Saturday, September 26, 2015

Bloom on the Tree

Out my bathroom window I noticed this little flower bloom on the branch of a tree. It's been hanging on that branch for several days while all of the leaves have fallen and the other branches are bare. Amazing how it's still hanging on. And sometimes, I feel just like that little flower blossom. Hanging on to that branch when the other branches are bare and the wind blows through the limbs daring the blossom to hold on tighter. 

So keep on hanging on little flower. I'm right there with you!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Moving On

Plans are being made. Boxes are being packed. Life is about to change. With all of the changes we are preparing for in the upcoming months, the stress levels go from high to low to high again. But, as I have struggled with all of the details involved with moving, I spoke with my father the other day and he said something to me that just felt like warm sunshine wrapping me up in a tight hug. 

He told me he really appreciated the fact that our family is moving back to Virginia. That statement made all of our decisions, doubts, and challenges melt away. It was at that moment that I knew that our plans were going to work out for us. That things were all going to be fine. It was as if an angel was out there lifting some of the heaviness off my shoulders. 

And I'm certain that angel will guide us on our journey and help make everything just fine

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Mid-Month Update

Well, since my last update, we have listed our house for sale by owner. So, if you know anyone who would like to move to the area, live on a golf course, and enjoy a swimming pool, let us know!

The girls have been busy at school. Shelly has had her share of up and down days at middle school. She told her teacher that she just really missed her mom. And so, we talked about it and I let her know that I can relate. As a 1st grader, I cried every day of school for the first month (what a pain for my mother---wish I could tell her how sorry I am). I hated leaving my mother. Hopeful that she will work through all of this and it will all be okay. But, I'm realistic and I know it can take some time. 

We have had painters painting our upstairs in a very neutral palette. We've also showed our house to several realtors, as well as, individuals who are interested in the house. That means the house needs to be "show ready" all the time. :(

We are also a bit obsessed with playing the card game Speed. It seems like the perfect stress reliever/diversion from life!

We are working on how to make our move a little less stressful by lining things up ahead of time. It's a bit overwhelming and there are days when I just want to bury my head under a pillow and go right back to sleep. But, that's not really an option. So, I will continue to take it all one day at a time and pray for the best and listen to my Joel Osteen podcasts.

Thursday, September 03, 2015


I recently had a conversation with an acquaintance about our plans to move. She asked how the girls were doing and mentioned that she thought Lily seemed happy about it. 

My answer was, "yes, the girls are excited, but we all have our ups and downs about it all because it's real life." 

What my answer to her really meant is that these plans of ours aren't created within a Facebook or Instagram post. There's no special filter to make it all appear perfect or craftily worded update to make our life sound better than others'. This is real life with its ups and downs, highs and lows, and anxieties and excitements. And, I'm all about keeping it real.

Funny photo of the girls, their grandpa, and their cousin in VB making silly faces.

So, some days will be easier than others, but we will make the best decisions we can for our family and have a positive attitude about our life changes.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Week One

Cute girls 

The girls had a smooth, calm, and great start to their first week of school. Shelly is loving middle school. She has a terrific group of teachers and enjoys her classes. Lily is happy to be back with her friends and she likes her classes and teachers. 

An unrelated series of photos of the girls from this summer
I always like to add pictures to my words

I'm always relieved when they are happy and back in the swing of things with school. With all of the activities swirling around us, it feels good knowing that school is going well for them both. 

Thursday, August 27, 2015


About a year ago Shelly went to our orthodontist for a consultation about her teeth and the potential for braces. They determined that she wasn't quite ready and had a follow up appointment scheduled for this summer. 

On the 15th of July, we went for the appointment and found out Shelly's teeth were ready for braces. She had lost all of her baby teeth and her jaw was at the perfect time to begin treatment effectively. So, her braces appointment was scheduled for the 23rd of July. 

She was so excited to get those braces on and was literally counting down the days. I was thrilled that she had such a positive attitude about getting braces. I wore braces at about the same age as Shelly and as an adult I am beyond thankful to my parents for paying for my braces. 

Shelly was a champ! She got her braces on in about 45 minutes and handled it beautifully. We are fortunate to go to a terrific orthodontist in our area. He and his assistants really made the experience easy and pain free. 

Shelly's estimated length of time for the braces is 24-28 months. We can't wait to see her smile once she's done with her braces!  And, until then, we are loving her smile with her braces!!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The Back to School Tea

Every year I do a little something for the girls when they return from their first day of school. This year I kept our annual "tea" pretty simple. We had ice water and Krispy Kreme doughnuts accompanied by a couple of back to school gifts.

It's our chance to hang out and just talk about the day. There are no interruptions and everyone gets an opportunity to share about new teachers, classes, and friends. It's one of the things I enjoy most about starting a new school year.