Thank You 2014

As 2014 comes to an end, I am happy to look back and smile. It has been quite a year for our family. Our middle child picked up and moved to the lone star state, our oldest got married, our youngest graduated high school. They all had milestone birthdays 18, 21 & 30. We had our first taste as empty nesters as the youngest left for college and the year finished with great excitement as our middle child got engaged!

All these moments are big, but to have them happen all in one year leaves us feeling excited for our children as well as ourselves. We are looking forward to the excitement of 2015, we are dreaming bigger and look forward to trying new things.

In 2015 I look forward to all things possible!

Skipping and Tripping down Memory Lane

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you love Christmas and the promise it brings you completely agree. Faithfully, I am excited for Jesus’ birthday. My selfish human side is excited at the crazy blur of our family gathering, schedules forgotten, and reminiscing in full force.

We will catch up with our kids, siblings, parents and friends. We will share current events that have happened in the past year. Stories will be told of childhood memories and of each other, those who have passed and some tales we might have imagined over the years. All that keeps us so busy all year long will seem like a blink of an eye once we are together. We will make promises not to let so much time lapse, but life picks up speed as we get older.

This is our first year with the kids all legally adults. The putting up of the tree with grown kids had me tempted to go with a theme, a grown up tree, you know those picture perfect ones you find on Pinterest or a catalog. It was only a for a second did this thought have a winning chance, once I opened the box of ornaments, the story of my life unfolded before me. My parents had started the tradition of ornaments as a gift, as I child I loved them but never really knew the value they would hold. I laughed and cried as I decorated the tree, ornaments from my early years, that I vividly remember getting, my children’s first Christmas ornaments and a few from my moms best friend. It is a fun story as I walk around the tree and reminisce, soon I will pack up their ornaments in separate containers for their homes and hope they feel the story unfold before them. My sister in recent years has definitely won the award in best ornaments for all, it is my goal to get better at it, especially since I really felt the beauty of it all this year.

So I laughed, I cried, at some points I cringed at the ornaments on my tree. All I can really say is I would like to schedule a meeting with Pixar, about ornaments coming to life! What a movie that would be.

Merry Christmas!

It’s A Boy

Thirty years ago at 1:14pm on a Sunday afternoon these were the words that warmed my heart as a first time mom. The second sentence was that he was healthy with ten fingers and ten toes.

It was a whirlwind of a weekend considering on December 7, 1984, my doctor told me I was four weeks from delivery and to expect six weeks before the baby would enter the world.

I could not have imagined two days later being a mom and now 30 years later I can’t picture my life any differently. My son gave me the greatest title I could ever imagine, “Mommy.” It was the introduction of who I was meant to be which allowed me to embrace the dream of more children.

As young parents we never had limitations set for us or for Drew. This allowed us all to grow and explore and we never set boundaries on his thirst for life.

The gift of youth is the ability to dream big, try everything and don’t blink upon stumbling, let alone fall. It’s hard to believe in a blink of an eye my little boy is 30, and is now a husband and as loving, kind,caring & compassionate as his dad.

I always see the little boy glimmer in his mischievous smile but I admire the adoring and loving look he has every time his bride enters the room.

I appreciate his gentleness for his sisters and his kindness and love for us.

It is with a heart filled with love, we wish him all the best in the next decade and may he be blessed one day with the role of “Daddy”.

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The Never Ending Story

The joy of parenthood is an overwhelming feeling. In the beginning you are overwhelmed with excitement and the possibilities of what the future will hold for your child. The excitement, joy, fears and worries never stop from the moment from conception until the end of time.

Our kids are all “adults” according to the law. The youngest is 18 and the oldest just shy of 30 with the middle enjoying the fun of being 21. We were fortunate enough this Thanksgiving to have the gang together.

We had such a great time having the family together. The gift of having the eldest and his bride, visiting with the middle and her significant other and along come the parents and the baby of the group. Watching the antics fall in to the pattern of birth order, silliness, love, hugs, kisses, selfies, group pics all of it sheer joy for hubby and I.

It was an amazing feeling, sitting back listening to the stories, laughter and their dreams. They are all so different and at the same time so alike. It made us smile as we realized the best gift is being able to see the world through the eyes of a child. It does not matter the age, they will always be younger then us, we pray their dreams will always be larger then we could have imagined. We could not love them more or be more excited for them as they each make their mark in the world!

BTW they will all be home for Christmas and they have their lists for Santa! Lucky parents we are.

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