Friday, September 6, 2013


She was lying in her hospital bed (which was in her bedroom), somewhat unaware of what was actually taking place. She talked about all of the things she was going to do as soon as she "got better".  The chores that needed to be done, the flowers that needed to be planted, the red truck that needed to be repaired. They were going to be taken care of "as soon as she got better".
I don't know how much she realized or how aware she was that cancer had completely taken over her body and that dementia was setting in, but she continued talking about what she was going to accomplish.
Sitting in the floor of her bedroom, a few days before her passing, I noticed a bottle of red nail polish. She never had much money, but she loved to feel pretty & "made-up". I wanted to DO something for her whether she would remember or not. So I unscrewed the top of the nail polish, pulled her boney hand to rest on my knee and started painting. As if it were a wonderful masterpiece, slowly&thoughtfully I would carefully stroke the red polish onto her fingernails. After I finished with both hands, I went over them again with a second coat.

Several days later, we stood beside her as she was being laid to rest. The flowers were beautiful, her hair and make-up made her frail body look so full of life.........but she wasn't.

With her body lowered into the ground, she took two things from me-her red fingernails and a piece of my heart.......

Friday, August 16, 2013

Back In The Groove

August is about preparation. This is the month that we realize how much our children have grown, we stock up on new school supplies (which seem to be getting more and more expensive) and we hit the back-to-school sales. This is when we make sure we have plenty of food in the pantry for all of the lunches that we will soon be preparing.

Bedtimes are reinforced and we squeeze in the last of our vacations. August is when we get ready for the next nine months of activity.

Some of us establish new patterns and routines that will be put into place for the school year.

In our house, I have created a schedule for our entire day, personalized for me and my girls. I introduced them to our new schedule (which will be enforced once we officially start school) at the beginning of summer. I typed them up with fancy font in their favorite colors (I just knew thats all they needed to jump right on board). If my girls cooperate and life goes by smoothly and perfectly, our new schedule will work out great!! HA!

Someone once told me that the best way for a schedule to work is to expect hiccups. In other words, stick to the schedule but accept that LIFE HAPPENS. Some days will be great and everything will go as planned but a lot of days, something is going to come up. A sick child, a whiny and uncooperative child, the SNOOZE button, rainy days which equal lazy days, _____________________days will all put a hiccup in our schedules-but its not the end of the world!! The next day we start over.

I look forward to sharing our new schedule and routine with you in the coming months. The things that work and the things that don't. The things that we need to incorporate and the things that maybe aren't as important as we thought.

What are your patterns or routines that will be starting back up or maybe just beginning in the coming days?

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Friday, March 29, 2013

Friday is GOOD

Today we remember. (Taken from Matthew 27)
We remember…

the betrayal for 30 pieces of silver

the flogging

the crown of thorns

the purple robe

the sign “Hail, King of the Jews!”

the strike on Jesus’ face

the crowd shouting “Crucify Him!”

the long walk to Golgotha carrying the cross

the nails in his hands

the nails in his feet


the words “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

the temple curtain torn in two from top to bottom

the earth trembling

the guards exclaiming “Surely he was the Son of God!”


 Life is in the blood –the precious blood of Jesus. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

Oh, Monday........

There has been SO MUCH going on in our lives that I have failed to keep you up-to-date on all of the happenings and not-happenings 

For this, i am truly sorry

While i plan to let you know what's been going on, it will not be now

Today is Monday, it's gloomy, I have PMS (yep, that's right) & need to laugh or chuckle or smile:

I hope at least one of these made you laugh---it's EXACTLY what I needed today.


Monday, February 25, 2013

Spare the Rod.....Spoil the Child?

Full moon=babies being born, people getting arrested & kids acting crazy.

Particularly mine.

More specifically, my youngest daughter.

It is a full moon, the Snow Moon. Honestly, I don't care what moon it is, I'm just ready for it to be over already.

My mom (God Bless Her) helps me out on Monday and Thursday by taking care of my girls and teaching them Science, among other things.....

