Tuesday, December 31, 2013

New Year's Resolution?

My One Word for 2013 was ACCOUNTIBILITY.

My one word for 2014....I've already thought about it.

More about this topic later.
Have a Happy and Safe New Year!

The LOVE of my life.

These are photos from the last seven years. I will have to catch up and post the other twelve at a later time. It's seems like yesterday was 1995.

Christmas 2007

Walk to Defeat ALS 2008


June 2009

Relay 2010


November 2012

New Year's Eve 2013


Friday, December 27, 2013

The Little Things

Checking out the gift in the bag.

Posing with a fancy bow.

Who are the sock's for?

Snuggle time.

Christmas Night - 9 pm.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Christmas 2013

Christmas Eve at Mom's House

This is the SIXTEENTH YEAR of Christmas pictures.

Jeannette, Michael and me.

Matching Jammies.

Daniel with his new Polar Express Train Set from Mom Mom.

Newest Christmas Tradition!

Santa on the fire truck just ZOOMED by.

It doesn't look like much does it? (See the cat).


Daniel playing on his new XBOX 360.

The Christmas Cat.

My children

Would it kill the boy to smile?

Amanda's big gift, a Celtic cross.

My heart and my soul!

Daniel had NO IDEA that he was getting an XBOX.


Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Eye and Skin Issues

Yes, my face is red and my eyes are small. I cannot wear make-up and I have just come to a place where vanity cannot be a part of my life.

Friday I had an eye lash removed that was scratching my cornea. I used an antibiotic drop as well as lubricating drops for four days. Yesterday, I returned to the office because I was feeling no relief. I was told that the cornea looked good (which is awesome!) but I was diagnosed with Blepharitis.

Many years ago, I was diagnosed with Rosacea and Seborrheic Dermatitis. I tried something called Metro Gel and was allergic to it. I just learned to live with the dry, itchy, redness. I would use lots of moisturizer and foundation. I would take a Benadryl and go to bed early. I just coped. Vanity...well that's for young people. I was OK with who I was. And I have a husband that is in love with me. So who cares if I look like I am sunburned all year round?

Yesterday, I was told that due to my skin conditions, I am having complications which are causing all of these eye issues.

Great. No one ever mentioned that in all of the years I have been to dermatologists. Also, I was told never to use anything with "exfoliating" in the cleanser.

Again, GREAT. That's what I have been using for THIRTEEN years!

So I am now wondering if I will ever be able to wear mascara again. I really need to wear mascara because my eyes look so tiny and lost with my invisible blonde lashes. (Or at least I think so). It would be nice to wear foundation again also.

But for the time being, I am washing my eye lashes, using eye drops and looking like I could use a make-over. If you feel inclined to pray for my issues (which are not life-threating, just bothersome), I would really appreciate it.

But I know His grace is sufficient!

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Remembering Dad

Yesterday was the third anniversary of my Dad's death. It was a hard morning but the rest of the day was filled with smiles and laughter. The baby and I went to visit Mom. Unfortunately, JeannieHopes was sick.

Churning butter.

Robert called the doll house a castle when he saw it.

Playing Little People

This was my Dad's chair when he was this age.


Playing with the farm.

Oh look what I found, an empty cabinet.


Isn't he adorable!?

Watching the little things dance in the sunlight.

Missing my Dad. Always in my heart.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Snow Day


Cookie Baking and Gingerbread Houses.

Curtis built it and I decorated it. FUN.