Sisters

Madolyn is my only daughter. I am often struck with the realization that she will never grow up with a sister. She will never be blessed to be one of the first people in the world to hold her sister's new born baby, toast her at her wedding and raise their babies together. I have one sister and one brother. My sister and I have had our share of ups and downs. Our differences made our relationship difficult for many …

Summer Nights

  Did you instantly visualize Danny and Sandy singing? Who has sung that song at karaoke night? Admit it…OK….if you aren't going to tell the truth than either am I! For some reason this week feels like we are finally on summer break. We have been busy cleaning out our house for a big neighborhood garage sale, me busy with the flea market etc. and this week we have just played. We have been seeing lots of friends and going …

What I Have Learned This Week

  This week I have learned a few things…… *A three year old rarely actually hits the toilet. *My laundry is only caught up for 30 seconds and it starts all over again. *Never under ANY circumstance get on the scale during your period…EVER. *Having a baby fall asleep in your arms is still one of the most beautiful parts of life. *Drinking my morning coffee in a pretty cup makes it taste better. *Sometimes something can look like chocolate…and …

Have A Blessed 2009

We spent our New Year's Eve in the mountains with friends.  We had such a sweet time!  It was so nice to get a new perspective.  Isn't that what a fresh start each year is all about? As we were driving up the mountain we couldn't help but slowly get inspired to live more simply.  More real.  I have always felt that the mountains and their beauty simplify so much.  I never feel as close to God as I do when I …

A Wonderful Month Part II

  OK, on with the multipy posts about our Month of December.  You would be so lucky to have it end on Part II.  Be prepared for sequels like Rocky!   My  dad with almost all of the Grandkids.  Benjamin and Grandpa Jerry   Me and the kiddos. A tradition that we love doing with the children is to go ice skating around Christmas.  The last couple of years we have taken them to different outdoor rinks, but this year because …

A Wonderful Month Part I

I have never had any posts that had to be divided into parts!  There were so many wonderful things that we did this month and I just didn't have time to blog about them.  I am playing a little catch up.  First of all, I hope each of you had a precious time with your friends and family and a sweet Christmas.  We always spend lots of days in December making gifts for our friends and family.  My daughter had …

Ten Years and Counting

10 1/2 years ago I watched a man walk into a bar and whispered to my friends, " I would like you to meet my future husband".  Six months later we were married, two years later we had our first of three children and now ten years after saying "I do" I would say it all over again.  I have the life I have always dreamed of.  I have the beautiful material things of life, but that is not what I am talking about.  I …

Happy Birthday

We were happy with two….really happy.  Then when the youngest was about three I started to deeply desire a third.  My husband was not aboard on this idea.  Life was good.  We could get projects done, we were sleeping through the night and we were even taking little getaways….just the two of us.  So as we were still thinking about a third we found out we were pregnant.  We were so excited and then I was so sick.  Sick like …

My Children Are As Yummy As The Berries….

Even though I was still so exhausted from the Country Living Fair, I realized that we had not gone berry picking yet this summer.   Last minute we called another family that we adore and off we all went.  This is our seventh year going and it just makes summer complete!  We picked berries for a few hours (the children ate while they picked), had a picnic lunch (with Wilbur the pig at our feet the whole time) and shopped in the …

Perspective Changes Everything…..

Sometimes it takes something bigger than yourself to gain a new perspective. Like so many bloggers, I have been changed by the accident that Stephanie Nielson and her husband, Christian, were involved in. Her daily writings I have gone back to re-read because her love of her children and husband is so contagious! Like so many others I want to be a better mom and wife because of her sweet example. There is not a day since the accident that …

Would You Like A Little Fun With That Sugar?

We recently went to the rodeo/fair and had a wonderful time.  We met my sister and her famly and my good friend Jamie and her kids.  I had just started cutting out all sugars from my diet and then we go to the fair.   FUNNEL CAKES….does anyone else understand the deep need for these fried pieces of heaven?  It took all my self control but I DID NOT eat one!  Do I hear anyone clapping for me?  I believe my …

Unexpected Beauty

I live in Colorado and honestly I can take the beautiful weather and mountains for granted.  Whenever someone finds out I live in Colorado they go on and on how lucky I am….which I am.  I grew up in Illinois and I have a secret to tell…..I really think IT is beautiful.  I just returned from seeing my parents in Illinois.  I drove with my three children (ages 1-8).  Many thought I was crazy, but it went really well and I …