Monday, September 25, 2017

My Girlie at 18!

Before September is over I want to make sure I post about my girlie turning 18 at the end of August.
We had a sweet surprise birthday and going away party for her right before she left for college.
I have done the balloon picture every year with my two since they were babies.

I have often wondered why I continue to blog but now that 9 years have gone by since I started, I love to look back and see the posts and the things going on in our lives.
It is kind of like an online scrapbook.
So I continue....


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Just a few More....

We have been very blessed this year...

Our family dynamics are changing...
My house is quiet,  most of the time now,
I wanted to do one more big vacation before the kids all flew the coop.

I know I say this frequently, but I was one blessed momma to be able to spend the time I did with my kids.
My husband has been a faithful provider for our family throughout the last 28 years and we had the same vision when it came to raising our children.
Blessed to be able to school them at home all those years
and blessed to be a stay at home mom.
I wouldn't trade those years for nothing!


Friday, September 22, 2017

Hawaii Continued....

The top pic is of us at a Luau...
And the last two were from a drive around the top part of Maui.
So beautiful but at some point the road got so narrow that we had to honk our horn as we rounded the corner.
Momma was not happy... : (
I am a bit of a nervous nelly...
but WOW! Look at those views...


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Summer of 2017

So I forgot that I did not blog about our Hawaii trip...

What a sweet week with our youngest two kiddos....
And so many beautiful sceneries...


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

My Sweet Grandson

I have been able to see this little guy many times over the last few months  So happy... and I get to see him again in a few weeks... : )


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Summer Is Winding Down....

Wrapping up Summer over here...
Trying to stay focused...


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Change in Seasons....

I will try not to cry as I type this....

Just like that, my baby girl is off to college.  I have a range of emotions, from excitement for her, to sadness for me.  Sad to see such a fun time come to an end.

I can honestly say, that parenting has been such a joy to me.  I have loved being a mommy and pretty much enjoying "most" seasons of these kids life.

I know it is not over, and it is not like I will never see her again, it is just different.  A change in seasons.

She is off to a small Christian school and I pray everyday that she clings to Jesus and that she makes good decisions.
After all, this is what we are to do.  Raise children up and send them out.  Sending them out is the hard part.

My girl is such a joy and full of energy, light and excitement.  The house will not be the same without her.  Her kitty cat is grieving right along with me.

After getting her set in her dorm, my hubs and I enjoyed a few days at a small beach house.  
The grands joined us a couple of days later.
That was great time of distraction.

to a quiet house.

I have a ton of small projects to get me through and I keep my focus on Jesus.

The good news, is she is not that far away... 
And I get to see her tomorrow for her birthday.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Ireland Part 6... The Cliffs of Moher

This day was a long one but soooo worth it....
We headed out so early-before daylight and took a train and then a bus to the Cliffs of Moher.
Breathtaking views....
The place was stunning!


Friday, August 11, 2017

Ireland Part 5 More of the Blarney Castle

No more words for the beauty of this place....


Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ireland Part 4... The Blarney Castle

 One of my favorite days....

I have dreamed about visiting the Blarney Castle for a long time...
And there I was...

It was beautiful! It was so fun and such greenery everywhere!
We rode the train out and back to the castle.
It was such a relaxing trip and such great time just being with my husband.


UPDATE: the picture of my husband bending over is of him "Kissing the Blarney Stone."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Ireland Part 3

 These are some pics from different parts of Ireland.
The first picture is of some tulips in St. Patricks Cathedral in Dublin.
The second is a random door in Dublin.
The third is houses in Queenstown Harbor- the last stop of the Titanic.
And lastly a pic of a small post office.

I just told my husband today...
Pinch me...
Did we really go to Ireland?


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Ireland part 2

This is actually a protestant church even though to me it looks very catholic.
It is not...
and the last picture is a picture of a castle in Dublin.
My mind is blank on the name.
I should of done this months ago...

I love Ireland!


Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Our Trip to Ireland!

Oh, Ireland! You have my heart!

My husband and I had such a special trip.
We loved our time together and loved the beautiful country of Ireland.

So much green! EVERYWHERE!!!

We started in Dublin and went out daily on a train to different parts of the country.
We really saw a lot for the short week that we were there but I know there is so much more.
Maybe one day, we will go back.

This is a church in Dublin.  And for the life of me, I can't remember the name.