The Gift of 10 Years

I was recently reading a book that said if you think your life is going no where, stagnant, to look back on the past 10 years and see how much has changed.

This time 10 years ago I found out I was pregnant. What an a amazing blessing but it was very hard for me to believe because we had tried for a year with no success. I know a year seems like nothing to those who have battled infertility for years but hey, that should make any one who knows the pain all the more compassionate for even those that’s battled it for only days. It was the saddest year of my life. BUT (doesn’t God always provide a but) we finally succeeded! And even though that last 10 years has had its lows, like losing several uncles and aunts, my granny Kat, family and friends fueds… It’s also been filled with so many blessings and this year we’re gonna celebrate Lydia’s 10th birthday and her brothers 8th! And celebrating five years in our new house. Celebrating long awaited weight loss! Celebrating big changes in our jobs (I’m claiming good things)! Celebrating Lydia’s trip to Jamestown and her final year at Spiller! Celebrating no more car seats… Lots of hiking trips… Family and so much more! God is good, folks… And I’m thankful for the gift of the past 10 years.

Where were you 10 years ago?



To end our vacation a few weeks ago, Lydia and I decided to hike to the Cascade Falls in Giles County. I had always wanted to go but the opportunity just never arose to go with anyone so we decided to do it alone.


It’s a beautiful two mile hike up to the falls. Lots of places to stop and catch your breath (which this old lady needed).



And when we finally arrived to the falls, Lydia wad so excited. All that waking paid off!  This is Lydia at her first sight of the falls.


I think it was time well spent with my little lady. Great memories!



Ham hocks

It’s very entertaining to hear your 7 & 8 year old have an entire conversation replacing every noun with “ham hocks”.

You should try it. …

Swim Team

Jesse & Lydia joined the swim team this year and are doing great for their first year. There’s a big learning curve to the meets. ..I had no idea what all a meet involves till now. Here’s some pics of the little water bugs.





Jesse’s best event is the freestyle and Lydia does great in the breast and back stroke. Proud of my babes!

This happened Friday so I’m a bit late in posting. We were actually running on time for once. While getting in the car to leave, Jesse knocked Lydia’s cereal out of her hands (yes, my kids eat breakfast on the way to school, another way for us to combat lateness which obviously doesn’t help) and it went all over the side of the seat and the door jam. So momma threw a tantrum and hurled all cereal out in the yard, spitting & fussing the whole time. And while I’d like to blame the kids, I can’t. It’s totally my fault for not being able to manage our morning time better.

And the lesson to learn is…. don’t cry over spilled milk.

I can’t remember the last time it’s been cut but it’s been a while. He said he wanted to grow it long enough to flip it up by quickly shaking his head… you know, the trend. Well, he was looking more like a sasquatch. What a handsome little guy I had hidden under there.


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