I love love love summer time and the heat!! Flowers are in bloom, everything is green (at least where we live because of constant rain) and what a beautiful place to visit in our area is the water falls. We took my in laws up and snapped a few pictures. I would have to say though that my highlight was by far teaching my father in law how to take selfies with a camera I borrowed to him to take on there two week vacation!!!
Here is the selfy moment !! He got pretty good too I will have to admit
sisters forever and cute as can be!!!
Grandparents that ROCK!! We love you Bill and Jan!! xoxo
Nothing prettier to me than seeing flowers bloom in the spring and my beautiful princess glowing in the sun light. It has been raining for weeks and days here, so as soon as the sun came out today we had to get out and soak in it. As spring is here and summer around the corner, I am hoping that this summer is filled with new adventures and making special memories!!
A few pictures I took while we were outside today. I love how her skirt matches the flowers
I wake this morning with streaming tears and a pit in my stomach. I miss you Every Day! They say "time heals". Many times my heart still aches, but I'm thankful for the strength that God has given us all! Today may mark the day we lost you. But Everyday I Cherish and hold dear all the wonderful family memories you gave us. Thank you for always loving me UNCONDIONALLY. I love you dad
Seems this past 12 days has been one that has been a total whirlwind for us. First just getting through all the prep and work for graduation party, which we did with great success!! Then after the party we had one day to clean up, pack and hit the road to be heading down the road on a long trip to get my son the best care for yet another heart surgery. We knew this time we were taking him to a better place, one of the very best. The day leading up to was a little nerve racking. Always hearing risks with any surgery can freak a person out a little, But we just had to give it to God and trust in his safety and careful watch over our son. The first time he had catheter ablation it was 7 hours in the O.R. Now that puts a mom on the edge of her seat. But then to hear it did not go as the Dr hoped was a big disappointment. This time at the Mayo in Rochester Mn. the Dr took a little over 2 hours and it was a huge SUCCESS!! They had Bailey asleep the entire time unlike here locally, they had him in and out for the process which was grooling especially when putting catheters through the neck and groin. All around this time was an absolute better experience for him. He woke up and it was all done, and done correctly!! Today a week out Bailey is doing great. Feeling pretty good and I knew for him to hear good news afterwards that it would greatly impact how well and fast he would recover. If in doubt with anything always always seek another doctors advice. We are so glad we did.
Thank you every one that took time out of your day to pray for our son. We are so thankful at how things turned out for him!!
Unreal to me that my little boy has now graduated from High School. My heart is heavy and I feel like time has gone way to fast! At the same time my heart is heavy, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of pure happiness for him and I am incredibly proud. He has become such a great young man, and truly has a great head on his shoulders. He loves the Lord with all his heart, and I just know he has a great future ahead of him. Bailey has received a full ride scholarship to collage. We are so very excited for him and this great opportunity. Thank you to all of you for traveling to join us in this special day. Here are a few fun photos from this special day.
The proud moment when you walk down the row of people and class mates to grab that diploma, that piece of paper you work towards getting for so many years is now here. Now you cross over into adult hood. Such a proud moment and such a great accomplishment!
Buddies and Best friends forever !!
Proud Daddy Moment!
Bay was shading his little sister from the bright sun shine !! LOL< So cute!!
Even though he is an adult now, I will hang on forever! Forever he is my son!! Forever I am proud of him, and Forever I will love him with all my heart, Forever I am his Mommy!!
I am loving reading the blog posts written by Dave Willis and his wife Ashley. This one seemed appropriate for myself and many of my friends that have children graduating. 5 Things your kids will remember about you You can click the link to see more of their great posts. But I wanted to share this because I think no matter what age your children are at right now, they are always learning from us.
As parents, we tend to stress about things that don’t matter all that much. Our kids probably aren’t going to remember every detail of our home decor, or how perfect our landscaping looked or whether our refrigerator was stocked was name brands or generics. Let’s focus on what really matters. If you want to know what your kids will remember about you, here it is: 5 things your kids will remember about you: 1. The times you made them feel safe (or the times you made them feel unsafe).
