Monday, May 16, 2016

A May Full of Milestones

On May 11, Tom and I celebrated 20 years of marriage! What a journey it has been to get here.

We celebrated early the weekend before just in case he didn't make it back to town for the actual day, but he ended up making it home so we were able to have two dates! Not a bad deal for me at all. ;)

This has been a whirlwind time for our family with Garrison turning 18 on May 4 and finishing his senior year of high school, then Mother's Day, and this last Saturday, Garrison's huge party!

I'll share more pictures of the party as soon as I can get them ready. 

Thank you so much to all of our family and friends who were able to come and celebrate with us! We appreciate your love and support more than we know how to express.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Mother's Day/Good Week

What a great week we had last week!

I was able to spend some quality time with my man.

I had a lovely Mother's day and received some sweet presents from my wish list!

We were able to enjoy a relaxing Mother's Day with both sides of the family.

I reached many of the goals I had set for myself.

Ahhhh, I love productive and enjoyable weeks :) Hope yours was good too!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Times Are Changing

It's official.

I'm now the mother of an adult child.

I don't even know how this is possible. These years have gone by in a flash it seems.

We have visited colleges, picked a college, planned the graduation/18th birthday party.

Next weekend, our years of learning together will culminate into a grand party and in August, we will move him into the dorms.

And just like that, our family will change forever.

Gone will be the times of having all my boys here learning and living together under one roof. Schedules will be different. It will be harder to gather my little ducklings up at the same time!

I'm so excited for Garrison, and I know we have prepared him well to spread his wings and fly. But, how my momma's heart aches at the thought of him not being around every day.

Alex and Trey will be sophomores in high school next year. Alex is learning to drive and working now. In the blink of an eye, their last three years will be over and the dreaded empty nest will be a reality.

Will we adopt? What does the future hold for us? Will I travel with Tom for work?

I have no idea what God has planned for us. 

I trust Him though. And I am determined to stay focused on the joy that is set before me. I can't dwell on the sadness of this season. I must set my eyes on who these young men have become and what God has called them to do.

I have no promise that they will live close to us. I may have to get use to seeing them for only short periods of time out of the year! And what if that can't be worked out when they can all be together???!!!  ughhhhhh

But no. I dedicated these boys to the Lord and His service, and now I must hold my chin up and march on, encouraging them in their call.

Thank you Lord for the time you have loaned these precious boys to me. 

Friday, March 25, 2016

Happy Spring :)

Happy Spring 2016!

Yep, it's been a long while, but I just have to be okay with that right now. This has been a long, busy, intentional and productive year! I regret that I don't have my "normal blog record" of my family's life, but at the same time, I just had to fit in what I could. I needed to be very purposeful about my health and getting stronger. Praise God, it was time well spent, and I am so happy to say that I am doing better than I had been in years.

My prayer is to get back to writing and encouraging others along life's highways and byways :) 

Friday, January 9, 2015

2014 is Over!?!? (Family Wrap-Up)

Another year has come and gone.Time certainly does fly whether we are having fun or not it seems! 
(No matter what kind of goofballs you're surrounded by either!)

Overall, we have a wonderful life. I have nothing to complain about compared to most of the world. We have enough food to eat. We have clean water to drink. We have a warm house that is even beautiful. We have soft beds to lie down upon. We have friends and family around us to help and hang out with. We get along in our house and respect each other. We live in peace, with no bombs exploding inside or out.
(We do live with superheroes though!)

So please don't take anything I am about to say as grumbling and know that yes, I definitely know that circumstances can be worse. Many people in my sphere have went through much more difficult things this year. But alas, that doesn't make what any one of us walk through as individuals any easier to handle in the midst of it, does it?
(I sure don't feel like a superhero these days!)

I wish I had nothing but great things to report about 2014, but the raw truth is that it was just a hard year. was first-world problems hard, but nevertheless, it was. It was hard to battle chronic illness, hard for my precious husband to walk with me through it, and hard for my sweet sons to endure all the ways that changed their world.
(But I bet it helps make them into world-changers!!!)

In July, I had surgery, with the hope that my problems might soon be over. There was a complication. It could have been much worse. We definitely saw God's protection intervene. It was just a long and weary process. We thought it would be the end of years of yuck, but we haven't seen that come just yet. 
(38!!! Yikes!)

We look to 2015 with much hope and much thanksgiving though! We know God doesn't forsake or leave His children, nor does He put things like sickness on them to punish them. He took out the full wrath on Jesus, and we stand resolved that the only things allowed in our life are to prepare us for all things good.
(Don't know what I'd do without this guy!)

So our hope abounds while our compassion for others and each other grows deeper. We are blessed, and we only desire to be a blessing to others. We have continued to host things in our home and welcome in those who feel alone. We are determined to make time for the most important things. Projects never trump people!
(I love my people!)

The boys have grown so, so much I can't even describe what it's like to watch! They look like men. They are maturing. Garrison is driving them everywhere! All I can say is that God's grace is there to meet us at every new season. When G got his permit, I thought, how in the world am I going to watch him drive off for the first time alone? By the time he got his license, I didn't even feel the need to go look as he left. My heart fully trusts Garrison. And I fully trust that God will take care of  him and see us through anything that comes.
(16!!! Junior; scary driver! ;)

Sweet baby Alex is growing so fast his skin can't keep up. He has found a love for dj-ing and mixing music this year. He still loves all things Batman and pranking others. 
(13!!! 8th Grader; mess-maker ;)

Trey is about to pass both his big bros up and hand-me-downs to him are a thing of the past. I know with assurance he will never be "little" brother after this year. He will be the biggest of the three. 
(12!!! 8th Grader; kisser-upper ;)

These boys are such a blessing to parent. Yes, we have hard moments. We don't have sinless children by any means! We have many training opportunities! But, we also have great relationships with them. We don't have rebellious children that talk back. We have many more times that we just enjoy being with them as opposed to being frustrated and annoyed. We have very open communication (whether it's something we want to hear or not). We don't always agree, but we always listen to each other and that was my great prayer for parenting teens. I can't control their choices, but I get to speak wisdom while they are making them. Praise God totally for that. 

