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January 19, 2019

Yesterday, a woman I know came into the library.  I hadn’t seen her for a while and didn’t realize she was expecting her second child.  We chatted for a bit about that and she was asking me what the age difference is between my kids.  I was telling her and then mentioned that Nick was going to be 23 today and how fast the time with kids goes.  She said she’s always heard the days are long but the years are short. 

Isn’t that the truth.

One day you’re snuggling a sweet baby and the next he’s graduating from college and moving out on his own.

Where does the time go?  And why does it have to go so fast?

Honestly though?  I love having adult kids (even though I often don’t feel old enough to have adult kids!).

Today this guy turns 23…


We celebrated this morning with a birthday brunch at First Watch (yum!).


Happy Birthday, Nick.  We love you & are so proud of you!  Praying that 23 is terrific!


Heard Around the House: Seize the Day Edition

January 8, 2019

Taylor, 9:30 p.m. on Sunday:  I’m off tomorrow but I’m going to get up early, get stuff done, seize the day.  I’m going to SEIZE THE DAY!

Taylor, 8:30 a.m. on Monday:  (Nowhere to be seen)

I got this text from her as I was leaving for work…


She cracks me up.  I think she seized the day by totally enjoying a day off from work and school! :)



Weight Loss Wednesday

January 2, 2019

From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day…



Carbs were everywhere and I ate a bunch of ’em.


I’m back on track today AND I’ve exercised EVERY DAY THIS YEAR!  Woot!

Yes, it’s January 2.  But I’ve exercised twice!  Ha!

It’s time to lose the rest of this weight.  Here we go!



Happy New Year

January 1, 2019


I had to laugh when I saw this floating around social media…


Is this true for anyone else?  LOL!

I’m trying to start the new year off on the right foot.  I’m joining with an amazing group of women and reading 100 Days to Brave by Annie F. Downs.  I’m also trying to add exercise into my day (I’m going to do the 6 week Leslie Sansone Walk at Home Challenge on YouTube).  I’ve been a Keto slacker since Thanksgiving so I’m back on that bandwagon as well (starting tomorrow – ha!).


I was filling some things out in a new planner for the new year (yes, I still like a paper planner!) and told Brian that I wasn’t sure he realized that we’re both gonna be 50 this year!  He said he thinks he’ll just skip this birthday.  I say bring it on!  (Age has never bothered me!)

How about you?  What are you doing to be more awesome this year?  Whatever it may be or whatever you’re facing this coming year, I pray that it’s a year where you draw closer to Jesus than ever before and a year full of His blessings & peace.


Friday Favorites: Fall Decoration Edition

November 9, 2018

Happy Friday!  It feels like winter is pushing it’s way in way too soon around here.  We had a few nice fall days last week when we were in Florida but it seems fall may have passed right on by Ohio.  The Florida people thought it was too cold.  We thought it was lovely!

I LOVE fall decorations and have loved seeing everyone’s fall posts on Facebook and Instagram.  I thought I better snap a few pics before these cold temps destroy my mums.


I don’t do much indoor fall decorating but did put out a few fun things.

My table…


My grandma made this pumpkin guy light and one of my besties made the pumpkin on the right (made from a roll of toilet paper and a fabric square!)…

Brian and I picked up a few new Christmas decorations the other night.  I’m hoping to keep the fall stuff out until Thanksgiving but he’s already making a plan for outside Christmas decorations.  Fa La La La La!  :)

Happy Birthday, Brian!

September 29, 2018

Today is this guy’s birthday…


We’re finally the same age again.  :)

Conversation this morning…

Me:  Happy Birthday!  Do you feel 49?

Brian:  Every bit of it.  I’ve felt 49 for the last 3 years.

LOL!  Poor old guy.

We started his birthday celebration on Thursday with a trip on the Donut Trail with the kids (more on that later).  We ate SO many donuts that he insisted he didn’t want ANY birthday treats today.  Well, until I told him we were thinking of getting him some cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory.  He was okay with that!

