Monday, May 20, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 278

What famous celebrity (dead or alive) would you like to have dinner with and why?

Jason Statham. He is just awesome. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 277

If you had the power to change the world, what one thing would you change?

Homelessness

Saturday, May 18, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 276

If you were sent to an abandoned island, what are the 5 things you would take with you? Boat is not an option...

- Deck of Cards
- Ipod with music and a solar powered charger
- Paper and pens
- Deodorant
- Towel

Friday, May 17, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 275

Favorite part about today?

It is my husband's birthday. I love birthday's and being able to spoil people on their special day! I hope he knows how much I love him!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 272

What has your life been like?

Hard. My life has been hard. 
From deaths in the family, to suicides, to fighting depression, to moving away, to rumors causing strife in my life, to marriages, to divorce, to birth, to raising a daughter on my own for a while, to getting into debt, to trying to work myself out of debt, to struggling with weight loss... hard. 

But so worth it. 

Monday, May 13, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 271

What is your favorite part about nature?

My favorite part about nature is there is so much of it to see. I have been living in Washington for going on 19 years this September. And there are places and things I have yet to see. 

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mothers Day...

Motherhood is hard.
Motherhood is messy.

Motherhood is exhausting.
Motherhood is challenging. 
Motherhood is terrifying.
Motherhood is emotional. 
Motherhood is scary. 

BUT...


It is also beautiful.
It is also wonderful.
It is also incredible.
It is also worth every second. 
It is loving one human for the rest of your life.
It is worrying about one human for the rest of your life. 
It is never giving up for this human for the rest of your life. 

I am so thankful that God choose my momma to be mine. And I am so thankful he choose me to be my kiddo's momma.

Happy Mother's Day to all you beautiful momma's out there. I pray that God will bless your day... 


365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 270

Do you consider yourself selfish?
If so, why?


Not at all! 
I usually help others before I even think about myself. 

Saturday, May 11, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 269

Are you shy?
And in what situations are you shy?


Depends on who is around and what we are doing.
Sometimes yes. Most of the times, no. 

Friday, May 10, 2019

Thursday, May 9, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 267

Are you a determined person?

Yes. Very!

This year will be my biggest testimony of determination!~

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 265

What is your favorite magazine?

My favorite magazine is by far the Food Network recipe one. I love trying new recipes and they usually have some good recipes. 

Monday, May 6, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 264

What is the most comforting thing you have in your home?

My quilt that I have on my bed. Not sure why, but it is very comforting. 

Sunday, May 5, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 263

Who is the person you can most easily anger?

Anger... hmmm. I don't usually make anyone mad. I guess Abe. When we disagree, we really disagree ha. Other than that, I can't think of anyone. 

Saturday, May 4, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 262

Who is the person you have learned the most from in life?

I would say myself.
Not sure if that is what you were thinking, but I had to learn a lot by myself after I got divorced. I had to grow up and take care of my baby girl and I did the best I could, but I learned a lot during that time frame. I still learn each day... 

Friday, May 3, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 261

If you won the lottery, how long would you wait to tell people?

These days people find out quickly no matter how long you want to wait. 
I would probably tell my family right away. 

Thursday, May 2, 2019

This gal feels old...

It is now May.

The picture below is probably one of my FAVORITE pictures of all time. 
It was during Easter when I visited home and my sister Michelle, along with my first niece Julia used Cadbury Mini Eggs and used them as lipstick. It was a fun day and this is just one of the many fun memories we have made. 

That being said... my very first niece Julia is graduating from High School at the end of this month and man, time really does fly by so fast. We blinked and she is grown and has turned into a beautiful young lady. I am so proud of her for all she has accomplished so far in her life time. I know her future is going to be amazing. 


365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 260

Are you afraid of the dark?

Not at all... I might be a little afraid of things that hide in the dark!

HA!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 259

What's the best way to spend the afternoon?

Relaxing at home with my family! Playing games or reading.
Listening to music or just watching a movie.

Monday, April 29, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 257

Where would you like to retire?

Right where I am at. 
I love living in Washington state. 
It is so beautiful and the weather is great!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 256

Do you chew gum?

I use to chew gum, but I rarely do anymore.
I get annoyed with the popping of the gum. 

Therefore, I annoyed myself and I stopped chewing.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 255

What is the biggest risk you have ever taken?

