Saturday, March 15, 2014

11 Years down, a Lifetime to go! I wanna grow old with you...

11 years ago today I was a young, crazy excited, nervous bride. I wanted the day to be perfect. I wanted it to be perfect... for YOU! I knew my life would forever be changed. I knew YOU were the one that would forever change me. I put on my white strapless wedding dress and my long white gloves and walked down an aisle with my dad, who gave me to YOU. Today, I would put that dress back on and meet you at the end of the aisle. Without hesitation. I would be there. 
Waiting for YOU. My Groom.
 We together have dug deeper, prayed harder, and loved stronger this past year than any other year. This journey that we are on...you know the one...the one where we support, fail, encourage, laugh and just get each other. No words need to be said. This journey. Our journey. With tears, frustration, laughter, and joy that only we experience. A journey of loving on our boys and figuring out how this parenting and marriage thing works. A journey that makes us both laugh out loud and scares us to death. This journey, I really couldn't do it without you.
I wouldn't want to do it without you. 
You are part of me. You are the glue that holds me together. You are my glass-half-full-everythings-gonna-be-alright guy. You are just what I need. You are my balance in life. You are loyal. You are a man of strong character. You are who you are when people are around and when it's just us. You are a giver to our boys and to everyone around you. You are rich in that you never need more than what you have. You are the calm whisper in my ear. You are the soft touch to my skin. You are the ONE. It's an honor to be your bride. Thank you for loving me and making me a better woman.  
I love you. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Truth be told... It's her BIRTHday not mine

34 years ago today you laid in a hospital bed. I am sure you were scared and felt completely overwhelmed with what being a mom would be like. 34 years ago I am sure you were feeling anxious and clinging to Dad because there was so much you didn't know. 34 years ago I imagine that you sat in your hospital bed, gazing into my eyes and wondering just what this crazy life would hold for me. I wonder if you knew I would be your mini me or that I would have three little boys of my very own who think the world of you. I wonder if you knew that as you held me you would raise a daughter who would think of you as her hero. I wonder if you knew what a great mom you would be. I wonder if you knew that we would be the best shopping partners EVER. I wonder if you knew how as each year passed you would get more and more adorable and fashionable! 34 years ago you had no idea you would have a little girl who would be fighting for her life. 34 years ago you had no idea that as you gave birth to your first daughter she would be swiftly taken away from you and be in for a fight. A fight to see if she would be only minutes/hours/weeks old before having open heart surgery. 34 years ago you had so many people praying. Who knew, that Jesus would answer your cries to him and as the Dr. told you "miraculously" something {someone} opened part of the valve to my heart. 34 years ago they gave you a "miracle baby", one that you would spend hours on end watching to make sure your baby was breathing. One that you would take to many heart doctors for years and years to come. I wonder while the Dr. was telling you that your baby would never be able to have children of her own or play any sports growing up ... I wonder if you looked at him and shook your head because he didn't realize what a mighty GOD you serve. 



The only way I know how to be a mother is by having the very best one to teach me. One who taught me by holding me to a high standard. At the time I didn't get it but years later it all makes perfect sense. One who prayed with me and for me ALL the time. One who taught me by ALWAYS being there for me... always. One who NEVER missed a cheerleading, soccer, softball or basktetball game. One who cheered me on and was my biggest fan. One who bought me my first flute and let me try out piano lessons. One who taught me by always putting my needs before her own. One who taught me by giving so freely of herself, not only to me but everyone around her. One who taught me by doing so much for others. One who taught me by hosting giant birthday parties for me each year. {Yes, I saw the picture of the 10 highchairs set up for me and my toddler girlfriends}.  So much of who I am, Mom, comes from you. You inspire me each day to me a better mom, to pray more and to be thankful for my family. You continue to be my very best friend. I know I have told you this a million times... I couldn't do this life without you. Thanks for bringing me into this world 34 years ago.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Happy 7th Birthday, My Sweet Boy!

 
 
Seven years ago you, my sweet boy, forever changed my life. When I sit back and think about how fast this time with you has gone by it brings me to tears. Nana was right when she said, "you will blink and 10 years will have gone by."
Well, it might not be 10 yet but goodness buddy, you are 7!
 