Tay & I worked today and Brian spent the day working in the yard.  Tay, Corbin, and I surprised him with a cards and a couple of gifts tonight.  Nick’s meeting us tomorrow night for a birthday dinner.

Happy Birthday, Brian!  I hope this final year in your 40’s is fabulous!  Love you so much!!

Car Probs & A Big Move

September 19, 2018

Last Wednesday night we got a phone call from Tay.  She had just arrived at church and wanted us to know her car had stalled on her once on the way.  She was able to pull over and get the car started and make it the rest of the way to church.  You don’t even know how thankful I was that she had taken “the back way” rather than the highway that night.  Whew!  Brian met her after church and drove her car home and it seemed to be working okay.  They next day he realized there was an issue with it and set about finding a solution.  There were other things going on around here as well so the car just sat for a few days.  No problem, we had four other options (we each have a car and Brian has an old pick-up truck).

Friday was a big day around here.  Nick got the keys to his first apartment!  It’s an awesome place not far from here and also close to his work.  We had a plan for the weekend to get him all settled in.  Friday was to be spent moving the things from our house (his bedroom & some kitchen things).  I got home from work and realized his bedding needed washed so I opted to stay here and get that?  Imagine my surprise when they got home from that first trip and Brian announced that the truck was acting up!  WHAT??  We had a plan for the weekend and that old truck was a big part of it!

Plan B…

We loaded up my car and Nick’s car with the 2nd load (minus his dresser & kitchen table).  We grabbed a quick dinner at Moe’s and then headed over to the apartment.  We unloaded things and Brian got Nick’s bed set up, Tay worked on the kitchen, and I headed out to the store for some food for the next day’s moving crew.  We stopped at Brian’s friend, B’s house on the way home to borrow B’s truck for the weekend.  We HATED doing that but NEEDED a truck for the moving plans to work.

Saturday morning Tay headed to work (in Brian’s car) and I headed out to go to work the morning shift at the library.  I hopped in my car and IT WOULDN’T START.  Are you kidding me?

I ran back inside to let Brian know what was going on.  He & Nick were getting ready to head out of town to pick up some furniture from my parents.  I needed a car!  We determine that it’s my battery (at least that’s what we hope at this point) and Brian takes me to work.  I text Tay to tell her she’ll have to pick me up on her way home.  A co-worker ended up bringing me home.  Brian & Nick headed to New Carlisle to pick up some furniture from my parents.  They have just down-sized and had some things for Nick.  Brian & Nick came back by after unloading B’s truck & my dad’s truck at the apartment.  We loaded up a few more things and then headed back to the apartment for a bit.  Thankful for my parents and their willingness to drive a truckload of stuff down and also for some of Nick’s friends who came to help haul stuff to his third floor apartment.  We left Nick & his friends to their weekly “game night”, my parents headed home, and we headed out to buy a battery for my car.

Sunday we met Nick at IKEA (Brian HATES IKEA!) and then went back to his apartment and worked on getting most of the items he purchased put together.  He was pretty settled in when we left him on Sunday.  His place is so nice (much bigger than our first apartment!).

In the middle of all the moving hoopla, Brian spent quite a bit of time trying to figure out what was going on with Tay’s car.  Monday night he had me come out to the garage to assist him with a few things.  It went a bit like this…

Brian: Okay, give it some gas.

Me:  I’m giving it gas and it’s not doing anything.  I’m pushing the gas down as far as it’ll go.

Brian:  That’s not good.

Me:  Oh, wait.  That’s the brake.

(Obviously I was a big help.)

We decided that we should get the car looked at by someone who knows the brake from the gas and dropped it off this morning to see what’s going on with it.  Hopefully it’s an easy (and not too expensive!) fix.

Everyone handled all these twists & turns to our plans like champs.  We were so thankful that none of the cars broke down on the highway or caused any real danger to anyone.

All that and I didn’t take a single picture of the apartment, except this one of his mailbox.


Welcome home, Nick!