Thursday, June 22, 2017


i have been soaking in non-fiction book (i usually prefer fiction). books on relationships and life. i have really enjoyed every one of these books.  i love knowing that i am not alone in some of the things i struggle with. i am thankful for the brave people who write these books.

one of the pieces in the book that i am currently reading, Never Unfriended by Lisa Jo Baker, talks about how in the business of life sometimes we are more concerned with how the house looks when we have friends come over instead of just enjoying them.  i don't think she is giving us a reason to just not clean or straighten our homes but giving us a breather the ability to be real and enjoy relationships, even in our messes.

i am thankful for the friends in my life that i can do this with and who have thought the same of me. we were at a friends house recently and when we got there it was time for dinner. as we walked into her kitchen, she mentioned that she didn't have a chance to load the dishwasher, but knew it was our family coming over and that we would be fine with it.

i don't even think i noticed the dishes, i was just so excited to hang out with them. i mentioned to her that it was fine and that i completely understood, also that just the night before i had done the exact same thing with some friends that had come over.

it was the first time they would be seeing the new kitchen, aside from pictures that they had seen, and i just didn't have the time to get the dishes in the already full dishwasher, so i just left them. i knew they would be fine with it and they completely were. i wasn't concerned with the dishes and we had a great time just hanging out in the kitchen and talking.

i love the ability to be real with friends, for them to see our messes and love anyway.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Day 20: bugs
See that guy
Right there ⬇
We have called him bugs since he was a baby.
Love watching play sports
Reminds me that you can overcome anything 
even more than watching him play tonight his attitude super impressed us
tonight there was melt downs and tears about not wanting to go to the game
the team is not all that great and he just wants to be done
we are teaching him that we are not going to quit on our commitments that we made and also that we are not going to give up on a team just because they are not winning or #1
teaching life lessons here

after leaving the house in tears, he arrived at the field and with the team and turned that attitude around
he got excited and played well
he almost made a touchdown (running lots of yards) 
and he made a tackle (pulled a flag)
he also cheered loud as another team mate made the one touch down for the team
they didn't win, the other team beat them by one touch down but i overheard another boy on the team say, "we made a touch down! maybe there is a chance we will win one game this year after all!"

things young boys are learning now will make them into great men
thankful for this league and the character that it is building in these boys

and just an added picture for your viewing pleasure
the beautiful sunset tonight
simply amazing
Our Artist God is magnificent
Golden boy said, "it should be a painting."
"it is guy, it really is."

Monday, June 19, 2017


Day 19: everyday
I read everyday
Reading takes me places I've never been, helps me see things I've never seen or see things in new ways. Every day I read and I love it so much.
Today's reading takes me into friendships. "Of all the insidious ways a friendship can disintegrate, comparison must be one of the worst." (Never Unfriended by Lisa Up Baker)
Thankful for all of my friends. The ups and downs of life have brought us closer. Praying over our relationships that we never let this happen.

Sunday, June 18, 2017


Day 18: morning
Spent our morning with family
Evidence that we've been together
Mark that the time has come to an end
Reminder that it was a great time

Saturday, June 17, 2017


Day 17: fresh
Fresh fish
Anyone want it?

Friday, June 16, 2017


Day 16:  Greenery
the back lawn at the lake house
fun times with family

Two handed counting Vol. 3.....Golden Boy

In one month he will be 10. Two handed counting. My oldest, my first born. Where has the time gone. He is almost 10 but still loves to snuggle. Any excuse.....i will take it while I can. For the next month he is still 9 and I want to soak up every bit of his 9 year old self. Man how I LOVE this kid.

Thursday, June 15, 2017


Day 15: childhood 
Sometimes it is fun and sometimes it is work. Truthfully, she asked if she could help with the laundry and the dishes. #lifelessons #momentsmatter2017 #littlegirlandy #farmhousesinkadventures 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Day 14: read
Excited to have finished this book this morning along with some coffee at home

Day 6-13

Day 6: together
Taking on the Tower or terror....together

Day 7: bloom
Polynesian resort. Dinner at Ohana (means family)

Day 8: toes
getting pool time despite all the rain

Day 9: time
when you are finally back to your room and about to crawl in bed

Day 10: celebrate being together in beautiful Pandora

Day 11: warmth
HOT water and cool wraps are required

Day 12: fruit
there was no fruit anywhere in my day.
I failed day 12

Day 13: my view


this photo was taking the night we celebrated Little girls birthday.
we invited the local cousins over for some pizza, cake, ice cream and pinata fun.

there is nothing like spending time with cousins.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

LAUNCH DAY: A Family Shaped by Grace (Book Launch Post 5)

Today is the day
If you pre-ordered the book, hopefully you will find it in your mail box, or maybe it ships out today. I never know how that all works.
reguardless, today is the day that it comes out. so, if you have not pre-ordered it then hop onto Amazon or any other of your favorite book seller sites and place your order.

be sure to scroll down and watch Gary's book trailer.

