Thursday, December 31, 2009


In the last decade:

  • I graduated from college (Go Cyclones!!!)
  • I got my first car (and 2nd and 3rd!)
  • I moved to Kansas City. Then to Indianapolis. Then back to Kansas City.
  • I got my first job and my first apartment alone!
  • I met and married my sweet Jeff!
  • I ran the Chicago Marathon.
  • I bought my first house (with Jeff!) (And our 2nd house too)
  • I watched my brother and Dad get married in the same year!
  • I got my first dog (while not with my family) - Isabel!
  • I said goodbye to our sweet dog, Gabe.
  • I discovered scrapbooking and became addicted!
  • I got my Master's Degree.
  • I taught Spanish for 8 years.
  • I gave birth to my beautiful daughter, Kennedy.
  • I had a stroke, learned I had 2 major health issues, then had 4 surgeries.
  • I took trips to Estes Park, CO, Disney World, San Francisco, Mexico, Myrtle Beach, Branson, , Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, South Dakota (Mt Rushmore & The Badlands), CHA in Florida, New York City.
  • I watched my Dad battle Leukemia and recover from 3 strokes.
  • I watched my Mom and Grandmother deal with kidney failure.
  • I buried by second child, my son Sam.
  • I was born again and thank God daily for the blessings he has given me.

I know sooo much more has happened over the last 10yrs. But these really stand out to me. I can't wait to see what the next decade brings!!!!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


Kennedy & Elijah visiting Santa at Bass Pro!

So, I have obviously neglected this blog for the last month! Oops! The holidays get crazy I tell ya!

BUT.....I have signed on to the the Project 365 Photography style!!! So, I am going to take a photo a day, every day of the year. I can't promise that I will post them to my blog daily, but I promise I will weekly! I am doing this with some other mommy friends and I think it will be a blast! So.....stay tuned for many more updates from this blog!!!!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Girl

I just want to record this conversation Kennedy and I had on the way to preschool today. Out of the blue she says:

K: When I go to Heaven I am going to remind God and tell God if I see any bad people. When I go to Heaven.

Me: Ok, good idea.

Silence for a minute.

K: When I go to Heaven and I see you I am going ot hug you and hug you and hug you!!!

Me: Me, too!!! And we can sing and dance all around!

K: Yeah! Do you think we will be on clouds? And we can jump on them?

Me: Well, I don't know for sure. But that sure sounds like fun!

K: Yeah! (long pause) When we are in Heaven will God still be invisible?

Me: Nope! We will be able to see Him! I am so excited to see what he looks like!

K: Me, too! (giggle) Mom, when I go to Heaven and get my new body, will I get glasses?

Me: Nope! No one will wear glasses in Heaven because everyone's eyes will be perfect!

And we pull into the school parking lot. I love this girl to bits!!!!

Now onto some SHORT ANSWERS! Remember you can join in with Abigail HERE!!!

How do Remote Controls work?

Kennedy: I don't know.

What is one word that describes your mom?
Kennedy: That you have brown hair.

Your dad?

Kennedy: That he has blonde hair.

Me: Dad has blonde hair?

Kennedy: no...he has black hair!!

One word that describes you?

Kennedy: That I have a belly button.

Where do they make apple juice?

Kennedy: At a store. Do they make it at a store Mom?

Me: No. Where do you think its made?

Kennedy: At a barn? That is what I saw on Caillou.

What is better, butter or cheese?

Kennedy: Cheese.

Me: Why?

Kennedy: Because its berry yummy!

How are donuts made?

Kennedy: I don't know.

Yes, I realize this post is getting long, but I just have to share this one last thing! Kennedy has really been into learning Spanish lately! While I was doing my long term substitute job I had found some great videos on YouTube and TeacherTube to share with my students. She helped me pick some out and now she wants to listen to and watch them all the time!!!!

So here she is in her pirate outfit watching Spanish clips!

She has seen them so many times she can sing along with a lot of them! And just if you are are the clips!!!!

Baila Con Tu Cuerpo

First Semester of Spanish Love Song

Second Semester of Spanish Love Song

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Short Anwers!!!

Another session of random questions for Miss Kennedy!!!!!

Where does popcorn come from?

