Wednesday, August 7, 2019

HBD Hubs

 Happy Birthday Hubs! 

He's my person. My ride or die. The one whop puts up with all of my craziness and still loves me at the end of the day. He's the one I love doing this life with. 

I hope your day is amazing, even if it is spent doing all this back to school stuff. 

I love you! 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Hey 19

R1 turned 19 this month. 19, the last of the teenage years. Even though he's almost a man, he is still my baby, my first born. 

He has turned out to be an amazing young man.   

R1, you are finding out what you need in life, what makes happy and what you need to do to achieve it. You had a terrific first year of college and even made the Dean's list.  You are not afraid of trying new things and taking a risk.

19 is going to be awesome!

I love you!

Sunday, June 30, 2019


Oh June was such a hard month. 

We lost my 16 year old niece on June 12. It came two days after losing sweet little Christian.

Katie was born with multiple health issues that ultimately lead to her passing. 

But for everything that sweet girl faced in her life, she always had a smile. Katie enjoyed doing what most 16 year old girls do, playing on her phone and her computer. She liked to watch movies and videos. She liked school too. She loved to see her teachers and her friends. But more importantly, she loved her family.  

Oh sweet Katie girl, I love you and I will miss you terribly. 


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Little Christian

There once was a little girl named Amanda who had a favorite teacher when she was in 4th grade. Her favorite teacher was my husband. 

When that girl grew up, she had a little boy and she named him Christian, after her favorite teacher. 

Sometimes people just grab a hold of your heart and you love them fiercely. Amanda, her little boy Christian, and her entire family are very special to us. 

This little boy was simply amazing and wonderful. He was absolutely precious. 

Yesterday, in the early morning hours, little Christian gained his angel wings.

I am heart broken. I will miss his sweet smile and the hugs he used to give me. We love you Christian and we will miss you so very much.  

Friday, March 8, 2019

50 Years

I turn 50 years old this weekend.
I can remember a time when I thought 30, 40, and 50 were old. And now here I am, 50 years old and it's not as old as I thought. 

I've learned a lot things in my 50 years. But here are a few things I feel are important to know. 

Be fair. Be honest. Be generous. Respect others.

Marriage is hard work. There are highs and lows, but it is very much worth it.

Anyone who judges you by the kind of car you drive or shoes you wear is not someone worth impressing.

I’m fat. I’ve gotten over it and you should too.

Visit or talk to your parents and grandparents often. You will realize once they are gone just how much you got out of those visits and conversations.

Let your kids climb in bed and snuggle with you. One day they won’t, and you will miss it.

Develop a strong handshake (even if you are a woman) No one wants to shake hands with someone who’s hand is limp.

When you mess up, fess up. Apologizing isn’t always easy but it’s the right thing to do.

Be truthful or be quiet.

Your education isn’t complete until you’ve learned to take a hint.

Whatever your passion, pursue it as though your days were numbered, because they are.

Your grown children are simply wonderful. But so are your younger children. Enjoy every moment, it goes by fast.

Drink lots of water. It’s good for you, your brain, and your body.

Treasure your friendships. Keep your circle small. Know it’s also ok to end friendships with compassion and finality.

Be patient with people – most are often just trying to help.

Hug your kids and tell them you love them every day.

Failure is going to happen. Pick yourself up and dust your self off and keep moving forward.

Don’t get caught up with what you see in the mirror, because it reflects only a tiny part of how beautiful you are.

Language is a powerful weapon and the words you say will either soothe, hurt, engage, or damage those around you, including yourself.

Losing a loved one is painful. It’s hard and it’s ugly. But when you remember them, smile no matter what. Over time smiling at the memories will help ease the pain.

Everyone else is just as worried and insecure as you are. Some just hid it better. It doesn’t mean they are smarter.

Laugh often.

It’s just stuff. It gets broken or lost in a flood. But ultimately, it’s just stuff. The memories will always be there.

Don’t judge. You don’t know all the facts. We all have faults and bad habits.

Take the girls trip. Laughter with girlfriends is great medicine.

Always let someone proofread. It usually makes a difference.

Pamper yourself. Get your hair done, get a pedicure. It will always make you feel better.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Happy 14th

Happy 14th Birthday R2!

How can you be 14? Time has really flown by. I know I say this often but only because it really has. 

Your dad and I love you very much and we hope your day is as amazing you are! 

Wednesday, November 21, 2018


It's been a while since I've sat down to write a blog post that contained of any sustenance. And if I'm being honest, it's been a long while. 

The truth is not really that much has been happening that doesn't happen to other people. The normal and mundane life. I mean I can write everyday that we did homework and had either football or basketball practice. I can write what I or Hubs cooked for dinner. But unless I had a cooking, which I do not, no one wants to read that.

I took an unintentional break to be present in my family's life. As much as I want to chronicle the lives of my family, I decided being present mattered more. I wanted to be there and involved. I wanted to live in moment with them. I wanted to be there with my camera in hand to capture the moment they would one day look back on and remember that millisecond of time.  

I've also learned how to say no to things I felt took to much time away from my family. I've learned how to not feel bad about it either. My family is my first priority and they are the ones who I want to spend my time with,even if we are sitting around watching Harry Potter for the 985412637 time. My time with them is something I'm just not willing to comprise on. 

So I hope you enjoy Thanksgiving with your family. I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. And maybe I'll drop in here and there but for now, I've given myself permission to be with the ones I love the most, my family.