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Married twenty-five years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids and 1 hand-picked by God from Africa. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Monday, January 29, 2018

This is what happens....

....when salmon is in the oven and a cat is in the house.  Poor thing.  Oh to be so close and yet so far.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

He turned 20 today....

My oldest boy came by and we celebrated his birthday today.  He turned 20.  I'll be honest, I wasn't sure we'd make it this far.  With everything that we have gone through with this one, I am thankful for these small milestones.  Like him turning 20.

His father and I are seeing some good changes in him lately.  We hope that these changes stay around for a long time.  He is such a smart and bright child with such a great future ahead of him.  But it's all about the choices we make in life.  From the smallest ones to the biggest ones.  They all affect us in some way or another.  I pray his choices are good from now on.

Remember my oldest one....today is a new day.  God has blessed you with gifts that you cannot even imagine.  Go find them.  And be the man, God created you to be.

I love you to the moon and back....

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Birthday my little nine year old....

Today our littlest one turns nine.  Wow!  What happened?  I mean just yesterday we were bringing him home and he was just a wee little thang.  And now....now, he's 9.  Ugh.  Make it stop, please.

I told him this morning that my baby is no longer a baby.  I got the classic eye roll on that one.  To me, he'll always be the baby.  No matter the age.  The girls say he gets away with more.  To which, I tell him that he's the fourth child and is just lucky to have clean underwear on.

I'll always say that just like my other children are he was hand picked by God.  He fits perfectly in this family.  But why am I surprised?  God knows exactly what he's doing.  To which, I am so thankful.

He chose to have his birthday a day early so that his sister could celebrate with us before she left for college.  What a sweet child.  Of course, opening his presents a day early didn't help this decision either.  He wanted a Power Ranger birthday party with chocolate cake and tacos for dinner.  I'd call it a success.

So Happy Birthday you crazy little boy.  We love you to the moon and back.

Hard to see them fly away...

This morning our oldest daughter left to go back to college.

....and my heart hurts once again.

There is no easy way to say goodbye.  I love that girl somethin' awful.  We have enjoyed having her home, but I know that this is something she has to do.  Go learn.  Experience life.  It's just no fun being left behind.

So go fly my big girl....and I'll see you in the spring.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Welcoming a new year....

My husband and I decided a few weeks ago to make a few much needed changes in our lives.  We both needed to lose some weight and eat better....who doesn't, right?  So we decided to get up early every morning and go through the series P90x.  Man, it's a killer.  But we are liking the way things are going so far.  The weight is coming off and we're feeling much better.  Which in my book is good.

I've also begun purging all through the house.  I'm ready to get rid of all of the excess we have.  It's not that we have a ton, but we definitely have things we no longer need.  Old baby toys, clothes that don't fit or are old, things the kids no longer play with.  I'm ready to clean out and get organized.  I believe in some ways that will make our lives a bit easier.

I'm sure there will be more changes this upcoming year.  I'm hopeful they'll all be good ones.  We'll have to see....

Thursday, December 28, 2017

The puzzle table...

In winter we bring up an old card table from the basement and off we go with the puzzles.  The girls and I love puzzles.  The boys....not so much.

At Christmas we do our holiday ones and then we bring out the 1000 piece puzzles for the rest of the winter.  It keeps us busy and the nice thing is you can work for a minute or an hour if you want.  Then when you're done....just walk away and come back later.  I love the picture  below where my daughter came in from church and didn't even get changed before she plopped down to work for a minute.

Puzzles, you either love them or hate them.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas...

Here's some photos of this morning's fun.  Our older son did ask to come over to open presents, but then left shortly after.  The rest of us had a great lunch of baked ham and all the fixin's to go with it.  Now, we're just relaxing, watch tv/movies and the girls are figuring out the violin, while our little one is playing with his new robot.

Merry Christmas from our house to yours...