Friday, January 12, 2018


Hope doesn't take the pain away. 

Hope can't control the grief. 

But hope tells me that my brother will pick up the broken pieces and put them back together for their children. 

Hope tells me that Jimmy will honor Tesha in all he does. 

Hope tells me that we will all see her again. 

Please pray for my brother and their six children. 

I wish I could take their pain away and the fact that I can't is gut wrenching to me. Paralyzing at times. 

But I know that Jesus will carry them. Jesus will comfort them. And we have Tesha to thank for that. 

Because of her, my brother, her children, me and my children have Jesus. She was the one who took him to church and they later took me to church! 

To know Tesha was to know the most caring person in the whole world. She loved people and people loved her. She had the heart of Jesus. 

My heart is broken and will never be the same. 

But I'm blessed to know the sweetest most caring person I've ever met and to call her my best friend and my sister. 

Sunday, October 15, 2017

sunday's children.

Still working on getting Jace to smile for pictures.

Saturday, October 14, 2017


My heart explodes every night my boys come bursting through the door and come looking for me to tell me all about how their football practice was.

As sure as the sun sets, there isn't a day that goes by that this doesn’t happen.

I cherish these times and I cherish every second I get to call these kids mine.

Friday, October 13, 2017

tea time.

There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned tradition— and my group loves traditions. 

Things they can count on and enjoy. 

Having tea time is one of them. 

At first it was something I did for them so we could sit down and be a family and if everything went well, I’d read them a story or poem. Sometimes it was a chore just to get it all ready and have them sit for a few moments. 

But then it began to happen… I would be out running an errand or some other thing and I would call the house to check in with everyone only to learn that it was “tea time”. 

I was shocked and greatly pleased that it mattered so much to the kids that they still made it happen. 

A few of the kids have even stepped up, taking on different roles. Sophia has become the tea time treat maker and surprisingly, Lincoln loves making the tea. He claims he makes it the best. 

And Jasper and Ruby actually love setting the table and making it nice. 

Mission accomplished!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

candle making.

I’ve been totally scared into not using scented candles anymore. 

Total bummer. 

If it’s true how bad they are, I want to stay away from them even if they are one of my favorite things. Mostly since Parker and Sophia have allergies. Not fun for them.

I decided to go with pure organic beeswax because of all the benefits for my pack. And why not take it one step further and make our own candles? 

I think I enjoyed the activity even more than the kids.

And after researching organic beeswax, I tried to convince Parker to make that his major when he goes off to college. Organic Beekeeper. 

However, he wasn’t quite so interested as I was. 

I’ll keep working on him.

Friday, April 28, 2017


My boy is 17 years old today.  
The trailblazer, the oldest of 11. 
Parker is one who is always willing to lend a helping hand.  
Shows kindness to those who others ignore or don't see. 
His heart is compassionate and genuine. 
He never runs form hard work and know when to dig down deep. 
A lover of outdoors, animals, football, family and Jesus. 
He is someone who really cares about others. 
Isn't afraid to share the gospel. A leader. Loyal. Sincere. 
And has a lot of good old fashion values and beliefs. 
Happy Birthday Parker!
 I'm blessed to be your Mom!

Monday, April 17, 2017


My Lincoln James.
Today he's 9 years old.
Happy Birthday to the boy with a big heart and a big smile.
I remember the day you were born as if it just happened.
Absolutely one of the most perfect births I could ever have.
You were so darn adorable. And you still are!
Loyal, kind and true.
To know you is to know a real friend.
Pearl's Irish twin (both 9 years old for the next two weeks).
Happy Birthday Lincoln!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


My wookie, fuzzy, wuzzy, hobbit River turned 5 last Friday.
I love this little cutie!
Sweetest heart.
Kind all the way through. 
I'm blessed to be his Mama.
I love you to heaven and back.
He wanted to go to Panda with Chris and me for his "birthday lunch'.
Next: birthday shopping.

Sunday, February 26, 2017


Happy 2nd birthday Jace.
I couldn't imagine life without Jace.
I love him for the way he has to snuggle super close against me to sleep.
I love how he hugs his siblings when they wake up.
I love how he runs to get his shoes when someone is leaving the house.
I love how he wakes up super early when he hears Chris to spend extra time with Daddy.
I love how he always perches himself on the kitchen counter to watch whoever is cooking.
I love his special affection for Charlie who's his partner.
I love that he needs his Mama always.
I love when he signs (ASL) and wants me to test what he knows.
I love how he always wants me to read his two favorite books.
I love his sweetness and contagious love.
God knew I needed Jace after a miscarriage and before the loss of my little Sunday.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Merry Christmas.

As Parker's Coach likes to say: 
"All things considered,
I'll take these guys eight days a week and twice on Sunday."