 
 To know you is to know joy.
To know you is to know that you are pee your pants funny.
You make everyone around you smile.
To know you my sweet boy is to know that you give 110% in everything you do.
You always and I mean always want to win.
To know you is to know that you are the first to help anyone else out who is struggling.
To know you is to know your love for soccer and basketball.
To know you is to know you are a Daddy's boy.
He can do no wrong in your eyes right now.
 
 
 

To know you is to that you have a charisma about you
that makes other people want to be around you.
To know you, my sweet boy is to know you have no filter on that
cute little mouth of yours. You say what you mean and you mean what you say.
To know you is to know you are a boys boy right now.

 
To know you is to know your heart for Jesus. To know you is to know that you
are wanting to get baptized. You brought it up to us all on your own.
To know you is to know that you have a smile that lights up a room, your blonde curls that melt my heart and this ridiculous charm that cracks me up.
You are my heart.
 

Your best buddies are Alec, Matthew and Nate.
You aren't a huge fan of girls. You said they
talk a lot. You are so young and so smart, my sweet boy.
To know you is to know you love your brothers.
 You look up to Brady so much.
You try and do EVERYTHING he does.
You wouldn't admit it but you do.
You teach Cole so many things. Some good some well, not so good.
You aren't a fan of pants. In fact, you would live in Under Armor and KD gym shoes if I would let you.

 
As we celebrate you today, my hearts desire is that you will feel loved.
This world is so crazy and I pray for you everyday that as each year passes
that you will know how much Jesus loves you and how much we love you. I am so proud of the young man that you are becoming. You are sunshine on a cloudy day, my love. I love you more than words can say and I am so thankful that Jesus saw fit for me to be your mom. I love you and hope you have the best birthday ever.
 
Happy Birthday To You, My Blue-eyed Love,
Mom
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 


 

 


 

 
 
 

 
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Friday, May 10, 2013

If you knew me...


You would know...

... I have been saved by grace ...
... it has taken me 33 years to realize I can't please everyone ...
... I love to decorate ...
... I want to grow old with my man ...
... I go to Target almost every day ...
... I feel like I have been given far more than what I deserve ...
... I love to watch people ...
... I hate to try on clothes ...
... I adore my sweet little boys ...
... I am afraid I will fail them as a mom ...
... I am finally over my Diet Coke addiction ...
... I am a Spark addict ...
... I love a good, hard work out ...
... I have never been the "skinny" girl ...
... I have to work my @#$ off to stay somewhat in shape ...
... I bite my nails ...
... I have a sick addiction to reality t.v. ...
... I love to laugh ...
... I hate to cry ...
... I wish I would of believed in myself more when I was younger ...
... I am a clean freak ...
.... if I could do anything I would want to be a sports caster, interior decorator or dancer ...
... I am indecisive (see above answer) ...
... I am super competitive ...
... I was born with a heart condition and told I would never have kids or play sports ...
... I haven't been able to go back to my dads grave since his funeral ... 
... I love to dance ...
... I get hives really easy...
... I hate my freckles ...
... I am a perfectionist ...
... my dad was addicted to pain killers most of my life ...
... I bite my nails ...
... I love all things candy ...
... I wish I was still coaching ...
... I want to make a difference in peoples lives ...
... for over 3 years I had to talk to my dad through a jail cell ... 
... I don't show emotion ...
... I can make my butt look like golf ball (cellulite rules) ...
... I have always wanted to eat a quarter pounder but never have ...
... I always want my house spotless ...
... my favorite thing I own is a hooded sweatshirt ...
... I want my boys to know Jesus more than anything else ...
... I am extremely stubborn ...
.... I tend to always think I am right (i usually am) ...
... It makes me sick to see animals and babies in pain ...
... I want to love my boys with as much love as my mom has shown me and my sister ...
... I wish I was a millionaire so I could give tons of money away ...
... I have cried on every episode of the biggest loser ...
... I almost made it on Deal or No Deal ...
... I tend to exaggerate ...
... I can't see at all without my contacts ...
... I love all things modern ...
... I have been on 2 mission trips to Mexico ...
... I don't like to cook (at all) ...
... I am impatient ...
... I am not afraid of dying ...
... I am desperately afraid of someone close to me dying ...
... I pray everyday my boys will stay close to me when they are older ...
... I would give up anything to put my boys needs ahead of my own ...
... I pray when my time on earth is done and I see Jesus, my prayer is He will be pleased with what I have done with the time he has given me...