Today didn't start off well.
I received a call from my mom late morning, explaining to me that Kylie wouldn't listen, sit still, focus, etc....all she wanted to do was play around and "test" her. I talked to Kylie via telephone (while she tried and tried to plead her case) and by the end of our conversation, her iPad and TV privileges were taken from her. This child is strong-willed and seriously doesn't take "no" for an answer without putting up a fight.

A few hours later i received a text
"....she just got the spanking of her life.  It's been 8 years coming. If she had gotten spankings earlier on, she wouldn't be so hell bent on getting her way all the time. I AM TIRED OF REASONING WITH HER. oh and don't tell me that spanking doesn't work, she's sitting down reading her book just like she is supposed to be doing....."

My mom believes in the whole "spare the rod, spoil the child..." It's not that I don't believe it, I just don't do it. (Don't judge me) I reason with her, I admit it. I like to call it, allowing her to be if you will.  
Maybe I've got it all wrong? Maybe I'm just doing things differently. I don't know the answers to all things parent. Neither do you.

Oh how I sometimes wish that I could dust off my magic wand and change her into a soft spoken, mild-mannered, even-tempered little girl.

But then I wouldn't hear her ├╝ber-dramatic stories. The chaos that she brings with her.
The heart attack that she comes close to giving me daily.

And the

Did you know that according to my 8 year old that getting spanked is equivalent to being treated like a Muslim??

Yep, that's my girl. Not the least bit dramatic.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

FACTual Friday


Today I have come to the realization that I have learned many things this past week.
I will spare you all of the boring details and only highlight the IMPORTANT facts from this past week, k?

Fact #1: I can bake!! This was a very complicated pretty simple dessert and thanks to the Pinterest gods, a recipe with only two ingredients and my daughter, Kylie......we  I created a masterpiece!!!!!!!

  Looks yummy doesn't it?

And according to the taste-testers, they were all in agreement!
Thumbs up!!

Fact#2: My husband clearly needs more shoes!!!!

24 pairs of shoes are NOWHERE near enough.

I'm embarrassed that I've allowed him to go this long skimming through life with his shortage of shoes.

(I may or may not have secretly thrown a couple or more pairs into the big black trash bag)

Fact#3: Deodorant.  OK, I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the box;  HOWEVER I believe that this discovery has the possibility to change lives all across America.

This plastic cover thing, did you know that you don't have to waste half of your morning pulling, yanking, breaking nails and possibly say a few crude remarks about said get this thing off??????? 

Amazing isn't it?? 

All that you have to do.........wait for it.......TWIST the bottom of the deodorant & somehow it just comes off!!!!!


(You have no idea the excitement when I made this discovery) 

Fact#4:  Morocco is a pretty interesting place to learn about.

You didn't see this one coming, did ya?

Today was Missions Day at co-op and I had the privilege to be a good friends sidekick in as much as we could fit into the short 20 minutes we were given for each class  in teaching about Morocco.

I can spell Morocco in sign language.
Wanna' see?  Ahem, never mind.

The main religion in Morocco is Islam;  99% in fact.

We had an actual model make her appearance

OK, she's not an actual model, but aren't her clothes SO fitting (and adorable) for a day like "Missions Day"?

Another fact: My daughter can read!!!!!!!!!!!!  (OK, not really a surprising fact, but I'm a proud mama & when my girl reads really well in front of her peers dressed as cute as she was yesterday I just gotta tell somebody!!!  Isn't she adorbs????

OK, back to reality and the 


FACT#4......or is it #5???  (Heck, I don't know- I've lost count by now).

Friends make Fridays fabulous!!!  Especially when they are as silly as you are!!  

Oh, and Dum-Dums........they are not all created equal.

Cotton Candy flavor is 'da bomb diggity....

So, as for you and your FACTual Friday-what the heck have you learned this week?


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The RHM's of SC

Last night I was able to "step out" with some of my fellow homeschool mamas.

I ALMOST didnt make it because of hubby & his late hours, but thanks to him, he came to my rescue & talked his dad into keeping my girls 


Since hubby made arrangements last minute & I was already late, I threw on whatever I could find, pulled my dirty hair up into a bun & poured sprayed as much Pink Chiffon on as I could.
Kylie tried to have a breakdown & convince me that I where I needed to be was with her, but it didn't work this time........THIS MAMA WAS GOING OUT!!!!!

