Friday, November 8, 2013

Love Him

I love this husband of mine.  
He's had the roughest year of his life.
I hope I am able to give him the love and support that he needs.
My life wouldn't be the same without him.
He makes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

My 10 year old

 Happy 10th Birthday to my Gabe!
 We celebrated Gabe entering double digits with a spy-themed birthday party.  He had asked me to make him a secret agent silhouette cake, and I was more than happy to give it a go.  I love making my boys' birthday cakes!
 Every Secret Agent received a "Top Secret" mission folder, a name badge, and secret agent disguises.
 I love it!
 We had agility training with the agents trying to avoid the laser beams.
 Critical thinking training.
 I love that smile!
 He received a 3Ds from my mom.  What a lucky guy!

 I love that he has some great friends in his life.
 Gabe and Graedon with Papaw.  Mamaw was definitely missed.

 Agent Gabe's profile photo.
 Agent Gabe at Sharpshooter training.
Great photo of Gabe with my dad.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Some of my favorite photos from Florida 2013.

 Gabe and Chad at our fave restaurant at Port Canaveral-Rusty's.
 Graedon sitting out on the deck at Rusty's.
 Animal show Burmese Python.
 Animal show baby hedgehog.
 A good reminder for everyone, but these boys were definitely in need of it.  
Love the deck at Rusty's.
 This boy had no fear of the ocean this year.  He wouldn't to be out in the deeper water with Chad and Gabe, and loved riding the waves.  He was a pro!
 Rip currents were rough this year, and we even had a scary moment with this one.  Happy to say that everyone made it back to shore safe and sound. 
 The sky and sunlight after Tropical Storm Andrea was beautiful.  I had to capture a few photos of the boys in it.

I am ready to return any day now!  I love that we have an annual vacation to Florida.  It makes a great start to our summer.  I just wished it would last a little longer.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Monday, May 13, 2013

Going to Battle

You are, in fact, a shelter from the storm.
You are a Cape of Good Hope.
You are a warrior who will do battle for your children’s hearts, souls, attention, innocence, education and memories.
Go to battle, my friends. This is your time.
- Lisa-Jo Baker

I needed this reminder.  Thank you, Lisa-Jo!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Making me smile today

This is so stinking cute.
You must watch!

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

A new month

March and April were big months of loss for us, with April bringing the biggest loss to have reached my family.  I actually visited Nita's graveside today, and I shed a few more tears.  I feel that I have to keep my loss to myself because it is not as big or worthy a loss as Chad's.  I know we all feel loss differently, and we will express it at different times, but it was nice to have a moment all my own.  It is still so fresh and so very sad.  The world does not seem right without her here.  I do not know how often I will visit, or if that will even help me, but I have every intention of taking the boys there soon.  We need to bring her flowers, and they need to see where she is.  I am almost dreading Mother's Day because of her absent.  It will not be the same, and I just pray for strength to help Chad through these "firsts" without his mom. 

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Rest, Sweet Nita

My family just experienced the biggest loss.
My mother-in-law, Anita-Nita to me, was called home on Monday, April 15th after a 10 month battle with colon cancer.
We are in shock and mourning for such a wonderful woman.
Our hearts ache to have her in this world with us.
It is so hard for our minds to understand this, and only He has full understanding.
He has shown us glimpses that this was His plan for her, and that things were lining up to make His plan reality. 
Our earthly hearts and minds just cannot comprehend such a plan at this time.
Rest, sweet Nita.
We love you, and will forever hold you in our hearts!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday-Heartbroken

Missing my Tazzie.
August 2000-March 15, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

{Capturing} Ordinary Life

Jenni Hufford posted this on her blog, and it is just PERFECT!
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 I am looking forward to documenting my best moments that are my ordinary life with Project Life.  

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year!

Graedon and I welcoming in 2013!  I love his expression.

The excitement and "clean slate" feeling of welcoming in a new year is something I look forward to after the craziness of Christmas.  It is so new and fresh, and it makes me want to conquer so much.  Now, I don't know how long this feeling normally lasts, but it is fun to live in the moment with it.  Maybe someone should ask me how I feel a month from now!  :)
I only have one main resolution or goal as I start 2013, and that is to speak kinder to my kids...I want to choose my words and not be so quick to snap at them or make them feel that I am not interested in what they have to say.  It has been something that has been weighing on my heart, and I am going to keep this goal in my mind everyday.  My boys are my world, and I want them to feel that from me.  

I have other small goals in mind, but this is the ONE that I want to write down and commit to with my whole heart.  My boys deserve the best of me (as well as my husband), and I know that I can do this.

Do you have any goals that you want to share?


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