Wordless Wednesday ~ Rach and Les Then and Now

March 10, 2010 at 11:23 am (Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , )

20+ years later 🙂

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Nostalgic, maybe?

September 1, 2009 at 10:36 pm (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , )

My oldest daughter is joining the Army.  I don’t know what it is, this feeling I have.  Maybe it’s just too complex to put a name on it.  I am excited for her.  The possibilities for her life are endless.  I am anxious for her.  Culture shock is an understatement.  For the next few weeks she is about to lose her identity.  Yet, before it’s over she will have grown and found out who she really is.  I am so proud of her, of what she is trying to accomplish.  She is about to honor and defend that which we hold dear.  I am a little scared for her, physically speaking, I mean,  she’s only 4’11” and not much over 100 lbs.  She is a tough little cookie though.

So, what is this feeling?  Why am I crying?  Are they happy tears?  Sad tears?  It’s not like she just left the nest…she’s been gone for 4 years now.  It’s something else, this feeling, it’s deeper.  Maybe it’s the knowledge I have of what she is going to experience.  The memories that come back, of lying in a bed the night before going to boot camp, wide awake, questioning everything.  The memories of going through induction at MEPS the next day, being poked, prodded and fed noxious food.  Waiting and waiting at the airport for my flight along with all the other recruits who had signed their lives away.  My first flight ever!  Getting on the bus that took us to the base.  My first encounter with a drill instructor that boarded the bus yelling in my face.  The shuffle through uniforms, haircuts, paperwork and more.  The initial shock, mentally and physically, of the first few weeks that gradually turned into camaraderie and teamwork.   The determination I felt to succeed and the drive to be the best.  The pride when I accomplished it all.

I want my daughter to experience all that I did and more.  My short stint in the service exposed me to more than most people see in a lifetime.  I learned some very cool things.  I traveled to far away places.  I met so many wonderful people.    And then, I had a little girl……who is now leaving for the Army.

Rachy, I am so proud of you.  You are a beautiful woman, inside and out.  I know that the next few weeks are going to be crazy.  You are strong!  You are tough!  You will be ok, no matter what!  You just keep plugging and know that I am here praying for you.  I am thinking about you every day!  I am here for you always!!  I love you!!  See you at graduation!!!

Mommy

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♥♥♥ Somebody’s birthday! ♥♥♥

August 11, 2009 at 12:01 am (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , )

Brad Lee, your Nana loves you and misses you so much!!!!!!!!!

Happy Birthday my sweet boy!!!!!

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Does God wear a shirt?

June 18, 2009 at 10:30 am (Children, Family, God, Home, Life) (, , , , , , )

A few nights ago we had a pretty major storm pass through. Our electricity was off & we had candles burning. We were trying to get the kids settled down and asleep. I was lying on the couch with Erin & Tommy was in Levi’s bed with him. I just had to share the conversation I overheard.

Levi: Daddy, do you know I love you more than anything? But God!

Daddy: I love you too, son.

Levi: I love Mommy more than anything too! But God!

I love Erin more than anything! But God!

Daddy, what does “But God” mean?

Buttons, God.

Daddy, does God wear a shirt?

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I ♥ Faces Entry! Sepia-toned

June 15, 2009 at 1:56 pm (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

You can visit the site and see the other entries.

http://www.iheartfaces.blogspot.com/

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Button - KidsHere is my kids entry:

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Button - AdultsHere is my adult entry:

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Wordfull Wednesday ~ Memorial Day 2009

June 10, 2009 at 12:31 pm (Children, Family, God, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

~~Mathew 18:1-7

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Wordless Wednesday (long overdue update)

June 3, 2009 at 7:34 am (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

Born April 24 ~ Matthew Tyler

Born April 24 ~ Matthew Tyler

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Easter

April 15, 2009 at 12:50 am (Children, God, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , , )

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i ♥ faces ~ Easter ~ Amateur contest

April 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm (Children, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

I figured I would give this weekly contest a shot!  How else am I going to learn?

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Bri's first Easter

Be sure to check out www.iheartfaces.com for all the wonderful entries.

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Not Wordless Wednesday ♥♥♥ My beautiful daughters!

April 9, 2009 at 9:25 am (Children, Family, Life, photography) (, , , , , , , , )

We missed Rachy!

Hugs!

Ticklebugs!

Ticklebugs!

Baby belly!

Baby belly!

Bubbles!

Bubbles!

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