Monday, June 05, 2017


Day 5: sunglasses
Cloudy day but still bright enough for my shades. Drinking my fave smoothie. A little alone time before a TON of days of activity and people. I may or may not have driven old lady slow to extend the time. 

Sunday, June 04, 2017


Day 4: rest
A moment to sit after a day of serving, Sunday school, errands for an upcoming trip and packing. I just needed to sit. It felt so good. especially when she came to sit with me. #momentsmatter2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017

Book Launch post 4

So I am sure some of you have heard of The Nester right?
Myquillin Smith and her sister Emily P. Freeman are the daughters of the Author, Gary Morland. He wrote the book A Family Shaped by Grace, the book that I have shared about.

Well they are hosting a giveaway here.
You will win this beautiful sign and five (5) copies of Garys book.

hop on over and enter.


Day 3:
Not just my alma mater but My home away from home.....My growing up growing closer time.....a place that marks my life in so many ways.....where i made life long friends.....where I met my hubby.....a place that shaped who I am today. I have read so many posts about the greatness of SEBC. Here is mine. Part of the music of my life. So heart broken about the suspension of operations. #momentsmatter2017

Friday, June 02, 2017


Day 2:
They need water and sunshine to continue to grow.
Every year i am amazed that they grow back. I have pruned them once or twice.
They were so tiny when we bought them.
They are taller than me now.
They look bare in winter, beautiful in the spring, fruit filled in the summer and brown in the fall.

Thursday, June 01, 2017


Day 1
I continue to wonder at Gods creation 
The details 
The patterns 
It is all so wonderful

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Two Handed Counting Vol. 2

My baby will be adding another finger to the number count of her age tomorrow.

6 has had its ups and downs and twists and turns but we made it through and are staring in the face of 7.
i think i say something like this every year but 7 doesnt seems like a baby anymore. with 6, i was still so close to touching 5, she was in school but 7 just ssmes so far away from that small age where she could count her age all on one hand.

at the bottom of this post you can see the last day of when she counted on only one hand. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


I came across this site on Facebook and wanted to participate in their # momentsmatter2017 challenge
you can visit the website here. to check it out or just join in on your own.
let me know if you do.

check back on the 1st for my first photo. 
i will be posting as much as i can but we have a family vacation in a week so i will add the pictures i talk for the challenge on those days when we get back.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

15 Years

15 years
15 years of adventures
15 years to fun
15 years spent with one of my favorite people

i feel like i say it every year.....i feel like we just got married yesterday but at the same time have spent our whole life together

thankful to go through life with this man
thankful we have had 15 years together and prayers for many, many more

even though as the years go by we find more and more ways we are completely different.............thankful that we are the same were it counts.

I love you!

i have been blogging since 2005 but i guess didn't start anniversary posts until 2008 and still missed a few years
here are my anniversary posts through the years.
i have loved going back and reading what was going on in our lives during these years.
2012 particularly has me laughing.
great memories......even when they can be rotten.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Maps, Planning, Adventures

This summer we have been planning a EPIC (as my son would say) trip
we plan to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to Washington DC and then to travel the East Coast back home.

we are in the planning stage of the first part of the trip, the Blue Ridge Parkway
I took to Facebook asking for suggestions on where to stop along the way and got a ton of great ideas.
here is the list that we were given. we will pull from these suggestions when we decide what and were we want to do and go off of the parkway.

In North Carolina:
Chimney Rock
 Linville (Gorge Falls Caverns)
 Great Smoky Mt Railroad
 Tweetsie Railroad
 Mt. Mitchell
-The Land of Oz in Beech Mountain

In Virginia:
Floyd,VA the Floyd Country Store
Roanoke-museums for kids
Catawba dinner at the Home Placer
  hiking up to McAfee Knob
  the Peaks of Otter
  hike up Sharp Top mountain
  Skyline Drive, hike Humpback Rock
such great suggestions
how to narrow it down is beyond me but i am sure we will be able to
planning on where to stay and then i will tackle Washington DC

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Last day of School

i love seeing how much they grow over the 10 months that they are in school.
it always amazed me 

First day of school

last "FULL" day of school

 first day of school

last "FULL" day of school

i am so proud of these two. they both had their own struggles throughout this year but have overcome and done so great. we are super excited for the amazing summer we have ahead of us. i now have a 4th and 2nd grader. that seems nearly impossible.

here are a few other lasts celebrated through the years

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Book Launch post 3

there is so much in this book that I have already underlined and probably so much more that I can. but today when I was reading I came across this quote: "Talking goes to the head; 'being' goes to the heart and inspires." -Gary Morland

I don't just want to talk at them or to them. sure I want to talk with them and there are things that I hope they learn from things we talk about, but I want to "BE"
I want them to see me....
be still
be quiet
be caring
be patient
be loving
be kind
be a servant
be compassionate
be gentle
be a good friend
be a wife
be their mom

I want them to catch the "BEING" that I am doing and be inspired by that not just what I tell them.

