Tuesday, November 12, 2013

10 years in the making

Matthew arranged for us to have our pictures taken professionally for our 10 year anniversary.  This is just 2 of my favorite pics.  My kids aren't babies anymore. 

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Time Gone By

This time a year ago we brought Grandmaw home to our house after a weeks long stay at the hospital.  She was very weak.  In fact in the first week here we called 911 three times in the middle of night b/c she had fallen while going to the bathroom.  Each time we were right there with her but couldn't do anything to prevent it.  And we certainly couldn't get her up own our own.  She was very fearful and fought anyone who tried to help her up.  It was a week of no sleep and high anxieties.  It almost felt like we had brought home a newborn because she was very much dependent on us to do everything for her.

As Thanksgiving approached we were due to go Gatlinburg with my family like we've done every other year for the last 15 years.  She went back to the Brocks and stayed until mid January.  She's been with us ever since.

 In the last year we've made a lot of adjustments.  It hasn't always been easy but I know its been good for us.  Good for her.  The changes we've witnessed with her mind has been really sad.  Some days she's so confused and lost and others she's almost fine.  Every day is full of repeated questions.  Its definitely a test of patience.  But the lessons my family has learned have been worth it. 

James 1:27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

10 years later

Next week Matthew and I will celebrate 10 years of marriage.  I hate to sound cliché but it really has been pure marital bliss.  We have grown on so many levels. I think it gets better every year!!! 

We're taking our first trip alone... we're going to Helen, Georgia and spending a few nights in a cabin that sits over a lake.  I'm looking forward to fishing and relaxing with my hubby.  We've never been to Helen but we hear its beautiful. 

Monday, August 19, 2013

First day of School

My Little Ones were excited about their first day of school!! Darcy is officially a 3rd grader and the boys are in 2nd!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Home Away from Home

We moved Jessica into her dorm on Saturday.  She's only about an hour away but it still feels to far for this momma.  She shares a dorm with 3 other girls.  She actually has her own private room but shares a bathroom with one other girl and the living space and kitchen is shared with them all. 

There's not a lot you can do with such a tiny space but I think we made the most of it.  Its very homey and has lots of decorations. 

She started classes today! 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Its been a busy month...

An emotional month too.  Earlier this month I sat with a friend at the hospital whose husband was having a finger amputated.  Some of you may remember Rocky.  I actually just spoke to his wife who is own her way to UAB right now b/c Rocky is in the ER.  Please remember to say a prayer for him. He continues to fight CF and all that it brings with it. 

Jessica turned 18 on the 18th.  We actually celebrated with friends and family this past weekend.  Its hard to believe that she's 18 and heading off to college.  She's excited and I'm excited for her but its going to be different around here without her.  We've been buying stuff for her dorm for weeks now.

Monday, July 01, 2013

New York New York

We had a great time in New York.  We saw all the things on our list and then some :)  Here's a recap of our trip.

We flew out of Atlanta and when we landed in New York we had a white limo waiting on us.  The limo was a nice break from the stuffy plane ride.  We arrived at our hotel The Belveder Hotel.  You'd think that on our first night there after a day of traveling that we might take it easy - heck no!  We hit the pavement and didn't stop till midnight!  We saw the M&M Store - 3 stories of all things M&M.  Then we made our way to the Hersey store (same concept as the M&M store).  I can't really remember which day we did what but here's all the things we did see....

M&M Store
Hersey Store
Toys R Us
Fao Schwarz
Lego Store
Statue of Liberty - we actually didn't go to Staten Island due to the hurricane damage
One World Financial Center
911 memorial
Diamond District
Central Park - we did a pedicab tour
Times Square - we stayed really close and were there every night
Greenwich Village
Washington Park
Little Italy
Hoboken, NJ
Carlos Bakery aka Cake Boss
Empire State Building
Trump Tower
Freedom Tower
Today Show where we met Sarah Haines
Brooklyn Bridge
Coney Island where I rode the Ferris Wheel that scared me to death
High Line
NY Ink
NBC Studio Tour
attempted to see Jimmy Fallon

We also rode our share of subways and cabs. We also saw plenty of street performers and characters. We had a great time.  Everyone was polite and helpful.  It seemed a lot different than when I went back in 1997.