Song Lyric Sunday – Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix

Ever since Adelle introduced me to Pentatonix, I have been in love with them.  I started singing pretty young and was in a choir all through high school.  This group makes me think of those times and how much I loved harmonizing with a group of singers.

I honestly didn’t know which song I was going to pick when I posted the theme yesterday, but as I was laying in bed this morning, I thought of this song and I realized it said almost exactly what I said in my post yesterday.

I don’t know about you, but there are still times that I just want to call my Mom and have her chase the monsters away.  I hope my kids always know that I am here for them, no matter how old they are.

I do hope you enjoy this song as much as I do.

Light in the Hallway by Pentatonix
Written by Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Audra Mae
Lyrics found at AZ Lyrics

Close your eyes, lay your head down
Now it’s time to sleep
May you find great adventure
As you lie and dream
If you’re scared of the darkness
I will calm your fear
There’s a light in the hallway
So you know I’m here

So count your blessings every day
It makes the monsters go away
And everything will be okay
You are not alone
You are right at home
Goodnight, goodnight

You won’t need me forever
But I’ll still be here
For we all have our nightmares
Even me, my dear
From now on, if you need me
You can sing this song
There’s a light in the hallway
Burning all night long

So count your blessings every day
It makes the monsters go away
And everything will be okay
You are not alone
You are right at home
Goodnight, goodnight
Goodnight, goodnight


The Song Lyric Sunday theme for this week was to post a song about the parent/child relationship.  Please feel free to click the link, read the rules and post one of your own.



Song Lyric Sunday Theme for 1/15/17

I’m busily getting ready for my very first real party in our new house.  I’m trying not to overdo it, but I’m not so good at that.  I will most likely pay for it all tomorrow, but I’m more excited than I can say.

The theme is always on my mind during the week, and this week was especially hard because every time I thought of it, I couldn’t really think of a good theme.  It wasn’t until just now that I decided to take from my post this morning and use it as the theme for this week.

So, our theme for Song Lyric Sunday is to post a song about the parent/child relationship.

As always, you can go your own way and post a song that has nothing to do with the prompt.  We’re all here sharing our love of music and lyrics, and most of all, having a great time!

If you would like to suggest a theme, I am open to suggestions.   Please either pop it in the comments or send me an email at

Here are the “rules”:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

Feel free to use the Song Lyric Sunday badge by copying it into your post or add it to your site to show you are participating.


SoCS and JustJoJan Day 14 – The Joy of Parenting

Parenting is a fun, terrible, wild ride of ups and downs and unexpected turns.  My favorite part of watching my kids grow is how they have become their own unique person.

I don’t know what it is about moving into this house, but I feel like I have more moments with my kids… like this morning sitting at the breakfast table (we had a table in the townhouse, but it was in such a cramped area that only one or two people could sit down at one time).  It was just me and the boys and we were laughing and joking around.  I missed those moments!

I’m constantly amazed at how different each child is, and yet they share so many similar qualities.  I’d like to think they each got an artistic flare from me – Jaxon loves to draw and takes amazing pictures; Adelle is attending a school dedicated to the arts, learning to build sets for theater (and really any type of performance); and Andru is my storyteller.  It’s amazing that it is all art but all so different at the same time.

I could sit and lament the fact that I was going through my dark times during their childhood so I don’t remember much, but I’m not going to do that.  While those moments were difficult and I’m lucky to still be here, those moments also shaped who I am today.  And I’m here now, enjoying each moment with my kids, as much as I can.

I posted the other day that I only just realized that my boys can actually do things, like lift heavy boxes and drill a shelf in the garage.  I didn’t really appreciate that at all until my surgery.  Actually, it happened before that when we were moving.  Jaxon was such a huge help and he continues to help make my life just a little bit easier.  When Adelle was here a few weeks ago, I called to let them know I was on my way home and she offered to start dinner!  It’s weird to think my daughter cooks!

As much as I love that my kids are growing and becoming more and more independent, sometimes I still think of them as children who need me to take care of them.  I’m still trying to hold onto those moments where I cook breakfast for them and do their laundry…. that might sound strange, but I enjoy doing things for them and it’s hard to think that they don’t really need me for any of those things anymore.

It’s exciting to watch them grow, but I can’t help but think that soon enough, it will just be me and my partner.  Best enjoy their company while I can, right?

Stream of Consciousness Saturday and Just Jot It January are both hosted by Linda G Hill. Today’s prompt is “a word that starts with the letter P”.

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Friday Fictioneers and JustJoJan Day 13 – The Hospital Room


She heard the door shut and breathed a sigh of relief.  The room was confining and the view out the window was tortured; but neither of those things mattered.  She preferred the tiny room and the shitty view to nurses pretending to care.  Their fake smiles were like razors.

