Thursday, October 1, 2015

Help for us momma's....

I am loving all that this website has to offer. Hannah Keeley
The amount of excellent, helpful, FREE information she offers is amazing!
I completed the 21- Day Mom Fix and am not slowing down! LOL!
Seriously, Hannah is so real and her goal is to help women, especially moms, 
to live an abundant, joy-filled life! 
Who doesn't want some of that?!
I've been plugging in my earbuds as I'm cleaning the house or exercising 
and listening to her. I see it as "educating myself". 
Knowledge is a life-long journey and I don't plan to ever stop learning! :) 
Hope you'll check it will be blessed, I promise!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Book Reviews

   I recently received 2 books to review and I am happy to share my thoughts on each. This first one truly surprised me. I did not remember what the story line was about and so when I gathered the children to read this aloud to them I was pleasantly surprised. The story is about a little boy who is born "different". He has special needs that cause him to be slower at learning and walking and such. His parents the King and Queen allow him to be who he is and later his "differences" help in a big way. I won't give it away, but I will say that ALL of us loved this book! I will admit to shedding a couple of tears at the end and hearing the "ahhhs" and "ohhhs" from the kids just cemented in my mind what a wonderful, thought-provoking book it truly is. One that will continue to be read over and over in our home! :)

   This book grabbed my attention right away when I saw it was about St. Francis. One of my all-time favorite missionaries! Ms. Goudge has incredible skill as a wordsmith and she quickly draws you into the story of his life. Such a powerful read about a truly great man and his great God!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

Sunday, September 20, 2015


Two Thursday nights ago we had the most amazing, exciting, fabulous, awesome, wonderful surprise......

Our boy came home!! 
We weren't expecting him until November but he saved up his leave so he could head home early and surprise us. 
When he walked through our front door ......tears....
oh my, so very, very thankful he is home safe!

It had been almost 2 years since his last visit home. 
Way too long for this momma! :)

I love seeing him in the kitchen...
I love hearing his laugh...
I love spending countless hours listening to his Army stories....
I love being able to talk face-to-face.

So proud of  this man! 
So thankful to be his mom!

Friday, September 4, 2015 knew this was baby G!

Isn't he the CUTEST?!

He is almost 10 months old and a ball full of energy! :)

I can honestly say I have absolutely NO trouble falling to sleep at night! 
I am plum worn out! :)

So here's the scoop on our Baby G....I know ya'll are dying to hear the details....

I was just playing with you...we have not added to our family. LOL!  I can hear you letting out the big sigh of relief....:)

Over a month  ago we received a phone call that my nephew's girlfriend had been in a serious car accident. So serious that she and her mom were taken to Hershey Medical Center and her two nieces were airflighted there. Her one niece, age 7, was released from the hospital but is in a wheelchair. The other niece, age 6, was in a coma for days but has since awoke but will have to relearn everything from eating, to walking to even knowing who her family members very sad. Please keep her in prayer...her name is Destiny.
Chrissi, baby G's mommy (and my nephew's girlfriend), was in Hershey Medical for several weeks and has since been moved to a rehab facility to try and learn to walk again. Her pelvis, among other bones, were shattered.  She has a very long road of recovery before her. 

So we have been watching baby G during the days. He was able to crawl a tiny bit before but the first week here he took off crawling all over the place! Then just this week, he took his first steps along the couch! How cool is that?!  The kids and I are really enjoying having a baby in the house again. However, my energy levels aren't what they used to be. LOL! 

It's been a challenge to figure out how to get all the necessary things done in a day BUT I am so thankful to have this time with him. 
He loves when Samuel does itsy bitsy spider on his legs and belly. 
He loves watching Nolan ride his bike and do crazy tricks. 
He loves when Gabriella sits beside him and talks to him. 
He loves Kyalynn singing to him 
and he loves Connor making funny faces at him. :) 

Our time watching him is winding down as we have only committed to this month of September yet. :(

It has been a great joy and I'm so thankful I was able to quickly step in and help. He will be in wonderful hands...his pappy will be taking over his care and I will only help as needed.

However, I have a feeling there will be tears all around when he doesn't show up in the morning for us to watch him. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Camping...or Oh my aching back....

Our kids LOVE camping! Although, their only experience with it was last year on the coldest night of the summer we camped in our front yard. And, since we didn't own a tent we stayed in our screen-house freezing our behinds off! Sean and I tried to talk the kids into going inside that night but they wouldn't hear of it. We had on sweatshirts, tons of blankets, and hats! Sean and I bemoaned the fact that our nice, warm, comfy beds were so lonely inside without us in them. LOL! Fast forward to this summer...
Again the kids begged to go camping. Sean and I explained why it wasn't a good tent, we're old, we like to move the next day and lying on the ground all night makes that difficult....but they just wouldn't buy it. :)
So....we bought a tent! Isn't she a beaut?!

She's a big'un. She sleeps 10 so we have lots of room. In fact, she's the perfect size for us to haul out the spare mattress for Sean and I to sleep on....not that we'd know or anything. LOL!
But boy did our backs feel better the next morning! 

The favorite part is the campfire night before and breakfast over the campfire.
We had what I dubbed my "mommy grand slam". 
Eggs, bacon, pancakes, fruit, hot cocoa.

And yes, if you look closely you will see a toaster on the table. What?! That's not camping!
Well, um, yes, yes it was. :)
We stuck close to home because at this point it just makes life easier and they didn't care, they LOVED it! 
We plan to break out the tent a time or two yet this summer because well, our babies are growing fast and we are trying to soak and savor these moments in when we can.  :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


In an effort to make summer extra enjoyable for these treasures we have answered their wishes and taken several fishing trips. :) I'm glad to say all 5 have caught at least 2 fish so far this summer! Woo Hoo! That is terrific and makes the trips so much more exciting! Of course, the fish are quite small but who least it's a fish! LOL! 

Friday, July 17, 2015

Missing this guy so much....

My boy turned 21 this year.
He's been serving his country since right before he turned 18.
He's only been home 1 time and that was too long ago!
To say we miss him is quite an understatement!
He has become an incredible man
full of wisdom, character and compassion.
He is a leader and has been leading men older than himself for over a year.
He may be the "baby" of the team (age-wise) but he earned their trust quickly
by his responsibility and integrity.
I couldn't be prouder to call this man my son 
I can not wait until he is back in the states where we can talk face-to-face!