Saturday, June 4, 2011

Disney 2011

"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." Walter Elias Disney



Think of the happiest things. It's the same as having wings.” - Peter

“Laughter is America’s most important export.” - Walter Elias Disney




"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense." - Disney's Alice in Wonderland





"Hakuna matata/What a wonderful phrase/Hakuna matata/Ain’t no passing craze.



“The very things that held you down are going to carry you up and up and up!” - Timothy Q. Mouse re: Dumbo


“They can't order me to stop dreaming.” - Cinderella


Ooooh..eeeee! That is a whole lot of pics I squeezed into one post. : ) And to think I have lots more. I'm waiting to receive our Photo Pass CD that has some pretty cool pics. They use special effects and there is a picture of the girls holding a baby Simba and Tinkerbell flying near them, etc. We had such a fun time. I just love Disney and I think the girls like it, too. hee hee! It's always nice to get away for a bit and escape reality. I really wish my big kids could have joined us, but it just did not work out that way. Can't help but feel like something is missing when they are not with us. Hopefully next time!!
I was so proud of my Ella. She has come such a long way in her trauma healing! Ever since she came home to us at 1 year old, she would be terrified when we went on vacation and would always have a set back that lasted for months after returning home . It really broke our hearts to watch. Move forward to this vacation and she was telling me how much she wanted to stay at Disney because she liked it so much. Ella. you have come a long way, baby!

Have a wonderful week, my friends and BE BLESSED!!!!!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Easter Hope

hope; a desire for something to happen, while expecting or being confident that it will come true.

Spring is my favorite time of year. Winters can be dark and dreary and much too long. The colors outside are minimal. By the end of winter, we are so longing to see the Spring. The beautiful colors, the warmth, the new blooms. Sometimes in the midst of a cold, dark winter, we wonder if it is possible that spring will come. But, deep in our hearts we know it will. We hold onto that hope that we will see Spring and ALL THINGS NEW. The same hope that Jesus brought us when he died on that cross. He brought us hope! Thank-you, Jesus!


"The most important word in the English language is hope." Eleanor Roosevelt.



"No one can go back and make a brand new start. Anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." - Jeanne Bice



Hope is grief's best music. ~Author Unknown



Once you choose hope, anything's possible. ~Christopher Reeve

Hope is that thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops... at all. ~Emily Dickinson

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown


All it takes is one bloom of hope to make a spiritual garden. ~Terri Guillemets


Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. ~Author Unknown


Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. ~George Iles


"For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord...plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11


Monday, April 4, 2011

The "I am BEAUTIFUL" project

P4044257 Really? Is that me holding the sign? The "me" who never even liked to have her picture taken...let alone holding a sign declaring my beauty? Oh, I have grown. I've joined in with the "I am Beautiful" campaign that you can read about here. Jill came up with this idea to help encourage us women, young and old and in between, to discover our beautiful selves. We are each a unique and marvelous creation of God and when we start to see ourselves as just that and begin to love ourselves completely where we are, then we can finally see just how amazingly beautiful we are. B E A U T I F U L! P4044197 P4044195 My beautiful girls. As their Mommy, I have a responsibility to help them grow in their beauty. Not the same kind of "beauty" they have shoved down their throats everytime the TV is on or everytime they see the magazine covers in the check-out lanes. The social media defines beauty as a face which has no acne, beautiful-lengthy eyelashes, thin- perfectly colored lips, finely plucked eyebrows and not a wrinkle to be found. And as a body that wears a size zero. And if you look like this, you will have a very glamorous life. Lies.PC253391 I do not want any of my girls believing those lies. I want them to believe in their beauty...both inner and outward beauty. The most beautiful women that I know are beautiful to my eyes, because they have the biggest, most loving hearts EVER! A beautiful heart shines through...oh, how it shines. P4044274 But do you know what? I can tell my girls these things a million times over, but....if I am not living it and believing it, then they will not hear my words. I have gone through the years feeling pretty content with myself...or so I thought. But, I came to discover a few years back, that I was still a work in progress...hence my disliking being in front of a camera! lol! My very dear mentor Helene Leonetti has helped me grow over these past few years and I love her dearly for that. I am sure that I still have growing room, but that first picture says a lot! I would not have done that a few years ago. hee hee! Self love, self important these things are. And even though I believed I had them...I did not have them to the extent I should have. I think that most of us women, if we honestly challenge ourselves in this area, will find we have room to grow. One of the exercises that Helene encourages, is to look in the mirror a few times each day and say the following, "I accept you, I appreciate you, I forgive you, and I love you...EXACTLY as you are"! And know that God does exactly the same for each and every one of us. Oh, how He loves us and finds us beautiful!!! P4044246 Remember, my friends...... P4044271 Grab your precious daughters and your cameras and be a part of this project, because after all....YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Click here to read about it.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy 21, Chels!!!

To my Chelsea;

You are a fighter, my sweet girl. For those times that you doubt yourself, this I share this with you so that you know just how far you have come and that you can do anything you set your mind to. I am your biggest cheerleader because I have seen firsthand just what you are made of, Sweetie.


March 20th. marks your 21st. birthday. One that I know you have anxiously been awaiting! It is the first day of Spring...what a special day to come into this world!! The day God knew you would enter into it, but technically, it was 2 months earlier than you should have been born.


I became very sick while I was carrying you and the doctors had to deliver you early. Not only 2 months earlier than should have been, but they told me that you had not grown or received nutrients a good month prior to that. Honestly, I have never been so scared in my life. My belly was so small that some people did not even realize I was pregnant. I could not possibly give birth, yet! I loved you so much and wanted so desperately for you to remain in my belly until you were bigger and stronger, but it was not meant to be.

I was going to be a first time Mommy, but what was going to happen to my baby? There were at least 10 doctors and nurses crowded in the room when you were born and they all stood by with lots of equipment and ready to whisk you away as soon as I delivered you. And that they did. I could barely even get a glimpse of you as they took you to NICU. I did hear the words "it's a girl" and I was sooo excited about that because I really wanted a little girl!


You spent your first month of life in NICU getting stronger and then you were finally ready to come home to us! Oh, how excited we were!! My baby, who I had to leave each and everyday and come home to an empty nursery, was finally coming home!

They sent you home at just 4 pounds and on a heart monitor that you had to be hooked up to 24/7 for the first year of your life. That thing used to scare Daddy and I every time the alarm went off in the middle of the night! Thankfully, they were mostly false alarms!


Now, this is the part I want you to really hear. We were told over and over that you would most likely have delays. You "could have vision problems, you could have CP, you will not walk on time, you will be delayed", etc. We spent your first year going to specialists and having them come into our home. All mandatory for a preemie.

They monitored you very closely for all of the issues that could have held you back. But do you know what? You did not skip a beat. All of the "could haves" and "she probably wont's" were not in your mindset. You showed them. You showed us all just what you are made of. Nothing was going to hold you back. You kicked butt and you kept up with all of your peers who were born on time. You beat the odds, sweetie.


So, now you know where and how you started your life. Hold this in your heart and everytime doubt sets in, remember what you are made of. The sky is the limit and you are a fighter. And I will continue to be your biggest cheerleader, because I know. I know.



Honestly, I could not be any prouder of you. You are such a beautiful young lady, both inside and out. You have a loving and compassionate heart.

You are the best big sister EVER. Ella and Sophie are so blessed to have you. Who else would teach them all of the important things in life...manicures, how to dance, slang vocab and just plain "how to be cool". : ) How many 6 year olds know what Delta Phi Epsilon is and can spot their symbol a mile away?!





Even though Ryan would never admit it, he also knows you are a great big sis and that you got his back.








You are just plain fun and I love your lighthearted "life is a party" personality. The house is always quieter while you are away and we miss you terribly.


There are lots of wrong turns you could have made the past few years, yet you didn't. You have made good, responsible choices and you have always picked wonderful friends...because you are a good friend in return. I am most thankful for that.

Keep on being wonderful you and working hard in college. The sky is the limit and you will always be my little fighter!!!

And most importantly(for you, anyway).....21 Girly!! CHEERS!!!!!

I love you!!!

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