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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

~Sunbathing in the Snow~

We are on our 5th day at home due to ice and then snow. I was on the treadmill yesterday....this was my view

when I asked Janie what she was doing her response was "sunbathing" hahaha
I have to say I love how she is protecting her face from harmful sunrays😂

Monday, January 15, 2018

~ We Are Strange~

Have you played with the Arts & Culture app yet?? It is so entertaining...at least for our family. We were all dying laughing, especially when I changed my expression so many times and still got the same woman....





The girls were dying laughing😂
they had so much fun with it....










              Madeline was able to get the most different people to match with her:)


I am so amused with us haha!
Yeah we got a bit stir crazy yesterday:)

~Repost~

I am reposting today a blogpost from  C. Style . Click on the link to her site for amazing quotes from Dr. Martin Luher King!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

~2018 Goals~

I have been mulling over goals I have for myself this year and keep coming back to one
"be thankful"

As I grow older and am beginning to embrace "old age" I can see the advantages of being past my younger years.  Just a few months ago I realized I am no longer middle aged. You know how you are driving along and your mind wanders over all kinds of tangents?? I was thinking about middle age as I believed myself to be and added 54 together and to my shock realized I don't have a prayer of living until I am 108. I laughed out loud in my car, all by myself, and quickly texed Hank when I got to my destination, "did you know we are no longer middle aged seeing as we can't live until we are 108 years old?" His answer was short and sweet "yes". I was still laughing....

All this to say I am beginning to embrace and look for the lovely in old age...not that I am really "old' but I am begining to see how others see me. The other day I was getting ready at the gym and talking to a few of the other ladies....talk of kids etc....a woman I don't know asked me how old my girls are....when I answered 8 and 10....she smiles and goes about her business. I could see the wheels turning in her head "what the heck....she does not look like she should have an 8 and 10 year old" so she chose to say nothing and smile at me. I was laughing inside as I'm beginning to clearly see that I'm not the norm with an 8 and 10 year old. I am beginning to enjoy the funny. 

Janie was invited by one of her friends to play at Get Air before Christmas break. I sat and talked with her friends Mom as they played. We both laughed when she told me she is 30 and I told her "so is my oldest daughter." As I am now the matriarch of my family it looks that I am the same for Janie's classmates and parents ...seeing as many of them could be my children as well haha!

All this to say I will be looking for the lovely in 2018 and focusing on being thankful, not tired and old. 

~a few things I love about being older~

I understand I'll never "get there" as far as conquering my sin...I'm always going to need Christ and will not "get better" in conquering my sin on my own.

I understand I don't have to be perfect to be a Christian as the world believes Christians should be...I can continue to be perfected in Christ.

I love love love that tomorrow is a new day, I get to start all over each day.

I am keenly aware of the passage of time...my sweet Gramma was right, time goes by much more quickly as we age.

I am learning to teach my children instead of doing everything for them and I don't feel guilty about it this time around.

I have mercy for those that don't understand...

I have mercy for those who think they know everything...

I can apologize and own my sin instead of making excuses for myself..
A perfect example of this.....yesterday I was putting groceries away as Hank and the kids were getting their chick fila lunches out of the bags. I feel rushed, everyone is talking to me, Hank asks multiple times about ranch dressing "did you get it?" "do we have any?" "didnt you get my text?" and I answered sharply "I don't know if we have any" wanting to say "find it yourself" but I held my tongue on that part ha! As I went to the table with my food after all the groceries were put up, I told him I was sorry for answering so sharply. John David procedes to tell Hank how I spoke sharply to him the day before when I was rushed as I was asked to put a number in the phone but could not read it and asked for his help. I had already apologized to him but apologized again saying " I need to not talk when I'm rushed by others and specifically Dad as he bullet questions me". John David did not miss a beat and said "you need to answer more quickly". I spit out my food I laughed so hard. It is a joy to own our mistakes and laugh at them instead of being mad and defensive! We all got a good laugh at mine and Hank's expense. 

That brings me to my last one....
I love love love love being vulnerable with my kids instead of thinking I have all the answers. I don't remember apologizing to my big kids seeing as I thought my behavior was justified, it wasn't. Age and a long relationship with Christ has more advantages than youth. I could not go back!

In closing the things I am thankful for

I'm thankful this old body is healthy
I can exercise
I still have young kids at home
I get to live that life that includes younger children and older ones
my husband adores me even though I answer sharply at times
I adore him even though he bullet questions me ha
the little things every day....










Wednesday, January 3, 2018

~Janie Time~

Janie and I flew to Columbus today for her yearly checkup tomorrow...
her highlight???
lunch of her choice and room service with a movie tonight :)

Tomorrow will be a quickie!! Three appointments in three hours and then flying home..
not expecting any big news healthwise since her health has been very stable 
whooop whoop to that!


soooooo many words were spoken she was worn out ha!




she wanted sushi and noodles so we googled and found this awesome authentic place...
it was so yummy!


We had to send this to Allie who is her sushi loving twin!

her entire spread, and yes she is finishing this for tonight:)

girlfriend was putting it away. 
As bored as we have gotten in the room today, because it is way too cold to venture out far, I have so enjoyed having this little cutie all by herself!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

~Christmas 2017~

Okay now that I realize I posted #bestnine twice I guess I'll finally add my Christmas pics. I was so lazy with the camera this year as in I never lifted it....used my iphone and never even focused...I have to say I was actually in the moment this year and thoroughly enjoyed my time with our family!

First up was making Christmas cookies for Santa!





                      I survived the mess:)
The ONLY picture I have of Christmas eve with the Wells family. Carson and Janie had a performance so of course I got a pic of that!




awesome focusing skills on Mom's part...Carly is hiding and I think JD is just bored haha




Madeline is pumped about all her slime stuff haha







the whole fam minus Allie and Eric in our Christmas pj's...again awesome focusing on my part. Carly's brother Steve and his girlfriend Katie are now in on the Christmas pj's!:)

old man Gardner is still playing up the part of too big pj's😂
his first demonstration giving me a thumbs up ha!

Hank could not get up fast enough to put on his gift from Julianne and Chris

hahahaha

my gift from Gardner and Kendyl is priceless

a few games of all thumbs

who knew how hard it is to take out earrings without thumbs....😅

my goodness Janie is in love with her onsie!
Gardner is reading Janie's letter to him:)



the aftermath whoop whoop



Allie and Eric made it back in town in the afternoon and we celebrated again
this conversation was so funny to listen too as Gardner and Eric explained the ins and outs of her pokemon cards. I believe one of Eric's quotes was "throw that one away it is just obnoxious marketing material" hahaha

My New Years resolution will be to use my camera by next Christmas...iphones are just too easy😯


Friday, December 29, 2017

~Best Nine 2017~

i love this so much!


this about covers it....special moments, a look back at the past with special memories mentioned.... seriously only God can write a life like I have been able to experience..from my sweet little family of five to this crazy crew of 12...God has been in each and every detail from loss to open hearts and some fun thrown in with the crazy.  I am grateful to our Lord for his providence, his forgiveness, and his all encompassing love for each one of us.