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Have a wonderful day my friends!




Friday, November 29, 2013

Thanksgiving

Day 27

I've already said it, but I am so thankful for our incredible children
They are troopers.
They help me.  They make me laugh.
I am proud of them beyond imagination.
I love that they love Jesus and are figuring out their relationship with him.
I love that they are open and honest with me.
I love that they are kind to others.
They are considerate and caring.

All of that 
AND...

They helped me decorate for Christmas.
They found specific tubs, 
helped hang lights out in the freezing cold,
Helped arrange a Christmas village,
Tied off bows to wreaths while I held the bows in place....
I could go one, but I will stop.
They did all this without a grumble!
When I was their age, I might not have been so helpful or considerate.
I'm so lucky to be their momma.

Day 28

Thanksgiving Day 2013
Today I am thankful for memories.
As we drove to my in laws home for the day, 
I thought about  past Thanksgivings.
We have lost a few family members in the last few years,
And I am grateful for memories of holidays with them.
I laughed as I remembered that Daddy would have told us 
"Happy Turkey Day" when we arrived.
Cory threw in that he would also have 
hidden a spider in the mashed potatoes and a big fat rat in a deer stand, 
popped someone with a wet tea towel, 
and shot rubber bands at us.
Memories of my daddy are not the only ones, 
but they are the first to come to my mind today.
Life changed so much after he passed.
I can't explain it, nor could I if I tried.
So today, I'm also thankful for the opportunities to make new memories.
Each day is another opportunity to do just that.
We spent our Thanksgiving day watching the parade, 
being with family,
Eating yummy food, 
making bracelets, 
reading books, 
ad comparing,
 cooking and cleaning, 
and a bit of shopping.
I believe we made a few memories.

Thanksgiving.
It was delicious.
#blessedbeyondmeasure






Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thankful days 25 and 26

Day 25

I'm thankful for Monday night football.
I don't watch it.
I don't have cable, so THE right game in not usually on our basic tv.
Mr. LOVES it!!
He goes out with friends every Monday.
I don't mind that he goes.
While he is out, I do the normal mom things...
Clean up dinner, laundry, homework....
This week, Mr. brought the Christmas decorations out of the attic for me.
While he was gone, the kids and I put up the tree.
Phase 1 is finished.
Tree and lights.
Tomorrow...decorations.
I love getting things all festive for the holidays.
Tonight's Monday night football was my favorite in a long time.
I'm thankful that Mr. saw my need for something fun
And took the time to help me before he left.


Day 26

Today I am thankful for supportive parents in my classroom.
Today we had our own feast, and they supplied everything.
They came to visit with the kids. 
They helped me pass out food.
It was loud.
It was crazy.
It was just like a regular family gathering.
I'm a lucky teacher to have the support of parents.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Thankful days 21-24

Day 21

I'm very thankful for my job.
Not only does it pay the bills, but also...
I get to be with little people throughout the school year. 
Most importantly, though, I get to be at home with my own two kids when they are off from school.  
I work with some pretty amazing people. 
They are supportive.
They make me laugh. 
They make going to work fun! 
My work friends are like family.

Day 22

T.G.I.F!!
'Nuff said.

Day 23
I'm thankful for friends.
Today I got to go do a little shopping with a school friend and her babies.
This evening our family attended a gathering of friends.
There's nothing like an evening of stories, food, and lots of laughing.
Next weekend, the same group of friends will gather again for a "friends Thanksgiving."
Friends are the family you choose.
What a blessing!  

Day 24

I am thankful for our home.
It isn't big or fancy by any means.
It does keep us safe from weather.  
It keeps us cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
Tonight, I am especially thankful for a wood-burning fireplace.
I love the hiss of damp wood,
The crackle and popping noises that come from the wood, 
The roar of the flames.
I am thankful for the warmth on a cold November night.

Blessings are delicious.





Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day 20

Day 20
 
Today I am thankful for little 5-year old children.
I always said that I would like to be a stay at home mom.
Well...that's not really in the cards for me.
Being at school with 22 little people is the next best thing. 
Even though I'm not their momma,
I get cuddles, snuggles, hugs, and lovies.
I get an occasional kiss on the cheek.
I get lots of notes and pictures.
I get invited to LOTS of birthday parties and dinners.
The little trinkets and tokens of love are so special and thoughtful.
Every morning we have announcements.
We hear about our behavior phrase of the day,
 say the Pledge of Allegiance and the Bulldog Code of Conduct,
 hear about birthdays and special accomplishments, etc.
At the end of our announcement time, our counselor always ends with
"Have a great day, Bulldogs!"
THIS CLASS...being the sweet little people they are...always replies with ,"We will."
It melts my heart and brings a smile to my face every. single. time.
There are times when someone just out out nowhere says, "Thank you Mrs. Schmidt."
When I ask why I am being thanked, the responses have been so sweet. 
 For example, once it was "because you told us good job." 
 Another time it was "because you let us stay outside a little longer."
They are thankful for the little things.  I love that.
  Isn't that what it's all about?
I've taught the same things year after year as far as behavior and manners are concerned.
I don't know why this group has taken it a step further, but they have.
I'm really proud of them.
These little people make me want to be a better person.
I want to be MORE appreciative of the things I have,
 the people around me,
and of the little things for which I've always thought I was thankful.
 
