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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I See You

I started going back to the gym this week.  I went to a class Monday morning where my friend, Janet, and I were the two youngest ones there.  Those "old" ladies kicked my hind end.  Yesterday I went to another class....Cardio-Dance....where I clearly showed just how uncoordinated I really am.  Sad.  That's where I saw her.  Last row.  Back of the class.  In the corner.  Quiet.  Shy.  Didn't look at one person in the eye.  I saw her though.  She was young.  Pretty.  But.....very heavy.  I can honestly say I have fought my weight my entire life.  But I have not reached over 200 pounds.  This sweet girl was closer to 300.  But there she was.  Trying.  Working the whole weight thing out.  Literally.  Funny thing is....I know how she feels.  I often want to go unnoticed.  You often here people say things like....she would be so pretty if she wasn't so big...or...look at that big ole, now that's fat.  Yes, people are that cruel.  People??  I, too, am guilty of saying things like that.  If not about someones weight then about something else.  Look, at their raggedy clothes, look at that filthy house, look at that dirty baby....blah, blah, blah.  I look at a lot but do I see?  That dirty baby?  Maybe mama was just wore out from no sleep and had to rush out to take care of something and just didn't wash her toddlers face and hands.  I have given many a spit bath in my day and gotten some too!  Ragged clothes?  Better than none.  I need to see more and look less.  I need to listen more and hear less.  I need to speak more and talk less.  So ....sweet girl in the back corner....I see you.  I see your struggle. I see your pain.  And I see you trying.  Good for you.

Monday, July 10, 2017

My Summer Project!!!

When my husband first started talking to me about maybe getting married he asked me if I would sell my house.  I had either lived with or beside my parents for most of my life and was very attached to my house and to them.  But....I loved this man and I love him even more each day so I looked at him and asked..."Would you build me a pool?"  He said, "I will build you a pool."  so I said I would sell my house.  Done deal!  Take a look......

He hates his picture made....but I don't care.  Such a sweetie!!

Tracy our brick mason has been super helpful

Here comes the track hoe!

The bucket holds these two just perfect!

The girls loved sitting in the big equipment

And this boy!  I could eat him up....ALL smiles at the twacters!!

That first hole!!!!

Digging away!

Layering the gravel for underneath

Delivering the pool

This thing looks huge!!  Like a ship in the sky

Setting it in the ground.  See how strong my man is??/  One handed!

Time to start back filling the sides.

Setting the tanning ledge.

I have a ton more pictures but I will post those later this week.  It is coming right along super quick though.  I even swam on get rocks off the bottom!  I am just so grateful for a man that keeps his word and has such conviction.  It really is more than I ever dreamt of for sure.  God is just so good to have brought such a treasure into my life.  So worth the wait!

Monday, July 3, 2017

Summer Stuff

This summer is going by way too fast.  Already July!!!  I'm super excited because this is the week the pool goes in and I can't wait!!  It is just going to be so nice.  My sweet husband is just the best and he will make sure everything is on the money.  He leaves no stone unturned and I so appreciate that.  A little grandbaby catching up.  I have not posted photos in a while of all my little sweeties so get ready for an overload!!!

Brooks from our recent trip to the Outer Banks

My sweet girls!!!!

Thad, Megan and Finley...such a handsome couple of guys and one pretty mommy

Brooks fishing with his daddy, Blake

My precious hard but no luck this trip

Stop growing!!!

Oh Savannah....I could just eat you up!!!

Beautiful Erica and her little tadpole....a toothless one that is!

Mr. Brooks....such a sweet boy

Finley is super serious about some goldfish crackers....still a little of his black eye remains

Go Piper Go!!  Placed 2nd in freestlye but won in the backstroke division!!!!

Lots going on and lots more summer to come with VBS, pool times, swim meets, cookouts and just lazy days.  Thank the Lord for such an awesome family!!!

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Getting Excited!

The one thing I knew I would miss greatly from my old house was my pool.  I love a pool.  To me it is like a vacation every single day.  I work that thing like a job.  When people say to me "They are so much work!"  I just tell them real quick....No it isn't.  A couple of minutes a day.  Literally 2.  You vacuum it once or twice a summer..if you don't have tons of trees that is...and you're done.  Easy peasy.  Well, my sweet husband promised he would build me a pool if I would sell my house and like the honorable guy he just is.....we started on it this week!!!

Getting ready to dig the footings for the pool house

Looking good!

Here comes the dump truck with gravel and sand!

Footings poured and set!

The brick came bright and early the next morning.

My man is so cool.  He does everything with such thought and does not leave one thing out!

