For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:11-14


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Wow! It's been far too long since I posted anything on this blog...anyone still out there? I look back on the pictures from my last entry and it feels like a lifetime ago! SO much has changed in our family since July 2012. Here we are, the second week of September, 2014. In those two years we've seen two of our kids graduate high school (one with her associates degree), one become a father for the first time, one move on to new adventures and I spent a time working outside of the home....something that was short lived and was packed full of lessons for this mama. We also had to say goodbye to my husbands father, something that is still difficult even after 7 months of trying to adjust to life without this amazing man.

Crazy how quickly life can change, and how different our lives look now compared to then. We are now in a huge transition phase of life, seeing kids grow and move on, welcoming a cherished grand-baby and figuring out how to adjust all of what we've always done to fit the new reality that is our life. Even our pantry looks different...why is that something that I struggle so much to adjust to? I still want to cook and can enough to feed half of the free world. I'll adjust, it just may take a while.

So, my hope is that I can get back into the habit of blogging again. I've missed it, missed the friendships, the sharing, the creativity and the ideas shared by my fellow bloggers. Hopefully there are still a few of my blogging friends out there...and new ones to be found. :)

Friday, July 13, 2012

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What we've been up to....

Planning....baking....decorating for.....

....a wedding!

Introducing Mr and Mrs Anthony Fender
The wedding was held at Rachael's sister's house. Everything was beautiful. Everyone worked so hard to make their special day a dream, and it honestly was. I can't wait to see all of the pictures from the wedding, I know they will be amazing! 

We were blessed with an amazing sunset during the reception. Lightening lit up the hills around us, giving a beautiful light show to end our evening. Couldn't have been more beautiful!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Catching up....Yet again!

Long Beach, Washington
Good morning! I know, it's been far too long between posts again. I have a good reason, I promise! :)

We've been extremely busy with "life"...rounding out our school year, counting hours and recording grades, forecasting for fall classes at the community college for two of our 3 left at home, testing (state requirement), planting a garden, saying goodbye to a dear part of our family on this farm, planning a wedding for our son and his beautiful bride and celebrating that bride with a couple of bridal showers. Life has been non stop for weeks!

For Mother's Day, my husband surprised me with a trip to the Washington Coast. He knows me SO well! I had secretly wanted to spend a day at he ocean, but didn't dare mention it...Wade has been working so many long hours and has only had one day off a week most weeks. A trip to the beach would have been a full day away from home...but I really wanted to get my toes in the sand and the ocean!

The weather was beautiful! Sunshine and not too cold, but very windy...perfect kite flying weather, if we'd remembered to grab the kites. I was one happy mama, getting to put my toes in the sand and that beautiful ocean water. There is just something soothing about the ocean...taking a little bit of the stress of life away with each wave.
Brandon, Alyssa & Dylan
Before we headed down to the sand, we walked the boardwalk. It was a nice walk with the kids...we missed Anthony and Rachael...maybe next time. :) 

Alyssa, Mama, Brandon & Dylan
I could have spent days at the ocean, but the few hours we did spend were wonderfully refreshing. I was one happy mama!  

Friday, April 27, 2012

Thankful for Friday...and another daughter!

We've had an eventful week here at Tanglewood Hills! Our oldest son is home on leave and has brought some excitement to our lives. This week, he asked his girlfriend Rachael to marry him! He took her on a hike to a beautiful water fall and on bended knee, popped the question. I had NO idea we'd raised such a romantic young man...this picture makes me tear up every time I look at it.

They had friends along with them on the hike that captured the moment, I am SO glad they were there. The pictures are amazing!

The big day will be sooner than any of us expected due to Anthony's deployment. Thankfully, Rachael's sister is helping to plan the event and the wedding will be at her beautiful home. It's going to be a busy couple of months for our families!

So, for this "Thankful Friday" my list is LONG...but can be summed up with a few words...

I am thankful for the blessing of watching our first born become a husband, for his girl to become a wife and forever join our family as our DAUGHTER! We LOVE Rachael and couldn't have picked a better fit for our son. She completes him. I've prayed for his future wife since the day he was's awesome to finally see the answer to those prayers.