Moving to Washington State when I was 19 years old. 
Never looked back. Never regretted moving.
I love my life up here.

Yes, I miss my family down there, but I was never made for small town living.
God's beauty is everywhere up here and it is what kept me here!

Friday, April 26, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 254

What is the most indulgent thing you do each day/week?

Hot bath's with candles lit. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 253

What one thing would you like to happen tomorrow?

All my bills paid in full :) 
Debt free so we can get a house :) 

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 252

What is the one thing you are proudest of in your life?

Being a momma

And working my butt off on my weight loss journey. I have fallen down too many times and never gotten back up until I was ready again. Not this time. I will not stay down again. I will get back up EVERY single time. Nothing will stop me now!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Camp Bound

Where did the time go? 
When did my baby girl become so grown up?


Okay. So, I know 11 is not so grown up. However, she is definitely not a baby anymore. And she is definitely not a toddler anymore. She is considered a pre-teen. I can't even handle that!

~ Today was a first time ever experience for all of us.
~ Today, I dropped by baby girl off at school. 
~ Today, I dropped her off with a suitcase filled with bedding and a duffle bag filled with clothing and her necessities.
~ Today, I dropped my baby off knowing I will not see her for 77 hours. That equals 3 1/2 days. 

~ Today, I dropped my baby girl off knowing that I would not hear her voice for that time frame as well. 

Now, we have been away from her for a week at a time. I am away from her when she goes to her dad's on her weeks with them. And he is away from when she is with us. And we have both been away from her for 10 days when she went to Louisiana. Only difference is, we were able to Facetime her and see her beautiful smiling face. We talked to her every night. 

This morning was the last time I would hug her or talk to her or kiss her smiling face for 77 hours people! It might not seem like so long to you, but to me it feels like eternity!

This morning she was so excited. We backed out of the drive way and she says... momma, I already see the tears in your eyes. I played it off. The principal was waiting and he grabbed her luggage and loaded it into the trailer and he said smiling, "we might bring her back." I did NOT cry one drop in front of her. I was a strong momma. My heart ached, but it was filled with joy and excitement for her. I drove away and one small tear fell. 

She is going to have so much fun and I can NOT wait to see her on Friday and hear all her stories she will have to share!


365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 251

What is the best year of your life so far?

2008 - Kiddo born
2012 - Got married to Abe
2018 - Oldest brother came to visit, Parents came to visit, Abe did his first Triathlon, other brother bought tickets to come in January of 2019. 

Sunday, April 21, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 249

When were you most disappointed in yourself?

I think the only thing I can say is when I gained so much weight. It has been a long road trying to lose it all, but I am finally on a good path!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Friday, April 19, 2019

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 244

What time do you go to bed and wake up each day?

I usually go to bed anywhere from 9:30 to 10:30. Depending on how tired I am. 

I usually wake up at 6:24.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Sunday, April 14, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 242

What is your favorite quote?

You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. - C.S. Lewis

This is a quote I read a lot after my divorce. I was so devastated that I was divorcing with a baby, but this quote and many songs got me through it and this is how I live my life now. Day by day. I am going to make sure my ending is great!

Friday, April 12, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 239

What is on your mouse pad?

A sailboat sailing into the waters at sunset. It says "Expand your Horizons."

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 238

Do you offer to shake someone's hand when you meet them? (I do, but mostly hugs)

Hand if I do not know them and they are leaning towards that. Hugs if I know them or if they are more of a hugger. 

I am from the south. We hug in the south!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 235

Favorite sport to watch live?

Hockey by far would be my favorite thing to watch live. 

Thursday, April 4, 2019

My PawPaw

The Last Supper

He passed away February 22nd and he left all his first grandchildren some money so I decided to buy this beautiful piece of art. He had this in his dining room at his house every since I can remember. His frame was gold and it was a little bigger. 

I opened the package it was shipped in and I just cried. It is so beautiful and it reminds me every time I look at it of the memories we have had at his house. 

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 232

Favorite colors?

Blue and Hot Pink

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Oh, the Places You'll Go


I bought this book right before my kiddo started kindergarten. Every year I have her teachers sign. Some years we have more teachers than one which is nice to be able to fill this book up for her. I think after is done with school, I will have her close friends and family sign the book as well.

What a special way to end her school years before she is off to college. She will get to read the special messages that have been left by all her favorite teachers. 

