catching the blog up…

So there was hype about privacy changes that would affect my being a “Google-aholic” around March 1 of this year and I have been looking for a place for my blog every since.  I feel like I’ve lost big chunks of my life during the time that I’ve not been able to blog.  Ahhh…so since February…lots and lots of happened.

My family has been living with my Dad since Christmas of 2009.  Now that my Dad has recovered, living conditions have become tense.  We are just all tired of living together.  So…for the past couple of months I have been looking for houses in Columbus, Indiana to relocate.  To say that we are all ready…an understatement.  Now if we can just get all the pieces to fall into place…

In March, I traveled to Austin, TX for work.  Talk about a fun time!!  I worked in Austin for two days, saw one of my best friends ever – Brenda Lee Troupe and her wonderful sons and then packed up my computer and spent 5 days working from my niece Amanda’s house.  I was able to see baby Tristan and Ethan & Corbin!!  What a great time I had with my work, friends and family.

When I came home from Texas, I was on vacation for Spring Break with the World’s Greatest 7th Grader and AKA.  We did many day trips to Shipshewana & Kalamazoo; bike rides and photo shoots.  Next to last day of vacation, I take my brand new bike out to give it a test spin and low and behold, crashed it.  I almost shattered my knee cap and had to have a trip to the doc.  The knee the size of a cantaloupe and the bruising has slowly, oh so slowly, began to heal.

The day after vacation ended, a friend from church’s son was in a horrible car accident.  8 days of fighting for his life, the 22 yr old passed away.  It was a horrible time.  We celebrated his life this past Saturday.  There was not a dry eye in the place as person after person shared memories of Jared.  You truly never know how much you touch someone.  The next day was the anniversary of my sisters passing.  I kept a very low key day with my boys and remembered good times spent with my beloved “Sissy”. 

Lots has happened in the past 2 months…is it a wonder that I’ve not had time to blog??  Now that my blog has a home, maybe I’ll be better at sharing snippets of my life.

a bad case of cabin fever

ok so can we say CABIN FEVER!!!!

this time of year i always get it.  i long for blue skies, sunshine and warmer temperatures!!  but this year, this year is completely different cause i don’t even get out of my home for work.  since i work from home and there are some days where i never even leave my house or get out of my pj’s…it’s seriously giving me cabin fever!!! 

ok so i think, oh i get to travel.  but where am i going???  i’m going to the metro area of DC/Baltimore, where they have now had 2 blizzards in less then 1 week and the airports are closed….

did i mention i miss the sun????

29-11

the day has come and gone.  i handled it.  i enjoyed it.  yes…the big 4-0!!!

almost 20 of my favorite closest friends & family were in attendance at the birthday dinner at Hacienda.  Dad, Bubba, Tina, Cody, Taba, Tim, Stacy, Laurita, Shane, Tony, Shannon, Rach & Bob!!!  There were obviously people missing.  Mom & Sissy…God rest their souls…must have been celebrating with me in heaven with all my grandparents!  Racheal, my dear name sake, lives out of town and wasn’t here.  Amanda, my number 4 niece, had just returned to Texas from a 2 week trip here.  Many more family members who are scattered across the country and were unable to come. But for those who were there…a good time was had by all.

of course once we are seated, i havta open the presents cause that’s just way too long to be waiting when presents are involved!!! 🙂  What great cards i got…so funny!!!  The funniest one, was from my brother.  It talked about how when he thinks back to all the family times we have shared together over the years…and when you open it says how he’s not surprised we aren’t more screwed up then we are!!!  This card is so very true!!!  Stacy gave me the greatest gift.  A few weeks ago, Laurita and I went to buy Vera Bradley purses. And we found these really great keyrings/necklaces.  You can customize them and make then personal.  I really wanted to make one, but I bought a Vera instead.  Well, Stac, unknowing this, went and made me the keyring and bought me a Vera wallet!!! I was so excited!!! We order, we talk, we laugh, we take pictures.  As the meal progressed it dawned on some members at the table that no one had arranged for them to come sing to me. I have a feeling my #2 niece, Taba, conned my Dad into making the arrangements…knowing that i couldn’t yell and scream at my Dad and most likely i couldn’t get him back either.  so low and behold, Dad calls the girl over and announces to all that it’s my birthday and she claims that she will ‘take care of it!’.  Once the food had all be taken away, here came all the waitresses and since this is my favorite restaurant…they all look at me and recognize me and are even more joyful in singing.  My Dad was loving “getting me”!!!  The evening kinda slowed down after that…with various people leaving as life called us back to reality.  I couldn’t have imagined any thing better then sharing my birthday with those people who are closest to me!!!