OK, so that was more like a paragraph, but you get the point. :)

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Crazy kids...

Alyssa, Brandon, Dylan and our Marine, Anthony
Am I the only one that struggles to get all of her kids looking at the camera at the same time, ready for the picture? The only one of my kids that fully cooperated with our traditional Easter morning picture was Anthony. There was a glare on the glass of the picture frame, but at least he held the same expression. :)

This Easter, with Anthony gone, we decided to include him in our "traditional photo" and use his boot camp picture. He is always in our thoughts and prayers and on Easter Sunday, he was a constant on my mind. It's never easy being away from my kids, but this deployment is a tough one on my heart. I know he is in God's hands though...for that I am thankful! There is NO better place to be!

Easter Day was a busy, but blessed one! We had a wonderful service at church, then rushed home to make a salad and go to my hubby's parents house for the family dinner. It was a relaxed visit and we enjoyed hearing stories from Wade's grandmother about her family (her grandparents and parents). Always a favorite of mine....hearing about the lives of family members that lived their lives and died before us. So much to learn from how they lived, I often miss my grandparents for that reason...all of the untold stories that we missed hearing.

I pray you and your families had a wonderful Easter weekend together!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Thankful for Friday!

How did it get to be Friday again so soon!? This week is our spring break...a much needed break from the normal routine of school, driving and anything that looks like our regular routine. We all needed it, but it has not lasted nearly long enough. I think part of that is due to our weather. Can you believe we've actually seen snow this week!? Nothing that stuck here, but just a few miles up the road from us they had snow accumulating yesterday morning. We've seen heavy rains, hail, wind, snow and the occasional sun break just to tease us. Nothing like we had hoped for...but the break was still enjoyed!

So, for my list of what I'm thankful for this week....
  • Down time. It's something I rarely afford myself, but it was something I truly needed right now. So much of our lives has changed in the past few months and I have not given myself time to just "adjust" to any of it...just in "Get'r dun" mode as usual. 
  • Time to relax and read a good book....or two. :) I haven't done that in YEARS! My daughter got me reading "The Hunger Games" and while I usually avoid the "trends" that seem to come around in literature and movies, this one is really good! I couldn't put down the first book and I'm halfway through the second. 
  • Time with my kids...they've kind of come and gone all week doing this and that, but we've gotten a bit of time to just "be" rather than working on school and such. Shopping with Alyssa yesterday was a fun outing and something that we rarely get to do. I am not a fan of "shopping" but the errands we ran yesterday were more fun because she was with me. :) 
  • Time alone...a RARE thing indeed. One day this week I actually had a few hours here at home with NO ONE ELSE HERE!!!  I left the house completely radio, TV or anything. Snuggled into my chair with my book while my bread was rising and just enjoyed the quiet time. 
  • Signs of life in my greenhouse. It's been a tough start to our spring here, our weather has not cooperated at all! I am seeing small signs that spring is actually going to make it's appearance here the small starts in the greenhouse. I've got two kinds of lettuce, bok choy, onions, chives and spinach starting to grow. I LOVE this time of year for growth, new green and new life after a long winter!
  • Long talks with dear friends. I was blessed to be able to sit and just chat with a couple of friends this week that both live miles and states away. Such a blessing and such an encouragement when I truly needed it the most! 
  • Breaks in our " spring" weather, we've had a few moments here and there where the sun came out and warmed us for a short period of time. We soaked it up while it was here, as brief as it was. Praying for more! 
This is the first of many holiday weekends that we will be missing our boy, Anthony, as he serves our country. It will be tough, gathering with family and friends for Easter and not have him here to share it with us. I have to remind myself WHY we will gather together. Sure, it's fun to reconnect with family and friends, but first and foremost it is because of our Risen Savior!

I hope you all have time with loved ones and enjoy a wonderfully tasty meal together, some fun time and make some memories.

I also hope and pray that you take time to remember what Easter is truly about....a man, God's own son, who came and lived among us. That man hung on a cross for OUR sins, paid the ultimate price for OUR sins! On the third day, He rose from the grave and lives forever more! 

Honestly, that is and should be TOP of my "thankful" list...not just this week, but every week. None of this trivial "stuff" matters in light of eternity!