I am a very lucky teacher to be able to teach children to read, write, spell, add, and subtract.
I'm lucky to be able to teach them about being a member of a little community.
I'm lucky to have the opportunity to watch them grow and learn and succeed.
I'm SO lucky to be able to see them struggle and then understand and then celebrate together!
I'm lucky that it just wasn't in the cards for me to be a stay at home momma.
 
Thankfulness is Delicious!!!!
 
"Everyone is trying to accomplish something BIG,
 not realizing that life is made up of little things."
-Frank A. Clark
 
Frank is on to something here....
It is all about the little things.
Happy Wednesday my friends.
 
 
 


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Thankful Days 14-20

Oops!  Where did that week go? 
I'm quite behind, so I will try to catch up on my list.

Day 14

I am so thankful for rare homework-free nights.
I can't begin to describe how freeing it is 
when we leave school knowing that we can just have a night to relax.  

Day 15

Warm pajamas and slippers.
They are my best friends when I get home these days.
They are definitely on my thankful list.
My big fluffy blanket is right there with them.
Tis the season!

Day 16

We took the kids to Silver Dollar City today.
It was beautiful!!
The weather was in the 60s.  
It was a perfect day for being outside making memories.
We even stopped riding rides long enough to watch a production of a Christmas Carol.
It was great!
We would go watch it again. 

Day 17

A day of rest.
(Okay...in reality it was a day of work.)
The boys went to the pond to cut firewood.
Courtney and I stayed home to do chores.  
We got everything done, 
and there's a plan for the Christmas tree to be decorated this weekend.
Weekdays are not conducive to housework.
Oh well.
It was still nice to just get things done 
and have some family time this evening.

Day 18

I'm so thankful for "happy day!"  
Cory and I started dating on June 18,
Every month, we tell each other "Happy day" on the 18th.
It's goofy, but sweet.
It might be our only tradition that we have kept.  

Day 19

Oh my!
  I'm so thankful for technology that helps my kids with homework.
Period.  The end.

Thankfulness is contagious.
It's delicious.
#feelingthankful




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 12 and Day 13

Day 12

I am thankful for quirky dates like November 12, 2013.
It's fun to see kids' eyes light up 
when they realize that they get to write the date in numerical order.  
(11/12/13). 

Little things....they're delicious.

Day 13

Today I am thankful for grilled pineapple and pork steaks.  
Those grill marks on the golden pineapple are so pretty.  

Seriously....it's the little things. 
Tonight's dinner....it looks delicious.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Day 11

Day 11
 
I am thankful for Veterans.
Their sacrifices are more than I can name. 
I am proud that many of our relatives are Veterans.
They have fought for our country to protect the freedoms which our Consittution defined.
They give me another reason to be proud to be an American.
 
 
Freedom is delicious.
Thank a Veteran today, my friends.
Our country would be so different today with out them.


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thankfulness Day 10

Day 10

I am so thankful that my kids have three great grandmas who are still alive and part of their lives.
This morning I had my morning coffee with a phone call to my Granny.
She asked about the kids, told me to tell them how proud she is of them and that she loves them.  
This afternoon, we were able to go visit Mr.'s grandmothers in their assisted living homes.
The kids got to answer questions about school and sports, 
They were loved on and told that they are good kids 
and reminded of how proud their great grandmas are of them.  
These days are numbered.
The great grandmas are getting quite far in age.
We won't always have the opportunity to visit, love on, and spend time with these incredible ladies.  
Each visit with a great grandma is delicious.  

Thankful Day 9

Day 9

I am thankful for our home,
We have lived in the same little house for nearly 16 years.
It has kept us safe and warm during blizzards, ice storms, and even tornadoes.  
It has been a refuge on days when things didn't go well.
Home has always been safe.
We brought our babies home from the hospital, entertained family and friends,
Celebrated birthdays, cried tears of sadness, 
and watched our children grow into kind and caring little people.
The memories that have been made while in this home are delicious. 





Thursday, November 7, 2013

Day 6 and Day 7 AND Day 8

Day 6
I am thankful to be a U.S. citizen.
Today was election day.
I am thankful for the freedom to go vote.
I may not always like the outcome,
but the opportunity still exists.
 
Freedom is Delicious!
 


(Wouldn't it be nice if my picture would play nice and rotate for me?)
 
