Friday, July 21, 2017

Noah-isms In The Summer.

One thing I'll never regret is having Noah as my last kid. Having three older sisters has definitely given him a soft side, and a huge heart! He is as sweet, and feminine as they come. His favorite words lately has been "beautiful" and "love." He has been describing everything as beautiful. Such as these flowers in the background, and the tree that was planted at his school recently. He called it, "a beautiful garden tree." He says all his sisters are beautiful, and that I'm beautiful too! What a sweet boy he is! 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Water Fight With Tupperware Bowls & Nerf Guns!

Temperatures so far this week have been at a high of almost 90 degrees so on the days when we don't go to the beach we go outside to play, and get wet! So when noon time came the kids grabbed their water guns, went outside and began shooting each other. They've had these water guns for almost three years now, and for the past two summers have been put to great use. I was reminded of the very first time we moved to Jersey, and how little these two were when they always played in their little blue pool, and how much fun we had as a family when our awesome ex-neighbors would let us use their pool! No matter what these kids make the best of their summer days when it comes to the outdoors, and today they were like, "who needs a pool?" They always make their own fun, and as usual I stood behind the lens of my smartphone to capture some pretty fun moments!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Favorite New York Moments.

The urge for walking the streets of New York comes quite frequently. This city has views that get me every time. The sunsets in our neck of the woods isn't like a sunset anywhere else (that's only if you're paying close attention to it!) The New York city traffic, the sirens, never ending horn honking brings out the energy in me. I may not live here, but if I did it wouldn't be hard to get used to. Living near a highway has helped me adjust to traffic, and honking cars including construction noises in the middle of the night so yeah...if I ever lived in New York life wouldn't be too bad. Especially with all that this magical, dirty, but beautiful city has to offer! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Seated Ballerina At Rockefeller Center.

When I heard about Jeff Koons 45 ft.public art display at the Rockefeller Center I knew I had to go and check it out before they took her down. I first heard about the artist Jeff Koons on one of my favorite series of all time Felicty. There was an espisode that guest starred Tyra Banks, and she played this huge art freak, and when she mentioned Jeff Koons I had to look him up to make sure he was a real artist, and not just a name they made up for the show.

Monday, July 17, 2017

A Pioneer Trek Without The Trek.

Some people say that reenacting a pioneer trek is something that you do once in a lifetime, but if there is an opportunity where you can do it more than once on your own motive God bless you! When we moved to the Princeton area and found out that the church here reenacts a trek we were pretty excited, because I know how much it will totally strengthen the youth!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Hydrangeas, More Ice Cream & A Carousel Ride!

Words cannot express how grateful I am for neighborly friends. Especially when one lives in farm central near the highway with friends that live pretty far. Having Cristy as our closest neighbor has been a blessing to both Noah and Chelsea. Chelsea would love to have a little sister, and Noah wants to go to the playground with someone close to his age. Cristy has been a blessing to our kids summer, and it's so nice to be able to take her out on some of our adventures with us. After all, summer to us means spending it entirely outdoors! 

Monday, July 10, 2017

A Gymnastics Birthday Party At The Schafer Sports Center!

I love my husband for many reasons. One-since he has every weekend off he always wants to plan something fun for the kids even if it's just to go for a simple drive along the Delaware River, go to the playground or play a game of tennis. Two-he loves to rotate with each of our children to take them out on little one on one dates even if it's just to get ice cream, pizza, take them to the playground again, or...go with him to birthday party.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Blueberry Picking We Go!

Mother nature definitely know what she was doing after it rained yesterday. The bright sun that came out from behind the clouds with the bluest sky made up for the rain she brought all morning long. I thought our plans for blueberry picking was shot, but when we saw the sun shining after we had lunch we were like, let's go! This is one of the most exciting things of summer for the kids to do, and I am counting my blessings for this day because boy oh boy did we have fun at the blueberry patch. There is more on my Insta stories on  my instagram if you'd like to see! 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Making T-I-M-E For Our Children.


There have been many times when I have written in past blog posts how its nice to give "quality time" to each of my children, but as I look back on how that sounds I am not too thrilled about that saying. There are also times when I have mentioned giving equal time to each of my kids, and I like the sound of that a lot better. I don't always want to spend more time with the other, but there are times when I have. When Lexie was away in Utah recently I had so much time being with Noah and Chelsea! They truly make my life worth living, and there was never a dull moment when their sister was gone! Time was never ending with these two!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Few Photos From The SOAR Program at BYU!