a blog makeover

in the spirit of the holidays in 2010, i’m changing my blogs theme:  all tropical, all the time!!!  in 2010 we are skipping Christmas & New Years and heading to Florida (worst case) or Hawaii (best case).  in other words…bring on the Coppertone!!!

the daredevil of my life…

on the way home from Christmas #5 i was excited to go in and get some much needed rest!!!  that lasted all of about 2 minutes when my little rat terrier, Lakota, decided to slip and fall off the stairs outside.  she came in and wouldn’t walk….i looked at her paw and knew something was wrong.  we called the emergency vet and took her in.  By 12:30am they had her casted (splinted) and us with a bottle of meds and out the door…only $305 later!!!  X-rays and the emergency treatment costs…yikes!!  The next morning we (Jason & Jayden) are in the vets office where they tell us she will be fine in 4-6 weeks.  She should have a complete and total recovery.  The vet assured us that within 3-4 days she would be doing everything she did before just with the cast.  Well that took all of 24 hours where she tried (and succeeded) in jumping off the couch! the next 4 weeks should be a hoot!!! 🙂

"Let It Be Christmas"

as the Christmas season is in full swing, i find myself drawn to a specific Christmas song this year.  it’s not one i would typically classify as a favorite but probably after this year it will be.  i came across this song a couple of years ago but it has come to life for me this Christmas season.  i absolutely love this song!!!  let anger and fear and hate disappear…..let it be Christmas!!!!

“Let It Be Christmas” by Alan Jackson

Let it be Christmas everywhere
In the hearts of all people both near and afar
Christmas everywhere
Feel the love of the season wherever you are
On the small country roads lined with green mistletoe
Big city streets where a thousand lights glow

Let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let every heart sing let every bell ring
The story of hope and joy and peace
And let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let anger and fear and hate disappear
Let there be love that lasts through the year
And let it be Christmas
Christmas everywhere

Let it be Christmas everywhere
With the gold and the silver, the green and the red
Christmas everywhere
In the smiles of all children asleep in their beds
In the eyes of young babies their first fallen snow
Elderlys’ memories that never grow old

Let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let every heart sing let every bell ring
The story of hope and joy and peace
And let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let anger and fear and hate disappear
Let there be love that lasts through the year
And let it be Christmas
Christmas everywhere

Let it be Christmas everywhere
In the songs that we sing and the gifts that we bring
Christmas everywhere
In what this day means and what we believe
From the sandy white beaches where blue water rolls
Snow covered mountains and valleys below

Let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let every heart sing let every bell ring
The story of hope and joy and peace
And let it be Christmas everywhere
Let heavenly music fill the air
Let anger and fear and hate disappear
Let there be love that lasts through the year
And let it be Christmas
Christmas everywhere
Christmas everywhere
Christmas everywhere

10 days and counting…

as i pack for my trip to Greenbelt tonight, i’m reminded of all the things i have to do to prepare for the holidays.  gifts to shop for, gifts to wrap, presents to send out, menu’s to prepare, food to buy…oh yea…and time to actually enjoy this holiday season. 

and then…i’m reminded of all the things i have this holiday season and i realize that God is still in control, He’s still on the Throne and i just need to relax and trust in Him for this holiday season…Emmanuel…God with us…which means He’s here with me in the midst of my hustle and bustle of the holidays season.  He’s with me on the plane, in the hotel and everywhere else i go…

Emmanuel….God with me….