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Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas 2013

This is our last Christmas for the next few years as a family.  James' mission papers go in soon and upon his return, Jordan would more than likely be off.  Bittersweet.  It occurred to me that the tree behind us is our first Christmas tree as a couple/family.  1995 was when we bought it.  We married in January.  James came along in November.  Tree purchased December.  I don't suppose I can really replace it now until Jackson is gone.  

Sunday, July 14, 2013

A while back I came across a Facebook page dedicated to a little boy by the name Mitchel.  He suffered from a form of muscular dystrophy and was dying at the tender age of 10 years old.  His father had set up this page to keep friends and family connected to their situation, but as often happens, the hearts of thousands were touched and family, loved ones, and strangers alike were aware and praying for Mitchell.
Mitchel died just shy of his 11th birthday.  I think the fact that Jackson was a mere two months older than Mitchel made me drawn to his story even more.  How do you let him go?  How, as a parent, do you carry on once he is gone?  Faith in God and His plan aside, how do you?

This was given to the family by the artist and is also on his grave stone.  It's a poignant picture of this child released from the shackles he was required to endure in this life.  He no longer needs the chair to get around. His body no longer fails him.  He is in the arms of his Savior.  

When I look at this picture, I see not only Mitchel.  I see Jared, leaving behind a body and mind that prevent him from expressing all he has to offer.  I see that chair representing the difficulties and challenges we all face in our mortal journey. 

I see the Savior saying, well done.  Thank you for facing your life with dignity and grace.  This, Mitchel certainly did and with that example made thousands of others want to do the same.  

Thursday, May 30, 2013

And Baby No. 1 Gets Graduated

You know a mom is in trouble if she starts weeping over her firstborn's graduation hours before convocation begins.

Seriously, sitting here weeping 30 minutes before the grads even walk in.

I'm glad they give these kids the big send off.  They really have no clue what lies before them.  Let them enjoy the moment.  

James and his date looked so spectacular that night.  I hesitate adding a picture of them together on this blog since I'd be doing it without her permission, but ask anyone who was there......they made an awesome duo.

I would say pics with the fam should come a close second.  As I stated on a Facebook post......I didn't know why James insisted that I smell his armpits (there are a few arms raised photos), but perhaps it was a new deodorant he was trying out.  

Well done my firstborn!!  Get your exams done.  Work like a dog all summer.  University in the fall.  

Yup.  Life begins.  It's hard work, but it's good work.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Make 'Em Famous

I've been too busy and tired to post anything recently, but I must get this done.

This is a cover of a One Direction song.  Vocals are sung by James' friend Ethan.  Instrumental is arranged, performed, and recorded by James.

This is really talented stuff.  My garage is being put to good use!!


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sharing Some Drops of Awesome

With all there is out there in the blogging world, it's pretty neat when all of a sudden your cousin's blog post is making it's rounds on Facebook.

Daring Young Mom wrote a great piece a few weeks ago and it's being shared by many.  When my friends, who are complete strangers to her, start posting her blog.....well, I think that's awesome in itself.


Good read.  Good advice.


Monday, January 7, 2013


I'd love some company from this non-running family of mine. Will he follow in my footsteps (no pun intended)?