One of the best idea's I have ever started for her!

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 230

Do you think that you are strong?

Yes. Both physically and mentally. 

Monday, April 1, 2019

Friday, March 29, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 226

How do you release anger?

Reading.
Taking a long hot bath with candles lit everywhere. 

Listening to loud music!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 224

What do you dislike most about yourself?

My weight. 

I have a weight loss journey blog. Check it out... 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 223

What do you love most about yourself?

That I have become the person God has meant for me to be and not someone that people wanted me to be.

Monday, March 25, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 222

If you could live in any home on a TV series, what would it be?

Gibbs house from NCIS.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Saturday, March 23, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 220

What is the best thing you can cook?

White Chicken Chili
French Dip Sandwiches

Friday, March 22, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 219

What are some of your pet peeves?

- Constant clicking of pens. 

- Cabinet doors/doors being opened when they should be shut. 

- Constant tapping or popping of gum. (I use to eat a lot of gum and I realized one day that I don't eat it anymore because I was bugging MYSELF.)


Thursday, March 21, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 218

5 Weaknesses you have:

~ Being too hard on myself. 
~ Trying to please everyone else before myself. 
~ Impatient
~ Confrontation

~ Takes on too much

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 217

5 Strengths you have:

~ Honest
~ Trustworthy
~ Friendly
~ Kind
~ Compassionate

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 216

What has been the most difficult thing you have had to forgive?

My divorce and all the drama that surrounded that time of my life.
It took me quite a few years after my divorce to finally get to a place where I not only forgave my ex, but I forgave myself as well. I was very hard on myself with the fact that I got divorced with a baby, but it happened and all I could do was move on. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 215

Describe your family dynamic as a kid and how is it now?

We were a very close family. My dad worked hard and my mom was a stay at home mom. She was always home when we got there. She was always cooking and baking. My brothers were older and they were always doing their own thing. 

We are even closer now. Its weird, that when you are growing up sometimes you dislike your siblings because of this or that. But as you are older you grow fonder of them and the love is even more real! I love those 2 men more than I can ever express.

And my dad... he is my hero. 

And my mom... she can just out cook me no matter what I cook! Ha. I love her dearly!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 214

What do you think people misunderstand about you?

How hard life has been for me.
It has been really hard. 

But, I wake up each day and I get through my day the best I can. 
Working on making it the best life I can for my girls!

And the fact that I am not living my life for anyone other than myself.
I know my decisions have impacted other people in my life, but I made those decisions for me and I never regret any of them! It has brought me to where I am today and I love where I am today!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 213

What was the last movie that you saw in the theater?

Bumblebee with the kids on New Years Day

Friday, March 15, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 212

Who is the person you are most open with?

My sister Heather. 
Next would be my friends Jenn and Amanda. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 210

What is the single thing in your life you are least likely to ever forget?

I don't have just one thing... My list would be:

My daughter's birth!
My cousin Trena's death and the events that took place the following days. 
My cousin Marla Faye's death and the events that took place that day!
My wedding weekend

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 209

Favorite card game?

Cribbage

My ex-husband taught me how to play and I taught my husband how to play. I love playing. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 208

Largest sacrifice you have ever made?

Moving to Washington state.
Largest sacrifice, yet best decision I have ever made.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 207

When have you found it most hard to look yourself in the mirror?

December 2018.

I looked in the mirror for the last time being that heavy. It was the biggest I have ever been in my life and it was time for a change. So, I made that happen!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 206

What news do you fear hearing?

Death's in my family or with my friends. 

February 19th of this year, I got tickets to fly home and visit with my PawPaw. He was not doing too well, so my brother and his wife bought my ticket to fly home and spend some time with him. 

3 days later my dad called me to tell me that he passed away. I never got to spend just one more time with him. My heart was broken. I did pray for God to take him when it is his time and if it was before I got home, I would eventually be okay. It was his time and he is up there dancing around with my MawMaw who passed away 30 years ago. 

Friday, March 8, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 205

What is the most difficult thing about being married?

One big difficult things is time apart when we have to be away from each other for work or for emergency travel. Sleeping apart is definitely hard after being together for so long. 

Another thing is the disagreements that we have. 
We are 2 very stubborn people and when we disagree we are very strong in our opinions. We are not the perfect couple, but together we are everything. 

I love that man so much! Even when we are angry at each other!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 204

What is your birthing story?

