June 9th-15th, 2019



Today is Sheryl’s memorial service. My thoughts have lingered with her family, and especially her sweet sister who is traveling to Kansas from Alabama.

It all seems so surreal. I was just there with her. I can still hear her voice in my head. She is going to be missed.

Darby’s Birthday

Today is Ms. Darby’s 8th birthday.

ALWAYS a good b’day when a special big sister and your nephew pop by to see you! <3


















She went to pick Paul up from the airport with me, and then we went to eat. Paul and I allow them to choose where they would like to eat, she decided on “that Barrel place” (the Cracker Barrel).  She talked about wanting mashed potatoes all weekend.  When we ordered, she ordered a hamburger and fries.  😀

Afterward, we picked up a few items at the store (her cake!), and an extra special surprise.

The lady next to our booth at the farmer’s market sells French macrons. They are in beautiful rainbow colors. I could just see Darby opening a box.



She was so sweet and even decorated two just for Darby that looked like unicorns! Darby was THRILLED. I ordered 2 dozen. She shared them with her siblings. They ate on those 2 boxes for 2 days.





Ms. Darby is such a blessing to our family. She is sweet, and so girlie. She loves hair bows, jewelry and almost always has her nails polished, BUT she will take on Ben and try to wrestle him to the ground.

It is funny to watch, but also terrifying. She has always been the smallest and most dainty of my children. Her big brothers say they have no fears for her because she can handle herself just fine.

I’m thankful for her. I’m thankful to celebrate another birthday with her. She is growing up so fast.


Matthew’s Birthday

I worked for months on an afghan for him earlier this year. I’m excited to give it to him. I think it is one of the nicest I have ever made.

Matt arrived home late last night from his mission trip.  He has been sick while traveling. He was thoughtful to write and ask me to apologize to Darby for missing her birthday.

Over the years, I have blogged about Matthew’s birthday. His name means “gift from God”. His arrival really was a gift. He arrived a short time after we lost Paul’s mother. He was so precious.


I have loved watching him grow into a man. He is doing so well out on his own now. I miss him, but I know he is off on his own journey. It is a sweet thing to watch.


What a wonderful morning! We went to the summer free movie with Kylie and three of our grand boys. We saw the new Grinch movie (which was just fun!).  I love visiting with them.

Between Paul’s travel schedule and my medical issues, there hasn’t been a whole lot of time left to spend with them. I sure love them!



We had free tickets to see Alice in Wonderland performed by our city Children’s Theater.

When my older children were small, we saw Three Billy Goats Gruff, but these little ones had never watched a performance like this one- they were excited!





Notice we are missing TWO front teeth, now!


I had my monthly appointment with my primary care doctor today.  It takes us about an hour to drive there. The nurse gasped when she saw me. She said I look so good she almost didn’t recognize me. I laughed and she said, “No, really. You look amazing.”

THAT is an awesome thing to hear.

She took my blood pressure and weighed me. When the doctor came into my room, she asked if I ever got tired of carrying my 3 year old around. I know I must have had a confused look on my face.  She said, “Well, that is about what you have lost. You have lost about 30lbs since March.” Actually, I had lost 10lbs before that. I’m .2lbs away from 40lbs of weight gone now.

It DOES feel good.

She had only good news for me. She doesn’t think I have active LYME right now. (Praise God!). The rash from last week was poison oak. I’ve never been allergic to poison oak or poison ivy, but I guess I am now.

She is taking care of 2 other issues I’m having and fully expects that since I’ve had the iron infusions, I will be feeling significantly better within a few weeks. I am supposed to see her again in 8 weeks.

I walked out of her office like I was on cloud 9.

It has been many, many years since I’ve had a good visit with a doctor. I’m so thankful for her. I’m thankful that when I prayed, the Lord specifically led me to find a functional medicine specialist so that I could have the benefits of holistic treatments, as well as medication that might help me.

I’m not feeling a huge amount better, but I can drive around without feeling like I’m going to fall asleep. I’m also noticing I don’t feel like I have to have a nap to make it through my day. That is a massive improvement.

I’m not sure I will know what it feels like to feel normal. What even is that? She believes I have been terribly sick for many years. This whole time, I have felt so lazy just wondering why I couldn’t make myself get up and get more done.

I have always told my girls to be gentle with themselves. I should have taken my own advice.

The last thing is good news, sort of. I have had multiple lumps under my left rib cage. They are terribly painful at times. I was so scared they were cancer, like my mom.

She said they are not dangerous, at all. They are lipomas that I am now uncovering because of my weight loss. They are very painful and I can’t count to know how many are actually there. I may be looking at surgery again, at some point.  I seem to be becoming good at that. 😛


We cleaned house. We rested.

It was a perfect day until Paul was flipped off the lawn mower cutting grass.

*hangs head*

He is saying he’s okay, but I’m not so sure. He was already having trouble with that right shoulder after a fall last year.

The thought of him being flipped off and on to the ground makes my heart shudder. Please pray for him.

Sheryl’s sister posted these videos. They are precious to me. I have already missed writing and talking to her. She was a dear, dear friend. I will be so glad to give her a big hug one day.

Today I’m Thankful For

  • My Weeping Willow Trees that look like they are already starting to grow.  Maybe I’m just imagining it, but I don’t think so.
  • Matthew’s safe return home
  • Emma’s upcoming baptism
  • Paul has been home this week

Prayer Requests

  • Sheryl’s Family
  • Family visit tomorrow
  • My health
  • And an unspoken request. The Lord knows.

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