Love Overflowing

Girl’s night out

I admit it- I like the Twilight series. I enjoyed every book and have seen every movie so far.  My friend Tracy has a party when each movie comes out and this year I was able to attend. My word! I am not sure why I haven’t made the previous ones but I know I will definitely make the next one. How fun!

There were so many fun-loving women present, many who I know from the playgroup. I knew they were a lot of fun but I didn’t know they were that much fun! My friend Julie and I had a blast! We ate, drank, played trivia and kissed posters. We took a party bus to and from the theater and one of us almost got kicked out. Jello shots. Enough said.

You don’t have to be young to have a good time. You just have to be young at heart and willing to cut loose. A few libations never hurt either. I had a really good time and can’t wait to do this again!

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Mission Accomplished!

Back in June, I talked about how I wasn’t a runner. I talked about how I wanted to run a 5k just to prove that I could. Not only did I sign up for one, I FINISHED! I didn’t have the best time but I didn’t quit.

My good friend Julie and I ran in the Jingle Bell run on November 20. It was about 42 degrees and damp. Luckily the rain stopped as we pulled into the parking lot. But it was still cold! I am not used to running outside so the weather was a real challenge for me. My eyes were watering as we ran into the wind. I learned that I really need to work on pacing myself better as well. Bless Julie, she stayed with me and my crazy speed up/slow down pace the entire time. I finished the race in 39 minutes 7 seconds. I was 134 out of 181 in my age group.  But, I finished! And I had a GREAT time!

The atmosphere of the run was so much fun! Despite the cold, people were having a great time. It was fun to see all of the costumes. Julie and I dressed up as elves. I made the costumes for us and Julie’s mom made our leg warmers. I had a blast all around. Preparing, making the costumes and running. It was a lot of fun. While I still don’t consider myself a “runner”, I do want to run another 5k sometime. You won’t see me running any half marathons or marathons though. I like to keep my toe nails. 😉

Thanks again Julie! Hope to run another race with you soon!

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New addiction

Pinterest. It’s my new addiction. A virtual pinboard. A place to keep ideas, recipes, thoughts in one place. Better than bookmarks and sheets of paper. If you haven’t checked it out, be warned. It is addicting. I have found tons of crafty ideas, funny sayings and recipes. Many, many great ideas are pinned on my boards. I have actually made a few of them too! I like to think that I am crafty, you know.

My most recent creation came from an idea from Pinterest. It’s very simple and I have made something similar before. A rice bag that you can keep in the freezer or heat and use for aches and pains. The twist on this one is that it is not made out of material but a washcloth. Easy, no?

My dear friend had surgery this week and I knew that I wanted to make a feel better basket for her. I had planned on putting snacks and magazines in there. As soon as I saw the rice bag on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to add it. Wednesday morning Zach and I had some errands to run so I picked up a washcloth at the store. We had some time to kill before we needed to pick Emily up from school so we headed into the basement. Zachary made a mess played while I whipped this little bag up. Seriously, it was that quick. I attached a little poem to it and voila! It was ready for the basket! Easy, peasy! I will definitely be making this again! And I am sure this one be the last you see of my Pinterest creations.

Here’s the poem I printed up:

This little pillow is such a comfort that can’t be beat.

Microwave for 1 to 2 minutes
on HIGH and kiss those aches
and pains goodbye.

Apply it to the troubled spot,
The heat will ease the pain a lot.

Or warm those little toes, so cold.
You’ll find this nice to
have and to hold.

Or freeze it for a little while,
And fix that boo-boo up in style.

Instead of a compress made of ice,
Use this pillow of rice that feels so nice!

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The Mason Werner Foundation

One year ago, my friend Sam lost her son due to SIDS. Her loss really hit close to home as Mason and Will were only three months younger than Zachary. Sam and I had been comparing notes on eating, sleeping and reflux issues. My heart broke for Sam and her family when I heard the news of their unexpected loss.

I don’t know how anyone handles the loss of a child. It’s just not right. There are no words to describe the horror that I am sure Sam and her family go through on a daily basis. My prayer for them is that the pain diminishes. That every morning isn’t filled with sorrow. Mason will always live on in their memories. I can’t tell you why he was taken from them. I don’t understand why God would take a child from his family so young when they are full of life and love. Why the parents hopes and dreams for their children are lost. Why siblings will never know the joy of fighting with each other. These are things that we will never know.

Sam and Rob set up a foundation in Mason’s memory, The Mason Werner Foundation.Their mission is to promote and raise awareness of SIDS. The main method is by providing informational onsies to new parents. Raise awareness of the back to sleep initiative. SIDS cannot be prevented but the risks can be reduced. That is one thing The Mason Werner Foundation hopes they can accomplish with their onsies.

You can help! You can purchase a onsie for your child or as a shower gift or you can make a cash donation. They rely on donations to provide the onsies to new parents, childcare facilities and pediatric clinics.

And if I go, while you’re still here….
know that I live on,
vibrating to a different measure
behind a thin veil you cannot see through.

You will not see me,
so you must have faith.

I wait for the time when
we can soar together again,
both aware of each other.

Until then, live your life to the fullest
and when you need me,
just whisper my name in your heart,
…I will be there.

~Emily Dickinson

 

My prayers and love go out to the Werner family, especially Saturday. Know that you are surrounded by love and that Mason will never be forgotten.

