Christmas Story

  Christmas Traditions Christmas traditions are precious nuggets of the holiday that bring such joy to families.  The traditions I did with my girls are now things they do with their girls and that makes me so happy. Christmas cookies, Christmas jammies on Christmas Eve, decorating the tree and remembering each ornament made or gifted to us. There is one tradition that started when my girls were about 10 and 4 and don’t know what even gave me the idea.  I put a fancy tablecloth on a small table and gave them bread and grape juice in real glasses…

Wednesday, Hump Day, 12 days til Christmas

We Wishing My Life Away I am not preaching to anyone but myself. Why do I tend to live for the next event instead of enjoying today?  I say things like, “I’m going to take a quick shower, go to the restroom real quick, run to the store, pay bills real fast…”. You get the drift. I truly don’t know if I ever say, “I’m going to go take a long, hot bath, or go leisurely stroll the mall, take a nap in the hammock, organize the bills and get a budget set.” Why?? Do I…

Moving Day

Chaos New Beginnings Family Home for The Holidays   Chaos Moving is always chaotic and stressful. We were in a hotel for 2 months counting the days to settle in a home in this new East Texas town. Our purchase of the home we chose was quite a challenging process, but finally got the call from Julie, our realtor that our closing date was set. We had nine U-Haul pods delivered from San Antonio; full to the brim and we knew it would be a feat unloading all these. We hired a couple of young college kids to help…

Life Changes in a Decade

A Decade Later This picture depicts one of the main things that has changed in the last decade.  10 years ago I was finished with chemo, our girls were 16 and 21 and life was busy with a plethora of activities with rare moments alone with Keith.  Now he is my best friend, my sidekick, my rock.  My family is my my prized possession that keeps me going, but yesterday I was reminded that Keith is my true partner in life. We go through everything together; good, bad, and sometimes the ugly. Cancer is a Reminder Being a Colon Cancer…

Taking Life as it Comes

    Hanging in There We moved to a new town 6 weeks ago thinking we would be living in a hotel for a month. Now we are here after 6 weeks and still no place to move in to. We do have a contract on a house and if all goes well, we will move in 11/16. I am finding myself so anxious about the uncertainty, but I remind myself that we have many blessings. This weekend Keith and I went our separate ways for a few days. He was invited to go hunting and I drove to…

Vagabonds

  Vagabonds We closed on our San Antonio home today and are now officially homeless. I have moments of panic of what will come next. We extended our reservation at the extended stay hotel for four more weeks and pray we can find a home soon. pic: Beautiful East Texas trees. Gods Promises The cross pictured at top of this post was given to me by a dear friend when I was diagnosed the first time. She was on vacation in Colorado when Keith called her to let her know I had cancer. She immediately took a walk down by…

Ready for Home Sweet Home

Life Change We are in limbo in a new town trying to find a home while living in a tiny corporate suite/hotel. I was so excited for this part and instead it has become a stressful task. Every house we see has things I love and things I don’t. I feel like I am on an episode of fixer upper without Chip and Joanna to make it perfect. Today was our 6th time out with our realtor and still nothing we are ready to pull the trigger on. Starting to wonder if I’m overthinking or…

🌅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…