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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Seven Months Already!!!

My sweet and not so  little Finley turned 7 months old this week.  That is totally unacceptable.  His babyness is just going so fast!!!  I can't stand it!  He is so sweet and so cute!  Finley, you have two teeth, weigh almost 23 pounds (big boy!) and are super tall.  You love most solid foods but your favorite???  Is your bottle.  Just like your mommy was as a baby, you love drinking more than eating.  You are super curious and love to jump.  You are not crawling yet but trust will not be long and you will be off and running...literally!  Get ready for a cuteness overload!!!

Whoa!!  Who is this??  Mr. Beaver!!  Where ya been man??

Gimme a hug....I sure have missed you.

How 'bout a smooch too.  I'm a hugger and a kisser that's for sure are choking me, man...I gotta go back to the river.  Love ya, big guy....see ya next month!

I love that beaver...he's the best! out in about 16 years.  These eyes will just melt your heart.  What a handsome little man!

Piper slips in for a squeeze!  everyone loves to squeeze sweet Finley!

But he is a mommy's boy for sure.  I think she is most definitely a Finley-Man!

Friday, October 7, 2016

What is happy?

Last night we went to our local high schools Homecoming game. I always love that.  Such a good feeling of community and support for the local kids.  Working at the elementary school and seeing all those sweet boys who are now big. burly football players is such fun.  Seeing the pretty little girls grow up to be even prettier young ladies is equally as great.  While we were in line at the concession stand I saw one of the 2nd grade teachers at my school.  She has precious twin daughters who went to my school.  I talked with them a bit and we went to sit and enjoy the game.  We won!!

Today at school this teacher asked me if that was my boyfriend i was with.  I smiled and said yes.  And then I went on to tell her just how sweet he is.  And not just how sweet but how genuinely kind he is...all the time.  Then she said this, " You are just so different now.  You are just so happy.  It just shows all the time."  Well, of course I just cried.   When you do not know that your not really happy.  Or that you just kind of swim in a sea of sadness, loneliness, despair and the like and then you live overwhelmed with happy thought, plans, ideas.  I suppose the change is very evident.  Don't get me wrong.  Every day in my old life was not miserable.  I just did not really ever have any sustained happiness.  When you are always tense.  always on guard.  On wears you down.  Now before all you "Christians" get in a tizzy, I do know the difference in happiness and joy in spiritual terms.  I do and have had the joy of the Lord.  His joy overflows all the time.  But you can still be sad and all the negative things while experiencing the joy of god.  His joy is a whole other thing.  But ow....even when I am stressed, I'm happy.  When I am tired, weary, and just worn....I smile.  The edginess is gone.  the loneliness, the guard I had up....gone.  I am learning how to relax.  Actually relax!!  I don't think that has happened to me since I was a kid!  My stress level is almost gone for the most part.  And for all that!!!  I am so glad it shows.  I am just praising the Lord for His perfect plan.  God is just so good and He shows us in the sweetest ways....with the sweetest people sometimes too!

Monday, September 26, 2016

My 2 cents.....

The news is just unreal over the last few weeks.  All I see are shootings, riots, protests and just awful things in the world.  So here goes....

If the police says "Stop" stop.  End of discussion.  They are the police.  You do not run, turn your back, argue, fight...anything.  Just stop...period.

Looting is stealing and is a crime.  Breaking windows, doors down, car windows and the like are property .  Where is the protest in that???  All looters seen on film should be arrested, placed in jail without opportunity of attorneys , trials...nothing.  Go to jail and do not collect 200.00.

Not standing and placing your hand over your heart in honor of this great nation and our soldiers during the national anthem??  Disgraceful.  You do not have to like for everything that happens in this country but if you do not support this nation??  Get out.  Try another country and let's see how that works for you.

A drunk driver just killed two teens the other morning here at 7:30 a.m.  For all I care, they should go to jail.  Never have driving privileges again.  What in the world are you thinking???  You're not is that are not.

Locally a man drove his six year old daughter up to the Blue Ridge Parkway and then stabbed her to death. Over a custody battle with his ex-wife.  Stabbed his own baby girl to death.  Stabbed.  Does that register???  What is wrong with that picture???  Everything.  Every single thing.

Satan is prowling, and prowling around this world.  Seeking to devour.  To kill, steal and destroy.  These are God's Holy Words.  Satan prowls like an animal.  Gets people to act like animals.

We need Jesus.

plain and simple

Sunday, September 18, 2016

I've Been Everywhere, Man!!

That title shows my old age and my hillbilly roots for sure!  But since school has started I thought my life would slow down a bit.  Wrong!!!  I am even busier than before.  Something has just got to give. Between work, church, my kids, my grandkids and my boyfriend (still cringing over that word!) ,my time is gone.  I have about 10,874 pictures to share but I will try to cut it down some.  I took a mini vacation last week and went to Pigeon Forge. TN.  I went with my guy and another couple.  Before the rumors start flying...we were properly chaperoned and he slept on the couch.  the other couple are married and in their sixties.  Not that 60 is old!!  As I edge closer it is looking like the new 40! We went to a gigantic car show.  I saw some amazing cars.  Just gorgeous vintage vehicles that were unreal.  I haven't said it much lately but my guy is just the sweetest man in the world.  I just never knew that so much kindness, gentleness and sweetness could ever come out of one person.  He is just amazing to me.  Always just such a gentleman in every word and deed.  Did I mention he is a cutie too?  Since my last post my little Finley has turned 6 months old!  Kyra turned 2 years old and my very own Megan turned 28 years old!!!  I got my babies all together for another historic photo shoot.  Baby wrangling is the career to get into....hardest job ever!

