Wednesday, October 22, 2014



Ten years ago I was in my bed watching an episode of MASH, when a sudden sharp pain took over my body. That sharp pain was the beginning. The beginning of our time together, and the beginning of a love that I had never experienced before. 

Oh me you are so excited to turn ten! This is a pretty epic birthday what with entering the double digits and all.

When you were born I always imagined what you might be like at this age, and you are so much more than I ever imagined. Specifically your heart.

When I recently told your sister that I couldn't buy her a movie that she really wanted, it was you that spoke up and said "I will buy it for her." Completely unprompted by me, and with your own money.

When we were walking around looking in a store and you decided you wanted to buy me a gift, that was all you.

When you saw me crying about the loss of a co-worker, you quickly came to comfort me "mom it was part of Gods plan."

Between those tender moments we do experience lots of first born behavior.

Driven in your academics, you do very well, but sometimes you get so frustrated. We've been working on that.

And there might be a little bossy behavior at times.

ESPECIALLY when it comes to your sister. We have to constantly remind you that you are not a parent, because I'm sure you think you co-parent with us.

But all of it makes me smile.

YOU make me smile.

And maybe that explains why the last decade with you has been the fastest decade of my life. Because you know what they say, time flies when you are having fun.

You are a treasure and a gift to me. I hope you always know that I am your biggest fan, and no matter where life takes us, I will always be rooting for you. Always.

I love you with all that I am.


Friday, October 17, 2014

This time around, no Duck Dynasty

Our school is really big in recognizing leaders, once a month two children are chosen from each class for their leadership qualities and then recognized in front of the whole school. It's a pretty neat way to recognize good behavior. 

Hope was so excited to head back after fall break and be one of the leaders chosen for her class. 

But even better she got to share the title with her best friend!

But let share what I'm excited about.... 

Remember when I pulled this move last year? Sending my cute daughter to school in a DUCK DYNASTY shirt on picture day?? 

I'm thankful to report I did NOT pull that boneheaded move again.

We got back her second grade proof and I was happy to see her in a proper outfit this time around.

Even though she did pull that DD shirt off with panache....

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I will not leave you as orphans

So as I think most everyone knows, I'm old and go to bed early.

However, here I am at 10:45 and I can't sleep because I just talked to Brittany and found out they have travel approval to go get Emaline.

I have never been this closely involved with someone in the adoption process, and well I am just beside myself with excitement and anticipation.

Not only for Brittany and Blake, but also so excited for Emaline. Her time as an orphan is almost over.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

Friday, October 10, 2014

Country time fun

We've been on fall break this week, and I'm quite sure we are the only ones left in the state of Kentucky. Everyone and their uncle seems to be at the beach, but we remain here, holding down the Kentucky fort. 

And holding it down with vim and vigor. 

Yeah, it's been pretty chill.

But fun.

Games out the wazoo.

And even days where we've managed to put on pants and I put on a face.

And then there was this day...

My co-worker and friend Gail, invited us out to her place for a little country time fun.

I do believe this was the only day this week that it didn't rain.

And it was simply gorgeous.

You guys know how I always get nostalgic when I'm in the country, and then have visions of living out there. I have a history of doing that.

I think I could do it.

OR maybe I just like to think that I could do it.

We had so much fun.

I was a little concerned that the kids might get bored since there were no other children there.

But they behaved beautifully. I was very proud.

I'm sure we will never make a go of the country life, but visiting?


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Happy Birthday, Boone.

We have a friend by the name of Matt. 

And if you know Matt, there is no further explanation needed. 

If you do not have the pleasure of knowing Matt, trust me, it's a shame. He's the kind of guy that makes you laugh until your cheeks are sore, he will say ANYTHING, and as you can see he is a nut. 

That nut is the first of the group to turn the big 4-0, and I think he's as shocked by it as the rest of us.

We traveled up North on Saturday to celebrate him.

His wife Melanie threw a great party for him.

Matt is a twin...

I don't know his sister but everyone says they are nothing alike. Lord knows TWO Matt's would be a LOT to handle.

Anyways, Melanie went all out.

All sorts of sweet pictures

And delicious food.

She set the bar pretty high for those of us following closely behind Matt. COUGH. COUGH.

We brought the kids along too, and they had a ball!

They told me it was "one of the best nights EVER!"

And although this night was about celebrating Matt, Paul and I couldn't help feel it was just as much for us.

These are friends that go way back.

And now that we live away we miss them dearly.

So nights like this mean the world to us.

Especially to Paul.

Matt is his best friend and has been a dear, dear friend to him. Matt stood by his side through his illness and has always been there for him. Although Paul doesn't carry on about missing his friends, I know that he does. He's never had a friend like Matt, and I know their relationship means the world to him.

Ending an evening retelling stories we've all told a hundred times.

With all of us around a fire.

With this group there really is no other way.

Happy Birthday, Boone.