Monday, May 22, 2017

Looking back but moving forward...

Have you ever heard that saying "hindsight is 20/20?" It's definitely true. But I also believe that blurry vision can be a good thing. We make mistakes and grow from them and if everything was always clear as crystal what on earth could we possibly gain? Finding our way is where the learning happens.

I came upon this picture (hiding in the attic) of myself at age 17. A slew of memories flooded my mind as I looked in the eyes of this young girl. A girl trying desperately to fit in. One with so many dreams. A girl that's made mistakes but is resolute to move in the direction God would have her go. One who is afraid of what the future holds but more of afraid of not knowing what that future is. It was very surreal looking at this picture. Especially now that I'm raising teenagers and they too, I'm sure have the same questions and struggles and joys.

Connor saw the photo and said "this looks old and vintage. Are you sure you were real?" I'm not sure what that means but I know for a fact it was very real indeed.

Time together with pie to boot...

Family home evening. It's something we've tried to be consistent at for 20 years since we got married. I'm terrible at certain things. But this is one thing we have done okay on and I think it's because it means so much to the kids and so it keeps us accountable. Plus, our sweet Halee is visiting while her hardworking husband provides, so tonight was extra special as we took the kids swimming in this unusual 90 degree weather. AND Halee made us two beautifully delicious coconut cream pies for dessert. Who could ask for more?




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Mother's Day....

First and foremost (because mom will ALWAYS come first in my book) I'm so grateful for my sweet mama and all she has taught me throughout my life. There's something safe about having your mom wrap her arms around you and tell you it's going to be okay. My mom has done that for me many times in my life and without her love and support I'm not sure where I'd be today.
My day was made beautiful as usual by my loving husband and children. Breakfast in bed....delicious lunch after church and NEW SOCKS. And yes, I wanted new socks. Totally boring to some but not to me, and Chris new that so that's what I got. I'm thankful for this wonderful life.

Bad words...

The girls ran into my bedroom a few mornings ago claiming that they heard dad say a bad word. I sighed and asked which word they heard. Scarlett spelled it "bull s-h-*-t" I said "are you SURE he says that?" secretly hoping they'd assume that surely they had heard wrong. Grace pipes in "I think he said bull shoot." Scarlett then yells "that's just dumb, and doesn't make any sense!" Needless to say I went into the kitchen and said to Chris "it looks like you have some explaining to do to your daughters." He pulled them both aside and admitted his wrong doings. Can't get away with much around this house, I guess.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Sweet dreams...

I came upstairs to say goodnight to my sweet babies tonight and stumbled upon this snuggle bug. Apparently he's pretty darn good at tucking himself in without my help, however he still got a kiss and a hug goodnight.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Just because...

He loves me...
He loves me not...
He loves me...
He loves me not...
Okay, okay...he definitely loves me.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A sweet kind of bond...

Chris captured this sweet moment of Grace playing the piano with Sophie (our dog) in tow. I may not love having dogs, but knowing how much our kids love our dogs? Seeing the benefits they receive from having dogs? That's the payoff.