Friday, November 27, 2009

I miss you dork

Dear Mom,
Another Thanksgiving has come and gone without you.
How I wish you'd been there with us. Guess what? I
didn't cry this time! I still miss you every day...

You're never far from my thoughts.
Love you ten times!!!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Due to recent technical difficulties and an exciting new social life,
I may be offline until the weekend. ;)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Giving Thanks

Getting into the holidays soon and a lot of people
have been talking about what they are thankful for.
Today I'm thinking of the most basic things. The
sort of things we take for granted, like shoes! I've
heard of Toms before, but I just watched the video
and was very impressed. I had no idea, but found
out by visiting their site that there is a debilitating
disease contracted in Ethiopia caused by walking
on silica rich soil. Wearing shoes totally prevents

I just watched a different video on another blog and
thought it was way cool. I thought this video below
was more important.

TOMS Shoes - YouTube - TOMS and Podo

It makes me wish Lumpkin was small again so I could get her this cute little shoes!

I even found a pair that I like!

I know a lot of you are on a tight budget like I am, but
if buying one pair of shoes can save a child's life, isn't it
worth a few extra dollars? I think that what Toms is
doing is a wonderful thing.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Sad Day

I said goodbye to a friend today.
Still so hard to comprehend how someone so vibrant and
unique can be gone. Gone too soon. Only 43 years old. So
many memories and so much love for him from a now
-grieving family. I chose the picture of the folded flag because
I was so touched by the military ceremony at the graveside.
It had been many years since his service to his country, but
the honor and respect given him and his family was amazing.
It was a heartbreaking day and he will be sorely missed.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Willpower? What Willpower?

Ok, so maybe I wasn't at THIS particular Hobby Lobby today (what's with the van?), but I did go to pick up one or two craft supplies. Ummmm.... did I mention that nearly EVERYTHING was 50-66% OFF????? So, yeah, I may have filled my cart. I did get the sanding block I wanted...

I may not get as much done as I'd like with my next project this weekend
. Lots of responsibilities to take care of. Then there's the driving an hour away to pick up Lumpkin from her Dad (at 8:30 a.m. on my only day to sleep in, so she can go with her boyfriend to his church). Ahhh, who am I kidding? I miss her every minute she's gone and I can't wait to go get her!

Friday, November 6, 2009

I've been viewing some pretty cool blogs for a while now. I'm going to attach a link to one of my favorites. Right now she's offering a chance to win a $25 Pottery Barn gift card. Enter now! Be sure to check out her blog too!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

A Tribute To The World's Most Incredible Mom

Couldn't quite figure out how to enlarge this pic of my beautiful Mom.
It has been three years today since we lost her unexpectedly. What a
beautiful day to memorialize her. Our favorite season, Fall. The sun is
shining and it is a glorious day. No one could be more loved or missed.
I think of her every day. There are so many beautiful memories. She left
behind a family who is still trying to find their way without her. She was the glue
that held our family together. It is her memory that binds us even more tightly.
Her legacy of love will be remembered always. I love you Mom.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

A Little Halloween Tidbit

(The World's Cutest Cowboy, My Nephew David)

Happy Halloween! A pic from my sweet Sister's front porch. I'm always excited to see what Tam has out next. Some day when I grow up, I'm gonna decorate my front porch too!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Early Halloween Fun

Lumpkin and I went to a Halloween/Birthday party this evening. We had fun, but we had even more fun cracking ourselves up driving through town... then after the party, we decided to stop in Walmart. That was a HOOT!!! We strolled the aisles very nonchalantly while people pretended not to stare. I love it when my daughter thinks I'm fun!
It's been a while since I've felt like celebrating Halloween. I'm sure if Mom could see us, she was laughing too!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Motown and Mom

Cruising the internet tonight and listening to my Motown Pandora station on the computer. I can't listen to the music without thinking of my Mom. Music has always been a big part of our family's lives. I really believe that the love of music that my sisters and I share come from our parents. Of course, if there was jamming going on, Dad wasn't home yet! (lol) I have so many fond memories of my childhood surrounding that old stereo that my Mom got for her high school graduation. She kept all of her old 45's and introduced us to the music that we sure didn't hear in Dad's company! I can remember, even when money was tight, somehow Mom managed to slip a new 45 in for us to listen to once in a while.

It's so comforting now to listen to this music. It helps so much when I'm missing her, which seems to be more often than not. We're coming up on the 3rd anniversary of her death this weekend. I'm trying pretty hard not to dwell on it, but to instead remember the good times, the music and the most awesome Mom in the world.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Time Keeps Slippin'...

Let's just say it's been less than a spectacular week. I'm hoping that by the weekend I will have the time and energy to have started one of the projects that I've planned. I've been reading a lot of my fellow blogger's work and I'm so impressed. There are so many great ideas out there, and so many talented people. It made me think of my oh-so-crafty sister, Tam. She seems to have inherited our Mom's crafty hand. I'm hoping to talk her into sharing some of her talent for my blog. Our baby sister, Desiree has the decorating touch that our Mom had. I may have to include some of her Halloween display. Stay tuned!

(I'm the tall one.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Beer Bread and A Lazy Cook

To quote my father, "She's a good cook, IF you can get her to cook".

The above photo depicts my favorite sort of cooking. The kind that requires minimal ingredients and can be thrown together quickly. It also must taste delicious. This bread fits the bill. It is Tastefully Simple's Bountiful Beer Bread Mix. To make this bread (no joke), you must mix one box of the bread mix with one beer or soda of your choice, then bake for 50-55 minutes. The smell of the bread baking is heavenly and tastes divine! The friends and family that I've made this for give it high marks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired!

Something my Mom used to say... seems like I miss her most when I don't feel well. Don't we always want our Mom, even when you're a grown woman? For those of you who still have your Mom, cherish her every day... even when she drives you insane. We never know how long we'll have her here with us, and you can't imagine how terribly you'll miss her when she's gone.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cold Chills And A Belly Ache

Anyone else sick of being sick??? Lumpkin has been sick since this morning, mine started earlier in the week. I did go to the wedding reception as Saturday I felt pretty good. Dad has been sick this weekend too. Gotta keep an eye on him. He's a kidney transplant patient and has a lower immunity to any bugs. So here's hoping we all feel better soon, and as promised, a pic of the happy couple!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Who Loves A Puppy?

Due to the terrible headache I've had this week, I'm slow to post much and complete things I'd hoped to do this week. But I'm gonna post a pic of our favorite dog (our only dog - Leia)! I'm getting ready to go to a wedding reception of a very close friend from nursing school and I've really been looking forward to it. I plan to take a ton of pictures. Hope your weekend is as bright and beautiful as mine!!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

There's Gotta Be A First Time For Everything!

I've been thinking about it for a couple of weeks and today is the day! I finally started putting my new blog together. I'm so excited and I have so many ideas running around in my head! It's a little overwhelming and I've viewed so many amazing blogs this week. I wasn't sure where to start, but I ended up contacting a fellow blogger to design my blog. I will tell you all about it after we settle on the details. I want my blog to be as interesting and fun to read as all of yours! Stay tuned for the debut of my newly designed page...