Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful that summer is getting closer by the day...

... and that with summer comes sunshine...

... and with sunshine comes suntans...

... and with all of that, comes

most of all

time together
as a family...

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Power of Love

I was sick yesterday.  Really sick. 
For the gory details, click here...

The agony and despair I felt
served a great purpose though
(well, besides the 6 pounds I lost)

It reminded me of the power of love.

The power of how just laying next to the man you love more than anyone ever can make your uncontrollable shivering subside.

The power of how holding his hand when you feel like you can't take the pain anymore makes it somehow seem bearable.

The power of how just his presence makes you feel safer, more secure, more "well"...

Daddy H and I have always had a deep connection.

One of those things I can't explain. 

We just "fit".

Many people have said over the years that we don't seem like a match, but they are wrong. 
We are a match in what really matters. 

He loves me unconditionally. 
No matter what I look like,
how much I weigh,
what mood swings I may have,
or what I forget to do,
he loves me.

I feel the exact same way about him.  I can't imagine life without him.  Not even for a minute.

But it's so much more than just an emotion of "love"... an intangible "feeling"...

Our love is power.

In the rush of everyday life, I had forgotten just how much power there is in his touch. 
In the strength of his hands and the way I feel so safe and secure in his arms. 

I had forgotten all of this... Until I got sick. 

After hours of pain and cold chills, I decided to climb into bed closer to him and guess what?!?! The shivering stopped.  The pain subsided temporarily.  I felt calm. All because he held me.

For as long as we've been married (almost 12 years now -- gasp!) he's always been able to make me feel better.  Sometimes it's a joke, or a hug, or just the fact that I know he'd kick anyone's butt if I asked him to...

The most wonderful thing, however, is how his touch can heal me. 

That's the power of love.  At least for me. 

Thanks, Daddy H.  I love you!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday

I'm thankful


That sounds horrible, doesn't it...

Let me clarify...

I'm thankful that
we've got

That's not coming
out right...

I mean
we've got

Nothing to worry about.
Nothing to do.
Nothing to remember.
Nothing to cry about.
Nothing to prevent.
Nothing to resist.
Nothing to avoid.
Nothing to defend.
Nothing to heal.

The way I see it,
NOTHING is perfect.

Absolutely perfect.

Nothing is peaceful and calm.
Nothing is stress-free and easy.
Nothing is happy and fun-loving.
Nothing is everything.

Nothing is awesome.
Isn't it?

Saturday, January 30, 2010

So Grateful...

We don't have this outside our windows this morning...

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today, I'm thankful for technology.

Specifically, I'm thankful for and the Ion VCR to PC converter that just arrived at our house yesterday.

Now I can transfer videos of my high school graduation, basketball games, and most importantly, the births of Bigg, Myddle, and Babee H from VHS to a digital format.  I am so happy I can't even stand it!!!!

Having these recordings in a digital format will be priceless. 

Having the ability to make this change only cost me $29.99 + $5 S/H thanks to (FWIW, has this same item for sale for $199.99 right now...)

It doesn't get better than this!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm grateful for Bigg H.

Well, I'm grateful for him everyday.  I'm grateful for all of my kids every day.

But today is his day.

He got his report card today and made straight As.

I couldn't be more proud of him.

Not because he has good grades...
Not because he is smart...
Not because he has good behavior...

I am proud of Bigg H for how far he has come
from the stubborn,
he was in 2007...

Way to go, Bigg H!
I can't believe you are a 2nd grader!

I love you, Koo!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Thankful Thursday

What am I thankful for today???

My gigantic and enormous gas bill?  No...
My annoying, stupid neighbors?  No, that's not it...
The huge rottweiler roaming our neighborhood?  Nah, not that...
The killer pile of laundry in my hallway?  Nope. Try again.
My fat rolls?  No... hmmmmm.... what could it be?
Grade level meetings after school?  NO!
Daddy H's crazy work hours?  Shoot... that's not it either!!!!

How about this:

Tonight, I am grateful for the fact that...
  • I have enough $ to pay the gas bill when so many out there do not...
  • One of my neighbors cares enough to call and let me know about the rottweiler since my kids were playing outside...
  • My three healthy children are able to run around and play and get their clothes filthy while having a blast...
  • I've never known hunger like so many people do...
  • The teachers in my grade level make even the worst day so much better... so few people can say that, right?
  • Daddy H has a full-time job with benefits like never before and that tomorrow he gets to work "normal" hours (7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. -- WOOT!!)
It's not been the best week, but in the grand scheme of things, I can't even begin to complain.  I've got it made in so very many ways. 

How about you?   What are YOU grateful for today?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sometimes "Thanks" Isn't Enough...

Last night, I had the most horrible
dream nightmare...

My family and I
were being held
by terrorists...

In our own home...

In my dream,
we were at their
being forced to
do whatever
they wanted us to do...
(which I won't go into detail about,
but let's just say that obviously
some of the episodes of Law and Order: SVU
came into play...)

It was a

When I woke up this morning
and told Daddy H about it
it got me thinking
about how grateful
I am to live in the
United States of America...

You see,
just because of the simple fact
that we live in the USA,
we can know
without a doubt
that my dream nightmare
will never become reality...

We are soooooo

Daddy H was a Marine when we met
in 1995...

something I thought was "cool"
at the ripe old age of 19

as a 33-year old mother
and wife,
I realize that it's not so much
as it is
brave, and

not to mention
the indescribable sacrifice
Marines (and all other members of our Armed Forces)
(as well as their families)
every single day
just so we can all
enjoy our freedom...

When was the last time
we gave thanks?

Whether we agree
with the war or the president
or any of the associated politics
doesn't matter...

This much is true...
 there are thousands upon thousands
sons, fathers, brothers, uncles,
cousins, and nephews
giving of themselves
each and every day
just so you and I can sleep
and work
and worship
and do what we do
in peace.

"Thanks" just doesn't seem like
nearly enough for
what they've given already and
what some will give
today, tomorrow,

Daddy H's AAV
Amphibious Assault Vehicle

2D AAVBN -- Daddy H's Battalion
Camp Lejune, NC

But "thanks" is all we can say...

So, my question is this...

What can we DO
to show our "thanks"???

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Thankful Thursday

First week back to school after two weeks off... 
Monday was hard to get back into the swing of things,
but after that, it was like riding a bicycle...
you never really forget how to do it, you know?

Today I am thankful for

my sweet little children
one of which
snuck into my
and hid
a spoon
my pillow

(they did Daddy H's pillow, too)

all so
could have
a better chance
of seeing some

(which we didn't... maybe next time)

I meant to get a picture of them
in their inside-out jammies,
but didn't get to it...

Maybe next time.

Seeing the world through
my childrens' eyes
is one of the greatest
blessings I've ever been

So, what are YOU grateful for today?

Monday, January 4, 2010

Monday's Moment

How awesome is it
that I get to work
with my BFF?

Pretty darn awesome,
if you ask me.

Saturday, January 2, 2010


This is probably wrong of me,
but today I am grateful for
the "for sale" sign
that one of my
most annoying
placed in their yard

is already
shaping up to be an