were not just bad, but evil and the only thing that mattered to them was their financial gain. We talked a lot that night and the children even went as far a debating about what could lead a person to become like this.

Most would not think a movie classed as an action/adventure could fuel such philosophical debate, but it did. From ‘Sahara’, my children learnt it is sometimes a hard road being good and that come people only pretend to be good. Like I said, a movie worth watching again and again. Watch it and let me know what you think.

Book Review – She Sins at Midnight

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I’ve read a lot of books, but She Sins at Midnight by Whitney Dineen, this one had me laughing long and loud at the antics and comments made by the main character, Lila Montgomery. Here is the blurb so you have an idea of what the story is about.

She Sins at Midnight Blurb

Lila Montgomery, thirty-two-year-old Hollywood assistant extraordinaire, has a secret. On the outside, she’s a hard-working dedicated employee, a good friend, and a loving daughter. But above all else, she’s been raised to be a lady, which of course is why she’s determined to conceal her secret life. If her straight-laced friends and family back home ever discover that she is really the smashing new author of a steamy romance novel, their disapproval would shame her forever! That’s why Lila has chosen to publish her sexy narrative under the nom de plume, Jasmine Sheath.

With her fifteenth high school class reunion on the horizon, Lila finds herself at a crossroads. More than anything she wants to go home and see her childhood friends but is embarrassed that she hasn’t accomplished the things she feels she should have by this time in her life; mainly marriage and children.

After another brutal run-in with Melinda Forrester, Oscar nominated actress and client of her boss, Josh Furber, Lila decides that fleeing Hollywood for a month is the best thing for her. Lila packs her bags for her childhood home of Bentley Hills, sure that her friends and family will be the touchstone of normalcy that she so desperately needs. What she doesn’t expect is that Melinda will follow her and a tabloid media circus will ensue!

Not only does Lila discover that her home is nothing like she remembers, but she meets and falls in love with the very man that inspired the hero in her novel.

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Now back to my opinion of  She Sins at Midnight. Just a page or two into the story I was laughing and truly enjoying every word I was reading. The author brought me closer into the lives of the characters and painted a riveting picture of the events as they unfolded. As an added, bonus Lila Montgomery is also an author and as we read this story, we also get to read parts of the book she had written as herself and various other characters in this book buy and read her book.

The story Lila writes is interlaced with the main story is just as witty and funny as the main story and adds a unique element to the book. Every part of this story comes together to be a truly entertaining read and I strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a fun story with a lovely ending.

Settling In

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Things are slowly falling into place.

 

I’m back from my honeymoon but I might as well not be. The buzz is in full control and I’m walking around like I’m a permanent resident of cloud 9. The kids are happy we are back and eager to hear where we went and what we got up to. We gave them an edited version of our trip and they were overjoyed that we got to see so many places in a short timespan.

Now we are back home, we only have two weeks before we plan to leave for a trip as a family. Part of the trip is for us to see Mr. Divine’s house as well as taking Kyle to see some colleges. Then we are going to spend a few days enjoying the theme parks in Florida. It will be a lot of driving and flying but that was going to be all a part of the fun of getting there.

The kids had an amazing time while we were away. They spent their days with friends and family, exploring and relaxing. When we got back home, we had a fun time exchanging stories and sharing pictures. I really had an enjoyable time on that trip. Flying along on the zipline in St. Kitts, jumping off cliff rock and rope swings into breathtaking lagoons of water in more than one beautiful port. Mr. Divine truly indulged mt inner water baby.

Now we are married, Mr. Divine was officially moving into my house. we decided it was easier for one of him to move rather than three of us. We also took into account that the location of my house made it easier for all of us to get to and from work and play easier. The plan was to put his house up for rent with one of the island’s real estate agents that would also maintain and look after the property. If we left the country as a family, that was also the plan air-marked for my house. I have learnt that passive income and making my money work for me is key to building wealth.

I had thought it would be difficult to get used to Mr. Divine always being there, but if I really thought about it, he was by our house more often than not. I had gotten used to more help in the kitchen and around the house. My daughter would smile her little happy smile whenever Mr. Divine did anything sweet and loving, making me know that her opinion of men had not been warped by her father’s horrible, inexcusable actions. My children now had a role model who could help to shape their opinions of right and wrong.

Another thing I noted was that Mr. Divine Didn’t have an excessive amount of clothes and what he did have was high-end of exceptional quality. I questioned him one day to understand the reason for his choices. He explained he discovered when he bought cheaper, for example, shirts. He discovered he had to buy new shirts sooner due to wear and tear. When he bought a little more expensive, they lasted longer. He explained that over time he learned how to buy expensive for less, so now he had the best of both worlds. I was discovering and learning new tricks every day.

When Mr. Divine moved in with us we also decided to do a thorough cleaning of the house. Everything that belonged to Walter that was still in the house we packed in bags and boxes, called the police officers we dealt with in the past, plus our lawyer and his lawyer and made sure the fact I was giving him back what was his, was documented. I even sent him the old lawn mower he bought years ago that stopped working. Any gift he bought me/the house I got rid of too.

