Monday, October 3, 2011


Well we can see the light at the end of the tunnel, although we are still a little over a month out.  We had a set back a couple of weeks ago when Joe received an extension on his deployment.  Talk about a HUGE letdown!  We have since moved past and we are thriving again.

Things are busy here as always between school schedules, me working part time, medical appointments, MOPS and my training program, we are NEVER still for long.  We are hoping this will aid in the time flying by :)

Hope all is well with you all and you will be hearing from us soon.  Stay tuned for the homecoming pictures, I promise they will be worth it ;)

Monday, July 25, 2011


I am appalled that its been so long since I have posted!

Well this being mommy and daddy, maid, cook, driver, handyman, gardener, toy finder, you name it and I have been doing it has just taken too much of my time!

And all I really have time to say is that we are alive and HALF way.  Yes, you read that correctly we are half way through this deployment.

Now I must bid you all farewell as the laundry is calling my name.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Murphy's Law

I had such high hopes for a nice relaxing evening with the kids.  Picture this the kids and I watching a movie and eating pizza.  Sounds nice, right?

Well here is how the afternoon went...Josiah was getting in the car from school when one of the teachers informed me that, "He might have small rock in his ear.  Have a great weekend." (Then she closed the door.)  Wait what did she say?

Yep, you read that right! Josiah apparently was playing with a small rock, he was pretending it was a "phone" and putting it up to his ear.  Well at some point he put it in his ear.  Then FREAKED!  One of the teachers tried to help him get it out but they weren't certain it was out.

So I did what any other mother would do and tried to call the dr for an appointment.  Of course it was 3:30 on Friday afternoon so there were NO appointments available, there suggestion was go to the ER.  Those words are a nightmare for a tired mother.  Thankfully one (ok actually many) of our friends here are doctors.  Thank you Lord!!!

So I called and Brandon was able to see Josiah.  After lots of looking Brandon determined that the rock was not in his ear.  However there was one in there at some point.  Brandon cleaned Josiah's ear with some saline and triple checked.
Moral of the not put rocks in your ear!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Right before our eyes!

We are having such fun with our garden.  I just took the kids out there today and we had fun finding all the produce.

We now have 3 tomatoes growing!  A bunch of strawberries, the squash and cucumbers are taking over the house!  If you don't believe me look for yourself.

Our strawberries

A peek at our tomatoes

Come and check on us again!

Monday, May 2, 2011

What did you say?

This past weekend was a little rough on mommy!  I have been sick in one way or another since Joe left.  No fun!  Just when I started feeling better and my ear-whatever was cleared up, I started having side effects from the medicine.  Go figure you get something to help one thing and it creates another.  I digress...

Today was one of those days when you REALLY don't want to get out of bed.  You know the one I'm talking about.  But when there is only one you have to :(

So I did and of course today is the day where you made that early appointment for an oil change.  Bummer can't cancel that.  So I drug myself up and got everyone ready and out the door.

After a very long and tiresome day I went to get Mak from MDO.  She loves school and is alway talkative when we leave.  Today she kept saying something very softly and I couldn't understand.  I kept asking her to "tell me again" and then it finally hit me...

"I'm Daddy's girl! I'm Daddy's girl!"

I'm not sure where she heard this but she can sing it as often as she wants.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mommy or Daddy

Every night I have asked the kids this question...Who would you like to read to you, Mommy or Daddy?

Every night they choose Daddy!  Hands down he is the better choice and here is how.  Hallmark sells these recordable books so before Joe left he made a book for each of the kids.

I LOVE how the kids light up when they get to hear Joe's voice.  Here see for yourself...

This melts my heart every night!  She can't get close enough to her Daddy.

Josiah is trying to figure out how everytime he turns the page, Daddy is reading the correct page.  I think he'll have if figured out soon.

Check out Makayla in action she spotted me too soon...


Garden Peek!

My cucumbers are OUT OF CONTROL!!!
The cucumbers are at the top of the picture and the bottom are my squash.  I can't believe how big these are getting!

My peppers are doing well, all four have started to bloom.

I'm getting a little excited about my watermelon, he is really starting to grow.

My strawberries are doing well still.  They are all starting to bloom and I think we will have some shortly after Mother's Day.