: From Jelly!

Me: From jelly?!
Kennedy: Us.
Me: Us??
Kennedy: No!!!! Bags?????

Helping to make grilled cheese sandwiches!

What is your favorite movie and why?

Kennedy: Ghostbusters. Because at almost the end there is marshmallow and they put their fires together and the marshmallow melted!!!!

Who would you like to visit right now? Why?

Kennedy: Um..... Logan AND some of their friends. Eli and Hank next door.
Me: Why those people?

Because I just like them.

How does a dishwasher work?

That's hard to ascribe (describe). I don't know how a dishwasher works, do you?

Me: Yup! But I want you to tell me.

Kennedy: It has batteries. Does it have batteries, Mom?

Holding one of my latest layouts of the two of us!

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Halloween Fun!

This year's halloween was likely the best one since Kennedy was born! The weather was so nice! We didn't need winter coats!!! ;)

Kennedy asked to be a cat this year and picked out a very modest and sensible costume. I was thinking of something a bit more...flashy...or fancy! But Kennedy picked out this one - and I must say - it is cuter than anything I would have chosen!

She opted for no tail and no collar. And I think she is stinkin' adorable!

Before her cousins arrived, she and I went to a Truck or Treat at a church near us. It was so cute! They had their vehicles parked in a circle with the trunks facing inward. They deocrated they trunks in fun themes and we walked from trunk to trunk! Great fun!

Once cousins Logan and Elijah arrived we headed out! We got a head start on most kids - it was still light out and not too cold!

There were a few minor meltdowns during the trip...but nothing major. They all wanted to run from house to house but they all wanted to be the FIRST one there! LOL!

All three of them had a fabulous time and got tons of goodies!!!!

And yes, I have the cutest cat in town!!!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Another Wednesday for Wyatt

It is Wednesday again!!!!! Time to try to raise awareness for sweet little Wyatt!!! If you haven't signed the petition yet, I urge you to do so now. It is soooo fast and simple! Wyatt's two little minutes on Earth deserve to be recognized.

Here is a link to their blog. Here is a link to the petition (or you can click the Wednesdays for Wyatt button!). And if you are a blogger, would you join us?! It’s quite simple to participate. All you have to do is copy and paste this post on your blog, and come back to Danielle Finchum's blog link up with MckLinky! Once you do that, your all set to win this first ever Wednesday’s for Wyatt giveaway. Let make this a huge success, shall we?

Each life deserves to be recognized, don't you think???

Psalm 139

13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Random Moments...

Just recording a memory I don't want to forget!!!! :)

Sept 29, 2009

Kennedy and I are driving down the street listening to Brandon Heath's "Give Me You Eyes," It is a gorgeous day - completely clear, blue skies. Out of the blue, Kennedy points to the sky with a huge smile and says "Sammy's up there!"

"He is?!" I respond.


"Is that where Heaven is?" I ask.

"Yea. I'm pointing to the sky!" she laughs, just in case I can't see her finger pointing upward.

"What do you think he is doing?" I ask.

"I don't know. I think he is swimming!!" she happily chirps.

"Oh fun!" I add, with joy so great it almost bursts my heart.

**Giggles*** heard from back seat.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Short Answers

Here is our next installment of SHORT ANSWERS!!!!!

What is soap made out of?
Kennedy: Bubbles.
Me: anything else?
Kennedy: I don't know.

What's the hardest thing in the world to do?
kennedy: to fix my bike.
me: who could fix it?
kennedy: the bike fixer.

What's something you wish you didn't have to do?

kennedy: eat my dinner before ice cream.

What are you learning at school?
kennedy: I learned how to make green.
me: And how do you make green?
kennedy: You um...yellow and red.
me: makes green?
kennedy: yeah....does it make green?
Me: (shake my head no)
kennedy: what does it make? I don't know!! Orange?

What is your favorite book?
Kennedy: The dog that has a home. The dog that Grandma Lori has - the dog book. Do you remember that one?

Where do cats come from?
Kennedy: From their mommy's tummies. Is that where they come from? They come from God?

What is your favorite color?
kennedy: Purple. I said purple.

Who is your best friend?
kennedy: Danny. Danny from school.

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