 
Day 7
I am thankful that my kids are healthy and have the ability to be active.
They keep me running from one place to another.
I'm thankful that they are in activities that teach them about healthy lifestyles, responsibility,
sportsmanship, and respect for other people.
 
Day 8
(posting a day early....yep...I'm ahead of the game!)
 
I am thankful for birthdays.
A very special person at work has a birthday today. 
We celebrated with gifts, hugs, and singing.  (sort of)
The best part, though, was the FOOD DAY!
We had a fiesta in her honor.
It was complete with taco soup,
nacho cheese and all the fixins for nachos,
sopapilla cheesecake, chocolate chip cookies and more.
I missed a cerrtain someone who would have made a layered dip for this occasion.
(ahem...You know who you are, and you'll eventually read this post.
Just know that you continue to be missed even though we are happy for you.)
 
 
Birthdays and Food Days and Old Friends are all delicious!
 
 
 
 


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Thankfulness Days 4 and 5

Day 4:
I am so very thankful for my children.
They are my best projects.
I am thankful that God has lent them to me.
I am proud to be the one who gets to say "Those are my kids!"
They are kind hearted, generous, loving, sweet spirited,
respectful, ornery, fun, giggly, and friendly.
They take care of each other.
They help me.
They teach me.
They don't always make the best choices.
They don't always make the best grades.
Sometimes they forget that they had homeowrk and then remember that there's a test....TODAY!
They are good kids, though.
I am so proud to be their "momma."
I'm thankful that they are mine.
 
Day 5:
I am thankful for my in-laws.
I got the best.
They live 10 minutes away.
They help us when we need it.
They treat the kids to special trips to the ice cream shop.
They go on annual vacations with the kids in the summer.
They are part of our daily lives.
They are supportive of the kids in their sporting events as well as their studies.
They make memories with us.
And someday....
those memories will be delicious!
 
 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thankful Days 2 and 3

Day 2:
I am thankful for my parents.
They gave me a strong foundation in faith, work ethic,
Honesty, love, family, and integrity.
Without their love, I'm not sure who I would have turned out to be.

Day 3:
I am thankful for my loving husband.
He treats everyone with respect.
He is kind and generous.
He is an incredible father, son, brother, and friend.
I'm so blessed to be in this journey with him at my side.

Blessings are delicious. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bearutiful Fall Days

Today was a day off from school.
Sigh. 
This week was full of teaching kinder kids,
2 nights of parent/teacher conferences,
50's day at school,
Red Ribbon Week to educate kids about being Drug Free,
1 soccer game,
Halloween festivities,
1 College Prep Chemistry test,
2 American Government tests,
1 Science test that followed 3 before-school study sessions,
and a District Playoff Football Game.
 
I think that today was a MUCH deserved day off.
I treated myself to a hair appointment at the salon and a nap.
 
I worked on some housekeeping after the nap,
 but I can assure you that I took it pretty easy today.
 
We had to run an errand this evening.
I wish I had a picture of the incredible trees that I saw on our way.
They are beautiful right now!!!

This brings me to the fact that it is November 1st. 
I've never participated in the whole 30 days of being thankful through social media.
I think I'll give it an honest attempt this year.
 
Here goes....
 
Day 1:  I am thankful for a beautiful fall day, full of God's artwork 
The clouds in the sky, the leaves on the trees, the beautiful fall weather. 
It's delicious. 
 


Sunday, September 22, 2013

School, Volleyball, and Soccer! Oh My!!

Tis the season of busy here.
Back to school is often scary because of the unknowns.
Teachers, new classes, who to sit by at lunch, etc.
The list could go on and on.
This school year is off to a great start.
I've heard very little complaint.

I'm always excited for the fall sports season.
This year is no different. 
The soccer team is doing well. 
The volleyball team has done great.
So far, there has been a lot of homework,
And I wish I had more time to just sit and visit with them.
They will be grown and gone from this house before I know it.

I am so proud of them.  
They work together on homework. 
They help each other.
They encourage each other.
They cheer each other on.
Sigh.
I must be the most blessed momma in the world! 

It is the season of busy, but I'm not complaining.
One day very soon, I will be cleaning and cooking for only two people.
I know my days of running around chasing them are numbered.
Although packed with activity and many miles on my car, 
These days are delicious!
Enjoy your blessings today, friends.



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Grandparents

Grandparents are a special group of  people.
I have very fond childhood memories with some of my grandparents.
I have only a few memories with others. 
I think that my kids are pretty fortunate to have a set of grandparents near us.
The kids are supported by them.
They are SPOILED by them.
They are taught by them.
...but most of all,
they are befriended by them.
The kids get excited about going to visit.
They are elated when we get together!
They share stories of their day, week, or current sporting event.
They talk about trips they want to take with their grandparents.
They eat the ice cream from the freezer or the cookies from the counter.
 
