Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Thing About Death

The thing about death is that it is not always fair. It stalks and claims a baby still in the womb or grabs hold of a man who had come back from the bottom and whose family needs him. It skips right over the 90 year old woman who is ready to leave this earth to claim a 16 year old kid just getting started on their life. 

Death isn't always fair but death is part of this life. So while I don't understand how death can claim a friend who had so much to live for, I know that he is in a better place. And while there is nothing left to do but grieve here, I know that he is not suffering anymore. So while death isn't always fair to us here on this earth, death is going to come and offer us a life so much more than what we have now. 

So while we grieve a friend, a spouse, a father, a brother, and a son- rejoice in the life he now has with Jesus and that his suffering is done. Because while death isn't always fair- the reward is amazing. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

End of the Year Craziness

I am having a hard time believing that this school year is over. The last couple of weeks have been full of honor's days, end of the year parties, and graduations.

It all started off with Middle School Honor's Day.
Pacey getting his Presidential Academic Achievement Award.

Getting his Beta Stool and Honor Grad Medal

My 8th grade Honor/Beta Graduate
Then came the last day of school. I made collages to compare the boys first and last days of school.

We have a had a very challenging year with learning disability diagnoses for Josh and regular growth for all of them. But it has been very rewarding and I am excited to see where they go next year. The end of the year activities are still going on because we have 8th grade graduation May 26 and because Pacey is joining an engineering competition team next year he will be officially starting high school May 28 for a summer school class. I am a little surprised with myself for signing him up for it but at least he will be busy this summer.

So I am now the mom of a 9th grader, a 5th grader, a 4th grader, and a Kindergartner.

Oh the places these kids will go!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day! 

I keep seeing all these posts about relaxing or remembering the hurting mom. And I can't help but sit here and wonder why? 

Believe me, I get it. Some moms have husbands that are off on weekends and kids that will let them relax. Congratulations! Other moms are at work, or their husbands are at work stateside or overseas, and still others are single moms who today will be a normal day for. 

And some moms have babies in heaven and miss them everyday. I do. But making other moms feel guilty (as one Facebook friend seems to be set to do) is not the answer. Let them celebrate the fact they are moms without guilt tripping them because their children are here with them. 

Today is supposed to be a day to celebrate our moms. So take that time and tell them Happy Mother's Day and thank them for all they have done. And pray for those who are hurting and love them a little bit more today. But never feel guilty about being a mom, never. 

happy Mother's Day! 

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Let's Talk About....

That "Grey's Anatomy" episode.

You know the one that aired last Thursday and everyone is talking about.

I have not watched "Grey's" at all this season, so I really don't know what all is going on. I know that Meredith got a new sister and Dereck went to Washington and then came home. That's about it.

I did watch the last 15 minutes of this episode though. Because I could not actually believe that they were going to do what they did. (Spoilers ahead if you don't already know.)
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I am in shock that they actually killed off McDreamy! I cried for an hour after watching this turn of events. And then cried some more Friday when someone brought it up at work. The Meredith/ McDreamy relationship was really the center of this show. Yes, I know that it is fiction. But I have watched on and off since the beginning and I was invested in this crazy relationship. These two have survived a wife showing up, a bomb, a drowning, a plane crash, a mega storm, a shooting, and then to have it all end because of completely incompetence from another hospital is beyond me.  I feel like the writers don't care about the fans anymore. They only care about ending this show so they can concentrate on their other show "Scandal".

Meredith and McDreamy have been through everything and maybe she finally learned that she didn't have to depend on him for happiness but they deserved their happily ever after.

They have given us moments that make you believe in love and they have given us the best quotes about love.
photo credit: Pinterest

Photo Credit: Pinterest

I am not really sure if I am going to watch anymore. I have some seriously mixed feelings right now. But if I am home, I will probably watch next week just to see how they handle this loss. 

How do you feel about this turn of events?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

When The Ball Drops

This week has been rough. After being gone for a whole week, there was a lot that I had to catch up on. Then a tornado blew through the area on Sunday and we lost power. So all week we have been behind on laundry and house cleaning. Add to that state testing for 3 of the boys and working late every night trying to catch up at work, and of course somewhere there will be balls dropped.