When I arrived an hour late I was excited to see that 

*A seat was saved for me (at the head of the table nonetheless)*
*There were a couple of ladies that I had never met personally that were able to make it*

Everyone had already eaten but that wasn't going to stop me, Pollo Fundido, please!

As we talked, I found comfort in knowing that these ladies were REAL.

We were silly

The famous GiGi

We celebrated a birthday

Embarrassed a little? hehe
We shared stories: from sad to funny to crazy!
We compared stories of our children: what they do and what they dont do.
Several of us shared our common struggle of wondering whether our children are even learning anything from us and if our children will even know how to read when they graduate?? Then are the ones that seem to have it all together with all of their home schooling endeavors (but of course would deny every bit of it)
As I sat and looked at each of the women sitting around the table last night, I realized that every single one of us has a story.  We all have a past and of course a few skeletons in our closet (that we may or may not have unveiled last night). 
Each of us in a season that may not be like anyone elses season, but because we are "REAL" and because we have Christ, we are deeply connected.  We may or may not have gone through the same thing as our fellow homeschool mom, but we can share, we can love and we can smile.
We can smile because we know that God has placed us in each others lives for a reason & to be honest with you, I am so excited to see what He has in store for us.
.........and I'm still hoping for that Reality TV Show of ours to start:
"The Real Homeschool Mom's of SC"



Friday, February 15, 2013

Fridays and Reality


For most families, Friday is a day that marks the end of the normal work week and brings excitement for the upcoming weekend activities or lack thereof.

For our family, Friday is co-op day!!!!! For those that aren't familiar, this is the day that we meet (along with tons of other families) for a day of socialization learning. 
The moms teach all of the different classes that are offered (most of which we don't teach at home) and our kiddos get to choose from a variety of classes to take.  Classes range from cake decorating to Lego club to worship team to sewing & every Friday ushers in a new-ER excitement than the week before.

I love the classes that I'm able to be part of every week.
When we arrive (which is usually about 5 minutes late, because we are NEVER on time for anything), I immediately put in our lunch order & then rush into the sanctuary for Worship Team. I am blessed to assist in leading this group of teens in singing/playing instruments for God. After practice (& trying to "perfect" it), all of the classes& moms come into the sanctuary for a time of worship (led by the teens in Praise/Worship)&announcements.
After worship is over, I am stoked to be able to lead the Childrens Choir. This is an hour of songs, games, prayer & treats :)
If I'm lucky all of the moms are there, 3rd hour is my "Free" hour. I am able to chat with others that aren't teaching, snack on goodies that volunteer moms bring to share (which, we all know it's never me that volunteers) or do nothing.  Usually I partake in the latter......chilling out with my phone in hand, checking Facebook.
Then, it's the lunch hour rush. Little ones running ALL OVER, moms chasing after them, teens trying to get away from their moms to hang out with their friends and moms trying to get with other moms to have "adult time".  It's absolute chaos, exhausting......AND the part of the day that I look forward to the most!!!!

It's what one of our fellow members named us today....and it's only fitting, "The Real Home School Moms of SC" or " The Real HSM's of SC"
We like to think of ourselves as "not-your-normal" home school moms = cool moms, although I'm sure our children digress. 
We are usually loud, opinionated & giggly......some of our children even critique our laughter.....apparently there is a certain way to sound when you think something is funny (who knew?)
We are like high school girls.....saving seats, talking about the highlights of our week & the things that grate our nerves.

A topic of conversation today was the excitement of the upcoming reality show

Not only is this a new reality show but its also located in Myrtle Beach, SC.....vacation spot of habit for a lot of people. They have their own security, colorful trailers, pink flamingos AND their own hair salon!!!! Did I mention this is all in a trailer park?????????

We are even enthusiastically discussing a road trip to The that we can get our hair done at "Tangled", The Manor's hair salon.  How fun would that be????? How hilarious would that be??????