My daughter was due March 24, 2008. 
She decided to enter the world 3 weeks early!
Well, I should say the doctor helped that along. 

I went in for a normal check up. They did an ultrasound and told me that she would be over 9 pounds when she was born. It freaked us out just a bit. When we went back to see the doctor, during her exam she popped my water bag. 

Whether we were ready or not, she was coming soon. 
I went to the bathroom to get cleaned up and when I got back they had a wheelchair waiting for me to take me over to the hospital. 

Once I got there, I called my mom and dad to let them know she was coming early. My mom had tickets purchased to be here for her original birth date. I had to hang up because the nurse came in shortly after. She got me all checked in and hooked up to the monitors. Once they were done, I called my mom back and she told me that she changed her flight and she would be there the next day at 6 pm. 

It was a long 22 hours. 
Epidural was close to midnight.
My heart rate went up once and everyone had to leave while they gave me medicine to help.
Lots of waiting. Lots of contractions. 


I pushed for 2 hours. She got stuck in my birthing canal, so we were off to have an emergency c-section. She was born at 3:37 pm weighing 8 lbs 15 ounces and she was 21 inches long. My mom missed it, but when she got there she was able to see her granddaughter. 

Being a mother completely changed my life! I love that girl so much!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 203

What makes you most content?

Watching my kiddo's laughing and having a great time.
They make me so happy it's wonderful!

Monday, March 4, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 201

What was the worst experience you have ever had with alcohol?

Back in 1999, I had an experience with it where I blacked out. I ended up getting a black eye from hitting my head on the sink. My car was taken that night by the friend I was with. My cousin tried to stop him from taking my car, but she was not able to. He almost totaled the car when he got in an accident due to being drunk. It was definitely one of the worst nights/mornings of my life!

This was the day that I decided to limit my drinking. I might have a drink here or there, but that is all... a drink. I usually won't have more. It's not worth it to me.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 200

What has the been the single most important influence in your life?

My daughter!
She makes me want to be a better person every single day!
I love her to death!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 199

What is the hardest test you have ever had to take in your life?

LIFE INSURANCE test to become an agent.
SO FREAKING HARD!

Friday, March 1, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 198

What is the emptiest part of your life?

I really don't think I have an empty part of my life at this moment. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

My PawPaw

February 19th, I talked to my dad about my PawPaw and he told me that he is just having a hard time and explained what has been going on lately with him. A few minutes after our call, I got a message from my sister-in-law. She said that her and my brother wanted to pay for me to come home to visit my PawPaw. I was not expecting this, but we made plans and I booked my flight to go home and visit February 28th-March 4th. 

I prayed to God that night that if it was time for my PawPaw to finally go home and be with his wife, I would be okay. 

3 days later on February 22nd, I got a call from my dad at 6:41 in the morning. I figured he just wanted to confirm my travel arrangements for the following week. That was not the case. My PawPaw passed away that morning. I don't think I said much to my dad, but I sure did break down. 

At first I wasn't going to change my tickets to go home for the funeral, but I finally did with the help of my parents. I was leaving that night to fly home. Not only was I leaving, but my youngest was coming with me. Her dad offered to pay for her to fly home with me and boy was I glad he did... I believe she was a huge part of keeping me from breaking down every single day more than I did.  

To be able to spend this time with my family, my daughter and I went through quite a bit... 
- 19 hours travelling from Seattle to Lake Charles. 
- 7 hours in the car travelling back and forth to the airport and to Crowley 
- 2 big planes with turbulence the whole flight
- 1 small airplane with the worst turbulence of our life. I have never been on a flight like that.
- Getting back on a small place with a kid who was terrified from the last experience was super hard. 
- 1 small plane that was delayed due to fog and trying to play catch up made us ALMOST miss our connecting flight

But honestly, I would do it over again if I had the chance.
I was so thankful to be able to be with my family during this really hard time. 

I was so thankful to be able to hug my dad and mom. 
I was so thankful to be able to share memories of my PawPaw with all our family. 

I have been having a really hard time. I was not expecting this to hit me so hard, but it has. I can't remember a time in my life where I have been this mentally, emotionally and physically drained. 

This morning I got up and read my devotional for the day. I am behind on my days, but I think it was meant to be. Today's devotional said: Come to Me for rest and refreshment. The journey has been too much for you, and you are bone weary. Do not be ashamed of your exhaustion. 

