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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.

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...

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve and a broken heart....

Tonight is Christmas Eve and sometimes things just don't go as planned.  Actually, that's our life.  

Our older son came over and went with us to the Christmas Eve church service.  It was so beautiful and very nice to have the entire family sitting together.  After that we snapped a quick family photo (with the camera placed precariously on a book on top of the lampshade...)

And that's where normal stopped for us.

Just a few hours later he was told to leave the house and I was left crying and worrying for the millionth time.  Remember....this never ends for us.  Ever.

It's hard to have the faith when so little progress seems to be being made.  Or when you take one step forward and 16 steps back.  Again and again hope fades as the light we're chasing gets further and further away.  It never ends.......

But tomorrow is Christmas. And the rest of my family deserves so much more than all of this. They deserve to be happy....we all do.

Friday, December 22, 2017

The Phase 10 showdown...

During this holiday season there's a serious showdown going on.  The Phase 10 showdown.

In our house we are a serious gaming family, but not the electronic kind.  I mean we like to do those as well...although mainly it's our little one that loves those.  But everyone else adores board and card games.  We have a ton of them.  The one that we have been playing over and over right now is the card game Phase 10.  It's so much fun.

The funny story about this game is that one year my Mother gave me this game for Christmas.  She also gave it to my husband the next Christmas, and one of my kids as a present for the Christmas after that.  We laughed about that one.  So all three sat unopened for the longest time....until this holiday season, when we opened one to take to a swim meet a week ago and the showdown begin.

Oh, how I love me a good showdown.