I think these are memories the kids will keep forever.
I know that I will forevcer be grateful for the opportunity to watch their relationships grow.
I appreciate their time together.
 
I watch them in awe,
and pray that I will be a good Grandma when it's my turn.
(in 20 years, of course)
I want to have the patience.
I want to spoil them.
I want to let them break the rules and then laugh when Momma finds out.
I want to be the cool one,
because let's face it....
 
We ALL know that
Grandparents are WAY cooler than parents!
 
Grandparents are delicious!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Weekend Family Fun

This weekend was full of outdoor fun.
We took in a baseball game in Northwest Arkansas.
 
My new phone has the panoramic shot option.
I'm not sure if I love it or not.
I love the idea.
However...see the guy in the red shirt going up the stairs?
Yeah.
He was caught several times in the one image....
Kinda creepy!
 
 
 
I wish I had seen it before we left. 
I would have tried a second time.
Oh well...I'll get it right next time.
 
 
I just love that he lets her be cheezey for pictures.
#imaluckymomma 
 
 
We also had a cookout with the family at the pond on Sunday evening.
Cookouts always include lots of...
FOOD
Family
Kids running around
Fishing
Laughing
Smokey air
Bugs (ewwww)
Dessert!
Here are a few pictures from this past weekend.
.
 
Courtney sitting atop the old fort swing set.
Waiting patiently for dinner to be cooked so she can have her fishing partner back.


Poor brother.
He had a LOT of math homework.
It went with us to the pond.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Finally...the food is finished.
Courtney has her fishing buddy back.
Cookouts are messy.
Cookouts take a lot of work.
Cookouts take a lot of planning.
 
But...Oh BOY, they are delicious
and SO worth it.
 
 
 

 
 
 

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I wonder if she knows...

Courtney is one very lucky young lady!

She began Jr. high this week.
She is my sidekick.
She works with me at home and at school on her days off.
She likes to know I'm near.
During elementary years, she insisted that I walk her to the end of my building
So we could be together a little longer.

You can imagine her apprehension for going to school this week.
Not only is she in a new building learning new faces and routines,
But she is also on a different campus than I am.

On our way to school, we had our normal talks and prayer time.
Both days, her big high school brother walked her
Into her building, 
made sure she was okay, 
and then continued his walk to the high school.  

As the momma, it brought tears to my eyes that she was so nervous.
More tears came, though, when he stepped up and took care of her.
I shouldn't be surprised.
They have always been good buddies.
He has always been aware of things she needs 
And has always been so kind to her.

I wonder if she knows how blessed she is.
I'm eager to see how long this routine continues.
I'm a lucky momma.
I'm so incredibly proud of the people they are becoming.
My heart is happy.
Siblings are delicious!  




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

That went Fast!

Summer vacation is behind us.
Teachers started back to daily meetings last Friday.
I met my new Kinder Kids on Sunday.
Corbin began soccer practice for tryouts on Monday.
Courtney had Jr. High Orientation tonight.
She starts volleyball tryouts on Thursday.
(Eek!!)
School officially begins on Thursday.
This year is yet another milestone for us.
I will drop off both the kids at the "other" campus.
It will the the first year in 10 that I don't bring one or the other with me to my room before school.
When I mention it, they both look at me and grin. 
They are fine with it.
I'm the only one who has a problem with it.
One day they will understand.
In the meantime, I think I'll bring them to work with me in the morning...
just so I can bring them with me one more time.
Just.  One.  More.
#milestonesaredelicious

Did I mention that ...
Not only is Courtney going to Jr. High,
but...
Corbin will be a Sophomore!! 
#ineedatissue


Loving Summer

What a fun week!
My niece had a gymnastics camp in town on Tuesday and Wednesday.  
Amy brought her down on Monday, and we were able to visit before she had to go home.
The kids and I had a road trip on Tuesday.
We drove to my sisters boutique ((2 hours away) for some back to school shopping for me.
We got some lovin in and hit the road.  
We drove another 40 minutes to the town where my momma lives.
Granny is being cared for in a nursing home right now.
Se fell and broke her hip in June.
That lady has been through a lot, 
and I am simply amazed at her ability to keep fighting.
We took Granny some angel food cake and strawberry bread for treats.
She felt the love.  Haha
 We had such a terrific visit with her.
Our next stop was a Donors Reception at the hospital.
The Foundation donations have been used to help so many people.
That tour only convinced me more that our annual donations are so important.
(Sigh.  #wishwecouldgivemore)
Following the reception, 
we drove to another little town 
and were blessed to have dinner with Daddy's best friend. 
It was great to catch up and share some old stories and memories!
We laughed a lot.
My face hurt from smiling.
We shared memories for the sake of the kids.
They are starting to forget.
It breaks my heart, but its understandable.
They were only 6 and 9 when he passed.
So...we will continue to tell stories and share memories for them.
(Big smile)
We drove the L.O.N.G. Drive home.
Corbin was a trooper and stayed awake with me the whole way.
That's LOVE!!!
It had been a long day, and it was late.
How late?
We shared the interstate with semis...that's it.
Anyway....
Wednesday we picked up my niece from gymnastics camp and headed to lunch.
After lunch we toured the Candy House.
We put on our little hair nets.
We learned that they make and dip each piece of chocolate candy in their store! 
It was a short but SWEET tour.
When we finished, we shopped for some chocolate treats and then headed home.
The girls played and then rested.
My sis showed up just after dinner.  
We were able to sit on the deck and visit for hours!
I haven't seen her since Easter.
It had been too long.

