Saturday, March 3, 2018

alissa's 18th birthday

How in the world did my 5lb 5oz, 18.5", baby girl turn 18?  And how is it that her birthday gift could possibly  be a wedding ring??? 

It's true though.  Alissa is a sweet, thoughtful girl who spends time with God each day and lives her life to please Him!  Matt commented that in all of her 18 years he has never heard her complain and he doesn't remember a single incident of her giving either of us a hard time or rebelling in any way.  She is an amazing girl and we are both proud to have her as our daughter!

Happy Birthday, Alissa!

a man and his dog

There is no one in this world Validus loves more than Matt!

wedding planning

Just the girls..... a trip to Starbucks, then a walk to the library.  Leah read some books while Alissa, Brianna, and I got some serious wedding planning done!


This year we enjoyed a stomach bug-free Christmas! 
Christmas Eve was on a Sunday so after our regular church service, we headed to the Center for our HFK Family Church service.  From there we went right back to FBC for the Christmas Eve service.  It was a very special time.  All of the kids (and spouses) were there.  The gym was beautifully decorated for Christmas, the Christmas story was read, and many of my favorite carols and songs were sung.  It was a perfect lead in to our own family Christmas. 

Everyone opened their pjs when we got home. 

We also enjoyed Mrs. Prindables candy apples- a surprise from Nana!  We watched It's a Wonderful Life and then went to bed.

Christmas morning Alissa made us an amazing breakfast in bed! 

We all enjoyed the day as it snowed out.  Our gifts were very simple this year, but we did manage a family gift of board/card games.  We had tons of fun playing together!

Matt made sure throughout the entire day- from start to finish- that we all remembered the reason we celebrate.  It's because of Jesus we are where we are today and count ourselves crazily  blessed!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

christmas by candlelight

Matt surprised me with tickets to Sturbridge Village's Christmas by Candlelight. 

It was a cold night, but we loved every second of it!  We both decided to make it a Christmas tradition.  It is one of our favorite memories ever!  Something about it really just slowed us both down and we were able to enjoy our time together in a really sweet way~


Well, it happened.  My firstborn son got married!  What a mix of emotions.  I remember someone once telling me, A daughter's a daughter for the rest of your life; a son's a son 'til he takes a wife.  I knew it would be different than it was with Brianna, I just wasn't sure what exactly to expect.  Would my son not need me at all?  Would I be completely replaced by someone else?

I am so thankful for my daughter-in-law.  I would have been even more afraid and unsure if it wasn't for Cameron marrying the sweetest and godliest girl he could possibly marry!  I'm still learning and figuring out my role now, but I am truly grateful for the relationship I have with Cameron.

When I realized that I was going to be a part of a mother-son dance, I panicked.  I had no idea what song to choose.  I listened to lots of songs, but none really described what I was feeling.  So-  I wrote my own! 

I remember when they said it's a boy
Daddy could hardly contain his joy!
You came on your due date, the 20th of June
I had no idea you'd grow up so soon.

You captured my heart with your mischievous smile
With snuggles and kisses, my sweet little child

One year, two years, three years, then four
You rode your tricycle fast, raced cars on the floor

Five years, six, seven, those years were so fun!
With your coonskin cap and Old Betsy your gun.
I'd still sing you to sleep every chance I would get
"Tickle my back, mommy!", things haven't changed yet!

Eight, nine, and ten, those adventurous days-
Playing football with dad, catching frogs, dreading "May".

Eleven, twelve, thirteen, the dingy, the derk
Lots of talks, many prayers, and I watched God at work

Fourteen, fifteen, sixteen oh my!
The classics, and Latin, EMS, Larry Blythe
CHORUS (teenage child)

Seventeen, eighteen, are you really a man?
Loving God and His Word seeking His perfect plan.

And at nineteen it happened, you met her, that girl
The one Dad and I'd prayed for, she set your heart in a whirl.

She captured your heart with her beautiful smile
And promised to love you my sweet grown up child

Now twenty and here we stand on the floor
Pretending to dance and laughing I'm sure
My heart is still captured with you,  my grown son. And your bride my new daughter has my heart also won.

Now it's your turn to do what dad's modeled for you
Love her, lead her, care for her too.
She's a gift God has given, a treasure that's rare.
So cover her always with sincere, heartfelt prayer.

No words can describe my love for my boy. Through the years you have brought me so much joy. I will never stop loving or praying for you.
CHORUS: (married child)

I couldn't be more proud of and happy for Cameron. And I couldn't be happier with my new daughter!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

birthday hike

I am so blessed by my family.  On my birthday we all went on an early evening hike.  Thankfully the clocks weren't turned back until a couple days later!  Although Brianna couldn't be there, we did face time on the top of the mountain so I could feel like she was with us!

To hear the kids laughing, joking, talking with each other, exploring, and just enjoying the trail and time together made me so happy.

When we got home, Matt ordered pizza and we ate it while watching an old Daniel Boone.  (now is the time oh baker of bread!)  

It was a great day.