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"In everything you do, put God first and He will direct you and crown your efforts with success."
Proverbs 3:6

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Remembering........

Pressing pause in my ordinary day to remember these 12 and the families that they left behind. 
Gone too soon. Never forgotten.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Make it home: one find at a time (volume 2)

Ok,ok I know that I am still in the dining room but it's one of my favorite places to gather with Friendsand family. (And it doesn't hurt that it's one of the few rooms in my house that consistently stays clean!)

My friend, Lauren, made me this beautiful tray before Christmas. (I will try to dig up the pictures with the Christmas greenery in it, because it was so pretty!) After I took the Christmas decor out, I redid it buy I wasn't in love with how it looked. 

Thankfully the base thrift store opened back up today. I found the candle holder and candles for $8! Can't beat that ♡ I have burlap in several other rooms in the house so the burlap flowers on the candle holder beckoned my name! 
Don't tell but I still have my Christmas runner on the table. I like the way it fits with the other colors in the room!

A close up of the candle holder and candles that I found. 


I love the hardware that Lauren used! The greenery on the sides came from a hobby lobby sale!

I had the cotton in the arrangement that I didn't care for but I was happy to repurpose it into the green mason jars that I already had in the cupboard. 

This was my initial arrangement post Christmas. Call me crazy but I love the burlap candle holder so much better! 

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Always.........



This song sustained me in 2014 through deployment, the late part of pregnancy, delivering on my own again, evacuating for a scary fire, the fear of putting our Jordan girl down without Ben, 4 kids by myself, and of course Ben coming home, subsequent bells palsy and reintegrating into the family.

It never fails to elicit more emotion than I can handle. As we stood and sang it at church this Sunday, I decided to claim it for 2018 too.

We are on the very short down hill slope to retirement and all the uncertainties that it holds. I have been filled with anxiety of what is to come. Both with what Ben will decide on for a career and where my venture back into the work outside of the home path will go. The lyrics wash over me and calm my fears over what is about to come.

I want to be as transparent about my struggles as I can so that I can use them for God's glory when he delivers us to the other side of this......whatever that may look like!

...........I lift my eyes up, my help comes from the Lord!!!
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Monday, January 8, 2018

Something about a truck.......

Especially when it is old Bessie and us saying farewell to her. Ben had that truck before we met. 

We moved across country 4 times (twice pulling my Mustang) and made more trips north and south than I could count. 

We had many serious conversations about life, lots of laughs, and even some fights in her. 

The Littles cried when we told them that this morning was the last time that they would see "truckie."

So old Bessie,  thank-you for 17 awesome years!






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Saturday, January 6, 2018

Our next project

So Ben made our headboard pieces about 10-11 years ago. Both of us are ready for a change. We are currently browsing through pinterest, local shops, and online. Stay tuned as we transform our master bedroom into a peaceful retreat away from the kids.

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Making it home: one find at a time (a special edition of volume 1)

So I could have included this in my original volume 1 post, but I felt that it was special enough to warrant it's own post.
My sweet mom-in-law always finds a special way to repurpose items. This year she out did herself and made all the female grandchildren  (7 of 9) a special apron. The main section of blue fabric is from my brother in law's navy uniforms. Each fabric that is on them has a special memory attached with it too.
So thankful that my girls have these and share this memory with their cousins! 


The letter that accompanied the aprons, explaining them.

All the girls with Uncle Dan

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Making it home: one find at a time (volume 1)

No big secret, we have moved a lot in our 14 years of marriage. I have a few pieces of decor that I always want to keep and then it's also fun to add new pieces! 
Ben and the kids gave me this rustic shelf and window frame for Christmas that they found out antiquing. 
I had Ben change out the decor on one wall in our dining room so that I could combine them together. 
I am still looking for shutters to go on either side of the window and decor to compliment the combination for the shelf. I will probably get it perfect then it will be time to leave again. 
Here is the first project of the year!





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Sunday, December 31, 2017

14 years........


5 months of whirlwind dating
1 week engagement 
We got married in a fever
14 years
5,110 married days
4 awesome kids
2 babies lost
4 deployments 
6 different homes
3 different states 
And all the memories in between them make up our life!!
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Friday, December 29, 2017

A few of my favorite things......

I have dreamed of having an antique sewing machine for many years. My family made that dream come true this Christmas. This beauty is from 1910. It's a singer  (my favorite brand of sewing and embroidery machines) and looks fantastic in the entry way of the house.
I love walking past and thinking about crawling through the secret door from my great grandma's coat closet into her sewing room. What a gem to have in the house and a gem of a family for getting it for me! 



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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Insta what?!?!

Just as I was getting used to instagram another insta product came into my life this Christmas! 
So I put the instapot on my wish list awhile ago and then started doing some research on it. I am not going to lie I am very intimidated of this device. (Confession time! I haven't even done the water test because Ben has been at work and I don't want to do it by myself!)
I am hoping that this opens a whole new world of cooking for our family but right now she is just looking pretty on the counter! 
Tell me your best tips and recipes! 