It has been a nice week.
Time for sitting in my big comfy chair.
Time to listen to my kids playing together.
(video games, but hey...they're still together and laughing.  That's what matters, right?)
Time.
It goes too fast.
Summer vacation will be over so soon.
Too soon.
Summer vacation has always been the best. 
It's simply delicious.
Enjoy every minute, friends.

Friday, July 5, 2013

18 years and Counting!




July 1, 1995
Our wedding day.
It was a beautiful 80 degrees with the bluest sky.
I was calm yet nervous.
Many family members and friends put the finishing touches on the church and reception venue.
MANY family members and friends!!
(We could not have had the day we had without their help!!)

It was a day that will live in my memory forever.
We had such a terrific day.
I still see my sweet Daddy's face as we prepared to walk down the aisle.
I couldn't say my vows any louder than a whisper because I was fighting back tears.
I loved the moment when the pastor declared us husband and wife,
And I couldn't wait to celebrate our new life together at the reception with our family and friends.

I have been looking at the pictures this week.
They make me smile for so many reasons.
First and foremost, they were taken on our wedding day!  (Duh!)
Many of our guests have passed and are in those pictures.
It is so good to see their smiling faces.
I think it's funny to show the kids the pictures.
Styles have certainly changed since our big day.
They think we lacked style.
(...we probably did.)
They enjoy making fun us.
This is probably the first of many things they'll laugh at us for.
Oh we'll, at least they are nice about it...for now.

Memories are so delicious!


Monday, July 1, 2013

Wait...what?

Where, oh where did the month of June go?
Didn't we just get out of school?

During the month of June, we were busy!
I taught summer school.
Cory went to Florida last week for work.
Corbin went to summer school for Drivers Ed for two weeks.
He participated in the National Qualifier for the Junior Olympics.
(And qualified to go to the Jr. Olympic meet at the end of the month)
He has been playing 7v7 soccer on Tuesday evenings, too.
Courtney worked out four mornings a week, had fun at an MU volleyball camp, and had volleyball practice two evenings a week.
Then...in their spare time, they worked with me in my room.
This was the best summer school experience so far!
I truly believe it is because they worked right beside me.  
They have worked with me before, 
but this year I gave them some pretty big responsibilities.
I have said it before, but I am so proud of our kids. 
They worked so hard last month, 
yet they smiled, played, and had fun with me in my classroom, too. 
I am so happy that they don't mind working for/with me during their time off from school. 
I'm a lucky mom!!!!

June...although gone too fast, it was delicious.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Rubberbands from Heaven

As you already know, my Daddy has been in Heaven for over 5years.

I miss him every day.
Don't get me wrong.....it has been easier than it was at first.
I don't cry when songs come on the radio.
I don't cry when I pull up to my Momma's house knowing he is not inside.
I don't cry when I go to bed at night, praying that I will dream of him so I can see his sweet smile once more.
(Those dreams are the best!)

There are days, though, that are harder than others.
There was one day this spring that was really tough.
Cory shot a turkey.
I cried all afternoon
...not for the turkey,
but at the lost opportunity to call Daddy to tell him about it.


Some days I feel like he is near.
(Yes, I believe in angels.)

Let me explain.

There are days when little things happen that are unexplainable.

For example....
Once I pulled my white towels out of the washing machine only to find that they were pink.
With investigation, I found one of his red rags that  he used in his garage inside the washer with the towels. 
Nobody in the house had used the rag and nobody could explain its being in the laundry.  
I didn't see it go into the washer, either.  

Other days, I find plastic spiders in drawers.  
He was notorious for leaving them in hiding places to hear people scream.

Yesterday we were in Cabella's looking around when out of nowhere,
I was hit in the stomach with a rubber band.
I looked around and saw no one but the four of us.
Each denied shooting me with it.
(And I believed them because I had not seen anyone playing with it, 
which is exactly what my group would have done with it.)