Seeing these pictures brings back so many memories of Sierra when she went to SOAR five years ago. (For those of you who are unfamiliar with this program you can read this detailed article about it here.) The new friends, the temple, the smiles, and the captions that are written underneath these pictures that I stole from Lexie and her friends Instagram is very nostalgic. I love how this program inspires, and teaches our cultured children to prosper, and grow spiritually as well as preparing them with success in their academics once they are in college. 

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Our Fourth of July Celebration!

It had been years since we bought fireworks so this year we decided to go for a drive to Pennsylvania to the TNT store to buy fireworks, and as usual stopped by our friend Jenny's house across the Delaware river to take a picture in front of her flag that her hubby hung up after 9/11. This is a special spot for us, and we are just so grateful to have grown to known someone who has so much patriotic appreciation for God's country.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Because Of The Temple....


No matter who we are everyone in this world goes through some type of struggle in life. I know I have. I'm 45 and I've had many struggles in all kinds of shapes, and forms. From physical, emotional, spiritual, and even temporal. Everyone's level of struggle is different, and some of us handle it in various ways. So what do I do when I come upon an issue that needs resolve, or a struggle that needs to end, I turn my heart to Heavenly Father's house. I also seek out those who are in need of service so that my mind can be taken off my own issues.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Wake Up. Explore. Repeat.

The weather has been absolutely agreeing with summer this whole week, and have been keeping our days low key lately. The past two days has consisted of somewhat doing the same routine which in all honesty is okay! Sure it's nice to be able to get away and venture to unknown territory, but sometimes cruising along highway130, and finding various parks you can venture out to can be quite the adventure. Which is why I am happy to have found Noah a t-shirt that reads "wake up. explore. repeat." Every time he wears it I am reminded that it's okay for us to repeat the same things especially during the summertime. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Days With Sunsets & Ice Cream.

So far this week our days have consisted of going to the park, watching the sun set, eating hot dogs, and eating lots of ice cream. Life with these two is pretty simple, and with Lexie being gone, and Jon working all week it's been, well...different. As much as I love being with these two all day there are times when I miss having an extra person with me so that we can somewhat be equal in numbers when in comes to certain things like playing tennis. I'm sure I sound like a broken record when I say this, but time is certainly fleeting, and in one year these two are going to be the only ones left in the house to be with. So in a sense I am getting used to it, and I hate that! 

Monday, June 26, 2017

The Thomas Edison Museum!

Touring the Thomas Edison museum at Menlo Park this past Saturday was the most educational learning experience I've ever heard, and seen! I was in awe with all the inventions he made, and listening to how Thomas Edison came about creating his inventions by the tour guide was amazing! The fact that Thomas Edison dropped out of school when he was 10 because he didn't feel challenged enough, and basically was always getting distracted because he had all these ideas floating around in his idea made his teacher not want to teach him anymore. I know, crazy huh?

Friday, June 23, 2017

Lexie's Love & Belief For Music.


Since Lexie is in Utah for two weeks  I decided to write a little post about her when it comes to her love for music. By the way she has created her own YouTube channel by accident. Meaning that by taking a multi media digital class as an elective in school this past year has helped her create, and edit videos to the point where they are meaningful and really, really good!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

On The Second Day of Summer...

We decided to drive to the town of Cranbury where the kids had a gift card to redeem at Gil and Berts Ice cream shop (thank you Michelle!). The weather was just too gorgeous to stay indoors to do a Harry Potter marathon. We'll save that for a rainy day which I'm sure will come again! I shared snippets of videos on my Instagram so if you follow me you can check them out before they disappear. This day was at its best with blue skies, and bright sun shining all around! 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Happy Summer!

Today is the last day of school for all the kids, and the first day of summer!! I can't believe how fast this year went by. I look back, and think to myself-how in the world is this school year done! I mean, we only moved here last summer, and feel as if the kids just started school! It's crazy, and amazing at the same time! I also think of how slow the winter months kind of were this year, but in reality they did quickly pass us by. I merely reflect on focusing on the summer months when the weather gets cold, wet, and soggy. I know they won't last, and just like that they didn't. Summer is going to be the same way. No matter how much I'd like summer to last it won't. And that's okay, because my next favorite season comes right after. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Father's Day Brunch At Bubby's!

