August 17, 2016

1 comment

Adventure in Arizona

First I would like to say Phoenix is hot!!!!!! Second I would like to say, I was tremendously thankful for the hotel having a pool!!!!!! With that being said, we did have a great time in Phoenix. It was fun having absolutely no responsibilities for a while.

Middle Bit was born in this great city, so he had fun seeing the old house we lived in, hospital he was born in and the church he was baptized in. We took him to the church he was baptized at, and one of the priests is still there almost 13 years later! I have a picture of her holding him as a baby, and now of them standing next to each other 13 years later. Time does fly!

Other highlights were visiting Tombstone and Bisbee. If I had the chance to live in Bisbee, I would. The town is so eclectic and much cooler in temperature. Love it!

We had a great time, but like all good things, we had to come back home. We were all grateful for the time away and time spent together!

What were some of the trips you have been on this summer?



August 16, 2016

no comments


Our old basketball hoop was a hunk of junk. It was not a permanent basketball hoop, which honestly caused a great deal of problems. It was constantly blowing over in the wind, which meant the hoop itself was an unusual shape. It was not round, but instead oval, and even rectangular. One day, we finally took it apart, but this left the kids without a net. For our oldest child, that is a big deal. He love basketball! So we began looking for a good deal on a permanent goal. The price for these is unreal!! 800 to a 1, 000 dollars. Something we could not afford! Some friends of ours had taken an old basketball goal down at their house. Their boys, are young, and they decided to remove it. The goal was totally old school playground. The long white pole, with a simple white board and rim. They offered it for free, and so we jumped on it. We had the pole powder coated black, we sanded the board and repainted it a nice bright white and repainted the orange square on the backboard.  All it needed after that was a new net, and it started to look brand new! It was a great project for the three boys to work on together, and cement into the ground. Now we have a basketball hoop installed permanently into the ground, and in the end it only ended up costing us $200!

There have been many games of horse and pig played on it since returning home from Phoenix. Nothing like a summer evening playing basketball!

Hope your summers are going well!



August 14, 2016


Sunday Storytelling: Gardening


Over the past few years that we have lived in our current home, I have developed a love of gardening. It is hard work, and in the hot August sun, can be sweating and filthy, but this is part of the love for me. Truly there is a satisfaction after a long day in the garden, sitting on the back porch in the shade, drinking an icy cold beverage while the kids talk about how tired they are. There is also the satisfaction of canning or freezing the bounty from what was grown in your own backyard that is fulfilling.

But gardening takes on whatever is going on in your life as well. Recently we have had a great deal of changes, and have been slightly overwhelmed with keeping up with life. At the beginning of the summer, we planted so many things: cabbage, corn, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes and onions. We knew what was going to happen towards the end of the summer, but there is something so healing about planting a garden. It gives one hope, and contentment. Funny how the garden did not really grow until after our recent trip. We took a journey down to Phoenix, for a number of reasons, but when the kids and I returned, the garden was out of control! It was crazy! We were only gone a week, but during that week, random plants began to grow in our garden. Squash that was not even planted by us took over the cabbages, weeds grew so large that we could not even see the potatoes. Tomatoes were sprawled out everywhere. It truly felt out of control. And in reality that is how our own lives felt at the time. How were we going to keep up with the changes? How would we begin to get things back under control?

At first, I wanted everything done, right away. What I have learned is that it is a process. The weeds will be pulled, but the other parts of my life needed attention as well. The garden will be okay if I do not get to it. What I have also noticed is that there has still been an abundance of crop even with little attention given to it. Sometimes, things need to get out of control in order for us to see what blessing we have. When I pulled the weeds, I noticed so many potatoes that were ready to harvest, and now what I saw as a burden has turned into a blessing.

This is life. There are weeds, there is hard work, there is sweat and dirt, but there is also abundance and life. We can focus on the discouragement, or we can focus on the life abundant. The discouragement can lead to life abundant. It helps us to focus on what our goal is. The garden has been crazy, but the crop that has been found has been abundant, and for this I am grateful for all the sweat and hard work. I am grateful for the parallels that I have found in my own life and the garden that is in our backyard. I am grateful for this weekend of abundance. And I am grateful for all of you.

Have a peaceful Sunday, and thanks for reading this little blog!



July 12, 2016

1 comment

Cardboard Armor


It never ceases to amaze me what my kids can do with cardboard.  They have made so many things.  Dioramas, houses, cars etc.  Recently, Little Bit went to a girl scout camp that was centered around Mine Craft.  All arts and crafts had something to do with this game.  My children have not been allowed to play this game for quite some time, not because the game is bad, but because I caught them looking up how to videos for the game that were not children friendly.  They did not even ask to look them up.  So, we told them no more game, and for some reason, simply forgot about it.  All of us, including the children lost the desire for the game.  Until recently with the Girl Scout Camp.

DSC_0036 (3)

Our answer is still no, but they decided to play the game on their own, making the armor.  Oh my goodness, their imaginations are better than the game!  Middle and Little Bit made their armors, and have taken great care of them.  Every day they come out and lay with it for a while, outside with the dogs.  Somehow, the dogs have become part of their game as well.


I cannot help but think that this way may be better than the game.  They are playing, using their imaginations, and having a great time.  If the game was being played, they would be sitting in the house, and frankly missing out on summer.  I also am so happy to see Middle Bit, who is getting older, still wanting to play.  This truly makes my heart sing.

DSC_0034 (3)

Hope you are all enjoying your summer and using your imaginations!



July 11, 2016

no comments

Mother Daughter Time

Recently, Little Bit and I had the opportunity to spend a weekend by ourselves.  It just so happened that all the boys were at a Boy Scout Jamboree, and Little Bit had a Girl Scout carnival to attend.  I decided to use several gift cards that I had received over the past year.  Gift cards that I would  not do on my own, but with a little girl by my side, would be perfect.