What a perfect reminder. I know that I am not perfect. I do have a hard time showing people how upset or broken-hearted I am. I know it will take some time to get to where I can go a day without crying. But, I am not there yet. 

Thank you to all of you who have shared your condolences with myself or my family. We truly appreciate it.  

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 197

What is the biggest surprise you have ever had?

Heather's visit here in October 2009. It was one of the best trips I have ever been surprised with. We had so much fun travelling to Forks, WA and then touring Tacoma the following day. 

She came in to cheer me up after my divorce... 

I LOVE HER DEARLY!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Monday, February 25, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 194

Ever been in an earthquake?

2001 I was in my first earthquake here in Washington state. It was definitely something I will never forget. It was scary and not fun at all. 

Thankfully we have not had any more since then... or at least ones that I have felt. 

Sunday, February 24, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 193

Favorite road trip you have ever taken?

I have 2 favorite road trips so far... 

The first was in 2009 when my friend Heather surprised me by coming here and we went to Forks, WA for the day. It was an amazing trip. One I will remember forever. 

The second one was years later when Abe and I wen to Sacramento to watch our brother get married. It was a very long weekend, but it was one I will forever remember!

Saturday, February 23, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 192

Ever been in a hurricane?

I was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana. So, yes! 

I remember bits and pieces of them growing up, but the 2 that will forever stick out in my mind was 2005. 

August 23rd, 2005
Hurricane Katrina made landfall in the New Orlean's area. It was a category 5 and it was very bad. 


September 18th, 2005
Hurricane Rita made landfall on the border of Texas and Louisana. This was also a category 5 hurricane and it was bad as well. 

My mom and I evacuated to Baton Rouge and stayed with my cousin for about 11 days during Rita. My dad stayed back and hung out at work to make sure the plant was okay after it hit. 

Hurricane's are not any fun. They are scary and dangerous and every season, I pray for my family and friends if they are in their paths. I pray for all those effected by these horrible storms. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 191

How do you blend families after a divorce and make it work?

I will tell you right now, it is NOT easy.
I will tell you right now, it takes a lot of work. ON all parties involved. 

I will tell you right now, you have to be able to let go of the past and focus on the future. You have to be able to make it work for the kids. 

I can say over the last year our blended family finally got to a point where we all can hang out and visit and be okay together. No more hard feelings. No more yelling. No more arguing. Just us getting along for the kids.

Seeing them happy when we are ALL together, is WHY we do it. 

We make it work! 

But at first it takes time. Patience. Forgiveness. Love!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 190

Share your wedding story?

My wedding story was a pretty great one. 
We have both been married before, so we didn't want to do anything big. 

So, we didn't. 

We went to Orcas Island with 2 of our best friends and we got married on Mount Constitution overlooking the island. We walked out on the ledge (as far as I would go) and we said our wedding vows and we were married.

It was a fantastic weekend and one I will forever remember. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 189

Favorite Christian Song:

We Believe by Newsboys


In this time of desperation
When all we know is doubt and fear
There is only one foundation
We believe, we believe
In this broken generation
When all is dark, You help us see
There is only one salvation
We believe, we believe

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life
We believe in the crucifixion
We believe that He conquered death
We believe in the resurrection
And He's comin' back again, we believe

So, let our faith be more than anthems
Greater than the songs we sing
And in our weakness and temptations
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father!
We believe in Jesus Christ!
We believe in the Holy Spirit!
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back again!

Let the lost be found and the dead be raised!
In the here and now, let love invade!
Let the church live loud, our God we'll say
We believe, we believe!
And the gates of hell will not prevail!
For the power of God, has torn the veil!
Now we know Your love will never fail!
We believe, we believe!

We believe in God the Father
We believe in Jesus Christ
We believe in the Holy Spirit
And He's given us new life!
We believe in the crucifixion!
We believe that He conquered death!
We believe in the resurrection!
And He's comin' back,
He's comin' back again!
He's comin' back again!
We believe!
We believe

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

365 Day Blog Challenge - Day 188

What are some ways to encourage other moms?

Remind them that they are doing an amazing job.
DON'T under any circumstance judge them! You don't know what they are going through. 

Offer to help if they need it.
Love them and their kids.
Support them!

Remind them that they are loved and are doing the best they can. 
Remind them to never give up!

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