My house is a disaster zone and laundry is hopelessly behind. I had to bring work home just to be able to catch up a little bit there and there is another storm brewing here today.

The thing is that sometimes a ball drops in this juggling act of motherhood. And it is okay. The goal is to not let it discourage us in the long run. Right now I am frustrated and overwhelmed. But by the end of next week, there will be a normalcy about it. We have to be able to adjust and go with the flow.

The plan is to try and get the housework caught up today. (Of course, I am procrastinating and writing to you instead.) There was also a plan to cut the jungle that is my front yard but since it is thundering outside I just don't see that happening. And through all of this catching up, I am going to keep reminding myself that there is a grace that needs to be given. Because, while all those balls dropped these last couple of weeks, they can be picked up and added back in. I don't need to beat myself over it. I have to remind myself that I can't do it all, frequently. And I am pouring on the grace to myself today.

Pour yourself a cup of grace today too.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My New Skin Regime

I am not one who really likes to take pictures of my self "up close". But after the last few days and some big prompting I am going to have to pass along this new product that I found. I kept seeing all these friends of mine on Facebook talking about this product from Nerium. I finally messaged one of them and ask them what in the world this stuff was. My first thought when she told me how much it was- "That is a bloody lot of money." But I decided to give it a try anyway and even signed up for preferred customer status because it was cheaper. I ordered the combo pack which includes a Day Cream, a Night Cream, and Nerium Firm. I am going to be honest and say that while I love the Day and Night Creams, I am not all that impressed with the Firm. 

This really aren't the best pictures below AND I have on no make up in any of them. I can't really tell a huge difference in the pictures but I can and apparently others can in person. My skin is smoother, my problem areas that like to break out are not as bad, and my combination skin is finally all the same. John keeps telling me that my skin is smoother and softer too. 

This week I am in Atlanta for GHCA training and have been asked multiple times how old I am. The response when I say 33 is that of shock. Not that pretend kind either. One girl told me she didn't believe me because I didn't look a day over 21. (And when I told them I had a 14 year old, no one believed me on that either.) It has been such a great feeling. So here are the pictures:

I took the first pictures at home and the second pictures last night in my hotel room. 

Nerium has a great preferred customer program too. If 3 people order the product through your customer link- you get that month's shipment for FREE. (So 3 people sign up!) And if you try it for 30 days and don't like- you really do get your money back. Now here is the kicker- it's expensive. I paid $172 for my first shipment. But that was all three products and I am dropping the Firm this month so it won't cost me as much. But you don't have to order all three. You can order just one. And if you are looking at doing that I would say order the night cream. So if you want to find out more and about the pricing, ingredients, etc head over to my customer page here:

**I am not a representative of this company, just a customer. If you do sign up through my page, I earn credits for discounts off my monthly order up to free. I truly do love this product and what it is doing for me. 

Monday, April 13, 2015

"Nobody's Cuter Than You"

So this post was supposed to happen last week. Instead I was really sick and barely made it through work everyday. So it is happening today. :)

I am sitting in a hotel room right now. As in I am away from home for work for an entire week. Y'all last night I went to Lognhorn and ate BY MYSELF! It was wonderful. (Of course I ate the left overs tonight and I am staying in.) The upside to this trip is how close I am to my best friend since high school. We are planning on getting together while I am here and I will be in heaven with her new baby boy. She is my Gulley.

What is a Gulley you might ask. A Gulley is a friend who has your back, is the one you call when the big things happen, and the one who your favorite memories are linked to.

Melanie Shankle's newest book (and my favorite of the three), is called "Nobody's Cuter Than You" and is all about friendship.
I loved reading all about the multiple friendships that Melanie had growing up and how she met Gulley. I especially love that she tells it like it is. We all have our husbands but we desperately need girlfriends too. Because as much as I love my husband and he is my best friend, I can't imagine not being able to call my best girl friend when the big things happen. 

In a way, I wished I had saved this book for this week because I really need something to read and I already re-read it. I highly recommend heading out to your local bookstore (I heard rumors it's even at Walmart) and share it with your Gulley when you finish. 

**I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my review but I would totally have bought it either way.