Monday, February 18, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 187

Tell your story of loss and how you got through it?

We have had 2 suicides in our family! I can tell you about both losses, but I can definitely tell you that you don't just get over it... You remember them daily. You think about things you could have done to help them. You think of their kids and parents all the time. It is a hard thing to go through!

My cousin Marla Faye was an amazing woman. She had 3 kids and a husband and she owned her own day care. We were all in church one Sunday and I remember someone coming in to get my Aunt Carla (Marla's mom) and then they disappeared. We went to back to my grandma's house because we knew something had happened. We waited and waited and finally got the news. 

My cousin Trena was at her school when she committed suicide. I found out when I was working one day. It was a day I will never forget. Getting the call. Going over to my aunts house. Sitting with my cousin Emily! 

Suicide... something our family knows about. Something we mourn about. Something we will never forget. Our hearts hurt because of it. Our lives were changed because of it. Depression is a sickness. I pray you never have to go through it... 

Sunday, February 17, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 186

Which of your friends parents do you respect the most and why?

My friend Heather. Well, now my sister n law. 
I grew up around her dad and have been a part of their family since I was 2.
He was like my 2nd dad growing up and I love him dearly!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 185

How do you balance all areas of your life at once? Work/Family/Friends/Volunteering...

I just do the best I can in every area of my life.
It is definitely exhausting. 

I work full time.
I am a mom. 

I am a wife. 
I cook, clean, grocery shop. 
I am a MOPS special projects volunteer. I help manage a group for my WA area and the main coordinators group.
I have great friends that I love dearly. 

Our newly added adventure is putting the youngest in karate 2 times a week and swim lessons once a week. 

I am tired, but man, life is really good! 

Friday, February 15, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 184

Words of wisdom for new moms...

Remember they grow up so fast. 
Take time to enjoy them while they are little.
The chores can wait. 

Remember to sleep when they do, if you can. 

Remember you are doing everything for that baby that you can. You know them better than anyone... Don't let anyone tell you that you are doing this or that wrong. 

Ignore the negativity.

Remember the special moments. Write them down... you will most likely forget them down the road. 


Love on that baby as much as you can!
And if you have to return to work after maternity leave, I pray you find the courage to remember you work hard for your family and they love you dearly!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 183

Books you love at the moment?

Anything new by Jen Hatmaker.
She is absolutely amazing and hilarious. She speaks real life stuff!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 182

Songs you can't get out of your head?

Perfect by Ed Sheeran
The Sound of Silence by Disturbed

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Jump Rope for Heart

For the last 6 years we have participated in Jump Rope for Heart with Cadence's elementary school. Every year we raise money to help kids who have heart issues. This has always been an important fundraiser for us. 

When Cadence was 2 her dad had a severe heart attack and he could have died. He had to get stints put in and it was a very scary time. Thankfully he did recover and it is something our family does to help others out. 

Every year she has raised the most money.
Every year we try to raise more than we did the year before. 
If anything, her raising the most money every year has encouraged more kids to get involved to try to beat her. If that is what is needed to get more money raised, so be it. 

Last year we raised $2,171. I was so shocked and so thankful for each and every donation. It truly means a lot to our family!

This year's goal is $2,250. We have a super big goal and I know we can reach it with the help of so many generous people.

If you would like to donate, please visit the link here.


Again, thank you to each and every one of you for being heart hero's. Your donation is helping so many children! Stay tuned for our final numbers. The fundraiser ends March 15th. 


This girl thanks you from the bottom of her heart!

Snowmeggedon 2019

In the last 8 days we have had 4 snow storms blow through our area. Some storms left more than expected inches of snow behind. 

In the past 8 days, the kiddo has been out of school 3 1/2 days. I have been off work 2 1/2 days. My husband has been out of work for 4 days.

Here is a picture from right outside my back door! 

We had a blast playing in the snow this weened with the girls. We went to the park and they slid down the small hill there. We built a snowman. The girls did snow angels. They rolled down the hill. We had snow ball fights. It was a wonderful time!
You probably can't see them, but those 2 blue dots are the kiddos. The oldest is on the right and the youngest is on the left. 
This was after the 4th storm before the rain began. So much snow. 
My friend posted this on my Facebook page. Yoda is my favorite and this is 100% accurate. We are all ready for the snow to go away and for life to get back to normal. This is the biggest storm we have had in a very long time. 


365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 181

PEOPLE WHO INSPIRE YOU?

My family and friends inspire me.

Each one is amazing in their own way and it is great to be able to live life around such amazing people. They inspire me to be the best I can be and live life to the fullest. 

Monday, February 11, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 180

Movies you can watch over and over again?

The Lord of the Rings
Fast and Furious movies

John Wick movies
Jurassic Park/World movies
Jason Bourne movies

Sunday, February 10, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 179

Did anything odd happen to you in the last few weeks?

Not that I can think of. 

Saturday, February 9, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 178

Do you like to dance?

Not at all!
I guess I might like it more if I knew what I was doing... 

Friday, February 8, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 177

What is the one thing you can not live without? Seems similar as yesterday's question.

My family

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 177

What is one thing in your day that you can not live without?

My family

Thursday, February 7, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 176

Best job you have ever had?

Being an insurance agent. I have made so many awesome relationships because of working here and it is a great experience. I am pretty good at what I do. That is a blessing and makes it easy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 174

Favorite memories of my Pop and PawPaw?