There’s a vulnerability and a need for protection in the heart of every child. Your kids will remember those moments you chased the monsters from under their bed or held them after a nightmare, but they’ll also remember the times when your temper became the monster they feared. Our kids are probably going to see us angry sometimes, because that’s part of life, but make it your mission to make your children feel safe and secure at all times when they’re with you. 2. The times you gave them your undivided attention.
Kids measure love primarily by our attentiveness to them. The times you stop what you’re doing to have a tea party or go outside to throw a ball or jump on a trampoline with be memories etched into their minds and hearts forever. Take the time to do the little things with your kids, because in the end, they’ll be the moments that matter most. 3. The way you interacted with your spouse.
Our kids are forming their views of love in large part by watching how we treat our husband or wife. Strive to have the kind of marriage that makes them excited to get married someday. Give them the security that comes from seeing their Mom and Dad in a committed, loving relationship with each other. 4. Your words of affirmation AND your words of criticism.
A child’s heart is like wet cement and the impression made early in life will harden over time. They’ll base their sense of identity, capability and even self-worth largely upon the words you speak to them in those formative years. Part of our job as parents is to correct and discipline, but even in correction, let your words be full of love, encouragement and positive reinforcement. 5. Your family traditions.
Kids love spontaneity, but they also have deep need for predictability. They’ll remember with great fondness the “traditions” you establish whether it’s a weekly family movie (or game) night, a place you regularly travel for family getaways, the way you celebrate birthdays and special events or any other special tradition. Be intentional about creating some traditions that they’ll want to pass onto their own children someday.
Only another month and we will be seeing our First child Graduate from High School. Writing this seriously has me on the edge of tears. I remember like yesterday when he started school when he was younger. I was one of the moms that cried through out the summer with the anticipation of him going to school. I was the mom that was crying in the hall taking him to his first day. Gosh how time has gone by so very very fast!!! This is going to be a hard one for the protective mommy that I am. I have had a lot of different emotions about this. I want to pause time. I want to go back in time, I want to go back in time and take more time. The things I ask myself; have I been a good enough, have I taught him enough about the world, about God, about life. I guess as a mom, I could ask a million questions, but I think the evidence is in what a sweet, caring young man he has become. We have given him all the love in the world and that will go on forever. I will always be his mother!!
I wish I could keep him under my roof just a little longer, but this is where I have to trust in God. that He will always protect him, and lead him. This is where we will see him blossom even more in his life as he pursues his career. He has been a wonderful joy and blessing, he is my hugger, teases me when he can because he knows I fall for anything, He is bigger than his dad and can wrestle him down, he loves and adores his sisters... and also picks on them and annoys them. They both very much look up to him, adore him, and pick on him right back.
My son, I love you and am so very proud of you and what you have become and what you are becoming!! This thing we call life can be an amazing journey. Hang on to God and no matter what he will walk with you and lead you through out all your decisions in life!!
Lately I have been spending about 5-6 hours a day studying for Real Estate. I have not taken much time till now but I have realized recently that when school is done, mommy is going to be working. This will be the first summer I have not had the privilege of being home with my kids. Kinda hit me thinking that I may need to find day care for Grace. That makes me sad. I know many moms have had to do this. But for me I have not had to use day care for my job for any of my kids. I have been very lucky I could take them to work with me the 12 years I had my dance business. Not to mention summers off. Life will definitely be shifting & changing around here and I for one honestly do not know if I am ready for that. I treasure being home for my kids and I know for a fact they love me being here because they tell me often! I know my husband also appreciates me being here and always available. With him working in another city it pretty much all falls on me. But I believe God is also working on a new plan for him as well. Right now I know a lot of work is happening, but with out all the work there can not be the changes that we need to have. I know and feel that right around the corner absolutely everything is going to be falling into place.
I'm excited that I am on track with my on line real estate courses and tests. I am almost done with the on line and will be in class in just 2 more weeks. It is so much harder than I ever imagined it would be. But I pray it is all worth it. I really felt God leading me in this direction when other doors just were not opening. I need to be doing something I love to do, and I believe this is something I would enjoy. I do hope however that this summer I can work some part time hours, or maybe have Fridays off. I don't know how that works, but I sure hope it will all work out for me.