Out of all the weekends we wanted to go to New York it had to rain. It just had to rain, but we didn't let that stop us from having a good time to take Jon out for a Father's Day brunch in the city. We were lucky enough to have arrived at Bubby's before it began to pour, and were hoping that the rain would subside so we could galavant on foot all over the city, but to no avail. It was a probably a good thing that the rain came, and that we didn't spend the entire day in New York because later on that evening the kids had a talent show to attend to at our church.  Luckily we found free parking less than a block away where we could run, and jump in the car right quick. Nonetheless we enjoyed the day eating good food, laughing, and talking about how dad used to do this, and that, and all the "remember when" stories about Jon. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Noah's Summer List.

Noah came home yesterday with a book he made at school with all the things he'd like to do over the summer, and these are a few things he wrote down. I was pretty impressed since most of them dealt with reading, and outdoor recreation. Not sure if we'll be able to accomplish everything on his summer list, but we'll certainly try. Luckily he's easy going, and that he always finds fun, and joy in all that he does. 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Batter Batter Swing!

While Jon was grilling the other day I looked out my window and saw Noah and Chelsea playing baseball with a wooden stick. It made me happy to see that even though they didn't have an actual bat to hit with that they used their creativity, and didn't mind using a piece of wood. I went outside, and Jon said that these kids would love to play baseball for fun, and that we should get them a bat. The next day I went to the dollar store, and picked up a simple, plain, plastic bat that came with a plastic ball, and the kids didn't mind. They are not picky, and certainly didn't expect me to buy a top of the line baseball bat like the ones professionals play with. They were grateful for what I bought and happy the whole time they were playing which made my heart content. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Cherry Picking In Our Own Front Yard!

When the previous owner of the our "new" house told us last summer when we moved in that we have a cherry tree that blooms in between spring and summer  I didn't believe him. I'm no tree aficionado, and can't tell which tree grows what, but being that it was the middle of July all I saw were bare trees with green leaves. I didn't think about it, and then when spring came the tree began to bloom into a blossom tree. Now that summer is here, this tree is full of cherries! I couldn't believe it when they first started to bud, and now this tree is covered with cherries!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Chelsea & Noah's Piano Recital '17

This past Sunday Noah and Chelsea had their spring piano recital, and they both gave outstanding performances. I'm so glad that we continued to stay with Ms. Nora because she truly is an amazing piano teacher. We were really impressed with her teaching methods, and after last year's performance we just knew that the 40 minute drive to south jersey will be worth it! The kids love her, and if the drive doesn't wear me out we plan on having her teach them again next school year. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Coming Home.

Even though Sarah published this post on her blog three ago years I felt compelled to republish it on my blog in hopes that those who missed it will read it! Even though all my kids are older now, and in school full time I feel that it's still important to be at home when they come home. My full time job continues to be a "work from home" mom, and I continue to love it! 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Field Day & Go Fish!

Life lately with this kid has been bittersweet especially when it comes to the end of the school year. Field days are a sure sign that first grade for him is almost over. I don't remember having "field" days or school plays as a little kid, but what I do remember are the moments that made me happy, and that was recess, and trips to the zoo! Having recess three times a day, and that one field trip to the Brownsville zoo in Texas will be etched in my mind forever! There are so many end of year activities coming up before school ends, and for the past week school has brought a ton of smiles to this boys face. From playing tug of war, and baseball at school, to singing, and dancing in playing a little role in the mini production of "Go Fish." Such a unique, simple, and sweet little musical that was created by his music teacher Ms. Appleby. 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rainy Days Are For Crafts.

With summer approaching I have been finding meaningful ways to have my kids entertain themselves, and educate their minds with their hands. So many kids today are constantly seem to be on their phones playing video games, and what not. I am grateful to have my tube tv from 1998 still in good working condition where the only shows I get are ion television, and pbs. We don't own a Wiii, or xbox, or whatever the current game station is out there. I'm especially grateful to have a husband who is artistic, and crafty and loves to build things.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Noah-isms in June.

