Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Wow, it's been almost two years.  Life is busy.  Social media is fast and easy to update friends and family and to be honest, I can't even tell you the last time I was on the laptop was.  Or the last time I was on this blog.  But today I read an update on Facebook about a sweet couple whose IVF results did not come out as they had prayed and it yanked me right back to the days when we experienced the same.  This blog was my outlet and I was so thankful for it.  For the people it connected me to.  For the safe haven it gave me.  A particular post weighed on me and I came here to find it and share with them.  Then I looked at the date of my last post and wow.  That's all I can say.

Life is going so fast.  The kids are growing, Chase is struggling to find his wings and do his own thing.  He's kind of at that I'm a teenager, but still a kid phase.  He's 13 now, just finished 7th grade, all Pre-AP classes (math is bad enough, Pre-AP math makes me need Valium), honor roll, honor band, just pretty much an awesome kid 95% of the time.  5% of the time I'm ready to sell him to the highest bidder (we'll blame that on teenager hormones)!

Emery is now 8 going on 20.  I had no clue a little girl could have so much sass and I wouldn't change a thing! She just finished 2nd grade, all A's, does tumbling, had taken a break from dance but starts back up in August, and is an absolutely amazing artist.  The kid draws better than me!

Our little Phoebe Ann is the big 2 now.  She is me made over and wears me out every single day... I LOVE it!! I am her person and I'll admit, I'm good with that.  I still can't believe we got her, I look at her and am in awe to think she was frozen for 6 years... how is that possible?  She loves to climb, talks nonstop, refuses to give up her bottle or binky, doesn't sleep through the night, and makes us laugh and smile nonstop.

As for me, I am enjoying summer break immensely.  While I love teaching, I love the break to refuel and be home with my kids.  I recently read how you only get 18 summers with them, so make them count.  Then I thought of Chase.  This is summer 13, what will I do when 18 hits?  Ugh, can't think about it.

The past year did have some tough spots, but we've held together and made it through.  I really hope all my old blogger friends are well too.  I looked and it appears that so many are like me and life I has just gotten in the way of their blogs as well.  I'll leave with some pics of us and the kids.  I still can't believe how fast this is all going.

Hugs to all!

***I am grateful for
1) 18 summers
2) memories
3) technology, it does have it's pros and cons
4) time
5) enjoying the ups and overcoming the downs

Sunday, November 13, 2016

I forgot...

I'll be honest, I forgot about the blog.  For four months, I forgot about it.  Life is busy, there's very little downtime, and before I know it the day is over and a new one is here!

The kids are amazing.  Chase is rocking 6th grade and that's not easy.  He's in all pre-AP classes and has stayed on the honor roll while doing band and tennis.  I'm not surprised, he's pretty amazing.  He continues to be a fantastic big brother and loves his little sister with a passion.  He is almost as tall as me and if growing so fast. 11 1/2, how did that happen?

Emery just turned 7 and is a sweet, sassy, hot mess! She is so smart and caring, basically following in her brother's footsteps.  She is loving first grade and I love having her down the hall.  She has taken on the big sister roll with grace and style and loves her little sister as much as she loves her big brother.  Not that I ever had any doubts!

Phoebe is now 8 months old and is an absolutely joy.  She has fit right in and is such a happy, sweet baby.  Everyone is immediately smitten and wants to take her home.  She has two teeth and is so close to crawling.  She loves her mommy, but not nearly as much as I love her.  I look at her and just can't believe how blessed we have been.

Life is good, busy but good.  It's amazing how it can change so much in such a short amount of time.  Of course, I wouldn't change it for the world. 

I hope everyone out there is well (if anyone still checks this thing).  I looked and the list of blogs I follow seems to be in the same boat... busy with no updates!

****I am thankful for
1) Fall weather... finally
2) my three little miracles
3) holidays are coming!
4) baby belly laughs
5) a busy, full life

Friday, July 22, 2016

A drive-by posting ;o)

I'm pretty sure that if I could post on here as easily as I can on Facebook, I'd have a lot more posts!!  I need to figure out a way to do that.  So much has gone on.  Emery graduated kinder, Chase graduated 5th, we went on our first Disney World trip as a family of 5 (and then some), Phoebe is 4 1/2 months old and growing like a weed.  She rolls, found her feet, babbles nonstop, and is practically perfect in every way!  I think of all these things I need to say on here so that I remember them, but never seem to have the time to sit and post.  Here are some updated pics.

**** I am grateful for
~ summer vacation
~ another wonderful trip to Disney (despite the tropical storm)
~ a/c (it's hot in TX)
~ rain, even though we haven't had any in a while

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

And she stole a third of my heart all over again.

I just fell in love with her all over again! These were taken by Stephanie Keeland Photography when Phoebe was 8 days old, completely in love.