For now I will just focus on what I need to do to get through the studies, I need to trust the process will all fall into place!!!
Of course a mother wants her children to be completely healthy. Our health is so important! If everyone is just healthy, this mommy is happy! This year has been a huge challenge in that area. First my 15 year old daughter that was diagnosed with Crohns Disease and that was a difficult thing to comprehend. But, since then I believe she has been healed and is doing wonderful!! She is also stronger as well, and is so close to God. She really counts on Him, and knows He has great plans to prosper her with a bright future!!
This fall, my son was diagnosed with SVT (Super Vantricular, Tachycardia) a heart condition where the heart has extra circuits that can make the heart go up to 250 beats per minute. That's Fast! He had surgery a couple months ago but as time has gone on apparently the surgery was not a total success. Our doctor here has now referred us to the Mayo Clinic in Mn. One of the best heart centers around. We are excited to meet with the doctors there. I feel very hopeful that they will be able to correct this problem. For now he is on heart medication to regulate his heart. Mean while it breaks my heart to see that my children have had to go through such trials. We have all learned we need to lean on God even more and come together as a family. Right now we are waiting for that referral to come. I really hope we hear something this week. Mean while Bailey is feeling great, working as security, and loving snow boarding!! He is such a great kid.
I feel so very blessed with these three great kids. I could not ask for any better! Thank you Lord!! Please watch over them and keep them safe always and forever! Help me to be a strong mother, wife and friend to every one. Help me to be strong Lord when I feel so weak! Amen
A couple of weeks ago I decided to take a leap to become a Real Estate Broker Associate. Those close to me know this is definitely something I have talked about and pondered on for several years now. Even my hair Stylist knows and she would always ask me if I had decided to go for it yet. When praying about different job options, this was always the first thought in my mind. What has kept me from it before was fear of not being able to do it, and also using money to take all the classes and tests. Fear of failure honestly has not been a part of my vocabulary, so that is a hard one to admit. Those that know me, know that when I set my mind to something I go for it! I signed up for the classes and decided to go for it. I am about half way through my on line courses and let me tell you this is hard hard hard stuff. Little did I know there are so many laws to memorize. I was terribly frustrated on the chapter a few nights ago that taught me all about surveying in one chapter crammed with information that made no sense to me what so ever. But pushed through it even when I was about to burn the book, I finally passed that chapter test. This is probably the hardest thing career wise that I have decided to tackle, and lets just say it has been a good 20 years since I have had to study for anything. I can't wait to finish this on line and be in class for 2 weeks to go over it all again with a teacher!! After that I will pass his class, then 2 state exams. Every day I open my book it is a new adventure and a pretty huge challenge and commitment!!
I love this quote: It is so true!! If you are going to do something. Just do it!
God I trust you. I don't know , maybe this is a test. Maybe you're stretching me further than I would like to be stretched, but I do know that YOU love ME. And at the right time in the right place, my breakthrough will come. And no person on earth and no devil in hell can keep me from getting it because God is my source!!!
Many challenges & hard losses came upon us in 2014. I have to admit I am not sad to say goodbye to it. In fact "Good Riddens 2014". For 2015 My prayers are for good health for our family!! I am not someone that makes stupid new years resolutions. I am just a woman that says, "This year I want to be the best version of myself that I can be, better in all aspects of life and I am seeking positive things in my life to help me reach what I really want to become inside of myself. I truly believe surrounding yourself with positive people is a huge huge thing that we all need to pay attention to. I am praying for God to send more of these people into my life. A friend said this, "your personal success is going to look a lot like the average success of your 5 closest friends. when you look at your call log or text history, who do you see yourself communicating most with outside of your family? If we want above average success in life, we will need to seek out those who have already done what you want to do and duplicate what they are doing. Surround Yourself with those on the SAME mission as you".