Noah has been on a kick lately with singing "love" song's from diffente genres. Recently he has become obsessed with 80's music, and I blame that on me! He compiled his own combination of love songs the other day with these three songs. Just try to picture him singing them in your head! "Take the L out of lover, and it's over (by The Motels), "don't you want me baby, don't you want me oh, oh, oh"(by Human League) and he added a current song of today too, "if you love me let me go!" Next time I'll try to get a recording so y'all can watch him. It was cute and hilarious! 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Photos From Last Weekend At The Hartford Temple.

Last weekend when we attended Karlee's homecoming in Connecticut a sweet sister whom I hadn't seen in over a year said to me, "you guys really enjoy going to the temple a lot huh?" My first reaction in my mind was "umm, duh, of course we love the temple" but I didn't really say that! And with a huge smile I responded, "Yes!!!! We love the temple!" It was nice knowing that someone noticed how much we love the temple, and how much I love sharing those days of going to the temple on social media. The temple means sooooooo much to me, and I love writing about it because it holds a significant role in my life. Whether I go alone, with Jon, or the kids. I am never alone, or lost without having that precious building in my heart, and in my sight.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hello June!

Oscar Wilde said, "The best way to make children good, is to make them happy." I whole heartedly agree! The past couple of months have been devoid of major outdoor playing due to April being rainy, and soggy, and even though May had a few warm days that felt like summer they didn't last very long, but June came, she is here, and I'm even happier because that means that summer is right around the corner! There are only 15 days left of school, and I'm already planning on having a lot of outdoor playing with the kiddos. Especially with this kid.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Karlee's Return From New Caledonia.

Attending missionary farewells, and homecomings have become an important part of my life. It seems the older my children, and I get the more I want to be strengthened by the light the youth have. I love hearing about the young men, and women who have been called to serve a church mission. I notice the excitement on their face as they mention putting their papers in, and the light of love in their countenance as they get their mission call, It's a mixture of joy, and nervousness, but the end result of sacrificing those 18 months to two years of their life to serve the Lord is worth all the blessings that they will receive once they return home, and for the rest of their life.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Montauk Lighthouse & East Hampton Beach.



So much happiness happened over the weekend. I think we all literally got but four hours of sleep throughout the entire weekend, but our trip to Montauk and Connecticut was so worth all the driving we did. I feel so blessed to be in an area where there are known, unhidden gems that we have never been to, and when I heard how beautiful Montauk, and the Hamptons are (thanks to my favorite movie Something's Gotta Give) I figured why not go check it out, and have some fun on the beach!   

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Currently: Montauk, New York

Due to some major technical errors on our vintage iMac I wasn't able to blog for a whole week which gave me some time to be old school, unwind, and cleanse my mind of being on the internet too much. Hopefully my time away from blogging gave some of my new readers extra time to catch up on reading some of my archives! Nonetheless our iMac is back to normal, the problem is fixed, and I'm back to blogging! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lexie & Zach-Senior Prom.

This post is mainly going to consist of photos because everyone looked so beautiful. Lexie getting asked to prom got her pretty giddy mainly because she loves the group of friends she went with, and the young man she escorted was a gentleman. So instead of writing my heart out as to how the day went in regards to her getting ready, and all the fun that happened before I am going to quote Lexie as to what she wrote on her instagram she shared with her friends about attending her first prom in her junior year, "Hey, so um...never had a conversation before but...prom?? Tubular-est night ever!" And the comments to that, "no comment." Seriously though, everyone said she looked beautiful! And we all agreed! 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Our Sweet Sierra Is 22.

Today my oldest daughter turns 22. It's super surreal knowing I have a 22 year old. Maybe it's because I have a young heart, and my brain tells me that I'm not that old. I think of her all the time, and pray many blessings upon her this year with all that is happening in her life! I want her to know how much she is loved in our home. How much her siblings think of her. How much we wish she was closer. We've gotten quite used to her being gone, and I hate that, but she is an adult now, and has her own choices to make. I pray they are always the right ones that are led by God, and that she will always carry that foundation with her wherever she goes. 

Happy Birthday my sweet Sierra! Celebrate 22 with fun and laughter, and hope your year is fabulous! 


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

A Pre-Prom Gathering.

Last Saturday Lexie attended her Mormon prom, (for those of you who are not familiar with Mormon prom you can read this article), and the way she dressed for the occasion seemed as if she walked onto the set of Downton Abbey. She's a fan of the show as well as a major anglophile, and when I told her she resembled Lady Sybil she crossed her hands, and did peace signs, and had a huge smile on her face. Even though her character died early on in the show Lady Sybil was the most caring, and compassionate sister, and Lexie certainly has that attribute. I think I'd rather have her look like Lady Sybil than her snarky sister Lady Mary (although I do love that one too!) 