Lets go back to the time of his passing.
Daddy's casket had a special drawer in it.
We could put anything we wanted to in the drawer.
 We filled it with letters from the heart, photographs,
plastic spiders, bags of rubber bands, lottery tickets and cigarettes.
I would have put in a can of Coke, but the drawer was not deep enough.

He was a prankster.
He shot his coworkers with rubber bands.
He shot us kids with them.
He snapped Momma with wet dish towels.
It only made sense to fill that drawer with some of his favorite things.

Back to the story from last night.
As I looked around to find who could have shot the band, 
I was quickly reminded that we sent all those rubber bands to Heaven with Daddy.
We asked for it.
It's our own fault.

Days that I feel him near are happy days, safe days, cherished days.
Those are the days that I smile because of the little things.
...The simple memories that made our life what it was then and how it led to the life we live now.

Daddy was a hard worker.
He loved God.
He loved his family.
He worked to provide a roof over our heads and food on our table.
We didn't have a lot of stuff, but we had each other.
He set a very good example of a husband's dedication to his family.
He set the standard very high.
He set a terrific example of a Daddy's love for his children.
He missed games and activities because of work, but he always asked about them.
He always wanted us to give our best.
He never wanted us to give up.

We had a very happy life.
He taught us more in his 30 years with us than I could have imagined.
I am very thankful for our time with him.
I'm extremely thankful that he chose us....all 3 of us.
(Again...that's a story for another day.)



Heavenly hugs on Father's Day, Daddy.
Thank you for being near us.
Thank you for memories of rubber bands, dish towels, plastic spiders, and your ornery grin.
My memories of you are delicious!
I'm blessed beyond measure to have you for a father.





Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Permit Driver

Another milestone for our family.
 
Corbin took his driver's permit test this morning and passed.
He can legally chauffeur me around.
He is very happy and is eager to drive.
Driver's Ed starts next week.
 
Sigh.
 
Where did my baby go?
 
Time flies.
 
Milestones are delicious.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Memorial Day Reflections



This weekend we remember and honor those who have fought for our country.
We celebrate those lives because of the sacrifices they made to ensure our freedom.
We are blessed beyond measure.
We live in the "land of the free."
This flag represents so much.
It is shown in this picture flying in our city, reminding us of the freedom we have.





The flag was draped over the casket of my sweet Daddy, who proudly served our country.




This weekend we also remember loved ones who have gone Home to be with Jesus.
(Grandma Dorothy)



This was a picture taken on Grandpa John's farm before it was sold months after his passing.
He, too, was a member of the military, and proudly served as a merchant marine.


As I sit and remember times with these lost family members,
tears of joy for them well up in my eyes.
None of them are hurting.
What a delicious gift.

Happy Memories, Friends.
Be safe in your travels.





School's Out for Summer!

We are all exhausted!
Corbin had finals the entire last week of school.
Poor kid!
I had hoped he would be able to just enjoy the last week with his friends.
No luck.  Boo!
Courtney had practices to attend, activity days to enjoy, and an annual last day of school sleepover with friends.
I had award ceremonies, grade cards, and end of the year parties going on.
In addition to those things, I also had a roller coaster of emotions as the year came to an end.
 
Today...we SLEPT IN!
The laundry is done.
The grocery shopping is done.
The house chores are nearly done.
The yard is being mowed as I type.
We are starting vacation with the chores done.
(fingers crossed that our schedule will slow down a little so they can stay done)
 
We are excited for a week off before summer school begins.
We are pumped about a week of sleeping in, relaxing, playing, and sitting on the deck!
We're ready to simply enjoy the days.
 
 
Summer vacation....It's delicious!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Tis the season!

...of birthdays!
Today is the last day of Corbin's 14th year.  
He had a gathering with our little family and grandparents.
He is happily watching Iron Man with a buddy right now.  
They are preparing for watching Iron Man 3 next weekend.
He is excitedly anticipating the arrival of tomorrow and the big day.
He enjoys the annual breakfast cupcake as well as the birthday cake and tub of ice cream.  
Birthdays are sweet around here.  
Delicious, I say.  
Simply delicious.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Weekend Fun

Don't you love it when you have a fun, family filled, and productive weekend?
This has been one of those weekends for us.

Yesterday was full of homework and loads of laundry.
There was also a birthday party as well as an evening gathering with friends.
Today has been a family day through and through.
I got to sit in my big comfy chair with my coffee as the kids slept in.
I was allowed a beautiful 30 minutes to visit with my Granny on the phone.
We shared recipes, meal ideas, and even a few little secrets.
Once the kids got up, we enjoyed breakfast together
and wondered about the happy hunter's luck.
(Mr. went turkey hunting at the pond.)

We worked in the yard together.
We pulled weeds.
We uprooted trees.
We worked in the garden to prepare it for planting.
 