I want them to see me " 'BE' this kind of person"
"Be humble, patient, bearing with one another in love. Don't be consumed by anger. Let your words build up and give grace. Avoid bitterness, wrath, and malice. Be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving." Ephesians 4

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day

I got to have another blessed year being a mom to these two

I love that there is a special day that we get to celebrated the amazing women that shaped our lives and that we call come version of Mother.

Honey and Little girl

A group picture before my parents took the kids on a Honey and Bear mini vacation and the Hubby and I got to celebrate our anniversary
mother day though the years (or at least the ones i posted about)
2014 (a separate post about mothers here)
a post on motherhood not on mother's day, but in may

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Struggle and Book launch post 2

life can be such a struggle
family can be such a struggle
kids can be such a struggle
I can be such a struggle

today I am struggling. maybe because it is the end of a long week
maybe because a mini vacation is on the horizon and I am ready to taste it
maybe because I am putting to much on myself
maybe it is because I am huffing about a cancelled appointment we had for my son today
for sure I am not giving myself or the people I love grace

then I sit down to read the book "A Family Shaped by Grace" by Gary Morland
the book launch starts up in just a few days.
I am about half way through
I have already struggled with some of the book and had some good encouragement on it too.
I learned his use today for the word huffing (a word we use to use in reference to my daughter when she was a baby) I didn't realize how much of a huffer I was.
here is something he wrote in our Facebook group today:

"Growth in grace stops the moment I get huffed. I get huffed because I have a peculiar person to live with." O. Chambers

I will leave it just at this quote, because the other stuff he shared is personal to the page, but you get the drift right? "Growing in Grace is growing in un-huffiness."

Man how I needed to read that this morning after the cancelled appointment for Golden boy
and I sure could have read it again this afternoon after the HUGE mommy fail in dealing with my family.

Back to reading the book.......I came across this section that I will share and then the four words that almost brought me to tears:

"You were not made to live a frustrated, disappointed, estranged family life. You were made for love, acceptance, grace, connection, generosity, and forgiveness. You have been specially wired and gifted to cover your specific assignment, your course on the river. Your family is your course on the river. ..........You fit what you were made for. You were made to fit in your unique family for their good, your good and the good of the world influenced by your family now and in generations to come. ............YOU'RE FITTED FOR THIS."

Those four words: "YOU'RE FITTED FOR THIS"

just about brought me to tears. There is so much going on that I can never really convey in blog posts and there are times when I think why and how but to read this, to know that he does not give me more than I am able to handle. He fit me for THIS.
This life.
In Him I am plenty capable.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017


oh my goodness this book
it has been such a good one
i have really enjoyed the process

and then i get the the end and while there is so much knowing in my head about what it said, daily living it out, putting it forward and remembering to turn my children over to the Father who knows and loves them so much more than i ever could it a hard one.

1 Samuel 1:28 "so now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord."

"Hannah was focused on her son serving God for a lifetime."

may that be what my goal for my children and their life be and that i will daily, their whole life give them over to the Lord. Because He loves them way more than i ever can and more than i can ever imagine.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017


not the Chewie you may be thinking about
although there is lots of Star Wars talk in our house so you may think that

the Chewie i am talk about is actually a blanket

this blanket was a gift from a coworker of mine and early on became on of Little girls favorite items.

at some point she started chewing on the edges of it.
i feel like that happened before this picture but this seems to be the first picture i have of her chewing on it.

once the chewing started i was afraid that she was going to destroy it.
but even more than that i knew that i needed to wash it way more and she hated to be with out it.
i was able to find two more at T.J.Maxx or Marshalls (i can't remember which one)
they were the same texture but not the same print.
when she asked for the blanket she was really fine with any of the three as long as there was one clean.
for some reason i can't seem to find photos of her with either of the other two blankets (just the original)

it was probably around this phase that she started calling it Chewie. 
this picture is from September of 2013
This is the last picture that i have come across with her and Chewie. but let it be said that she is 6 and a half and it was just this January that she stopped asking for it.

There were times when we never thought we would break her from chewing on it. We were fine that she wanted to sleep with it but she just refused to stop chewing on it. now, let me say that there was very little that we had to break her from. she never really took a bottle or pacifier. she nursed but pretty much weened herself. it was just this blanket that she was so attached to.

I don't know if it was that our whole routine changed this January after the kitchen flooded and her room flooded and we relocated her bed to Golden boys room but there were times that she asked for Chewie and then there were times that she wouldn't.
i found two of them under the bed and i think the other one was packed away somewhere.
once she was back in her room i washed them and put them up on a shelf in her closet.
she has finally grown out of needing it but i don't want to get rid of them either.

her new love is Beanie Boos