Monday, May 15, 2017

My Favorite Moments From Mother's Day.

Waking up on Mother's day felt like any other day for me until Noah walked into my room with a paper in his hand. He was the first one to wake up. He was holding a note with a sweet letter he wrote all by himself. His words were so sweet, and it was lovely! He wrote how "he loves to see my face everyday after school when I pick him up." But my favorite moment from Mother's day of Noah was when he was singing to me at church. You can watch a little snippet of that here, and even though he didn't know the words-I know that he loves me. I mean...just look at his reaction when he looks at me saying, "mother i love you!" 

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!

As I was walking around the streets of Philadelphia the other day I noticed a bunch of blossoms on the ground. It warmed my heart to see that someone really took the time to spell out three wonderful words with blossom petals-"Happy Mother's Day." Being that it was a perfect day in the city with the sun shining seeing this on the ground for everyone to see brought nothing but joy to my face. I saw mommas with their kids walking past it, and some of them paused to take a moment to take a picture.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

A Spontaneous Drive to Delaware Canal State Park.

There are many times when we do dates as a family, couple, and individual dates whether it's one on one with the girls, and Noah, and but this time with it being a Saturday Jon and I decided to go for a drive to Delaware Canal State Park to have some two on one time with Noah. With the girls having a church activity until late afternoon we figured this was a perfect time where we can give all of our attention to our sweet boy. As you know boys love the outdoors, and we live in the perfect spot to be able to drive to places where we can hike, and explore nature. 

Monday, May 8, 2017

A Reminder On Keeping The Faith.

One thing I love about the LDS church in the spring is when they have BYU women's conference. I have yet to attend one in person, but oh how edifying they are. Had I known about them while I lived in Utah in my 20's, or had I been invited to go with someone I would have totally taken advantage of attending. Now that I'm in my 40's I am more involved in reading all about the presenters that were featured to speak. Very inspirational. If I lived even two hours away from Provo I would totally attend one. So for any of you who live anywhere in the Salt Lake Valley, please go! 

Friday, May 5, 2017

On Mothering More Than One Child.

I often wonder how it would be if I only had one daughter, let alone one child, but then I look my girls, and my son, and think to myself...no way. Having three daughters has been a blessing, and it has really helped me distinguish certain things in my life. I love how I look at other moms with one child, and their life seems so easy, and great. But then I look at my life and even though it's not perfect I feel as if i hit the jackpot with these kids. Especially Noah. He is my dreamboat. My miracle baby. My solace. Having him at a later age in life changed my perspective in how i see things. Especially since he was born in South Jersey. 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

25 Years A Latter-Day Saint.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of being a mormon! I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 25 years ago, and it was the greatest thing I ever did. And although I felt that my life was going to be perfect after being baptized I was not at all disappointed when I saw on the second day after my conversion that it wasn't. I have learned throughout my years of being a member of this church, that the way to live a good christian life is by keeping those simple commandments-such as loving one another, treating others with kindness, honoring your parents, and being honest in all that I do. Life is a lot easier when I learned that it's the simplest, most basic things that The Lord has taught us how to be. I will always remember the day my life changed, and you can read my entire conversion story here. 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Blossoms Before Church!

Since church for us doesn't begin until 1:45 I decided to snap a few shots of more blossoms before they start peaking, and falling onto the ground. I have become obsessed with spring, and all the beauty that comes with it! Blossoms, and cherry trees, tulips, and wildflowers. Blame it on moving further north, but the blossoms on this part of the county are absolutely unbelievable in color! I'm very fortunate to not get major allergies this time of year like Jon (sorry babe!), but he's such a good sport and comes outside with us anyways.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Noah-isms.

(Sighing) Why does my little boy have to grow up so fast! As much as I try to keep up, and remember the things he says that make us laugh I can't help but to just lock those moments in my brain rather than kill my brain to remember them so I can write them down! He continues to make me laugh, and smile, and sometimes even cry good tears because he's about the sweetest  boy I've ever met! I'm so crazy about him, and I'm hanging on to every moment we spend alone together. Winter almost had me with the crazy weather we were having, but once spring creeped in with those tulips, and blossoms, and with Noah in my life reminded me that seasons change, and dreary weather doesn't last forever. 