Our hunter was home MUCH earlier than I anticipated.
When he came in, all I could do was ask if it was too windy to be out.
His response?
"I'm so good, I didn't need much time."
He shot a 23 pound turkey. 
We'll have a good dinner at the pond soon.... fried turkey breast!
 
My daddy would be so proud.
I would love it if Cory could have called him this morning to tell him about it.
I'm sure his response would have been, "Oh yeah?  How big is it?"
Then he would have asked a series of questions regarding
the beard, the spurs, the feathers,
and --of course-- the kill. 
Daddy loved turkey hunting,
and he would have enjoyed sharing the story with his own friends.
Days like today remind me of how much I miss that guy.
Momma's birthday was this week, too.
I'm sure he would have bought her something sweet...
but not too expensive.
He probably would have taken her shopping so she could pick it out.
If only there were telephones in Heaven.
I'd love to hear his voice, his giggle, even his cough.
I'd love to tell him about making moonshine with friends.
I'd love to take some to him ... I think he'd like it.

If only.
I'm sure he saw the whole thing from his Heavenly home.
I'm sure he watched down with pride
as his son-in-law braced himself and held his breath
in order to make a perfectly aimed shot.
I'm actually sure that he probably had a hand in guiding the turkey Cory's way this morning.
...just like he probably lured the earthworm to my sandal while I dug in the weeds.

The things I wish I could share with him are endless.
What a delicious Gift from God...
having a Daddy who we loved and adored.
We had his love for 30 years.
We are so blessed.

Now....I think I'll go bake Granny's Coconut Cream Pie for tonight's dessert!
THAT, my friends, is delicious!
Come on over if you'd like.
We'll share.


 
 


Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Good Friday.
 
My heart has such emotions today.
There's rain on the roof. 
The birds are singing outside the window.
The kids have peacefully slept in.
I have a hot CUP of coffee in my hand.
(No travel mug today, baby!)
I was able to make Mr.'s lunch before he left for work.
We also had just a few minutes to talk about the weekend plans before he scurried out.
My earthly treasures are numerous.
 
Good Friday.
My Lord and Savior went through misery to save me.
He carried the cross...my burden.
He took the lashings and the yelling and the beatings....my punishment.
He died....so I could live.
That's as simple as it gets.
Yet it is so complicated that I can barely wrap my head around it.
He loves ME...a little speck of dust in this vast universe....enough to do all of that.
 
I am a child of God.
I am loved.
I am forgiven.
I am redeemed.
I am blessed.
 
My heavenly treasures are too numerous to count.
My cup runneth over, and it's all delicious.
Easter Blessings to each of you, my friends.


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Changes

We enjoyed a "Stay-cation" for our spring break this year.
Corbin had track practice, and Courtney had volleyball to think about.
We went to a volleyball tournament on Saturday, and then....
We  I decided that it would be the perfect opportunity to paint Courtney's room!
A week at home?
That would give us plenty of time to take everything out of the room,
paint the trim,
paint the walls,
throw out the trash,
and rearrange the furniture!
WHEW!
It was work, but she chose a beautiful color, and her room is refreshed.
It's not a perfect picture, but you get the idea. 
 
 
 
Once we got that job finished,
 we rented movies,
did laundry,
read books,
went to the movies,
did more laundry,
cleaned house,
watched more movies,
painted all the trim and wainscoating in the hall,
seriously...did more laundry,
sat by the fire (yes...it snowed)
and hung out together.
 
It was a perfect opportunity to spend doing a lot of nothing.
 
Spring Break.
It was delicious!
Now I really could use a day to just SLEEP.
(wink)
 
A week later.......
Here is a picture of her bed-wall with accessories.
You know how much a girl loves her accessories, right?
Uh-huh....I thought so. 
She loves it even more now.
Whew!!!
 
 
 
We probably won't change it until she graduates anyway...
We might as well do it up right. 
(Big smiles)
 
 


Makes Momma Proud!

I have missed MANY Honor Roll Assemblies in my time.
I have missed out on the bragging rights, the photo opportunities,
and the sheer joy of seeing my kids walk onto the stage to be recognized for their hard work.
 
Well....today I said, "I'm going!" 
It worked out that my own students were in their specials class
at the time of the assembly for our daughter.
AND...the best part is...
I even had my camera at school with me!
 
 
SCORE!
(BIG.  BIG.  LOVE!!!)
 
Our baby made the All A Honor Roll for the 3rd quarter.
Here she is with some of her classmates.
 






...and this one is for you Debbie.  :)
Way to go Jeffrey!

 
 
There is one more quarter before the end of the school year.
Eight and a half weeks.
42 days!
 
That's all fine and good.....
until I remember that they will be going to Jr. High in August.
That makes today's assembly bittersweet.
They should still be in Kindergarten.
 
Hug your babies.
Don't blink.
Time FLIES when you're having fun.
 