What if you actually went out of your comfort zone for a few minutes and let people in to see who YOU really are; the good, the bad and the ugly. Do you think our friendships/relationships/families would be different?
 I do.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Why AdvoCare?

I decided I was going to keep this blog about family times/raising boys/motherhood but I thought I would address this question I keep getting over and over again. 

As many of you know Chris and I joined AdvoCare about 6 months ago.  I was in need of energy and my husband has always been in shape but wanted to tone up even more. He went on to lose 15 lbs and add a ton of muscle. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to do this as a couple hours a week business but what I didn't know is the impact it would have on me.  I am amazed at what this company stands for and the impact it has had on our family in such a short time. Not only is it the best nutrition you can put in your body BUT it has replaced the income that will be taken away due to Chris' upcoming furlough in a month.  It has allowed us to not have to worry and stress over what all needs to be cut from our budget. What I love most about all of this is that we get to meet and help people get healthy and add income to their families. I am just so thankful that a friend told me about this great company and although I will admit I was a little skeptical {my husband way more than me} I am so glad we made the leap of faith. 




This past week I received a Rookie Bonus {Top 7  New Distributors in the company get one each pay period. There are thousands upon thousands of new distributors and I was #6. I know, right?} Now I am not trying to be boastful at all I just want people to realize that this can be YOU. Heck, if I did it ANYONE can do it.

So, there you have it. That is why, for our family, AdvoCare is changing our little life. Our desire is to help others get physically healthy and to help those who need the ability to breathe and have some financial relief. Whether that is making a car payment, house payment or school tuition we really are committed to making that happen for other families/college students and AdvoCare is the vehicle we have been blessed with. 

If you are interested in joining us on this journey we would feel blessed and welcome you and your family with open arms. Life is done better with people around you who can encourage you and support you {...and we have the best team ever}. YOU will succeed with us. YOU will change other peoples lives and in turn yours will change as well



Sometimes all we need is someone to believe in us before we believe in ourselves and as cheesy as that sounds, we believe in YOU! 

xoxo,

Friday, March 1, 2013

Today I Spoke His Language...

8+ years of parenting little men and I am still amazed 
that the Lord thought I could do this! I am thankful for the ways each one of my boys continues to open my heart bigger and fill it more than I ever thought imaginable. Today, I decided to not worry about the laundry or the fact that I have a lot of people coming over to my house in a few days. I wanted to take time to speak this little boys love language and thats just what we did. 


He dressed up and we had quite the super hero fight. This boy is something else. There is just something about him that I can't get enough of. He had me laughing to tears as we jumped around and sword fought our way to victory. 


Today, was a great reminder that this is what it's all about.
 Slowing down, soaking in these sweet moments with my little boy. 



Embrace this time with your kids. There will come a day when your house will be still and you will only have these sweet memories that you are making right now with them! 
Happy 1st day of March, friends!!


Friday, January 18, 2013

This Boy...

Makes a Friday family game night... 


Adorable... 


Hilarious...


and


everything in between


He has a way about him that you just can't help but love. Seriously, you just want to eat him up. The things that come out of this boys mouth are hilarious. He brings a light heartedness, say-whatcha-think, unedited awesomeness to our family that we so need. 
Tonight, as all of us were sitting in a circle with those silly cards on all of our heads
I couldn't help but be amazed at the way the Lord has given me three boys all with different styles and personalities. Yet, they are all perfect for our family.

Enjoy your families this weekend. Spend time playing games, being silly and just loving on each other. That's what life is all about, right?!
Happy Friday, Friends!
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