Love spring, and Noah's musings have been nothing but amusing! I racked my brain as to remember some of the silly things he said so here they are:

While running errands on an empty stomach, and because Princeton has fabulous restaurants wanted to grab a bite to eat, and noah says to me, "mom, you should have eaten something at home." He totally mocked what I tell him when he wants to go get something to eat! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring At The Washington D.C. Temple Grounds.

The day we attended Aiden's baptism we decided to stop by the temple on our way home. We didn't get to go inside the temple this time, but we did visit the visitors center, and as always captured a lot of photos on the temple grounds. I sure hope y'all aren't getting sick of my spring photos, and posts, but spring in D.C. is always worth documenting especially when the tulips, and blossoms are in bloom. Oh, and let's not forget kids who like having their picture taken!

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Barnegat Lighthouse.

Ever since we took a trip to Maine 10 years ago, and discovered the lighthouse in Cape Neddick I automatically fell in love with lighthouses. And when I first stepped foot inside a lighthouse I was amazed at the history as to how they are built, and to look at the ocean from atop of a lighthouse is absolutely amazing! Growing up near the gulf in Texas really made me a beach girl, and for that I will always be grateful! I'm a beach girl through and through, and love venturing out to the beach no matter what season it is. This past spring break brought us so many small adventures, and the fact that we kept it low key, and close to home are the best trips ever!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blossoms In The Garden State!

I don't know how long they're going to last because I forget every year how beautiful and how quickly spring comes to an end, but these blossoms are absolutely dreamy, and for the first time since moving here I have been totally taking advantage of the outdoors to experience spring. These blossoms are everywhere! There's a cherry tree in front of my house, there are blossom trees in front of Noah's school, our church, and they are literally all over my neighborhood, and all over the Princeton area! The garden state truly is a beauty in the spring, and regardless of April being dreary at times because of the rain seeing these blossoms up, and blooming bring nothing but joy. And when the sun is shining makes it even more beautiful, and my heart more grateful! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

My Spring Date With Noah.

So yesterday Noah decided to play a bit of hookey from school. Well, not really because the other night he developed allergies that turned into a bit of a cold that turned into a slight fever, and even though his fever broke in the middle of the night he woke up a bit groggy from the medicine and so I kept him home. But that didn't last long. Soon enough he jumped out of bed, went downstairs, and asked if he can watch the movie Sing. I wanted him to relax, and rest and he did just that throughout the entire movie. So after doing my motherly duties such as cleaning up from breakfast, and putting a load of laundry in (which is endless by the way) I rolled up the windows, and there it was...sunshine!! 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Easter Sunday '17.

Easter this year like all our past years was simple, and fun! "Aunt" Maggie joined in on our celebration, and attending her little church branch in East Orange felt like home. Everyone was so warm, and as always it was so nice meeting more of our "brothers and sisters." 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

A Baptism In Virginia.

Attending a baptism, no matter what age, at my church are a reminder of my own, and last Saturday we had the opportunity to share in the joy of witnessing our friends son's baptism. Aiden turned eight on the same day as his baptism so celebrating was a double whammy for him. I was so, so happy to have been a part of it, and in all honesty didn't want to leave Virginia! I absolutely have grown fond of this place (which is why we travel here) with all my friends who live in this neck of the woods. It was so nice to have seen this wonderful family again, and to have seen some familiar faces from my old area in Jersey (Hey Suzie, hi Jade!) I also need to stop saying "old area" already!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Fond Memories of My Niece Who Turns 28 Today!

I really, really hope my beautiful niece doesn't mind these old photos, and sending her birthday wishes via my blog. It's been a few years since I've seen her in person, and can't even begin to tell you how excited I was when we finally made contact with each other! She is a lovely young lady with a big heart, and I am so proud of the life she is living. I love her dearly, and want her to know how much I've always loved her. I can't believe she is 28 today! Time certainly flies once these kids reach their teens, and before we know it they are on their own, and making a wonderful life for themselves! I will always remember her as a young girl. Every time we would visit Texas we'd always pick her up, and spend time with her. Those are the fondest memories I will always cherish of her, and I have the pictures to prove it! 

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