And MAYBE.....just maybe, TLC would be there, see us in all of our home school glory & there will be a new show................

Are you thinking what I'm thinking????


Tuesday, February 12, 2013


"Fear not, because I am with you...."

We've all heard this verse. Along with, 'Fear is from the devil'.......'Theres nothing to worry about'..........'Worry doesn't add anything good to your life'

Those things are all true-i believe each statement however what happens when fear is out of control? When it is completely taking over with no relief?
When you see it change a person right before your eyes?
When you don't know whose advice to take or which step should be next?

That's exactly where I am right now. (Not with me.....yes, I have my own issues, but that's another post) i am in this place with my youngest daughter, Kylie.

My energetic, talkative, beautiful, dramatic social butterfly.  
Since the day she was born, she has consistently made herself known. She was a natural born leader and her personality has always drawn people to her. She doesn't meet a stranger and has always been little miss independent.  Her personality is BIG & dramatic, which means every emotion is extreme. When she is happy, she is contagiously happy. BIG happy. When she loves, she loves with her entire being. When her feelings are hurt, she can't just brush it off. She hurts deeply. When she plays pretend, her characters have extremely distinct voices and personalities. There is no sitting still for her, she is constantly turning cartwheels, doing handstands/head stands, flips, sitting on my shoulders while she watches T.V., "riding the stairs" in her sleeping bag & loving her dog, Pixie-when no one else pays any attention to her.

.........until January 2nd.

I don't know what triggered the fear, but it has rapidly changed our lives.

She is now terrified to be alone. Alone in her bedroom, alone in the bath, alone anywhere at anytime. She sits, constantly twirling her hair.........thinking.  Not normal, 3rd grader thoughts......these thoughts go deeper.  My 8yr old with a sponge as a brain, that we "oohed and ahed" over because of her amazing ability to remember, I wish she could forget.  
She remembers the dates that she got sick and threw up, which means she now dreads Mothers Day & the entire month of December.  She worries about the next time she may get sick and it has consumed her. She is terrified.......obsessed.
She not only remembers the dates but she remembers exactly what she wore-which means those clothes will not be worn again.....she won't even touch them.
She remembers exactly what she did on those days that she got sick, which means there are Barbies and Polly Pockets that are sitting in the playroom, with no little girl to greet them as she did.

I am her new best friend.
Me and my mom (her Grandmommy).
She clings to us & won't let us out of her sight. 
As you can imagine, life is different now. 
No time alone, no private phone conversations, bedtime is based on when she's tired and ready for bed......and as you guessed it.....we go to bed together. Sometimes it's her bed and sometimes it's mine.  Constant questions...." I ok?"....."do you think I'm going to be ok?"......."I'm scared."

It's hard not to get frustrated, especially when I know EXACTLY what she feels. But, sometimes I have "bad mom" moments & I lock myself in my room and pull my hair out of my head try to do some square breathing before I lose my mind.

Right now we are going through this together, taking "baby steps". I've been told that she will possibly outgrow this.  I've been told to get her put on meds. I've been told to get her involved with a therapist & maybe she can talk through this and get over this.

And honestly I don't know what to do. I'm afraid of doing this on my own and I'm afraid of taking her to a therapist.

I'm completely undecided and completely stressed out.
I'm ready to have my daughter back

And right now, that's the only thing I'm sure of


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Milestones and Miracles

7 years ago today I was uncertain of my future with my husband -uncertain if there would even be a future with him......

This was the day that we had been waiting on all week, Surgery Day.  He was diagnosed at the beginning of the week with a Meningioma Brain Tumor & spent the entire week in the Neuro-ICU.

My parents, along with Stephens parents and some grandparents, formed a circle around his bed at 6:00am, joined hands and began praying over him. You know a lot of times we make the mistake of thinking of God as a genie in a bottle and take advantage of Who and what He is capable of. Not this time. Not for me. In this moment, God was not my genie......He was my answer. Nothing or no one else.  As they wheeled him out of his room at 7:15 am, we were granted permission to place a prayer cloth on his turning back now.....