The weekend started with an afternoon appointment to get a manicure and a pedicure.  The pedicure was hilarious because Little Bit is extremely ticklish, and would not stop laughing the entire time.  I think the specialist was slightly annoyed, as he decided just to paint her toe nails.  She was done in ten minutes, and sat there in the massage chair to wait for me.  It was pretty funny to watch her in the chair.  She has never sat in one before, so the giggling continued until she was silent.  She became so relaxed that I think sleep was on its way.


The next day was spent at the Girl Scout carnival.  We had a great time together and her friends.  She loves the Girl Scouts, and even though they may not be as outdoors as I would like, there are a ton of crafts, which is right up her alley!  The day was long, but so much fun.


Finally we went to a local painting pottery store.  We spent four hours painting our matching plates!!!  Four Hours!!! It was so worth it.  We relaxed and talked about so many things.

That weekend was so wonderful and just what we needed to continue our bonding.  Things have been rough for her lately, but when we have times together, I think it helps her recover from the tough parts a little quicker.

Hope you all are having a wonderful week!




July 8, 2016

no comments


In January, another woman and I started a community meal in the basement of our church in our local downtown.  Our town has a very high percentage of homeless people and is probably more diverse than other places in the state.  We call it a community meal because all are welcome:  rich, poor, all religions, ethnicities and beliefs.  A meal in which we sit down together and eat.  It has grown from five to about 120 every Wednesday.  We make food from scratch, serve it on nice plates. It has become a family.  All together.  The sign when entering says:  “All are welcome here.  Only kind works and actions beyond this point.”

One day, a man who was strung out on drugs was sitting at the same table with three business men, two gang member and a family.  All of them were laughing and talking.  So many boundaries were broken that day.  The homeless man came up to me when he was done and told me that he loved my motto:  all are welcome.  He said it makes him feel normal to come to this place and eat with a variety of people.  You see, no politics are spoken here.  No gun control rights, no talks about who is running for office.  This is real every day life being lived.  People who are just trying to survive every day, and want to be remembered as normal too.

We can blame guns, we can blame politicians, we can blame each other.  What it boils down to is ourselves. Have we blamed ourselves?  Have we gone beyond Facebook, Twitter or Blogs to reach out?  We are living in a world that is full of hurt.  All of us have been hurt at some point in our lives on a deep tragic level.  How can we begin to understand what the other is going through if we do not reach out to one another?  Share a meal?    Stop treating others as if they are different than you.  Instead treat others with dignity, and they will respond in dignity.

I am a white woman living in America.  I have never experienced a bit of racism in my entire life.  I do not know what my black brothers and sisters are going through.  I will never know, but does this mean I never try to understand?

I am not in law enforcement.  I do not know what they see on a day to day basis, or what they go through.  But I can try to understand.

America, it is time to go beyond words.  It is time to reach out to one another.  It is time to remember that every day people live their lives, some more in fear than others.  It is time to start reaching out and trying to understand one another.  It is more than words, it is action.

I love this country, and all the people who live in it.  We are a family, who have our disagreements, but when push comes to shove, we come together.




July 7, 2016

no comments

A Broken Foot to Start the Summer

Middle Bit always keeps us on our toes.  He is my kid who will get hurt, who will jump off a tree, who will climb the tree to jump off of.  He will do what most people think through first, but does it before thing and then says to himself, “I should have thought that through.”  He learns things the hard way.  But he lives his life to the fullest, and always has a good story to tell. In his adult years, he should write a book.

We have avoided broken bones in this house even with what I consider an obscene  amount of visits to the ER.  I am sure they have often wondered what goes on in our home to warrant so many stitches.  I thought that maybe we could make it through the kid years without a broken bone, but I was wrong.  Middle Bit broke his foot in five places.  Three bones, five places!!!  When he does something, he does it well.

Here is the story that we have been told.  I have a feeling I will find out more when he is in his twenties.

We were over at our friends house for Sunday dinner.  We switch houses every week to enjoy a great Sunday meal.  When one does not have family around, you make family with others who miss the same traditions.  It happened to be their turn to host, and all the kids were playing outside.  The grown ups were inside, enjoying a few beers together, when Middle Bit comes limping in. He wasn’t crying, but I could definitely tell he was in a great deal of pain.  I took one look, and knew it was broken.  My husband down played it and placed him on the couch, elevated his foot and put some ice on it.  We sat there for about thirty minutes, when my friend and I decided to try to stand Middle Bit up.  Immediately, his face went pail, and that is when we knew that an ER visit was our destiny.

We kept asking Middle Bit what happened, hoping we missed part of the story, and hoping more would come out.  But nothing ever has.  This is what he claims happened.  He was playing soccer and his foot was on the ball.  Someone kicked the ball, and he said that his foot was not kicked in any way, but somehow from the ball being kicked, his foot was broken in five places.  All the kids stood there dutifully shaking their heads in agreement, but not saying a word.  Hmmm….


I have never witnessed the changing of the cast, and it was fascinating.  It was also quite nerve racking.  I prayed that the doc would keep his steady hand!


During his broken leg, Middle Bit got to experience friendship.  So many of the cutest kids came by and gave him cards, or rescheduled get together so he could join.  It was so sweet!  A good friend stopped by with her young kids, who bought him all yellow items, because he needed a little sunshine.  They included these puzzles, which Middle Bit totally enjoyed.  Thank you to all who took the time to check on him.  It truly made the broken foot more bearable!


I look forward to hearing the complete story someday!

Have a great day everyone!



%d bloggers like this: