Saturday, May 30, 2009

Summer is Here!


So, the kids are officially out of school, VBS starts this next week, and summer break is in full swing! We had the boys birthday party together at Chuck E Cheese on Monday (May 25). Nate turned 2 on May 26, and JRay will turn 9 on June 13! They both had an outstanding time despite half of our guest list cancelling on us. There was only one other child there, Grissom, Karen's grandson. But, lucky for JRay, Rob came (his Dad), and he had a blast with him all evening :) It warms my heart to see them so good and happy together. Rob and I had our problems, and our history is less than happy, but we've both grown and changed since then, and he's definitely not the same man I was married to. I'm really proud of him for sticking around :) That's not so common in this day and age for Dads in divorce. Papa (my Daddy) kept Nate entertained all night so PJ and I could take pictures and keep the party moving along. They had a great time, too. Nate, however was less than thrilled with Chuck E., and wouldn't go near him. I thought the phobia of talking and moving creatures was gone, but I was WRONG! I just can't believe my boys are growing up! JRay is becoming a young man, and is starting GOLF this summer. He got a set of golf clubs for his birthday, and is using his birthday money to pay half his way into golf camp this summer. So far he's played soccer and basketball, and did bowling for several years. I think golf may just be "his game". Time will tell! And you know there will be pics and bragging to come! JRay was baptized on Mother's Day, which made me even prouder of him than I already was, and I did not think that was possible! I"m so proud of the young man he's becoming, and know that God has some outstanding plans in store for him! He's my sweetheart :) He's just got the kindest, most compassionate heart of ANYONE I've ever met in my life. He is SO SELFLESS! He humbles me daily with his selflessness! He's an outstanding Big Bubby! He always has been, and Nate just ADORES him :) I am so blessed!

Nate had his 2 year old checkup on Thursday. He has grown a whopping 3lbs and 4 inches since December!!!!! He's now 35.25 inches long and 29 pounds! He's a walking, talking sponge these days. His current love is BUBBLES. He can't get enough of them!

I'll be doing the photography for VBS this week, so pray for me! I hope my back can hold up. I REALLY want to be more active than I am, but when I do decide to push myself and do more, I end up in so much pain I can't sleep for days in both my back and my neck. Please continue to keep me in your prayers, healthwise, and for our financial situation. PJ is still unemployed. We never in a million years would've thought in October when he lost his job that 8 months later he would STILL be unemployed. I know that God has a plan, and He is beginning to reveal that plan to me. I'd rather not talk about it until I'm more sure on it, but I ask that ya'll pray with us on that, as well. It would mean a BIG change for our family. And while I know that if this IS what the Lord has for us, He will work out all the "kinks", it's still a very scary thought! Especially with my health.

I promise I have good intentions with this blog! I do! I do try to keep up with it LOL, but like everything else around here, it tends to get away from me! I am contemplating starting a photography blog, as I contemplate beginning a small business with my photography to try and help out around here. I have always kept photography as a HOBBY, because it's something I love. I've always been terrified that doing it as "work" will take away the joy that it brings me, so I"ve never really had in interest in making a career of it. I will say that what I feel the Lord calling me to do involves my photography, and I know that it is a gift that He has given me, and I want to use it for Him! So we shall see where this leads. I've also been sewing more, and am beginning to get to a point I might sell a few things like burp cloths and cloth wipes, etc to make a little extra money.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wow-A whole year?

So, I'm not doing well at keeping up with ya'll lately, and I'm sorry! No excuses, just been lazy!

May 14th marked one year since Mommy went home to Jesus. The day proved to be a bit more difficult for me than I thought. God did give me tons of strength, but it's hard. Today marks one year since we buried her. That was the most difficult day of that week, for me. Knowing, that although it was just a shell, and that her beautiful spirit was not there aside-it was so hard to know that when they closed that casket, that was it. It was the last time in THIS life I would lay eyes on her. I wanted to crawl into that casket with her and just have them bury me, too.

Not a day goes by I don't think of her and miss her tremendously. Life slowly gets easier, but when I do stop to think of her, my thoughts wander to that last night I spent with her. When she came over to get a BBQ sandwhich, but we didn't have any slaw to go on it, so she instead got a frozen pizza from me. Daddy was working 2nds that week, so she didn't want to cook for just herself. We stood in my kitchen chatting about nothing, in those M&M PJ's I know own and wear. It's so hard not to have the whole "If only I'd known" mentality. I mean, I'm fortunate to have had that special moment with her, but I would've grabbed her and not let go and told her how much I love her and NEED her in my life.

It is UNREAL to believe that a WHOLE YEAR has passed since that night. My heart is still broken that in those moments that all I want to do is pick up the phone to call her and tell her about the latest exciting news on JRay or Nate, I can't. Yeah yeah, I can tell her, she hears me, blah blah. It is NOT the same, and if you have not lost your BEST FRIEND you can't possibly begin to understand. People always have good intentions with those comments, but for me they just make me angry. I don't want ot hear "she's better off, she would want you to...". I want to hear what a great Mommy/friend/sister/aunt/wife she was. How she changed so many lives by just BEING there for EVERYONE. I want to hear "I can't understand your pain, but know that I love you and am praying for you".

Anyway-I miss her so much. We all do. She was so much more than "Momma". She was EVERYTHING to us. I just want to touch her beautiful face and tell her how much I love her and miss her. Heaven is TOO FAR away.

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I am a Christian wife and homeschooling mom of two precious boys. I enjoy photography and spending time with my family, along with any other hobby I can manage to dig my nails into. I'm married to PJ, God's precious gift to me ;) I'm honest, passionate, and find myself falling deeper and deeper in love with my Creator each and every day that passes. I was diagnosed as a Type 1 Diabetic at the age of 10. I chose not to care about my health then, and am paying the price now with multiple complications including kidney damage and neuropathy. I currently reside in Florida, where God led my family in February of 2011, but my heart is, and will forever be, in Alabama.