🌅Sunrise to Sunset to Sunrise…🌅

📷:⬆️bluebonnet in San Antonio Sunrise in Texas We moved to Texas in 1985 before out first daughter, Rachel was born. We struggled along finding our way to make a living. Some couples do things the “right way”. They finish college, save money, get married, buy a house, have children and live happily ever after. We on the contrary met, fell in love, got married, and fought for every milestone along the way. I realize how much more we appreciated everything back then. When we bought our first washing machine we both watched the spin cycle so proud and…

🖤Be Our Guest🖤

  We moved away from family in 2012 and it tore a little piece of my heart. Our oldest granddaughter, Audree was 9 months old at the time and four more sweet granddaughters have been born all stair stepped in age since. (Audree 6, Hallee 4, Ruth 3, Ivy 2, and Hazel 1) I love their visits and count the days in between. We have also enjoyed hosting many other family and friends in our home. I must say one advantage of being away is that the visits are so much more intimate with 24/7 togetherness with our guests…

🎀It’s the Little Things🎀

  Don’t Ask Speak Your Mind Nurture Love Is All You Need When we are faced with a crisis our first reaction may be to wallow. It is best to let the person that is hurting tell you what they want and below are a few ways to tell. These are just a few examples of how my friends and family showed me kindness when I fought cancer that I will never forget. These apply to how we treat a loved one in any situation when we are close to someone hurting from loss, trial, or illness. Don&#8217…

Rain, Reign.

Umbrella In Case It Rains Umbrella When It Rains Rain or Reign? 2007-2017   Umbrella In Case It Rains Do you open up an umbrella to cover your head every time you step outside just in case it rains?  This is similar to filling our mind with worry about bad things that may happen in our lives.  Our thoughts dictate our attitude and even impact our health; as well as relationships.  If we spend our waking hours worrying about events that may happen, we are not present in the moment and are unable to enjoy life.  We don&#8217…

Picture Perfect

I came across this quote by Howard Hendricks about marriage, but is so true about all relationships and how we see life in general. “…people get married with a picture in their minds of a perfect marriage. Then after a few trials, they discover they aren’t married to a perfect picture, but an imperfect person. When this realization occurs, they will either tear up the picture or they will tear up the person.” Marriage (📷:1985) When we are dating, it is all about impressing each other and an extra effort to make one another happy. We dream of…

Life is Like Floating the River

I have been a little preoccupied with life’s busyness lately and cannot seem to catch a moment to slow down enough to regroup. Do you ever feel like that? Life is good with so many blessings; however I do not feel like I am taking time to reflect with gratitude and that is something that I personally need. We live in the Texas Hill Country and in my opinion, one of the best places on earth to live with a little of everything outdoorsy right in our “backyard”. We have lived here almost 3 years and have not taken…

Gentleness Is Strength

Gentleness is Strength Opposite of Gentle is Brutal Gentleness Calms the Giver and Receiver Gentleness in Fitness   GENTLENESS IS STRENGTH Think about it.  Does it take strength to be gentle when you are angry, stressed, rushed?  In my opinion it does.  When we are angry with our spouse, our children or any other relationship in our lives and our emotions are dictating our speech and actions, we are generally anything but gentle.  I would also say this is pretty normal.  What if we pause and intentionally calm down and treat the situation with gentleness.  Gentleness does not mean we are…

5 Tips for A Peaceful Heart

  I am a very calm person and many times friends ask why.  The number one reason is my trust and faith in God.  We all have choices of how we handle stress and the following tips are a few that help me. Early to Rise – I learned a long time ago when my girls were small that I need quiet time each morning.  This habit started many years ago with a New Year’s resolution and a daily devotional I received as a gift for Christmas.  Even if you can start by setting the alarm just 15…

Together Strong

Met by Chance or Match Made in Heaven Forming our Roots Love More Than Yesterday and Less Than Tomorrow Met by Chance or Match Made in Heaven It was the 4th of July, 1984 in Hot Springs, AR.  I was 18 years old and my mom made my sister and I go to a family reunion.  We got away as fast as we could, stopped off at the store, bought matching swim suits; mine baby blue and hers leopard print.  We headed out to the dock on Lake Hamilton to get some sun and see if any of our friends…

The Power of One

The Power of One Making a Difference With Wisdom From Above Living Within Our Means THE POWER OF ONE This past weekend we ran in the Matt Karns Memorial 5k in Schertz, TX to benefit the Baptist Medical System Crisis Fund.  This annual event started 10 years ago after 27 year old, Matt, a passionate Physical Therapist died tragically in a cycle accident.  During his short time on earth, he made a huge difference.  He alone raised 40k for the Baptist Health System Crisis Fund by running a marathon and inspired all those that knew him to get healthy and…