Monday, October 10, 2016

Why can't I just finsh May?

 Wax Museum!  T.C. Steele gave us an account of "his" life and featured one of his very own paintings!  Hope loved stepping on all the stars to make the wax figures speak.  So proud of our famous Hoosier painter...made me cry.

 Dance Showcase 2016!  Hope's first time on the stage - and she loved it.  In fact, she on;y wants to take dance class now just to have the chance to be on the stage. Just look at her finding her love...made me cry.
 This was Emma's fifth year at Village Dance.  However they didn't call her name when presenting the 5 year year awards - why?....because her momma didn't fill out the form.  I cried.
 But just look at the two dancers.  One so grown up and poised, the other so excited and in love with her big sis.  This made me cry.
Guitar recital - a trio of the finest!  Emma paired up with her current teacher Jake, and her first guitar teacher, Matt, for a beautiful piece.  Did I mention that mom got the start time wrong for the recital?  Yep.  Thought it started at 5:30.  But it didn't.  It started at 5:00.  Wouldn't have been a problem if Emma hadn't been the third number in the line-up.  She fell in at the end.  And of course I cried.
Backyard and in jammies for some.  Didn't really make me cry, but it sure was entertaining.

  Last day of fourth grade.  Last day eating lunch with these beautiful girls.  -sigh-  you know.
 Oh my.  Oh my.  The fourth grade walk out.  One by one, high fiving the underclassman, and feeling like a superstar.  Well, they are superstars.  And all these superstars made this momma get watery eyes.

 And then, just like that, they loaded the buses.  The buses took a firetruck escort lap around the parking lot - one last time.  And just like that, #99 took my baby right out of her elementary school, never to ever drive her back in there.  The hands waving, the teachers waving, and me holding back that welling of water in my eyes.  Say it isn't so.

 Pre-K family lunch and last day of school.  A program with songs, prayers, and showing off of all they have learned.  I would be lying if I didn't say Hope's teacher didn't cry!  She loves those kids as much as their parents, and well, we cry.  A lot.

 First teachers, first friends.  Onto Kindergarten.  Stop growing up before I start to cry.

 Now I know why I couldn't get through May.  It was tough on this momma's heart!  As it has been said before, "better get out the life jackets, mom is crying again!" 
These girls of mine are growing up.  I love watching them grow and learn, but I really don't like it.
The End.  (not really)

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

No more fingers left.

I know I just posted last night about May 1, and have a lot to catch up on between now and then.  But can I interrupt this broadcast?  And bring you a quick snip-it of today.  Today, September 13, 2016.  The last day I will ever see my first baby show me her age on just her fingers. 

It was a busy evening.  Tuesdays always are.  As soon as the school bus hits the end of our drive, its quick snack-hit bathroom-homework homework homework-pack a supper up-carpool to dance- dance for three hours-race home-past bedtime so hit the hay quickly-kind of night.  BUT do you think for a second that I didn't freeze the world, tell it stand still for a few minutes, and go take that beautiful TEN year old outside for some fun pictures.  you betcha, we did.

Here's to ten.  Good night, sweet Emma Lillie, I'll see you in the morning when you are 11. xoxo

Monday, September 12, 2016


May 2016.  This was the month that swelled this momma's heart over and over - ten fold.
It started on the very first day - May 1st.  One of the proudest moments a mom could have...the day her child made a public confession through baptism that Jesus Christ is her Lord and savior, and she wants to follow Him for the rest of her life.  I always thought the day I met that sweet little gal, Emma Lillie, back on her first day in life, would be the most emotional day for me in her life.  But this day...this day, I cried like never before.

Seeing her stand so proudly in that water and make this decision on her own brought tears out of my eyes that came straight from my heart.  It was the most beautiful picture I have ever seen.  Her story was one I will never forget.  The necklace she wore is embedded in my heart (and hers).  The family that sat around me made me fell the love in every breath I deeply took.  And seeing Emma's two friends, Lauren and Abby, take pictures and video on their Ipods, tugged on my momma-strings with everlasting joy.  And speaking of moms...having Shannon and Alissa take the time to bring their daughters to share in Emma's day, made more tears of joy flow.  It all took my breath away.  Literally.  I found myself sobbing uncontrollably as I watched and listened.  The love of God was shining brightly that day and I am forever grateful.