Looking down at the bandages covering her wrists, she remembered.  It seemed like a dream – the knife, the cuts… so much blood.  The absence of pain was the strangest part of all.  She still couldn’t feel it and that pissed her off.

That had been the whole point – to finally feel.

But, she couldn’t even manage that.

Friday Fictioneers is a weekly flash fiction prompt where we are given a photo and asked to write a 100 word story – beginning, middle and end. This one came in at 107 words.  I also chose to combine Just Jot It January hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt, hospital, is brought to us by Charlene at

Click on the blue froggy to read other amazing 100-word stories!

JustJoJan Day 12 – Books and Romance

I’m not sure when I started reading romance novels, but I was youngish.  Don’t worry.  They were pretty “vanilla” romance novels.  I moved on to more “hardcore” romance novels in my twenties and then, I’m not sure when or why it happened really, but one day I realized I just didn’t enjoy them anymore.

I was going through all my books that have been in storage for three years, and ended up making a huge pile of books to give away.  I also made a list of books I realized I don’t have but actually need and want.  I guess I don’t actually need them… but in a way I really do.

There’s just something about seeing a full bookcase, isn’t there?  I don’t walk downstairs very often, but I did yesterday, and I ended up doing a double-take at the books on the shelf.  I love books and reading.  It gives me a tingly feeling just thinking about it.

I definitely need to make more time to read.

I’m just realizing that some of these Just Jot It January posts are like SoCS for me.  I honestly went into this one thinking it was going to be about romance and love and having that tingly, butterfly feeling for my Fiance (still), but then books sort of took over the day and I’m not sure I can turn it around at this point.

I do think that romance novels warped my idea of love as a kid.  It’s not that they were all lighthearted and fluffy, but they made it seem like love was something that I don’t think it actually is.  I’m also starting to realize that many of the novels I read were actually more about abuse rather than love.  Isn’t that sad?

I read Fifty Shades of Grey and the only reason I finished the whole series was because I wanted to see if Ana would come to her senses and leave Christian.  That isn’t love, folks, and it drives me nuts that they are marketing the movies as a love story.  I’m also remembering a “love” story I read once about a guy who kidnaps a woman he “loves”, rapes her repeatedly and she ends up “falling in love” with him.  Now that I’m thinking about it, I can’t even believe I thought that was good!  Granted, I was in my teens and sadly, abuse is what I knew.

Anyway, this post is going downhill pretty fast.

I’m not saying all romance novels are about abuse or that they are all bad.  I’ve read some really good ones that I would probably read again.  But, I’ve found new reading passions and I’ve finally found that person who walks beside me every day and makes each day that much brighter because he is a part of it.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt, warning, is brought to us by Tessa at Always a Writer.


JustJoJan Day 10 – Dangerously Close

I had every intention of posting something for Just Jot It January every day this month, but the last two days were rough ones.  I ended up going into a dark place, and there’s just no writing from that place; at least not for me.

I found myself in a state of mind that I haven’t been in for a while and it scared me.  Luckily, it didn’t take root in my mind and last for days and days.  If it had happened years ago, I’m not sure where it would have led, which makes me glad for the growth I feel I’ve had in the past years.

Some of that is thanks to the people in my life now.  It’s amazing to me how much of a difference it makes when you surround yourself with people who lift you up rather than tear you down.

Anyway, enough of that.  I really have good news to report.  At least, I’m excited about it.  Our house is dangerously close to being all “put together”!  There are still way too many pictures to hang on walls that need to be re-painted, but there were also a few straggling “projects” that still needed to be done before I felt like I could really settle in.

I was at work yesterday and realized that I have two capable boys at home who can do things.  To be honest, I think this is the first time I’ve put them to work on something that I wasn’t right there helping them with.  They didn’t actually get to it yesterday because my teenagers stay up too late on school nights and take naps after school to make up for it.

But today, they were both here, ready and willing to work.  It was so nice to come home and just help them finish it up.  I don’t know what it was about this last project that finally made it all feel completely like home (probably the fact that we can now fit two cars in the garage, which is exciting because the townhouse we came from only had a one-car garage).

I haven’t felt like the place I lived in was home in maybe forever, but I’m in love with this house and the fact that I live here with my most favorite people.  It was also a blessing to be able to have a room my daughter could stay in while she was here for the holidays.

I have so much to be grateful for.  I can’t even fathom the dark depths my mind entered yesterday… it’s hard for me to even comprehend it, much less try to explain it to someone who has never been there.

Life is worth living and the demons are at bay.  Right now is a good place to be.

Just Jot It January is hosted by Linda G. Hill.  Today’s prompt, danger, is brought to us by Matthew at Singular Fiction.