I will post the progress as it comes.  the pool is due to arrive next Wednesday.  We are going with a fiberglass pool with a large tanning ledge.  I am just so excited!!  I'm trying not to act like a little kid...but it's hard!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Catching Up

Whew!!  School is out, I have sold my house and closed on it.  That was all an absolute god-thing too.  Put it on the market sold it in three days and closed in 3 weeks.  Got everything finally moved to my new home.  Unpacked???  Not on your life!  I have about 1,204,583 totes to go through and sort and combine and put away.  In reality I should be on hoarders!  So to say that my blog has been neglected is a huge fact.  I'm really sorry to my tens of readers!  But since school is now out I can make some time to post things on this journal that i will forget in the years to come.  So some things that are going on are;  We are putting in a pool!!!  My sweet husband is working hard on laying it out and designing a pool house...complete with a bathroom and an outdoor kitchen....sweet!  We have decided to do a fiberglass pool.  I will post plenty of photos of the whole process.  We went on our first family vacation together.  My two girls, their husbands and kids and David and myself went to the Outer Banks.  We fished some, flounder gigged some but for the most part it rained and the weather was lousy.  My poor man got sick and he came home with Thad on Tuesday and I followed on Wednesday.  He is starting to feel some better and for that i praise the Lord.  My cutie pie, Finley, got his first black eye by falling in the tub down there.  the first of many injuries I am sure.  The kids liked the sound a whole bunch but the ocean was way too rough.  Trying to entertain and keep four little ones under 6 is hard on any given day let alone when the weather is yucky.  I am glad to be home though....really glad.  Piper is doing her first year on the swim team and she is swimming great.  She is not very athletic but is a really good swimmer.  I hope this is something that she keeps up and that her siblings try out too.  Lots of fun!  

At church the ladies finished our latest Bible study on the book of Ruth and it went really well.  I love that story so much.  It reminds me of my own story a bit.  After my marriage "died" so to speak I had many years of struggles.  Then God sent me my own "kinsman redeemer" in my now husband.  Such a wonderful story of how God uses hardships, tragedies and crisis in our lives and turns them out for good.  He is good.  His plans are always for our good even when we do not or cannot see it.  He never means to harm us whatsoever.  How precious.  I am starting a new study that is going to probably do me right in.  The name of the book is "Soul Care".  Just the introduction had me squalling the ugly cry.  Convicting in a way that I so desperately need.  My dear friend Kelley is reading it too and we have committed to go over the chapters together.  I need that.  I have been in a spiritual desert of sorts lately.  My life is so good right now but I need a fresh Word from the Lord.  Or better yet....refreshment from the Lord.  My soul dryness needs a refreshing dose of Jesus.  My prayer life is lacking and so is my devotional life.  these are all things that are of my own doing.  God does not change or move....but I do.  To hear from Him I need to sit down and hush.  Be still.  Listen with my heart ears for that still small voice to come in and pour living water on this dry and thirsty soul.  In essence I need to catch up with Jesus.

Friday, May 26, 2017


Yesterday was my sweet, little Savannah's fifth birthday.   She's five.  Five years can this be?  Suddenly she has just gotten so big and so many changes are coming.  This fall she will go to school.  I can't think about that right now or I will start to cry.  Thinking about Savannah over the last five years describes her to a tee.  A blur.  That is what she is .... a blur.  she runs everywhere.  she is as fast as lightning.  Her emotions are a blur too.  She is laughing her head off and then crying her eyes out in a flash.  She is such a little beauty too.  I know, I know...I am her Mimi so I am very partial.  But....she really is so very pretty.  I pray often for my grand babies.  I pray for there safety.  For there choices.  For their salvation at an early age.  I pray for their futures and for many other things.  So Since you are now five, Savannah, I am praying for your school life and for the people that will come into your life through school.  May you bring joy to your teachers and your sweet and new little friends.  What a blessing you are to us.

You just light up all over

So pretty....

Wasn't this yesterday??

Always a diva!

And just a little bit sassy!

Such a cutie...hiding in the leaves with the dog!

I love you my little love-bug!

Friday, May 5, 2017

The World's Largest Yardsale

Last Saturday we had a ginormous yardsale.  We worked until late Friday night and got up super early Saturday morning to set up.  I'm talking huge.  We did really good too.  Erica and Megan helped out and so did my mom.  Our dear friends, John and Debbie, showed up Friday night and early Saturday morning too.  They were such a high blessing to us!  The hardest part for me was, of course, letting go of stuff.  I love my stuff.  I am very attached to most of the things I have and can place a sentimental value on almost everything.  But even though I suppressed about twenty panic attacks....I let things go.  I only almost snatched something out of one lady's hand.  A cut glass napkin holder.  I don't use it but it is so very pretty and....I just wanted to keep it.  Why?  I would just pack it away in a cabinet and take it out maybe once every other year or so.  But just knowing I had it tucked away gave me some sort of satisfaction.  When I really think on it I find it all boils down to one thing.  Control.  If I have it, I control it.  Where it is placed, when it is used, who touches it, who can borrow it.  and everything about it.  This yardsale was good for me.  Made me unclench a lot of my past that I didn't know I had my clutches in.  A sweet release of sorts.  Our future is bright and new and fresh.  I don't want it to be bogged down with a ton of junk from our pasts.  Moving forward is our plan.  New life for my husband and myself is a good thing.  Was the yardsale a lot of work and trouble?  Yes sirree-bob.  But just like a good worth it.  I don't want to collect things and put them away to get dusty and remain useless.  I want to enjoy what I have with who I have.  I just praise the Lord for making me see this.  Life is too precious to tuck things away unused.  Including ourselves.  I want to be used and not stay put away and dusty.  Funny, it took a yardsale of a ton of stuff to show me all that.