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Stacey A. Rebbert
Bel Air, Maryland
A mature mate & mother making my way and loving life!
Interests: Equality for women, human rights, history, writing, art.
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Well, I know that last year I announced the death of my beloved Sentra and that proved to be premature. Today, however, I make that same announcement with a heavy heart and confirmed accuracy. After 205,000, my Sentra is beyond repair. A strange noise forced me to seek counsel and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at My Midlife Musings
Shelby with the family. Yes, that's correct. I referred to my daughter's cat and my son's dog as my "grand" pets. I've officially become one of those people. No grandbabies in the foreseeable future, so I've taken to referring to their pets in that surrogate kind of way. Of course,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at My Midlife Musings
We've added some more items--many without pictures--so you'll just have to come by for a visit. Thanks to everyone who has already purchased. Please spread the word because this stuff HAS TO GO! We're moving in two weeks and this stuff can't come with us or go into storage so... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2012 at My Midlife Musings
UPDATED WITH MORE ITEMS Well, we sold our house in record time and now need to prepare for the big move. While we actually pick up a little square footage in the new home, we are also picking up a new body (my wonderful mother-in-law) and losing things like attic... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at My Midlife Musings
Maryland’s new process to earn a driver’s license has a serious flaw. Sixty hours of driving in a car with me! Don’t get me wrong. I knew the day would come that Natasha would need and want to get her driver’s license. I also knew that I would be helping... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2011 at My Midlife Musings
"Is this really an earthquake?" That was the first thought running through my head as the earth beneath my feet and the walls that surrounded me shook me out of complacency and into anxiety. In utter disbelief, I reached for the phone and tried to call my husband. No luck.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2011 at My Midlife Musings
She is known by many names: Judy. Ms. Judy. Grammie. Glammie. Mimi. Mom-Mom. She has many roles to fulfill: mother, step-mother, mother-in-law, wife, ex-wife, sister, sister-in-law, grandmother, step-grandmother, aunt, great-aunt, cousin, neighbor, friend. To me, she is simply the most wonderful woman I know in this world—my Mom. My first... Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2011 at My Midlife Musings
Natasha was getting ready to go to a family dinner with her new boyfriend. NATASHA: "How do I look?" ME: "Beautiful as always. Are you going to wear earrings?" NATASHA: "Crap, I forgot." Puts on earrings. "Now how do I look?" ME: Noticing her eye makeup and lipstick,"Did you put... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2011 at My Midlife Musings
A friend a mine, who is deaf, recently had her cochlear implant upgraded. She explained that she can hear better than before and is hearing some things for the time. She posted a question today on Facebook asking her friends for their most favorite and least favorite sounds. She will... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at My Midlife Musings
TUESDAY NIGHT Natasha: "What's that word that is like naive?" Me: "Gosh, there are so many." Natasha: "The one that sounds like a bird." Me thinking seagull: "Oh gullible? I like how you tried to remember that. Nice work." Natasha: "Yeah that's the one. Doesn't it remind you of a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
Make a difference with your holiday shopping this year. Support organizations that help children, promote free trade, and empower women around the world. Check out these websites for beautiful handmade jewelry, clothing, home decoration items, and much more. Or, purchase a gift in honor of someone here that will really... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
November is National Adoption Month. There are 115,000 children in the US waiting to be adopted. There are 150 million orphans in the world who need your help. If you know me, you already know my Natasha story. But there are a few other adoption tidbits in my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
In 1997, I took this picture of my adorable 4-year-old Russian daughter in her Winnie the Pooh dress as she entered Ring Factory Elementary School for her 1st day of kindergarten. She couldn't speak English and understood even less. But we explained, as best we could, that getting an education... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
I drove Natasha to school as usual this morning. Wish I was the photographer in the family today. Beautiful colored light was breaking through the clouds as the sun began to rise. Pooled water from the recent rains on the tennis courts were reflecting the still nets. A gray mist... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
My baby is 18 today (we think.) The adoption paperwork actually had three different dates scattered throughout. The October date was listed the most often, so we all decided that was probably the most accurate. If you believe in astrology, that makes Natasha a Libra—kind, gentle, charming, and easy to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
Today is my 21st wedding anniversary. It will be a quiet celebration this year. We’ve been quite indulgent lately with short trips and elegant meals, so we’ll spare our budget any additional extravagances. In years past, though we’ve been known to show some real creativity. Our first anniversary was hysterical.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
What is it about the first day of school that turns the melancholy of summer’s end into excitement about glue dots and colored binders? Kids across the world—many right here in my own family—had 1st days of school from kindergarten to graduate school and everything in between this week. Facebook... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
Your spouse's kiss at the end of the day? Your child's perfunctory "I love you" as they go to bed? Getting in your car to run an errand? Turning on the light switch when it's dark? Opening a can of your favorite soda? Watch these 3 short videos: NICK VUJICIC... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
July 2005 Natasha was listening to news radio as she was dressing for school one morning. The host was discussing the nomination of Judge Roberts to the Supreme Court. Natasha asked me if I knew about this and what it meant to which I replied, "Yes. President Bush named Judge... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
Since I write about her so often, I thought I should post a picture. I took this today after we got home from having her SENIOR yearbook picture taken. The picture below was her fist "official" photo in her life--her Russian passport. Beautiful then. Beautiful now. How did I get... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
Sometime in 1998 . . . Talking to Natasha one evening, I looked at her and asked, "How come you're so pretty?" She put her hand on mine and said, "Because you love me." Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
At a recent and unexpected funeral, I was sitting at a table surrounded by my husband’s cousins. I have only known them the last 10 years or so, but I noticed my ease in talking to them and slipping into their conversations, even without the luxury of a lifetime of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
July 22, 1997, was the day that God--okay, the Russian ministry--gave us Natasha. She was 4 1/2 years old and a gift to me and Eric. Born Natalia Victorova Berezina on October 22, 1992, she lived all but a few months in the care of the Russian ministry of child... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2010 at My Midlife Musings
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Jul 15, 2010
"When you come right down to it, the secret to having it all is loving it all!" Dr. Joyce Brothers Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at My Midlife Musings