Saturday, February 20, 2010

34 years and more in love each day!

34 HAPPY years...This is the result of finding true love!
What is the measure of true love? Is it something you make or find or is it a blessing from God? Not everyone will find their true love or will they? Today’s world tells us so many things about love and what it is suppose to mean and how you are suppose to find it. Myself, as old fashion as it my seem to the world we live in today, I think it is something God blesses you with. It is something that is meant to last forever. I am fortunate to come from a family that has been blessed with parents that have made it against all odds. My parents have taught me many lessons about life but one of their biggest influences was not taught by purpose but by observation. They have possibly unknowingly taught me the true meaning of love and dedication of a lasting marriage and the importance of forever. I’m certain as with any marriage, my parents would be no exception it certainly must have had tough times but I have not seen these. I have always seen no less than true love and devotion. Through good times and bad they have taught me the importance of your spouse, in sticking together, supporting one another, encouraging each other, laughing and crying with each other, making time to spend together, all in all that forever is forever and it is what you make of it. No matter what stage of life you are in, that there will be periods of adjustment and these are times when you draw closer to God and one another. I am so proud to have learned these lessons that hopefully I will be able to apply to my own marriage and pass on to my own children. So here’s to one of the most important lessons I could have learned, that when God blesses you with a husband or wife that you live by His standards and love one another as Christ loved the church. Not giving your part of 50% as the world may tell you but giving 100% as God tells you. I am so thankful that God lead them to one another and that He knew their love would be one that would last forever. I have seen these verses on many Valentine’s blogs but I decided to save it to insert here for my parents anniversary. It was part of their wedding ceremony and so very appropriate to their marriage and lives.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always preservers. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Happy34th anniversary to my wonderful parents!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine's Day!

Where has February gone? Usually February is a rather boring month for us. There is usually not much going on , it is too cold to enjoy being outside and we are starting to get spring fever but this year February has flown by. I realized I am behind on my postings and today seemed like the perfect time to get caught up.

So with Cason’s surgery, January just seemed to blend into February. Carson is doing just fine and has seemed to recover just fine. We have a check up at the end of the month and we should be done. Then we had mom’s birthday celebration with a yummy family tradition, toasted coconut cake. And now today we celebrate Valentines Day. In the middle of all we have had snow, snow and more snow. I am glad to see that it mostly seems to be melting away. Maybe the snow is what has made this month seem so hectic because as I sit here and blog about our month thus far it doesn’t seem that busy. Guess it goes to show, that hectic life we lead would overwhelm many of us if we really did go back to basics. It’s hard to juggle using just one vehicle to get two people to work that both have to be there at 7, find someone to keep the kids that are out for snow which in our case means deciding which one of us is calling in sick. (Thankfully Brad’s job allows him to call in, in inclement weather because healthcare has a strict policy against it).

So maybe I’m not doing so bad, just the middle of the month and I’m getting caught up. We’ve made it through the snow hopefully for a week or so, Brad’s work is starting to pick up again, Caroline still loves school and is so happy lately and Carson is still my sweet happy baby. The house is clean, the floors are mopped, the laundry is caught up, bags are packed for school next week not such a bad 14 days after all. Sometimes I just need to look at the big picture.

Today for Valentine’s Day (which remember Brad doesn’t celebrate) Brad decided he would cook breakfast and let me lay in the bed with the kids before church. After a wonderful family breakfast, we got ready and headed to church for a wonderful sermon. And now I am caught up on my blog and all my e-mails. After the kids wake up from nap we are heading out for our favorite burgers at Krystal’s and then to Baskin Robbins for ice cream. For the second year in a row this has been our Valentine’s Day tradition. Which is a fine tradition to me. What could be better on a day to symbolize love than 2 smiling kids looking at you with those big blue eyes and ice cream all over their faces. So Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us with lots of hugs and kisses! XOXOXO

Friday, February 5, 2010

Happy Birthday!

Celebrating with mom's favorite toasted coconut cake! 

Happy Birthday to the most amazing woman I know! My mother! I am one of those fortunate few that can truly say that and mean it with every ounce I am saying it with. I have always been close to my mother and as I grow older I know just how precious our relationship is. She not only has taught me so many things about life but so many things about myself. She has instilled in me the importance of being a good mother and how hard that job might be but that no matter what you have to press on for those little eyes to see, the importance of faith in God and being a Christian and leading your life as one, the importance of hard lessons, the importance of laughter, the importance of rarely heard of words like ‘trogladite’ (that one is for you mom) and knowing the correct time to use them and the story to back them up. She has taught me right from wrong and held my hand along the way no matter how embarrassing or hard the matter at hand may be. She has instilled in me the importance of family and sticking together, of family traditions and celebrations. She taught me so many things before I ever understood what she was preparing me for and she continues to be my main source for any tidbit of knowledge and all advice I may need. She is the first person I call to share a funny story with, or to ask parenting advice, to vent to when I am mad at someone or to ask a favor. To get a recipe from or share a new one I have tried, to ask what type of flour I need to buy when I am standing in the middle of the isle at the grocery and can’t decide the difference between all-purpose and self rising. She is the one I lean on when I need a good cry, the one I go to when I want to learn how to do something new. The last person I talk to on the phone almost every day. She is my truest friend and one I am so proud to have. Happy Birthday! (even though the post is a little late).