Tom continues to work diligently repairing blood analyzers in hospital labs. We think perhaps a promotion is about to come his way so we'll see in the next couple months. Last April, we enjoyed a very posh trip to the Mexican Riviera as a prize of special recognition to him! I'm so blessed by the man my husband chooses to be. I know it isn't easy for him, but I'm so thankful he at least enjoys his job and company. He uses his time at home to be a devoted husband and father.
(43!!! Still my hottie!)

My schedule last semester was so, so crazy, and the things we were doing took up much of our time. The boys tried their hand at speech and debate club. Wow! What a completely amazing thing that is! I was totally stressed out to be honest, as were the boys, but it taught us all so much. We were with beautiful and kind families that I hope will be friends for years to come. We culminated the experience with a tournament in December. It was fun and intriguing, but we are going to lay that to rest for this next semester.

Alex and Trey also started at a co-op this year. We enjoy that start to our school week with sweet friends. Garrison has continued to attend a cottage school once per week. He will finish all his credits this year and we aren't quite sure what to do with him for his senior year. I'm guessing he will just dual-credit at the local university. Honestly, I can't believe we are even having to decide this already!

All three boys still go to martial arts. Garrison just tested for his black belt and is awaiting those results. Alex and Trey are both on brown belt with stripe. Garrison plays bass in a band and for the music team and youth group at church. 

On and on... so much to say, but there is really no point to sit and list accolades. All that really matters is that we love and are loved :) Of course, I'm proud of the accomplishments in all my guys' lives, but more so, I'm just thankful for who they choose to be each day. Your talents can take you to places your character cannot keep you. So I rejoice that the character is good in whatever adventure they jump into!

2015, here we are! What do you hold for us? What is ours to make happen? Adoption? Moving? Promotions? New friendships? Mission trips?

Who knows but the One we live for!
(Goodbye 2014!)

Here's to a new year of new beginnings and new memories! From our house to yours, "May God bless you and keep you and make His face to shine upon you!" 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Trying Not to do Too Much...Hmph!

I had the big post-surgery check-up yesterday!  It revealed things are still healing up, and I was firmly told that I am expecting too much of myself.


Okay doctor man.  Okay.

And okay husband and nurse friend and...

Well, maybe I'm a bit stubborn, but goodness me, it's hard to be the momma and not "do too much."  


So, I don't know how, but I'm gonna have to find more time to let my body rest.  Thankfully, I'm only talking about a little soreness and lack of energy.  Nothing major is going on, and I am gaining strength back.  I even walked twice this week outside.

Speaking of outside friends...the midwest is having some lovely days right now!!!  Fall is definitely upon us.  My porch is decorated.  There is a crisp breeze in the morning and evenings. Aaahhhhh!  Love this time of year. 

This weekend, I am hoping to get out with a friend and shoot some pics.  We just found out we have the same cameras and hope to help each other.  That should be fun!

My boys have a youth meeting and are staying with Aunt Erin Saturday so maybe I will even get a date night with honey.

Ohhhhh...and Trey turns 12 on Monday!!!

I'm not sure what we will do to celebrate.  I'm kind-of relieved that he doesn't really like big parties because I'm not quite up to planning that right now.  He enjoys just hanging with a friend and doing something fun so I won't have to do too much.

I have to get caught up on this year's birthday posts for Garrison and Alex too.  I have been so behind with not feeling well.

Okay tah-tah for now.  Have a super weekend everyone!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Odds & Ends

Okay, here are some odds and ends catch-you-ups!

Tuesday marked eight weeks post-surgery for me.  I have been super busy getting back into the swing of school these last two weeks.  I have probably been pushing myself a bit too hard, as I am feeling pretty sore the last few days, so I’m trying to be more mindful of my actions and force myself to rest.  

I had an ultrasound last week, and today I saw the urologist.  Everything looks to be draining properly and functioning well.  I tend to have a lot of inflammation around my abdominal incision when I've been on my feet or sitting for too long.  Overall though, I think I am progressing well, and I have so much more energy now than before my surgery.  I can already tell that I feel much better!

School is going full force now and things are great.  Alex and Trey started at a new co-op one day per week, where I also teach two classes, Health and Introduction to Logic.  Garrison is taking one class at the cottage school he went to last year (Government).  All three boys are in Speech and Debate Club this year. 

We have a bit more running out of the house, but just two weeks in, I know that God led us to where we need to be in this season.  The guys love their new friends and opportunities.  I am definitely enjoying the fellowship with other mommas and teaching classes.

Tom has been home more often since my surgery which has really been a treat for us.  He is such a dedicated worker, husband, daddy…  I’m a blessed woman.

We are attending church at a different location now.  One of our boys was having a bit of a hard time over the last year and after praying and seeking the Lord, we knew it was time to make a change.  I’m very thankful for our time at our previous church.  I’m thankful that we have been treated well and supported by our pastors in the process.  We hold them as friends and miss seeing them.

Hmm…what else is new…

Oh, the dog…well she is 14 now and has congestive heart failure.  Now, she needs medication and it makes her urinate a lot so that’s fun to stay on top of all day…and night.  We love her and she has been a good doggy, but it is time if ya know what I mean. 

Garrison is driving us around everywhere.  He will get his license around the first of November.  Crazy that is even possible.  He was just a baby!!!

That reminds me that I need to do some posts on birthdays that I missed while I was down!  Talk to you soon :)