Accomplishments like the Honor Roll are so delicious.
Maybe we'll have to celebrate with ice cream tonight! 
Maybe.
 


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Palm Sunday Reflections

Okay...for Lent this year, I gave up time.  Not your ordinary thing to give up, I know.  I decided to use the season of Lent to work on my relationship with God.  What a journey it has been!!!  I have read books that have drawn me to my knees to pray.  Both books have reminded me of God's daily presence in my life.  He is a constant that I can rely on.  (big smile!!!!).

Tragedy has struck my home town as well as our current community many, many times during the past month.  Each of the tragedies brought me to my knees repeatedly.  During the very troubling and trying times, I have had my normal conversations with Cory.  I have also had countless conversations with God.  I have felt peace.  I have felt comforted.

And then there is the Bible study that I am involved in right now.  It is a Beth Moore study and it intertwined with everything else that has been part of my Lent journey!  God has certainly had His hand in my life...I'm not surprised, but more in awe!!!  I love to see everything overlap and hear the same things over and over.

God is who He says He is.
God can do what He says He can do.
I am who God says I am.
I can do all things through Christ.
Gods word is alive and active in me!

My cup runneth over.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Foiled!

So.... when I checked the weather this morning, I saw high of 67 and low of 55.
Sounds divine, right?
I know.
I chose to wear capri pants and sandals in honor of "spring-like" weather.
Mostly Cloudy
Right now, the temperature is 31 degrees.
The wind chill is 21 degrees.
So much for spring weather.
I guess the above mentioned forecast is for next week.
That's okay.
Spring Break will be beautiful!
In the meantime.....
I think I'll go get my blanket and wrap up. 
Missouri weather is delicious!
Have a fabulous day friends!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

More Chocolate Cake, Please.

 
 
Some days simply require chocolate cake.
That's all there is to it.
Make your favorite treats.
Call your parents.
Call your grandparents!
Make a special dinner for no reason.
Celebrate the small stuff.
Drink in the moments of your day to day life.
Take notice of the little things.
Be thankful for the blessings you have been given.
Today I am reminded of our many blessings and how quickly they can be taken away.
Hug your families.
Life is too short.
Make sure to savor every delicious bite.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Exceeding Expectations


This simple red carnation was taken from a floral arrangement from my grandma's funeral.
There were 3 other flowers in the vase--2 roses and 1 other carnation.
They were taken from the "Grandma" and "Great Grandma" arrangements.
I held the 4 flowers on my lap for  our 2 1/2 hour drive home.
(no wet paper towels, no water....just my plain lap)
I held them to my nose occasionally and breathed in their delicate fragrance
and remembered Grandma's rose bushes and flower gardens from my childhood.

I took a picture of this carnation today because it has been in this vase for 3 weeks.
It has exceeded its life expectancy.
It, like Grandma, has not played by the rules.
You see....during the last year of her life, Grandma  continued to hold on to life
 despite the doctor's reports of her failing liver, kidneys and heart.

This little carnation reminds me that Grandma is still with us.
We'll see it in flowers that don't spoil as early as we would anticipate.
We'll smell her in the kitchen when we make her recipes.
We'll feel her presence when we dig in the garden dirt.
Memories are worth the world to me.

I'm so happy to see this flower thriving past my expectations for it.
I love it when life treats me with something that exceeds my expectations.

Remember to take time to smell the flowers--even the proverbial ones.
Aren't they delicious?.



Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Life Lessons from Volleyball

Volleyball season is in full swing!
We've been on the road the past 2 weekends.
Here are a few images.
 
Girls played so great at Hollister!!!
Look at that score!
It was neck and neck during the entire match.

Having a little fun before the next match.
(And...I mean they should have already been on the floor getting ready,
but they were too busy posing for silly pictures)
 
Warming up.
 
Stretch Courtney!!!
Whew! 

Celebrating an Ace.

Celebrating a winning point!

I love their huddles when they come together like this.
 
Teamwork. 
It's what it's all about.
 
They are learning so much about the game.
They are learning more about each other.
Believe it or not...
They are even learning more about themselves.
 
Life lessons...right there on the volleyball court.
Winning.
Losing.
Working with others.
Being coached.
Being coachable.
Communicating.
Encouraging others.
Lifting others up when they are down.
Confidence.
Awareness of strengths and weaknesses.
Being silly together.
Knowing when it's time to be serious.
Celebrating the little successes together.
Celebrating the victories together.
Talking it through when they don't come out victorious.
 
High Fives.
Knuckle bumps.
Grins and giggles.
Friendships.
Hugs.
 
Life lessons from Volleyball...
I believe everyone could benefit from the lessons which this sport has to offer.
 
Even volleyball is delicious.

Living the Dream

Living the Dream
I love Christmas Eve when the house is quiet and there is nothing left to do but wait for Santa and Christmas morning to arrive!