Mimi, why is this beaver sniffing me??

Fin, I think he thinks you need a new diaper.  Do you. little buddy?

Hey kinda smell funny!  Don't worry Beavy...Mimi will fix that!

Finley, you have two teeth and are sitting up on your own.  You are just the cutest little boy in the world too!

Megan looking so pretty on her birthday.  How did my baby have a baby???

Let's all sit on the quilt guys!

Come back here Brooks!!  Savannah put your dress down!

Nope...Brooks is done!

Somebody look at the camera!!!

We had a great time.  Just grilled hotdogs and played outside.  But to us...that's the best time.

Kyra had an Old Macdonald Party.  She had a few farm animals there!  Sweet Piper holding Chicken Nugget the chicken.

Brittany, Aaron and Kyra.  You can just barely see Bucky the goat.

A rare photo of me and sweet Finley.  He is so squeezable!!

Erica and her precious cargo!

Such a sweet family!  Hard to believe that Kyra is already 2!

Clothes just do not impress kids!

Blake and Mr Brooks...such a sweet boy!

I can't leave out Miss Savannah....all smiles

Monday, August 29, 2016

The First Day

Today was the first day of school in our county.  So many sweet faces!!  All the little kids were super excited and glad to be back in school for the most part.  I had a pretty good first day back too!  Piper started first grade and she was super excited!!  Her teacher is Mrs. Bowles and she is the same teacher that both of my girls had in kindergarten.  We all just love her!  I found out today that she is retiring after this year and I could just cry!  We all love her to pieces.  But I am so glad for her....I would trade places with her in a red hot minute.

Erica brought in the crew to walk Piper in on her first day.  People she passed in the hall gave her that "look".  You know the one that you give a young mama with more than 2.5 kids in tow!!  The baby in the stroller is Megans' little Mr. Finley though!!

My big girl.....time has just got to stop moving on!!!!

The fabulous Mrs. Bowles.  She truly is a great teacher.  I am so glad Piper has her for first grade.  she is just going to learn so much!!

Seeing all the kids today makes me feel a whirlwind of emotion.  Their little faces and their sweet looks.  I just pray that they all have a great school year.  I know that some homes are not ideal and many children have very hard lives.  I wish I could take them all in my arms and just give them a big hug!!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Birthdays, lost teeth and 5 months old!

 Well, I have let 2 birthdays, a five month old update for Finley and about a bazillion other things slip past me.  I honestly do not know what takes up all my time I just know that at the end of the day I tell myself..."well, you let another day go by and did not write one thing down or post one photo so you can look back on this time!!"  Between, family, dating, menopause and just life....I just can't seem to get a thing accomplished!

Here are a few shots from the last couple of weeks.  I promise I will get better now that summer is winding down and life gets more normal.  I promise!!

Mimi...did you forget to put up the pictures of me and Mr Beaver??  We had a great time together this month!!

We did Finley??  Gee, that makes me feel good.  You like me don't ya??

Yeah, but he likes me better, don'tcha little Fin??

Piper and her best friend Faith.  Pool parties are the best!

Watching around 15 kids in the pool is very hard!!

But Birthday Cake and ice cream are worth it!

Starting first grade with a new backpack!

This little sweetie steals my heart each day!

Piper lost her first tooth!!!  Time...stand still

The gang!  Brooks looks so sad and poor Finley was being held upright by a good ole ear tug!

My daddy at his 75th birthday supper with all his kids and grandkids!  So blessed!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Winding Down

Summer is now on the downhill slide for all of us school employees.  Back to school commercials are all that is on TV.  Busy is a word that for me...has permeated my life as of late.  I am truly so busy that I just fall into bed each night worn slap out.  But it is a good busy.  My children and grandchildren are the most fun things and I am loving every second of it.  It goes so fast!  Last week was....VBS.  Y'all know that I usually say that it stands for Very Bad Situations but not this year.  Best VBS ever.  I had the most precious kids.  Five of which accepted Jesus in their sweet little lives.  Makes me cry to just think of it.  While we were singing one song I watched little boys and girls link arms while they sang "We will worship You"....I bawled!!  The best thing about this years VBS was that my sweet Piper asked Jesus into her heart on the last day.  Is VBS worth the it???  Yes, Praise Jesus...Yes.  I only had one meltdown.  During craft time.  I had to turn my back and pray to Jesus that i would not hate crafts.  One of the helpers laughed at me and then she really laughed when she realized how much i struggle with crafts.  Homemade slime y' is not funny nor fun. Picture frames with 10,000 stickers the size of a pinhead?  Makes both my eyes twitch.  Just give me a birdhouse to paint or a macaroni necklace to string and I am good to go.  Piper also turned 6 years old on the 4th.  Her party is this Saturday so I will have tons of photos then.  But for now...

Time???  Stand still...please!!