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Married twenty-three years to my wonderful husband and best friend. We have 3 "home-grown" kids, 1 hand-picked by God from Africa and 1 very hyper-active dog. Our life is blessed. We are a close knit family with strong Christian beliefs. And just recently we have bought ourselves a farm. Do we know what we are doing? Nope. Come along with us on our journey…you might have a great laugh or two.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Frozen...

It is stinkin' cold here.  All. The. Time.  So what does an entire family do in the middle of the coldest winter known to man….okay, made that one up, but you know what I mean….

You go see a movie about being frozen.  Sounds normal, right?

We are faaaarrrrr behind on our movies.  One, because it costs SO MUCH MONEY for our family to just walk through the door to the theaters and two, there really hasn't been anything I felt worth all that money to go and see.

Until now….

This past weekend we took the entire family to go and see the movie Frozen.  By golly, if you haven't already seen it you really need to go.  It is phenomenal.  The songs, the story, the characters.  It's wonderful.

I realize that it's been out since Thanksgiving, but in case you're like our family and don't get out much to the theaters, here's a clip from the trailer…



Go see it…you will laugh out loud and sing along.  Loved it!


Thursday, January 23, 2014

16 years...

My oldest turned 16 today.  16 years.  I know I say this for all of my children but where does the time go?


16 years…

ago….

I gave birth to this little one.


It took almost 24 hours to get him into this world and he was a big ol' thing…weighing in at 10 pounds.    He was our first boy, first child and the first one to steal my heart away.

You learn so much on your firstborn.  What to do.  What not to do.  What you should have done.  What you would like to do.  You question everything, you know nothing and yet you survive.  In the end, you make it through.  People tell you that time will fly past, enjoy these moments.

They.  Are.  Correct.

16 years….

I am realizing all too quickly that my time with him...  Time to teach him about this world and teach him how to become the man God wants him to be….  Is running out.

I have been given a blessed gift.

It's my honor to be his mother and for that I will love that boy till the day I die.

Happy birthday, my son…



Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Look who just turned FIVE!!!!


Waaaahhhhh!!!!  My baby did.

 He of course informs me that he is NOT a baby and that I should quit calling him that.

Okay, my little wuvee duvee cutie pie…

Let's just face it….he can't win this.  I mean look at him.


Of course, it doesn't help that it looks like the cake is bigger than he is.  Probably is…that tiny thing.  But 5.  Where did it go?  I think I might have slept or blinked or spaced out because something happened to my little baby.  

This one.


My baby.


Looks like this….and just turned five.


Waaaahhhhhh!!!!  Make it stop, make it stop.  I want to get off this ride now.  Slow it down people.


Happy birthday my beautiful little one….you will always be my baby.  



Saturday, January 11, 2014

Thursday, January 9, 2014

The best cookie ever….

Or at least that's what my husband has proclaimed.  That this is it.  Quit looking for any other cookie recipe, you have found the ultimate cookie here.

Me, well…. I do think it's a really good cookie.  But the best?  Hmmm, I'm kind of partial to the chocolate chip cookie.  I know, I know, boring, right?…. but I still really love them.  My man…well, he loves this one.   So try it and tell me what you think.

Is it the best cookie ever?

Double Lemon Delights (recipe credit:  From the Great American Cookie Cookbook)

I usually double and triple this recipe because it just doesn't make enough for our big family to last more than a day or so.

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
  Additional sugar
1 cup powdered sugar
4 to 5 teaspoons lemon juice

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl; set aside.  Beat butter and granulated sugar in large bowl of electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and vanilla until well blended.  Beat in flour mixture on low speed until blended.

3.  Drop dough by level 1/4 cupfuls onto ungreased cookie sheets, spacing 3 inches apart.  Flatten dough until 3 inches in diameter with bottom of glass that has been dipped in additional sugar.

4.  Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until cookies are just set and edges are golden brown.  Cool on cookie sheets 2 minutes; transfer to wire racks.  Cool completely.

5.  Combine powdered sugar and lemon juice in a small bowl; drizzle mixture over cookies.  Let stand until icing is set.

   Makes about 1 dozen (4-inch) cookies

Monday, January 6, 2014

Ahhhh…..it's here!!

The vortex, people.

That stinkin' cold polar vortex.

And we are in the middle of it.  Trust me when I tell ya, it's cold.  Think cold and then go colder than that.


This was the temperature it was when I woke up.  And no, we don't normally keep our house in the 50's.  We have it set for 69.  But our poor heat just can't keep up with it.  I'd set it for 80 today if I thought it would help.  

It's suppose to be, with the windchill, -40 today.  That. Is. Cold.  We have every extra blanket stuffed in cold corners, every curtain pulled tight and every person with lots and lots of layers on.  Heck, I might even work out again just so I can sweat and get warm.

I said….might.

Thankfully, we just need to get through today.  Then I heard that tomorrow will be a balmy 19.  Ahhh, shorts weather.   Warm thoughts.  Happy days.

Schools were cancelled today and our swim practice is not until later this evening.  For now, we are hunkered down, drinking lots of hot chocolate, wrapped up in blankets and trying to pick the warmest room in the house to be in.  

Somebody please, shut that freezer door…cause it's stinkin' cold here.  

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A good way to start the year….

I believe everyone has their good years and their bad years.  You have to go through them both.

It's life.

For us, this past year was a good one.  The kids are growing like weeds, everyone's healthy, life is good…at this moment.

But as we know first hand, things can change in the blink of an eye.   We have learned (and are still learning) to not take things for granted.  Be thankful for this moment which is good.

For this next year, we pray that it is a good year.  We pray that the children are well and continue to grow out of their clothes at an alarming rate.  We pray for safety and shelter for that which will come.  We pray for tough choices we will have to make.  We pray that God will open the right doors for us and place us right where we need to be.  We pray that we will be together as a family…this crazy, close-knit, goofy family.

We pray...

It's a good way to start the year.