My friend was really talking about careers, but i really believe that to be true in all aspects of life!! How are you becoming a better woman, or better version of yourself? If you surround yourself with friends that are negative all the time, you will find yourself looking at things negatively as well. For married couples, I think it is very important to surround yourself with couples that are in good marriages. Men need good men to turn to and look up to as mentors to help their own marriages, just as much as I feel woman need that too. There is a lot said about being around couples that are happy, and creative in their marriages. It does rub off on you in a positive way and I believe we could all use a dose of positive people. So in all areas of my life I pray God to help me be the best that I can be, that he will surround me with the positive people in my life to help me reach my fullest potential that I can.
This is a beautiful song for those many of us that are missing that special someone that is no longer with us. This song was written for his wife that lost her dad. We all miss someone at Christmas time, and usually holidays can be the hardest. You remember traditions you shared, and special things that remind you of that person. I miss my father. Every Christmas he would take me with him to help him pick out that special piece of jewelry for my mom. I swear my dad was a hopeless romantic!! He was taken from this earth way too soon (age 42, but who am I to judge) So many things I wish he was here for. But for now I will hold all the sweet sweet traditions and things he taught me while growing up close to my heart. To all the loved ones that are not with us. I love you!!
I read many many things through out my day by Dave Willis. So at times I need to pass along some of the things I find value in reading. "9 keys to survive the holidays".
It’s that time of year when we’re gathering with loved ones, giving thanks for the blessings in our lives, overeating, exchanging gifts and making memories. It can also be a time of year when financial stress, family drama and the chaos of travel can steal your joy and make you wish you could hop into a time machine and skip the holiday madness altogether.
I don’t know what life looks like around your Thanksgiving table and Christmas tree, but I want this to be a wonderful season for you and your family. After all, it should be “The most wonderful time of the year!”
Here’s a checklist to help you keep your marriage and family strong all season long: 1. Keep a “no drama” policy.
The holidays can throw you around some relatives who might love “drama” and they’ll try to pull you into it. Choose to rise above. Diffuse it with laughter and joy. A healthy family should always have more comedy than drama! 2. Be a peacemaker.
Christmas, after all, is celebrating the birth of “The Prince of Peace.” In Jesus’ example, work to promote peace in your home and extended family. Offer love and respect to people even when they don’t deserve it. Don’t treat your family the way they treat you. Treat them the way God treats you. 3. Stick to a budget on gifts.
Don’t add unnecessary financial stress by overdoing it on gifts. Your kids and relatives don’t need more gadgets clothes as much as they need you to be at your best. Give thoughtful gifts; not expensive gifts. 4. Be present.
Fight the temptation to escape into your smart phone instead of engaging in conversation. It’s possible to be in the same room but in a different world from your loved ones. Be fully present and actively participating in the moments. Make memories, not regrets. 5. Be motivated by love, not guilt.
You can’t be everywhere at once, so there will always be people who are disappointed that you couldn’t spend more time with them. Don’t make your schedule based on trying to make everybody happy (which is impossible). Schedule based on maximizing the moments with your loved ones. 6. Don’t neglect your spouse.
Don’t put your marriage on the back burner through the season. Share the moments together and make time alone together a priority. As a tool to help you grow in your communication and sexual intimacy with your spouse, 7. Don’t neglect your body.
I love to eat, but when I gorge myself on ice cream and turkey legs for a month, I pay the price! A lack of exercise and a ton of calories ends up making me grumpy and sleepy. Enjoy the good food, but don’t go crazy. Also, find time to get some exercise. You’ll feel better. 8. Have fun!
Refuse to allow stress to steal your joy. Give yourself permission to push away from the stress and enjoy the beautiful moments. Have fun and make beautiful memories. 9. Don’t forget the reason for the season.
The presents and food is awesome, but don’t forget to honor God who makes it all possible. Keeping your focus on Him has a way of bringing everything else into it’s proper place.
Count down to Thanksgiving and pressure of the Christmas buying begins and budgets always seem to get blown. Santa is already set up in the malls. What? WHY? Can we get through one holiday first please!! Well I guess not. He must need more time to get those lists and check them twice, or ten times!! Sales begin in the stores and you wonder, "will they be better on Black Friday". People already making those mental notes of things they want to buy and what day they will choose to go stand in line for hours to get that price on that one product. Yes I am guilty of this too. Later you find out they have just as good of sales later in December as well. But maybe there is an adrenaline rush in the planning to go get that awesome price. Ya, until you stand in line and fight crowds of people, you suddenly feel yourself saying "get me outta here". Heck now they even have "Pre black friday sales".
