Sunday, July 31, 2011


I feel like George without the man in the yellow hat.

I feel like a loofah with no body wash.

I feel like a bed with no sheets.

I feel, well you get the drift.

This is me without my camera.

I left it at Daniel's aunt's 4th of July party. I have been without it since then and it is driving me c.r.a.z.y!!! I have pictures on there that have not been shared with the inter web and that drives me even more crazy!! It's whatever, I guess.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Heavy Laden

Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28

Today, an 8-year-old buried her mother. Today, parents buried their 27-year-old daughter.
I didn't know her well. But I knew of her. And she was connected to my family. The sister of my sister-in-law.
It was not until I sat looking at pictures of her life that it hit me how hard this really is, for my brother's wife and for her family.
When I heard that little girl break down on the front row I thought of my daughter sitting in that very same seat. Hurt overwhelmed my being.
And as I watched that father nearly fall out of the pew I thought about my dad putting his daughter in the ground. Tears filled my eyes.
Life is so precious. Time slips away from us without our permission.
But today, a family must go on without their loved one. They have to wake tomorrow knowing they will never see her face or hear her laugh again.
They will hurt. They will cry. They might even get angry.
And from a distance all I can do is pray for our God's loving arms to wrap ever so tightly around them and catch their falling tears.
And what I am going to change in my life will be the amount of "squeeze" that I put into my hugs to my kids.

Sunday, July 24, 2011


*Presley came home with this cute little craft from church this morning. Too bad I have no idea what it is and what story it was in reference to.

*Do you know what a bobber is? I do. And I own one now. Got ya thinkin' don't I?

*Why do Presley's size diapers say it goes to 28 pounds but seem too small for my 21 pounder?

*Every time I eat steak, hear Blind Melon, pass the Long Hollow pike exit on 65S, and smell lavender I think of Zach, Daniel's late younger brother who died in a car wreck in 2002 (a month after Daniel and I started dating).

*I can never have too many friends. I have a ton and I just want more! I can see God forming some relationships that are going to be great and I am so excited!!

*I am having a very minor procedure in a couple of weeks that required a consultation with a new OB. When I told her my history and my daughter's current "issues" she was quite concerned about the success and health of another child (if Daniel and I ever get the courage to try!). Guess what. I am not concerned like she is! If it is God's will for us to have another child, we will. If God wants that child to be completely healthy, it will. If God wants that child to have the exact same issues as Presley or more, I will do it all over again. Yep, I will. My strength is not in me alone.

*When did I turn into not-a-dog-person? I don't really like it but it is the way it is.

*There has been entirely too much hurt and tragedy lately. Feverish babies, accidents, death, overall hurt. I don't like it.

*Each and every time I say I am interested in a house that is on the market it gets a contract. It.never.fails. I guess God is in control of that as well, huh?!

*My sun burnt husband is (as he told me) too tan to get burnt while at the pool. Did you get all that?

*That husband will be 33 Tuesday!!

*That's all for now, um, folks! I didn't mean for it to turn into that...sorry Werner Bros.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Extreme Home Makeover

Ouch! Every move I make hurts. My body is screaming at me to stop and rest but I must get this house in order. I am not sure what will come from it but we are updating this house. Sure, it's in the hopes that we can put it on the market and buy a new one. We shall see!

So far we have pulled up the old flooring in both bathrooms and the laundry. It was the original flooring from 1987. We put down new floors in all three rooms. We took down the shelving in the laundry room and hung new cabinets. We have painted the laundry room, our closet door, and our bathroom door. We have a lot of painting left to do. All the trim in our room, bathroom and the kids bathroom. All the trim is painted an ivory color right now and it is just not nice looking at all!! The shutters have been painted and the vinyl pressure washed, too.

We still have so much to do. But all the big projects are pretty much done. Now it is all a lot of little things that will likely drive me crazy!! But let's just hope it all works out and we can get the heck out of this house...before we all kill each other :)!!!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The Greatest Man You Never Knew

Some men have jobs. Some have passions.

Some men get married. Some fall in love and live happily ever after.

Some men conceive children. Some raise loving, responsible people.

Some men have good intentions. Some meet and exceed goals.

Some men make you smile and cry for having known them.

Some men leave their mark on the world.

Some men live lives and leave legacies.

Some men are loved by many.

Some men take this world head on and win.

My uncle was that and did that and then some.

He truly lived a good life. I am thankful his seed was sown in me and my loved ones. I am thankful that he will live on in our memories. I am thankful that his brother is my dad!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"Poop" "Nope"

Funny girl of mine!! It is no secret to anyone that Presley is a few months behind developmentally. She has a speech therapist that comes each week to work with her and has progressed by leaps and bounds. Anyway, lately she has been so interactive with her speech. She is starting to have conversations with us. It is so much fun!! This is what she did the other day...

I was sitting outside while Daniel worked on his bike. She was walking around the driveway helping him "fich it". I was sitting on the post that we have surrounding our driveway. She crawled over the post and went behind me in the grass. She came up behind me and hugged me. Such a sweet girl!! Then she said, "Mommy, poop?" I said, "Did Mommy poop? No, Mommy didn't poop." Then she proceeded to pull the top of my pants out and look down them to make sure I was clean!!! She looked and said, "Poop? Nope!!" Then patted me on the back and went on her merry way! Only to come back a few minutes later and replay the whole event again!

Being a mom is so rewarding isn't it?!!!