Down to the 2nd floor waiting room we went, where more of our friends and family were waiting. We were told that because of the type of tumor this was and because of the location (it was pressing against his main artery) that surgery would more than likely last a very long time (there were extra surgeons prepared to step in to give Stephens surgeon a break). He would loose a lot of blood and have to have blood transfusions (this type of tumor is known for its extreme bleeding) & after surgery he would undergo radiation treatments because there was no way that the entire tumor would be able to be removed. Needless to say, I was prepared for a long worrisome day.

The OR called the waiting room to let me know that they started surgery at 8:20 am.......

I had my support system, I had food (lots and lots of food) and all of the latest gossip magazines.....but I couldn't focus or sit still.......I watched the clock and time just crept by.....  

The OR called again at 10:00am & 11:45am to let me know that everything was going smoothly.

At 12:25pm, we were surprised to see Dr. K come into the waiting room. I had NO idea what I was about to hear.....and then the most shocking words were spoken.....

Surgery was over! As he started cutting, the ENTIRE tumor fell into his hands!! No blood transfusions and no radiation would be needed!! He was awake and moving his hand on command, which meant NO paralysis!!!

Wow!!!!! The unexpected happened. A modern day miracle was performed. MY hubby was a miracle!!!!!

You could hear the cheers all over the waiting room........probably down the hallway see, when our family and friends are together-it's not quiet. EVER. When we pray and are begging for Gods favor, it's not quiet........and just as Stephens grandfather (may he continually rest in peace) reminded us that so many times we beg for God to answer our prayers, and when He does, we so often forget to thank Him & Praise Him for what He has done.

So, right there in the waiting room all of us once again joined hands, formed a circle and thanked God for doing a miracle in Stephens life. We cried tears of joy, tears of relief, we smiled because we couldn't contain our happiness, we praised God for what He had just done......

And I guarantee you we were loud..........

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Face It


We all live it.

Some seemingly soar through,with the stars aligned perfectly, giving us the impression that everything is is shirt no shoes no problems

Others crawl walk through the time that we have been given to roam this Earth.  
Sometimes you can actually see their journey by just looking at them......


Although we are told "never judge a book by its cover", being the observer that I am, I believe that you can tell a lot about someone just by looking at them. More specifically, their face.

However, there are some really good actors, walking around with their plastic faces, playing "pretend" in a world that begs for you to be "real", be "raw", BE YOURSELF.....until......the world that seemingly shuns you for being fake, curses you when you reveal yourself-your TRUE self to them.

You aren't what they were expecting.

They have too much to worry with already, they can't talk about your problems too.  They have an image to uphold, what if someone thinks they are like you? The REAL you.  Or.....what if you find out who they really are?  Their mask comes off unexpectedly around drops to the floor, leaving them unsure and nervous about their next step.

Being a pastor's daughter believe nothing that you hear of us  it is sometimes difficult to be myself. What will the religious people think of me? How will it affect my father? When you are directly involved in a pastor's family, you are in a glass house-like it or not.  I don't understand it, but people think that we have superhuman powers to be flawless, carry BIG Bibles, and to wear a smile on our face.  ALWAYS.

I am about to reveal a TOP SECRET...........


I'm not perfect.

i know, i know-it's a lot to take in.  I am married, have two beautiful daughters, a lot of good things and people in my life AND I'm a pastor's daughter Christian. Problems? Me? Issues? Moi??


And, let me let me just step out on a limb here, but I'm guessing that you aren't perfect either.  Actually, I know you aren't. You have good days and bad days.  You mess up--sometimes more than once.  You get your feelings hurt.  Some things make you happy. Some things just down right piss you off.

The good news is that you aren't alone.  You don't have to pretend with me. (In fact, I would rather you not) I like to think of myself as a real person.  A girl that calls it like I see it. A girl that will be there for you with open arms when you've lost someone special or have just been let down.  I'm the chick that will laugh until I pee my pants with you (especially if someone falls) and I'm also the girl that will say & feel things that I shouldn't.

Am i bragging? of course not.....My goal is to live my life as close to the life of the Proverbs 31 woman.  That is a daily battle.  I'm trying.

But my oh my.......the stories.....

You just wait...........