 

 

 

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Part-ay!

The end of April was full of birthday parties! Not only did we celebrate my nephew’s birthday but Emily also celebrated one of her best friend’s birthday! Happy 4th Birthday Slade!!!!

Slade wanted to have his party at the bowling alley. Super cool! Stephen and I have been wanting to take Emily bowling, as we thought she would really enjoy it. Time. Just never made the time for it. So Slade having a party at the bowling alley was awesome! Luckily, Slade’s Mommy is an awesome lady! She picked Emily up so I didn’t have to worry about Zachary and dinner time. (Zachary is a bit of a beast around 5pm.) Emily had a blast accompanying Julie to pick up the cake and to pick up Chase and Slade from school. She was really intrigued by seeing where they went to school at. I eventually made my way out to the bowling alley after feeding the wee-beastie at home.

When I got there, the kids were bowling and eating pizza. Emily was so surprised to see me. I guess she didn’t get the memo that I was coming later. It was so much fun to watch her bowl. The bowling alley is amazing. Not only is it non-smoking but it is super kid friendly. Bumpers and a ball ramp. Doesn’t get much better than that! Emily was crawling out of her skin when she got a spare. She was jumping up and down, screaming. It was really cute.

I think all the kids had a great time! Thanks to Julie for picking up my crazy girl. I hope Slade had an amazing birthday!

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A life taken too soon

I have made some very wonderful friends in my adult life. I have been very blessed to know all of these women. Near or far, these women are  friends who you can always count on for a laugh or a hug. They are women who have seen me through many up’s and down’s.  Today was a day when we cried together.

Today a dear friend lost her husband to cancer. He gave a good fight for three years and his body had finally had enough. He went through grueling treatments during his battle. Unfortunately, this was the type of cancer that just would not give up. My heart aches for her. She has to say goodbye to a man she has shared her life with for 15 years. They have three children together. The youngest are Emily’s age. I keep thinking about how they have never really know a time when their dad was not sick. And how they probably won’t really remember their father. That breaks my heart.

My dear friend has the heart of gold and took each step of this treacherous journey with her husband. She stood beside him even when times were really bad. And she did it with grace. She kept going even when she wanted to stay in bed and weep for her husband. I truly admire her for her fortitude and compassion. She is someone who I strive to be more like.

I know that she and her family will be fine. They will heal, over time. They will cling to each other when time are hard. They will keep his memory alive in their heart. He is not truly gone, as he will always be with them. My prayers are that they can find a sense of peace in his passing. They have had time to “prepare” for this day but I don’t think you can ever truly prepare for a loss this great. Luckily my friend and her family are surrounded by people, near and far, who love them dearly. It hurts to see them in pain but I hope they know that they are never alone.

Today the world lost a good man. My friend lost her husband, her partner and her children lost their daddy. My heart aches for them. Rest in peace dear man. You fought a good hard fight.

“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.”

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The best things in life come in threes, like friends, dreams, and memories

There is something about friendships that run strong and deep. You can see a person every day or have never met them but they might be a very important person in your life. I have several of those “never met” friends. They have walked in my shoes, have stood beside me and kept me sane. I might have never met them before but that does not diminish their importance to me. In some cases, just makes it stronger actually.

In the past, I have been fortunate to meet one of these friends. She actually lives pretty close to me. Her twin daughters are a little older than Emily and are a delight. So bright and adorable. That reminds me, we need to schedule a playdate soon! I didn’t know if I would ever have the opportunity to meet any of the other amazing women that I know.

Thankfully, I was blessed with the opportunity to meet 2 amazing women while we were on vacation. These women are two of the funniest and sweetest people you would ever meet. They have been part of my rock throughout the past 4 years. When we got there to meet, I had butterflies in my stomach. You never know what to expect. If their online persona matches their real life personality. I had a feeling that they did but I still had butterflies. I shouldn’t have. Seeing Mandy and giving her a great big hug made all those butterflies go away. It was like old times, not like meeting for the first time. And then Lisa made it to the restaurant. The same with her. It was like a reunion of sorts. Or like 3 friends, 3 kids and 2 husbands who were just meeting for lunch.

It was like we had known each other for years. The conversation flowed so smoothly and never lagged. If there was one thing I could change about the whole meeting, it would be time. I wish we had more time. Lunch seemed to fly by and there was more to be said, more to be talked about. More hugs to be given. I am so grateful for the opportunity to meet two of my “angels”. It was a wonderful, wonderful experience. I am truly blessed to have such wonderful friends in my life.

You might think that I am exaggerating things. Emily is very discriminating on who she hugs and gives kisses to. She gave Mandy lots of snuggles and even gave her a kiss before we headed in our separate directions. And she wouldn’t sit next to me for pictures. She had to sit with Lisa. Kids are pretty good judges of characters and Mandy and Lisa passed the Emily test.

I also got to meet Noah and Lily, Mandy’s children. I don’t want to leave them out. Noah. What can I say? He has an old soul in a little boys body. He is so mild mannered and well behaved. I just wanted to scoop him up and cover him with kisses! Lily. She is so outgoing and friendly! She was saying hi to everyone! Both kids are absolutely ADORABLE!!! It was so cute when the three kids starting high fiving at the end. They got along great!

I hope some day to meet some of my other friends who have seen me through a lot in my life. Some day……. 

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