My dad's dad:
He is always sitting in his recliner. It has been the same recliner for a long time. He likes to talk. He likes to show us his figs when they are in bloom. He loves hearing about how we are doing.

My mom's dad:
He was a talker as well. He was always interested in hearing about our days. He liked to go for walks. He loved sitting outside under his oak tree watching the kids play in the leaves we had raked up. 

Monday, February 4, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 173

What are some ways to avoid getting sick on a plane?

I have never gotten sick on a plane so I am not sure.
I do however get nervous and when I am nervous I am in the bathroom a lot.

But I am not as nervous when I have my kids with me. I want to make sure they have what they need and want to make sure they are taken care of. So, that definitely helps!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 172

Favorite memories of my grandmothers?

My dad's mom:
I remember she always had these metal drinking glasses. She would serve my mom Dr. Pepper in them and it is where I believe I have gotten my love of Dr. Pepper. I drink diet, but every time I drink a cold one, it makes me remember those glasses.

I remember she had a beautiful smile. One that warmed everyone around. 

She passed away when I was 4 so I did not get to know her as well as my brothers, but I loved her dearly!

My mom's mom:
She loved to bake and have plenty of food for everyone who came over. She always had soda in her fridge outside. She loved watching Crossing Jordan. I watch it over again some days and remember watching them with her. 

Saturday, February 2, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 171

What is one new thing you would like to try?

Maybe using a cricut one day... it is quite pricey so not anytime soon... but it interests me.

Friday, February 1, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 170

What does it mean to be patriotic?

The definition of patriotic is having or expressing devotion to and vigorous support for one's country. 

This definition is 100% accurate on how I feel. I am a huge fan of being patriotic. I love the USA and am proud to be a part of a wonderful country! 

My favorite song is God Bless the U.S.A by Lee Greenwood. 


Thursday, January 31, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 169

What worries you the most?

I am a worry wart as they call it. I always have been. I think I definitely get this trait from my momma. I can't seem to not worry about this or that. It is a hard habit to break. I definitely try all the time, but it isn't easy! 

I think the thing I worry most about is my kiddo. She has had a rough time with some friends at school and I just worry about her heart on the inside. The part that she doesn't talk about. I just try to do my best to make sure she is loved!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 168

Favorite Makeup Remover?

My favorite all time makeup remover is Mary Kay's makeup remover. I never have to scrub hard to get it off. And it makes my skin feel so soft afterwards. I definitely would recommend this to anyone.

If you need a Mary Kay gal, my AMAZING friend Ashleen sells it. Her website is:
www.marykay.com/Ashleenhawkins.



Tuesday, January 29, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 167

How do you handle criticism?

I think I take it pretty hard. I guess I mean that I am hard on myself after hearing criticism. I try to make sure that everyone is happy and is getting along and when I hear any criticism I guess I am hard on myself because I feel like it is my fault in some way that... 

Monday, January 28, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 166

Every play any instruments?

Yes, Piano. 


I can play a small piece of my recital piece I placed back in the day and I can play some Christmas music still.

I would love to have a piano in my house one day!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 165

Finding support after your divorce...

I am definitely one of the first people that will tell you that after you get a divorce, you need to find your people. You need to find a few people that you can depend on and talk to at any time through the process.

A divorce is one of the hardest thing I have ever been through. The range of emotions I experienced during it was insane. And it is just as intense. One minute I was happy and the next sad and the next crying and then happy again. It is just an emotional roller coaster and if you don't have some people to share that with, it will be so hard! 


Just remember that you have to live your life for you! No one will like everything you do in your life, but that is the beauty of it... it's not their life to live. It's yours! You got this... 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 164

Phone call that changed your life?

I was working one day and I got paged. The number that was on the pager was not my mom's number, but my aunt's number. That right there gave me chills. It was not normal for them to page me. 

I called back and my uncle Larry answered. I said that I was paged and told him who I was and he said one second, here is your mom. I heard it in his voice. My heart dropped. 

My mom got on the phone and she told me that my cousin Trena killed herself the night before. I fell to my knees, dropped the phone and just cried. It took me a few minutes to pick the phone back up and I told my mom I was on my way. I remember calling my friend Heather to come pick me up, but I didn't want to wait for her to drive all the way to my work, so she met me at my aunt's house. 

Definitely the phone call that changed my life. 

Friday, January 25, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 163

Words of wisdom for new brides?

Make sure that you have people take tons of pictures. 
Make sure that you eat. 
Remember this is only one day. Remember to breathe... NOTHING will be perfect. And that is okay. Just make sure you have fun! It will pass quickly! 


Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 160

Favorite dessert?

My momma's chocolate yummy!
Pudding/cream cheese filling/cool whip. YUMMY!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Sunday, January 20, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 158

Favorite road trip you have ever taken?

I have 2. 

First one was when my best friend Heather from Louisiana surprised me with a trip up here. My best friend here Jenn watched C one day so we could make a day trip to Forks. It was a great trip driving there and back and then the fun we had in between touring Forks and all the neat places they had for us to look at and then our trip to La Push Beach. Definitely a trip I will remember forever. 

Second one was when my husband headed down to Sacramento to be at our brother's wedding. It was a super long drive. I had a bladder infection so there were many stops along the way. The car broke down for 2 hours until a complete stranger helped us. He was an angel sent from God. We watched the wedding and enjoyed some time with them before heading home. It was a great trip and a bonding time with my husband. I love that man!