In fact, I wanted to get rid of every item of furniture or thing that reminded me of our marriage. It was like some delayed reaction where I just wanted to purge him fully from my life. Mr. Divine and the kids had to calm me down. I had planned of remodeling but they had drifted into the background when other things took a more important place in my life.

“If we are going to renovate then it;s going to have to be well thought out,” said Mr. Divine hugging me close and rubbing my back.

I took a deep breath and tried to calm myself while I considered what Mr. Divine was saying. recently any thought of Walter would just bring the anger boiling up in me and this was no different. In the past, I had gotten to a place where I didn’t even think about Walter or I wasn’t bothered if I heard about him but that had changed because of the recent incidents I’ve had to deal with involving him. I had to work once more at extinguishing him from my life.

“How about we pull out the old ideas we were working on for the house. Have a serious look at them. Look at the other plans we have in play for our lives and make some decisions from there,” I said.

The kids nodded and I relaxed into the couch as they went towards their rooms to plan. The house was just a tiny part of a huge picture and we would look at everything before a decision was made. Sometimes good comes from a supposedly bad situation but it was a matter of finding the good of the situation and working with it. That’s what I’ll do. Re-adjust my attitude and go after what I wanted because that was life.

Slipping Away

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Happy with the man I love.

When dinner at the hotel restaurant finished on the evening of my wedding, my now husband stood up and held his hand out to me. He wanted us to have our first dance together as a couple and I so did I. While we ate, music was playing in the restaurant and it seems that when he sent a signal to someone, the song he wanted started to play.

“May I have this dance Mrs……” Let’s call me Mrs. Divine. Lol. It was amazing and I was content in the arms of a man who love me as much as I loved him.

When everything was over, I found myself being handed into the plush seats of a taxi. It was on of the newest models of Range Rover and the trip was like floating on a cloud. Mr. Divine cuddled me against his chest and I closed my eyes, too happy to care where I was going.

I didn’t realise how tired I was but suddenly I felt myself being lifted. I came awake fully to find myself being laid on a plush comforter. I didn’t have a clue where I was but in truth, I wasn’t worried. I was content. Turning over I looked up at Mr. Divine and found him laying on his elbow looking down at me.

“Hello my love,” he whispered to me before he leaned over and pressed his lips against mine. With a sigh of pleasure, I reached for him and cuddled against his body.

“Hello,” I whispered back to him and closed my eyes as I rested my head against his chest. “Did I tell you what an amazing man you are and that I’m truly happy to be your wife?”

I got another kiss for my question. “The fact you walked down the aisle is an indication of your love. The fact that I have gained you trust and your love, humbles me.”

Pushing him down onto the bed I snuggled against him. I had never been so happy in my life. “You worked for and gained every bit of that thrust yo now have.”

I held him tight for several minutes then slipped out of the bed and he turned over and watched my every move. I stood in the mirror and watched him watching me as I started to take down my hair. When it fell down my back I watched him smile.

Twisting my hair I dropped it over one shoulder and Mr. Divine got up and came to me. I watched as he traced the buttons of my dress all the way down to the bottom of my spine.

“Were all these buttons on this dress designed to torture me?

He reached up and started to unbutton them one after the other.

“No,” I said with a laugh. “Would I do that?”

He laughed with me as he continued his task then gasped as he pushed the dress off of my shoulders.

“Ahhhhh, so this is what you were hiding under your dress.”

While Mr. Divine helped I stepped out of the dress and he got to see my ensemble of a cream lace corset with daring lace pushup and scandalous underwear. I had decided to abandon the suspender belt and stockings because the wedding ceremony was on the beach.

“I bought it especially for you. Do you like it?”

Slowly he traced his fingers along one to the ribs of the corset before he paused, just under my breast and gave me a teasing smile.

“I think like is to mild a word to describe my emotions.”

Taking my hand, he pulled me towards the divan at the foot of the bed and settled me in his lap. He took up a flat rectangular box from next to him and placed it on his lap. It had been right there on the divan all along but I had been oblivious.

I look at him and tried to get a hint of what it was about all I got was a smile.

“Open it,” he whispered against my neck as he trailed his nose over my skin.

I cuddled closer to him as I opened the box. My jaw dropped at what I discovered. It was a scandalously tiny bikini with a card to go with it.

I open the card slowly.  After I read it I looked up at him even more shocked.

“Two weeks?”

“Correct,” he whispered against my lips.

“You and I on a privet yacht and all you need is this sexy bit of red string and may be a few other things. I have everything you need waiting for you.

“Yes,” I sighed against his lips. “Always yes.”

I yield to his perfect touch, and for the rest of the night and into the early hours of the morning I fell under the spell of his unrelenting pleasure. Come morning, I didn’t have the energy or inclination to move, but I didn’t need to. My breakfast was brought to me I was awoken by the type of pleasure any woman wants a lifetime of.

After I checked in on the kids and told them goodbye, that naughty man insisted on dressing me in that tiny combination of string and a coverup. When I say dressed I mean was dressed. That man was intent on keeping me aware of his touch.