Dead to sin... ALIVE in Christ!

What happen to this blog?

Anyone notice about mid April something strange happened?  Something like the big dark hole the author of this blog must have fallen in because there has been little to nothing in her posts!  Like did her kids disappear?  Did all the warm fuzzies get blown away?  Where are all the shenanigans? 

Welllllll, they never left.  The are all still going full speed.  In fact it's been such full speed, I've taken a seat all watch it all unfold before me.  Every day, every minute, is a moment.  A moment that we can make the choice to rejoice.  And rejoice we have!  Well, most of the time.  ;)

Love my family to the moon and back and will have some "go back in time" posts here to get caught up a bit on life's finest.

Stay tuned....

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Just two minutes

She's always had the need for touch.  It's her love language, no doubt.  From in side the womb when she held on and squeezed the umbilical cord, to holding her daddy's finger as an infant to sleep, to the countless days of cuddling, sitting so close to you at the dinner table you can almost feel her every the "two minutes" I give her at bedtime.

We say good night prayers, talk a little about the day, kiss and share our love, then the "timer" starts.  I lay beside her for two minutes.  Two minutes on her arm, which starts by her side, but instantly swoops over my neck and grasp on like a magnet.  Two minutes we lay side by side, touching.  It only last two minutes, but it sure is some of the best two minutes of my day.

Sweet dreams Hope Kaylynn.  xoxo

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Hanging on....

Soaking up EVERY last bit of this 5 year old today.....tomorrow she will pop up another finger and I will never see a one-handed birthday again.

Love you to the moon and back my spunky Miss Hope Kaylynn. xoxo

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Friday, July 15, 2016

Bird Whisperer

We have a Morning Dove that sits on the peak of our house everyday morning and evening, cooing ever so gently.  wHOOOooo, whoooo, whooo, whoooooooooo.

This evening Hope decided she and the bird were one as they did their "whooo-ing" to each other.  Coincidentally, er uh, I mean amazingly enough every time Hope did her best morning dove mimic, the bird would gently give one out following.  This went on, back and forth, for a good round of four or five "whooo, whooo-ings," each round having the same four toned "whos."

Then her dad challenged her to change it up and see if the Morning Dove would repeat.  Up for the challenge, the bird whisperer let out her biggest...

ummmm, not exactly what he meant Hope.   But as always, a good laugh was had.

**this story best told in person due to tonal effects. ;)

Saturday, June 4, 2016

From the backseat....

We rarely have bread in this house.  We're just not a grainy, sugary, processed food family.  But sometimes in the business of that last-week-of-school-husband-on-travel-I-need-something-quick, we just might have a loaf for those emergency Pb&Js.

Now that is established....on with my story....

Driving Hope home from preschool on afternoon and she declares her overtaking hunger.  So on the drive home I ask her what she would like when we get home....I'm listing off my ideas for a quick snack which included a toasted PB and banana sandwich amongst other items.  Barely getting out the word sandwich and I hear from the back seat...


That's right folks, hold the phone, we most certainly do have bread.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

These feet.

 Ten perfect toes.  Two perfect striped bunny socks.  I can't tell you how much I adore these cutie-patutie feet.  ....and the girl they carry.  xoxo

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Oh Lucky Day!

 I was watering flowers and heard a scream.  My immediate thought was she got stung by a bee.  But, nope....pure excitement.  She found a four leaf clover!  According to the lucky gal, "I was just taking a minute to sit on my bucket, when I looked down at the ground and there it was looking back at me!"

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

In a bLiNk!

Fourth grade is nearing an end and this will close the final chapter on Elementary school for my sweet Emma. Oh Emma, where did the time go? We were asked to generate a few photos for a 4th grade slide show. These are just a few of memory lane for Emma and her awesome friends. Such a joy to see them grow and learn. Hats off to Union Elementary....just next time, warn me not to blink. xoxo

1st grade
2nd grade
3rd grade
4th grade