14 September, 2016

I see you

I miss blogging.

Like really miss it.

I know I've gotten on here before and said those exact same words, but it's true.

I am reminded of this every time I come across a new blog and then the next thing I know, it's 5 hours later and I haven't done a single thing around the house.

Oh yeah, that's right, it takes up a lot of time and then I feel horrible when I miss someone's new post.

It's pretty much just an emotional roller coaster for me, but I still miss it.


A lot has changed for our family, again.
                                                 Time and life seem to do that....

But we are here and cruising along. Hopefully in the next few weeks I can share with you some of the changes that have happened and the ones to come.
We are really excited about what God has in store.

SO today I am thankful for the warm, late summer sun that is hanging on for just a couple more days.
I am thankful for a husband that has put up with A LOT these last couple years and is still hanging in there.
I am thankful for a couple of kids that have their own very unique personality and are pretty independent.

And most of all, I am thankful for a God that is Everything!!!

Have a great day y'all and "Promote what you love, don't bash what you hate!"

11 September, 2016

A dozen

A dozen years of arguments and I love you 's.....

And I wouldn't have it any other way!

Happy 12th Anniversary Babe!!

08 September, 2016

Back to School 2016

Yesterday was back to school day!

Here are Turtle's favorites for the beginning of the new school year!

Age: 8 and a half
Grade: 3rd
Color: Turquoise
Food: Enchiladas
Season: Winter
Movie: Avengers: Age of Ultron
Favorite thing to do at school: Math
Favorite thing to do at home: Ride her bike
What she wants to be when she grows up: A business owner

Here are Monkey's:

Age: 6
Grade: 1st
Color: Red
Food: Grandma's Mac & Cheese
Movie: Frozen
Season: Winter
Favorite thing to do at school: Recess
Favorite thing to do at home: Video games
What he wants to be when he grows up: A video game designer

Hope you have an amazing year kids!!

25 January, 2016

Always Choose Joy

The first 9 months of your life were the longest and the shortest 9 months of my life.
But not in the way people might think.

Your Daddy was in Iraq and I just wanted him to be home.

You were a wonderful baby, but I wanted him to be home so we could be a family together.

I will forever hold guilt, (regardless of what people say,) because I wanted to rush that time with you.

Every time I see a picture of you as a baby, I am thrown back to that time and I can't believe I didn't cherish it more.

I'll never get that back.

I have said before, I loved every age with you. It brought us new adventures and at the time, I never looked back.

Until recently.

I am seeing glimpses of your pre teen self and I am scared.

Ever SO scared.

These years are so formidable and I don't want to screw it up.
I know all that I can do is be the best mom and leave the rest in God's hands, but there are SO many days where I don't feel like I've done my best.

I can't believe you're 8.

Some days I just want to go back to these warm evenings in the backyard, where all I worried about with you, was fire ants...

Or when your 5 different personalities were much easier to handle...

 But instead, I'll just keep doing my best while looking forward to what God has planned for you.

 And as I say all of the time to you,
Choose JOY baby girl, always choose Joy.

Happy birthday Golden Happiness!

08 December, 2015

Merry Christmas from "B"

This adorable little boy came to visit me over the Thanksgiving weekend, 
(with his parents in tow,)
so one freezing cold afternoon we snuck outside for a super quick photo shoot.

He was enamored with the cars driving by and wasn't too sure about being on the ground at first, but we got some pretty amazing smiles out of him.

Warning: Picture Overload!!

Auntie loves you Brycen!!


17 November, 2015

It Is Well

Several times a week, I write blog posts in my head while I lay in bed.

I sleep well when I'm sleeping, but not very well when I'm awake. ;)

Unfortunately by the time light hits the windows, the busyness of the day starts and those words never make it out of my head.
I want them to though.

My baby started school over 2 months ago now and there should be at least 20 posts up.
But silence during the quiet moments wins out.

And I am sorry if I sound like a bad parent, but the silence is glorious.

My soul needs it lately.

I volunteer in their classrooms,
I do the housework and the grocery shopping;

But sometimes I just sit and have conversations with God.

"Be still and know."

14 September, 2015

N is for Notebooks

The day has arrived.
My baby started Kindergarten today!



He's my more timid one, but he's still outgoing and has been looking forward to this forever.
As usual, because it was the first day for Kindergartners, the hall was absolutely crazy. He was sitting with his new classmates, out in the hall, waiting to go in the room and there were so many parents in the hall, I couldn't even see him for awhile, so I just waited in the classroom.
He was the first one in when it was time and he immediately went over to his cubbie to put away stuff.

He had a smile on his face the whole time and I knew it was going to be a great day!
He went over and found his spot at his table and he let me take a couple pictures.



 Then I was told, "No more Mom!"
I stood there for a few more minutes in a corner of the classroom and observed while he started to color and other parents took pictures and said goodbye.
I walked over to say goodbye and give him a hug.


He said, "Can you kiss me Mom?"
I smiled and kissed him goodbye and just like that, my baby started school.

Grade: Kindergarten
Age: 5
Color: Blue & Green
Food: Lasagna
Movie: Pirate Fairy
Season: Winter
Thing to do at home: Play Minecraft
Thing to do at school: Recess
What he wants to be when he grows up: Video game designer

11 September, 2015

A timeline of 11 years.

Married on September 11th!
Josh left for USMC boot camp.

Got through 10 months of separation.
Moved all the way across the country to our first duty station and home in Beaufort, South Carolina.

Adopted our first "child;" our dog Sydney.
Prepared for our first long deployment: Josh left for Japan in Sept.

Trip home to visit family and friends in OR/WA
In May we discovered we were expecting our first little blessing!
In November we unexpectedly found out that Josh was deploying in 10 days.

Welcomed our beautiful baby girl!
Survived 9 months apart while Josh deployed to Afghanistan.

Celebrated Turtle's first birthday.
More time apart while Josh went to school in VA.
Found out we were pregnant in October!

Finally got orders.
Moved back across the country again to Camp Pendleton, California
Welcomed our sweet baby boy

Prepared for another deployment
Spent more time apart while Josh went to Iraq.
Celebrated Monkey's first birthday.
Reunited just days before our 7th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks.

Flew home to OR/WA for the first time in over 5 years.
Made the decision to get out of the USMC

Became a civilian family.
Moved 3 times.
Mystery illnesses start to invade my body.
Turtle starts Kindergarten
Josh shreds his ankle 6 days before Thanksgiving.

We celebrate 10 years of marriage with our first getaway trip since having kids.
We move again and buy our first home.
I am diagnosed with Lupus.

Josh injures his knee and is out for another 2 and half months.
Monkey starts kindergarten.

We thank God for all He has blessed us with in our 11 years of marriage.
I pray we always lean on Him in good times and in bad,.
We look forward to the many years ahead of us!!

Happy 11 years Babe!!