Mr. Divine went as far as blindfolding me and leading me to the boat. When he slipped off the silk scarf I couldn’t speak.

“It’s…It’s so amazing.” I spun around and jumped into his arms. Like always he caught me.

“Anything and I mean anything, to make you happy.”

Like he said, he had everything I needed there and we sailed away two hours after I boarded. I have never been so pampered in my life and I loved the amazing islands we visited.

The tiny red bikini was one of several and naughty as they were, I enjoyed wearing them. There was a privet deck that was outside our stateroom and that was where Mr. Divine encouraged me to explore and be adventurous.  That naughty man actually got me to sunbath nude and one night we even went skinny dipping we had a wild amazing time together and I’m truly happy that I married this amazing me.

Interesting, New Stuff

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To me, a discovery is like a shooting star, something new to find put about.

It’s the first week back at work and school and it has gone well. Having a plan of what we want to do is really helping and this week was flawless–but that is this week. We’ll see how things continue to go as the weeks go by. Martial Arts for all of us starts next week. Mr. Divine has gotten a long time friend, who he has discovered is living in our country for the next year because of his job, to be our teacher. He also plans to train with us so this is going to be interesting. This will be no laid back class because when it comes to our safety, Mr. Divine will not compromise.

I’m thinking of taking up a new sport, but with all the activities we have planned for the coming months I’ll have to see what happens. No matter what, it’s about doing more and discovering new thing. I can hardly wait.

The Big Day

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The photographer captured this beautiful memory.

 

It is funny that I’m starting the year playing catch up. Right now I still telling the part of the story of what had happened to me last year, but I want to make sure I’m getting everything down correctly so it is taking time. In truth I don’t mind because I rather get my story out right, than quick. So on to the main event.

When my wedding day dawned, I was fighting with every cell in my body to remain calm. It wasn’t that I was frightened but that I was excited for what’s to come. True I have been married before but I went into that situation with blinders on. No, make that blindfolded,

Anyway. For my special day, I was determined to be chilled and happy so I arranged for a massage that stripped every ounce of tension from my body. I’ve never experienced anything so amazing. It’s a good thing I choose to get that massage in my hotel room so all I had to do was to roll off of the massage table and get into the bed.

When I finally woke up on my wedding day, the sun was shining and it was flawlessly beautiful outside. I turned over almost limp but rested and content. My sister came in and found me chilling on my bed with a stupid, happy smile all over my face.

“Well, there is no need to ask you if you are good. If your smile got any wider your cheeks would split,” said Linda.

With a laugh, I threw off my sheet and got out of bed to be hugging by my sister. It was good to have her here and happy to be a part of my wedding because at the last one everyone was tense and angry.

“This is the right one finally Lindsay,” said my sister. “I’m sorry you had to endure such a horrible marriage for so long but you have found the right guy now.”

Linda hugged me tight before he held away from her by the shoulders before pulling me close and hugging me again. I tried not to think too much about her words, only about the good place I was in. To me, that was all that mattered today.

From then on a flurry of activity began. I got a shower and as my breakfast arrived so did the photographer. Then it was down to business. I got a manicure, pedicure, and mini-massage while the others got their nails and hair done. Then it was my turn and I closed my eyes and floated off to a quiet place as the hairdresser did my hair. I refused to look in the mirror and let everything come together. Hair, nails, make-up and finally the dress that took my breath away in that shop in New York.

I closed my eyes and let the others dress me until finally when everything was in place I turned around and looked into the mirror. I could hardly believe I was seeing my own reflection in front of me. I looked so different. That was when I finally looked around the room and saw my daughter looking like a storybook princess in her dress. It took every ounce of my mental strength not to cry off that makeup.

“Kylie baby you look so beautiful.” She hugged me with a wide smile.

“You too mommy. You look like…I can’t find the words. Amazing is just too simple a word for how good you look.”

“Thank you, Kylie. Thank you for helping me to get this dress. If it wasn’t for you I don’t know what I would be wearing.”

Around us, the photographer was clicking away and I slipped back into my happy daze as the time came for me to make my way to my groom.

The actual ceremony was set to take place on the beach and rather heels I wore a pair of white sandals with glitter and sequins. When I got to the top of the aisle to walk down, the beauty of what was before me took my breath away.

The flowers that were around the arch, along with the cream coloured tulle that flowed in the wind gave the beach a fairy tail atmosphere. I looked down the aisle and in front of that arch was the man I was about to marry, Mr. Divine. Our guest stood as I stepped onto the aisle of rose petals and began to walk towards my man.

When I reached Mr. Divine and slipped my hand into his, everything felt right. On that beautiful beach, I said my vows and joined my life with this amazing man. I have never felt so happy in all my life. Not even when I got married before had it felt so good.

The day was a blur but the key thing I remember was that I was so happy about everything. As we said our vows I had to fight not to cry but several tears escaped. Mr. Divine wiped each of them away and when he kissed me as we were named husband and wife those tears just dried right up. I was starting a new part of my life, with an amazing man, and I could hardly wait.