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Sunday, December 24, 2017

Happy Christmas Eve



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Goals for 2018

As 2018 rolls in, I have set a few education goals for myself as I  might be jumping back into the work force.
I am trying to prepare to go back to my nursing career in an entirely different field than what I was used to.
I have about 65 continuing education credits lined up that center around school nursing.  It feels daunting but I am diving in head first to prepare myself as best as I can.
What are your education goals for 2018? What motivates you to complete them?
Best wishes for attaining your education goals this upcoming year!
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Saturday, December 23, 2017

The down side of military life

I will be the first to say that there are decisions made for my husband and my family based on the needs of the Marine Corps that I don’t agree with on a daily basis. I try to focus on all the blessings that we have because of the military. New places that I would have never seen, friends that become framily, traveling, an appreciation for selfless service, blooming where you are planted even if it is out of your comfort zone. (Just to name a few )
One thing that I cannot write off is missing family. My children miss their cousins that we may get to see once a year, we miss meeting new family members, mostly just miss what most families consider "normal" family experiences.
I am clinging to our recent family get together where we got to meet our 5 month old nephew and rekindle cousin relationships. We are not sure when we will all be in one place again since Hawaii, Texas, Missouri,  and North Carolina are not geographically close to one another but we are thankful for the memories made and strengthened relationships. 
Isn't he just the sweetest thing?
The sweet sounds of giggles, play screams, hugs, and sweet conversations are still ringing in my head!

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Joy

Recently I was inspired by my friend's daughter who is just starting her journey in life and blogging.
It reminded me of why I started this blog 10 years ago. First and foremost to keep a journal of our life for the kids. Secondly was to spread joy.
It has become increasingly more popular to use social media as a way to tote why your political opinion is better than others, air dirty laundry of a myriad of things, complain, on and on.
2018 I hope to get back to keeping my family's memories on here and spreading joy in a dark world.
I hope that y'all will join me on this ride!
Merry Christmas from our home to yours!
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Monday, May 15, 2017

Practical and sentimental all rolled into one.....

So my mother's day gift had just the appropriate mix of practicality and sentimentality to be perfect! 
I now have front porch furniture to enjoy a cup of coffee and peace & quiet. I also have sweet porch pillows with the kids hand and foot prints on them ♡
Win win!




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Saturday, May 13, 2017

All because of a free concert in a park........

14 years ago this month, we met at a free concert in the park. Neither one of us was interested in the other for various reasons. We obviously changed those thoughts in August of 2003 and joined our lives together in December of 2003.
It has been one crazy, wild ride. Insane ups and downs but I wouldn't change a thing about it!!
I can't imagine what life would be like without Ben and this wild bunch that God has blessed us with!
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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sharing memories.....

So that the kids can look back and remember this crazy time in their lives and how much that we loved each and every stage with them~
Also, because we have been sharing memories about the animals and I wanted to include them in on this!
These still shots will some day be all that we have left of the kids as littles.....it doesn't escape me that they will all too soon be adults!

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Organizing my computer: military wife strong

So I have been trying to get more organized.....the house, business, kids schedule, computer files, you know life in general. I guess that you could call it my new years resolution but I like to consider it a new habit not just a resolution!
I try to chip away everyday at a project. This morning, I was doing a bit on the laptop. I came across this picture.
It's of my friend, Kursten, and I during the birth of my 4th kiddo. In true military style, Ben missed this birth.
It never struck me as odd.....just something that I had to do. Baby is due to be born, daddy is in country fighting for our freedom. Check, check, check.
Little did I know when I left Pennsylvania, I would no longer consider this weird. That 2 out of our 4 children would be born without their daddy present......you know the things that you think/dream about as a little girl just fly out the window in this crazy military life.
It makes me emotional though seeing this.....new friends (like literally I met Kursten and BreAnn when I was almost into my 2nd trimester) stepping in to be labor coaches and support our family. Because they became family quickly. We don't have a choice in this lifestyle.
Maybe because I am still reeling from our surprise move and still trying to get settled in our new home, I ruined my mascara and make up this morning while filing away this memory.
So make sure you hug your family today.....blood or sisters-by-choice!
Miss you Kursten!!

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Friday, March 24, 2017

New reading material

I had forgotten about these books since I filled out the forms in September-October time frame!
I am super excited that they got forwarded to the North Carolina address!
Looking for other good reads as well ♡
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Just kitten

 This girl constantly cracks me up! Not only does she start planning her next outfit right after she puts the outfit of the day on, but she also likes to try to match her underwear and socks to her outfit too.
Today took it to a new level as she wore her "just kitten" shirt, tiger pants, and added thus kitty hood off of an old costume. She wore it the entire day at school!
Had to preserve the memory while I can!
This girl not to be outdone, had to have her picture taken and a braid like big sister ♡
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