SOLC12: 60

March 12, 2016

It’s 60 degrees.

Birds are singing.

Sun is shining.

Snow slides away.

It’s 60 degrees.

Love it!


SOLC6: Newborn

March 6, 2016

My niece is visiting her parents this weekend. We spent the evening with them last night and then had the privilege of having them sit in front of us during church this morning. Tori had her first child two months ago and made the trip to be here. I havent’ seen Tori in  three years, communicating through Facebook and Instagram mostly. It was a deligth watching  mom and grandma snuggle with Kellen during the service. The innocence, precious life, potential and unconditional love wrapped around this little one.

My sister-in-law adoring her grandson. Look at all of his hair!

My sister-in-law adoring her grandson. Look at all of his hair! 

Snuggling close. So innocent and sweet!

Snuggling close. So innocent and sweet!

Three generations bound in love!

Three generations bound in love!

Melts my heart! I enjoyed snuggling him in my arms last night. Memories of my own flooded my mind and my smile spread.

Melts my heart! I enjoyed snuggling him in my arms last night. Memories of my own flooded my mind and my smile spread.


SOLC3: the Lights went Out!

March 3, 2016
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One of many glowing around us as we read and wait for the electricity to come on.


Celebrating My Summer Week with Pictures!

July 5, 2015
I helped my mom on Monday. She is still weak, but gaining strength. Faithful, their 120 lb. German Shepherd, was happy for extra company. He is true to his name!

I helped my mom on Monday. She is still weak, but gaining strength. Faithful, their 120 lb. German Shepherd, was happy for extra company. He is true to his name!

After grocery shopping, Moo cheered me on as I packed the pantry. Curiosity!

After grocery shopping, Moo cheered me on as I packed the pantry. Curiosity!

Youth group fun at my sister-in-law's home. In the summer, youth group rotates to the homes for summer fun and food. Slip and slide this night with s'mores after a devotional. I was delighted to help.

Youth group fun at my sister-in-law’s home. In the summer, youth group rotates to the homes for summer fun and food. Slip and slide this night with s’mores after a devotional. I was delighted to help.

Attending the SouthBend Cubs where Wesley interns. We had superb seats behind home plate. Wes was nearby in the tunnel ready to take care of official business.

Attending the SouthBend Cubs where Wesley interns. We had superb seats behind home plate. Wes was nearby in the tunnel ready to take care of official business.

Kitten fun! They have been on the porch and just introduced to the outside. Mama was watching over them as they romped around. Delightful!

Kitten fun! They have been on the porch and just introduced to the outside. Mama was watching over them as they romped around. Delightful!

Smiling at pictures of my relatives (my mom's two younger sisters in this photo) on Facebook. Thankful for being able to keep in touch over hundreds of miles!

Smiling at pictures of my relatives (my mom’s two younger sisters in this photo) on Facebook. Thankful for being able to keep in touch over hundreds of miles!

July 4th fun!

July 4th fun!


Life’s Road Bumps = Success Mixed With Struggle {Celebration}

May 17, 2015

A nearby strip mall has road bumbs paralleling the entrances. The slight up/down movement annoys me. A smooth road is the preferred. My face grimaces as I ride over the bump. Obstacles. Who wants them? Not me. But I see beyond the annoyance to the purpose. Safety. Caution. Alertness. By adjusting to the road bumb, I notice more. My attention is heightened.

This year feels like it’s been filled with road bumps, some spaced closer than expected. Low energy, never-ending cycles, unknowns interrupted my days. One day at a time became my motto. Diligent, my one little word for the year, strengthened my determination. I feel like I have been plodding along having mini-successes along the way thru the road of bumpy struggles. 

Yet I smile. I haven’t blogged as much, but have notebook entries and a new presentation. Read fewer books, but have learned to tweet and be inspired thru testimonies of others. My house seems like a never-ending-revolving-door of school activities and “Mom, can you help me?” pleas from my kids, but I am cancer free.  Laundry overflows just as the last shirt is hung.  Our oldest brings college friends over and food is consumed. In an afternoon of homecoming, the straightened house is piled with belongings announcing his summer homecoming. The yard is a jungle as golf matches capture my attention. Application deadlines and essays written heighten tension, yet scholarships have been awarded. All of these things are road bumps purposefully causing me to be alert. 

In the midst of organized chaos, the success of family blooms. The nuggets of success fill my heart with passion for loving the moment. I cling to my dreams of smooth cruising roads, but realize bumps will always be there. It’s learning to adjust my speed that makes this life journey a success.


SOLC: Sunset Masterpiece

March 16, 2015

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Brilliant.

Breath-taking.

Pink waved thru the blue.

 

 

 

 

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Dazzling.

Pristine-perfect.

Golden silenced to rest.

 

 

 

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Embracing.

Sillouettes-salute.

God’s masterpiece divine.

 


SOLC: Candy Table

March 15, 2015
Flowers will adorn the tables.  Friendship memories will be here overriding theme, not baseball like her older brother's grad day.

Flowers will adorn the tables. Friendship memories will be her overarching theme, not baseball like her older brother’s grad day.

Rick’s brother and family came over for Taco night bringing Key Lime and Oreo pies for dessert (in honor of Pi Day 3/14). My sister-in-law, Sherrie, and I are close. We have fun together shopping, sharing household ideas, and being involved in our kids’ lives. Sherrie is a decorative queen and do-it-yourself diva.

We began discussing with Elizabeth ideas for her graduation party. “Pink and yellow please with a chic country decor” will be her theme. Regarding food, Elizabeth said she wanted a candy bar, not a Snickers but an actual table. My confused look was not shared by Sherrie. Her eyes danced! She immediately asked questions about display and colors while checking on Pinterest. One sample was shared, then another. Fun ideas sprang along with decorations for the day. They painted me a picture of daisy and sunflowers adorning the tables, “real” food favorites, and a candy bar display. Three months will pass by quickly, so the hunt begins for bargain candy and decor fun.

A sample of a display. She has agreed to narrow the choices to six, but a candy bar  will definitely add fun to her day.

A sample of a display. She has agreed to narrow the choices to six, but a candy bar will definitely add fun to her day, along with cupcakes too. A girl has to celebrate!