Just enjoying the little things in life ....

Sunday, June 30, 2013

~ Happy Anniversary!!! ~

Happy 46th Anniversary to my Mom and Dad!!! Thank you for all you do for us! 
You two deserve the very best in life .....you are such a great example of giving and sharing selflessly.  Always ready to lend a helping hand!!!  We love you and wish you many more years of happiness :))

Friday, June 28, 2013

~ This Moment ~

This moment.....A Friday ritual.  A single photo, no words, capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  Happy weekending !!!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Happy Birthday Jeffrey!!!

Happy 21st Birthday!!!!  Where does time go?   You were 3 weeks late for your arrival....thought you'd never get here and now I can't imagine life without you :))  You have such a big heart for the old and young alike....you are absolutely adored by your younger siblings and they look so forward to getting to ride somewhere, go fishing, or skin a deer with you....you make them  feel so special!  Thank you for all the random great big "Teddy Bear" hugs.....they just make my day!  Your smile is contagious:))  Hope 21 is the best year yet....we love ya bunches!!!



Monday, June 24, 2013

Random pics ........

the "Eric Church" look!

Jeff and Hannah :))

Jeff''s early birthday party!!!

Yes, he catches and cooks his own meals :)

My teenage girlie :)

Thank you for visiting us on the web......have a great week :)))

Friday, June 21, 2013

~ Right now ~

I am.......
  • savoring every minute of this first day of summer :))
  • picking blackberries every chance I get....we have tons this year :)
  • wondering how it got to be summer so soon....
  • enjoying my walk in the evenings  with Kimberly :)
  • hoping our garden produces well this year..... love me some corn on the cob !!!
  • thankful Ivan is working with his Dad again.....this means I get to see more of him :)
  • helping Kimberly work through her biology course....such fun....NOT!
  • still cleaning up debris from last week's storm
  • thankful we didn't have much storm damage....just a couple days without power :)
  • noticing how green everything is from all the rain.
  • loving the hummingbirds at my feeders and the flowers blooming everywhere  :)
  • wondering how we got along without the new room on the house :)
  • placing next year's school book order.....how can that be ?
  • marveling at God's hands working in so many areas of my life :)
  • feeling so blessed to be able to stay home with my children every day !!!
  • realizing what a lucky girl I am :)
  • still dreaming of becoming a nurse one of these days :)
  • pickin' the guitar every chance I get :)
  • so thankful for good friends and family :)
What are you up to these days ?  Would love to hear from you :)

~ This Moment ~

this moment.....A Friday ritual.....a single photo ....... no words....capturing a moment from the week . A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.  Happy weekending!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

Pickin' and Grinnin' !!!

Saturday evening the "Rocky River Bluegrass Band" had the opportunity to play for a benefit supper at Euto Baptist Church.  Hope you enjoy the pics :))

Happy Monday!!!  Hope you all have a great week :))

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Love this humor.....

If you are a homeschool mom you will totally get it :)    Copied from a friend ....

10 Things to NOT Ask the Homeschool Mom


Some lighthearted humor to start the day.
1. What happened to the house today? Even if there are scraps of craft paper on the floor and stuck to the table and there’s toast from breakfast still sitting in the toaster and a huge pile of legos sitting there right in the middle of the living room, just let it go. Find something creative to say about the clutter. Like this —  it looks like you guys exercised your creativity today!
2. Seriously? Macaroni and cheese for dinner again? Some days, macaroni and cheese is an excellent and needed option for dinner. And just so you know, they have gluten free mac and cheese options as well. Sometimes mac and cheese is the save the sanity go-to dinner option.
3. What did you get done today?  Even if there is a stack of papers on the table, a mess everywhere, and only 14 math problems got completed – they still worked. So best to tuck the what did you get done away and simply ask how the day went and listen to all the amazing things that were accomplished.
4. Do I have clean underwear anywhere?  Don’t even touch the laundry subject. Simply step away, walk down to the dryer or the 5 full clothes baskets, and begin digging.
5. Could so and so drop by in 10 minutes?  Always, and I repeat, always, give warning. I prefer to have a good six hour warning before someone comes over. Then, at our home, we commence operation clean up.
6. Did you wear that shirt yesterday? Shirts can be worn more than once. That’s okay. In fact, simply grab a cardigan, throw it over and call it a day. Add a side pony tail and spice up the look.
7. You owe the library what??  Library fines are simply par for the course. Honestly, just begin to budget in library fines and call it all in the honor of learning. I figure we’ve already purchased the “L” and “I” in the library sign outside of our library.
8. In all your spare time could you organize this large event?  Ha. Spare time. Never, ever, and I repeat ever, tell a homeschool mom {or any mom in that instance} that she has a bunch of spare time.
9. Oh, you let the kids watch television?  Seriously, moms, some media is okay. There are moments in our lives where it is simply okay to turn on Kipper the Dog so that we can make something besides the above mentioned macaroni and cheese for dinner. Let it go. Some media is okay. Media all day? Even though you could slap the educational tag on it? That’s not okay.
10. How do you do it?  I know this is meant kindly and out of curiosity, but often this gets me {and the other homeschool mom} wondering how in the world they actually made it through the day. Instead, a simpler and sweeter way might be this: you amaze me, you homeschool mom who gets up at the crack of dawn and survives on coffee and who still smiles at the end of the day and can sing the grammar song with the best of them and who goes to bed content. Try those sweet words instead.
In the spirit of fun, what are some things that you can think of to not tell to a homeschool mom? And, grin, homeschool moms, I think you’re pretty amazing.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Something to think about :))

Borrowed from a friend....This is so true!!  Hope you enjoy :))

Love Dr. Seuss!  My son chooses one of his books to read almost every night.  They have some great (and catchy!) life lessons. =)

Have a great week!!!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Sundays.....I just love them :)

Some of my favorite reasons for this are...
  • no real schedule except to be on time for church , of course :)
  • everybody is home together with a few extras mixed in
  • quite often Ivan is here
  • having all my children around the breakfast table together :))
  • cooking Sunday dinner......gets me going early
  • the children sleep a little later
  • early quiet time for me
  • Johnny takes Keith to the fire station with him to check all the trucks
  • eating a late breakfast
  • lots of helping hands getting the house tidied up.....this happens to be my idea....not theirs  :)
  • it just seems everything moves at a slower pace....and I love it!!!
  • relaxed Sunday afternoons makes time for fishing, visiting friends and relatives :))
What do you love about Sundays ?  Hope you have a great rest of the weekend with your loved ones :)

Friday, June 7, 2013

~These Moments~

This week I thought I would share a couple of special moments from the week.   Simple, special and extraordinary....moments I want to pause, savor, and remember.  Happy weekending!!!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

I needed this today :))

So often I find myself very caught up in my schedule, routine, trying to meet a goal or maybe just trying to do something that I want to do......so much so, that I forget to be kind.  But when you stop and think about it everybody is fighting some kind of battle so it just pays to be kind no matter the circumstances :))

Sunday, June 2, 2013

There's a first time for everything......

Saturday, I took my "first ever" boat ride!!! Hubby has a new fishing boat....and I decided that now was a good time to get over my fear of water!!!  I am so glad that I went.....not at all what I thought it would be like.   It was so peaceful I almost didn't want to come back home....haha!  We didn't catch many fish but we had so much fun...The weather was just perfect.....I am ready to go again :))