I'm a little surprised but our new peach tree is also producing.  They might not taste very good this year but we'll just have to wait and see.

Last but not least...

Can you see it???
That's right, I have my first tomato!!!!
Can you tell I'm a little excited?  I can't even eat the dang thing but I am so excited to see it grow!

Thursday, April 28, 2011


I left one very cool thing out last night!  The kids have these to sleep on every night.
The USO was here a few weeks ago and had a kids readiness day.  They offered LOTS of great tools for both parents and kids to use during a deployment.  Josiah got a special "with you all the way" kit, it was full of interactive things to help him pass the time.

These pillow cases were offered there too.  It was quite a surprise to both Joe and the kids.  I emailed pictures and when we arrived there were 3 pillow cases waiting so they could all snuggle up together.

I really can't tell you how much the USO does for military and their families.  Just the week before Joe left we were blessed enough to attend a USO concert at the base.  Not only was free but it was CRAIG MORGAN!!!

We had a wonderful time!  Most people don't know but our first date was to a concert, we love them.  Concerts were hard to come by the last few years so I am really glad we got to enjoy one.


For those of you unfamiliar with Craig Morgan here is one of my favorite songs.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Many have asked and I'm sure many have wondered, how are we keeping track of our days?  In the mornings after breakfast the kids get to take one of these
  There are 400 M&Ms in the jar and its really neat to see the kids choose their color for the day.  Its a "sweet" reminder of Daddy for them to start their day.  It just so happens that Daddy loves M&Ms and so do his little kiddos! 

Secondly, I have a very sweet friend, Brittny, who is another military wife and she made these for the kids. She didn't make just one, she made two because she knows just how important it is to the kids.  On a sad note her family will be moving this summer while their daddy is deployed.  But we are thankful they are only going a few hours away.  And the kids and I are going for a visit!

Every night before bed we take one ring off our chain until daddy is home.

Tonight after Josiah and I said our prayers, he looked at me and said, "those look like smiles."  I love how God helped him turn something that could have been overwhelming into smiles.  I am so thankful!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Goodbye orange and hello yellow!

Last week Josiah testing for his yellow belt in Taeknowdo.  I am surprised at how good he is but I know I really shouldn't be.  He takes after his daddy so much in this area.  Josiah has an amazing about of focus and drive when its for something that he wants.

Now for every ones favorite part...
Congratulations to our new yellow belt!

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Easter was a bit laid back here today.  We of course started our morning with the hunt for our Easter baskets.
What do we have here?
Josiah found Makayla's basket first but he was so sweet telling her "hints" on where to find it.
Her basket was a little heavy for her to hold.

Our Easter Bunny is a little sneaky, look at what was in one of their eggs

Makayla does what every girl does when she is given an accessory
She put them on!

After our baskets we ate breakfast and opened our last "Resurrection Egg" they were very excited.  Josiah said "yep its empty! Now we have to go to church."  Makayla replied, "amen amen amen."  I'm not 100% sure where she learned that from but why not? AMEN!!!

Here are a couple of pictures of my cuties all dressed up for chruch.
Happy Easter!

God's Speed

I went to bed dreading the 3 a.m. alarm that would go off.  I tossed and turned most of the night, got up with Makayla and was just tired in general.  But when the alarm sounded we were on our way.  I must say it was a mix bunch of feelings; sadness, relief, anger, fear, love, you name it and I felt all of them in those 30 minutes.

We loaded all the bags and kids in the car and headed to the airport.  There was heavy fog and it seemed like forever as I drove to the airport.  Once inside we waiting for Waco to get all settled with his baggage and then we got the pass for the kids and I to go back with Waco.  I was holding it together pretty well until the sweet lady behind the Delta counter told me "it will be ok" and then the water works were open.

Our friends Megan and Corey meet us at the airport to help with the kids and take a couple of pictures.  Yes we have some sweet friends who would volunteer to get up that early and meet you at the airport.

We all made it through security and got settled in at Waco's gate.  His plane was delayed so again more time to be thankful for.  While waiting the kids played with some of the fun things in his bag...

Our time was up and they were beginning to board when a lady offered to take our picture.  Here is what she took...
I think this picture turned out FANTASTIC!