This year I feel so over it all. I don't feel like going into the malls, or standing in the black friday lines. I just want to enjoy the holiday as it comes. Lets slow down please. Lets enjoy each other and make time to do special things with the ones we love. I love making traditions and adding new ones for my kids through the years. They have really grown to love them and appreciate them too. In fact, they count on them and I don't dare change them. Maybe this is a vent, or maybe this is me just thinking out loud about the holiday craziness. Take from it what you will.
In all the hussle and bussle...remember it is not really all about that gift. The true gift is your time and your attention to those you love!!
Words can not describe the amount of love I have for you. You make me such a proud mommy! You have been through a lot in this past year, but you have truly shined through it all. I know with out a doubt that the Love you share with Jesus is where your strength has come from. I see you continue to seek him every day, I see you thank Him in all you are grateful for and as a mother to see this, it makes my heart complete. You have learned that with Him everything and anything is possible. You don't talk it, you LIVE it! I am blessed to have you as my daughter, and my friend. I look forward to watching the many blessings God has for your life. Take each day as it is and enjoy the little things. Don't rush growing up, because time goes so fast. Cherish your family, value your friends, and always know God has your back!
I love you
Make a Wish.....
A few of us that Celebrated the BIG ONE WITH YOU! We all LOVE YOU SO MUCH!
My daughter and sweet little niece that get to share the same birthday!!
Yesterday was one of those grand old classic days where you wake up and it seems everything through out that day seems to go south. No sleep the night of surely doesn't help for having a very clear head or patience for anyone or anything. You ever have those weeks? Maybe it is money stress, relationship, friend, schedules, rejection, people pulling at you from all directions, a work deadline, health issues, loss of a loved one, appointments that fill up your date book more than you want? For me, it seems things a lot of times come in big giant waves. It can be great one day, and then here comes the big wave again. When you get knocked down and exhausted in life where do you go? It's easy to sometimes, get busy, and start doing things on your own or forget God is just waiting, or maybe you don't want to bother Him with your issues, but in fact, He is the one that I have always found to be constant. It is important to have someone you trust too. A good friend, or a pastor, someone. I love talking to my best friend. Nothing like our discussions of total honesty. She gets me. She understands my thinking, and my feelings and my life better than anyone. Maybe better than myself sometimes. But God is the only one that can give me strength at those moments I feel defeated. I am learning all the time. I am far from perfect. I have flaws. But God loves me anyway. Just like he loves you. We have to talk to God in these times and not forget that he will help us through, why is that so easy to forget. As I wept in bed last night I cried out to him. I realized I had not spoken to him for a couple of days. I was taking care of things myself. The wave came over and He was there. He met me right where I was and today, I feel better. My mind is more positive than my circumstances and that is the key. There will always be things, issues, or a struggle. But our minds can over come them and circumstances do not have to control us and steal inner joy. So if you are struggling today, don't let someone steel your joy and take a day, a hour away from you. Get up, pray, smile and know you are beautiful inside and out AND no matter what the Big Guy always has your back!!
Cardio is a part of my every day routine. But I absolutly love when I am out running and I am stunned with the beauty of a sunset. Something about them that makes me feel so at peace and in awe. I stopped for about 10 minutes to watch and every minute it looked different. Lately the sunsets around here have been amazing. xoxo
Despite all the extra stuff we had going on, I still had my little one to take door to door. Sometimes as parents we do not feel up to doing things, and I certainly did not feel up to dressing up as she insisted to go out through our neighborhood. My older daughter was headed out with her friends, but took a few minutes to paint my face, and little Grace went through her box of stuff to find me some of her dress up ears. We put together some last minute costumage and went out. Soon as I see my little one skipping with excitement my mood of not wanting to do this went away. She very much missed me being gone with Bailey and was so excited to go out with her mommy!! My feeling of not wanting to became great joy and we had a super fun time! Sometimes it is just those little things and time our children want from us. xoxo