Wednesday, January 15, 2014


so excited to join this site!!!  you might want to check it out if you are a navy mom. i think i am about ready for this new adventure in my life. i get to see my boy, trevor in 17 days before he is off to boot camp. i am so thankful, blessed and honored to be his mom.

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Monday, January 13, 2014

has it really been that long????

i can't believe it has been over a year since i have blogged!!!  wow, a lot has happened and that i guess has kept me away. 

i am going to try and write a least once a month.  if i write more, YAY for me.  this has been a place of holding many stories, many memories, trials and happiness.  a place where i share a little about me and what i go through in hopes i may leave a story.  sometimes those stories even help others. 

here is to making a goal for myself on leaving small stories of my journey...keep checking in as the rest is still unwritten.

love and hugs,

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 7:  i am grateful for home.

i am truly blessed to have a husband who provides what our family needs in a home.  we don't need a huge mansion.  we don't need to be in the fanciest neighborhood.  we just need to have a roof over our heads.  a place of shelter.  heat to keep us warm.  water to clean and cook with.  electric to allow us to see and work.  most of all we need each other, all of us {tom, me, austin, trevor, dallin, haleigh (and levi our dog)}.  this does not include all of the other things we are blessed with to call our house our HOME!  thank you tom for our home.  without you, it would only be a house.  without our children, we would not be home!  i am truly grateful for my HOME!!

don't forget to be grateful for your home.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 6:  i am grateful for the privilege to vote!

i know we all do not agree the same but it is truly a privilege to vote.  much of what i stand for and the freedoms i get to eNjoY are because of my right to vote.  i hope you made your voice heard today by voting your beliefs.  truly grateful!!  wishing our country a peaceful ending to this election. 

did you vote tOdaY?

Monday, November 5, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 5:  i am grateful for guardianship.

not only am i the mother of my son austin, i am his legal guardian as well.  no one ever thinks that they need guardianship over their child but in some cases, you have to.  i had to legally go to court to become his guardian and conservator.  this came with a lot of stress, many appointments, lawyers, a judge, tons of paperwork and an investigation.  wow, just to be his legal guardian.  i'm his mom, why all of this?  today we went to another one of our annual court hearing.  he was all dressed sharply with his hair styled ready to go.  the judge asked me questions then asked him questions.  then austin asked her "do you have any questions for me"?  she said "no, but do you have questions for me"  austin responded with "yes".  he asked the judge if he has to come next year because he hates missing out on his day program.  it was so cute!!  the judge answered "austin, it is always your right to come if you want too but if you don't i will make sure your mom tells you everything that happened here.  i want you to know that you are welcome to come if you want to".  he said "ok, i don't want to come".  we all chuckled.  i had a tear in my eye while i was sitting there.  thinking of all my extra responsibilities to be his guardian {even though i was already doing them}.  i though how god has entrusted me with his care.  how austin chose me.  how blessed i am.  how grown up he has become.  how he is trying everyday to be more independent.  how much i learned from this young man.  i know the challenges he took upon his self before he came to earth were not easy ones.  not may of us would choose complete blindness, retardation and autism.  this young man has blessed my life beyond words.  to know that i have him until he returns home, fills me with much gratitude.  he will not live in a group home or with someone else...he is mine.  my responsibility, my son, one of my greatest accomplishments.  thank you judge ruechel.  for allowing me to continue to be his legal guardian even though i AM already his mom.

what are you grateful for tOdaY?

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 4: i am grateful for forgiveness.

i am truly grateful for the power of forgiveness.  not only to forgive others but also myself.  it's hard to forgive but we are commanded to.  when i allow myself to forgive others i feel a huge load lifted off my shoulders.  i feel as though i can breathe easier, life seems simpler and i am much happier.  now forgiving myself...that is still a daily challenge.  though when i finally do...i can let go and move forward.  without forgiveness you are at a stand still.  stuck in a time or place that brings you much pain and heartache.  this is not how we are to live.  we are to forgive all.

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins".  ~Matther 6:14-15

is there someome {or yourself}
 that you need to forgive today?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 3: i'm grateful for rest.

today was not a good day. i suffered from a major headache and it was not going away with anything i tried.  i however was able to just rest.  i think it is something a lot of us just take for granite.  i've struggled with sleep and headaches for a long time now.  a few years ago i finally got some much needed answered to both.  i should know when my body is telling me to slow down.  the trouble is, i don't always listen.. there is always too much to do that i don't have time to slow down.  when i don't listen to my body i surely pay the price.  so today it was just me, my blanket & pillow on the couch watching movies.  i am truly grateful for having the chance to just rest today.  i think my body is very grateful too. 

what did you do to let your body rest today?

Friday, November 2, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 2:  i am grateful for that still small voice.

today i had things that needed to be done at a certain time.  i head on my merry way to get them started when i realize the place is closed for inspection.  seriously?!  no notice at all and i had to get this done. there was a number to call so i called it.  left a message and waited there 20 minutes and NOTHING.  i decided that i couldn't wait any longer and i must leave.  as i was pulling away i saw a vehicle come into the same parking lot as me. i was prompted to turned around and so i did.  {i don't know why, yes i do}  the gentlemen was going into the building i needed to get into.  i politely asked "how long it would be close" and he said "all day".  i told him who i worked for and that i really needed to get in there to do my job.  he asked how long it would take.  i responded with "it depends on how many permits there are".  he said to come in and i did.  i was able to complete my job all because i listened to a voice telling me to wait and to turn around.  sometimes when you feel or get that prompt to do something is always good to listen.  there have been many times in my life {some life and death situations} where this has happened to me.  i am so grateful to have the knowledge that i should stop and listen! 

have you ever been prompted to stop and listen?

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Attitude of Gratitude

day 1: i am so grateful for my life! 

i have had many ups and downs in my 40 years.  i have learned many lessons by trial and error.  i have made many mistakes along the way as well.  through all of this, i know that this life is a test!!  one that keeps me learning every day.  if i were not to fall and make mistakes i would never learn from them.  though there are many i wish to never make again but i am still grateful for the lesson.  i am blessed with so many happy days.  to wake up and live one more day is a true gift.  this life of mine...a true blessing!  thank you god for each day i am granted to live it. 

what are you grateful for on this first day of november?

Monday, October 29, 2012

sweEt 16!!

it's hard to believe that tOdaY my baby girl turns 16!! 
where have all the years gone? 
haleigh, being the last of my four children and the only girls
brings so much joy to my life. 
i didn't even know she was a girl until
a month before she was born. 
it was still hard to believe as a mother to my three sons
 that #4 was my little girl.

haleigh is such a wonderful young lady that is full of life.
i wanted to share some of the wonderful things about her.
*she thinks of others before herself.
*she is selfless.
*she has a smile that is really contagious.
*she loves little kids.
*she is an organizer.
*she loved dogs {really most animals}
*she is a great friend.
*she is a wonderful hugger.
*she is very caring.
*she is a good sister.
*she is full of life.
*she is a picky eater.
*she is an artist.
*she loves soccer.
*she loves her family.
*she can get her feelings hurt easily.
*she is so grateful.
*she is a tomboy that is turning into a beautiful young lady.
*she is a comedian.
*she is a great helper.
*she loves like no other.
*she is very photogenic.

today as her mom i am so thankful for her. 
i am grateful that god trusted me with her care.
i am one lucky mom to have this young lady in my life.
thank you for choosing me haleigh nicole.
i love you bug-a-boo!!

happy birthday haleigh and
eNjoY your sweet 16!!!