Look at Me Go… Three Posts in a Row… |June 12, 2014|

This one… will be very little jibberish and just focus on what’s up with my kids…

The Light of my World…


This boy turned 21…. FINALLY!!!  It was a long road but he finally hit the magic 21 years.  This was taken as he was departing for Las Vegas to be part of a celebration with his buddies.  Two for one weekend.  He turned 21 in Vegas and Dusty had his bachelor party.  Talk about a Hang Over movie sequel waiting to happen.  8 North Dakota boys in Vegas.


The girls during Homecoming week back in October.  I know it is an older one, but I just love it.


Zada and Sophia… another old one and HORRIBLE color… but I just love when they hang out together.  Zader-Beans is getting old on us.  We had to build her a ramp to get up the two (yes 2) steps on the deck.  She is quite the girl  We love her and I worry about her so very much.


This girl turned 9.  Here she is the last night at age 8.  Being a bit silly for the camera.


This lovely lady melts my heart.  Here she is at the spring concert.  We decided to cut her hair a few days after this.  Now I see how pretty it was that night and maybe regret it a bit… but her hair grows super fast so we should be okay.


My SOUL daughter is getting married.  Her she is (on the left) with her Aunty Tonya and her mom, Jodi.  She had a beautiful bridal shower and is finding out quickly how many people love her and how much… and it is making this special young lady a bit teary eyed.


And… it rained the other day (and many other days)… But it was super nice and warm out so the girls went out and played in the water.  This little peanut makes my family with “too many kids” complete.  Chad and I joke often about having “too many kids” because quite frankly… they make us tired sometimes.  And while I may have been a bit moody before she arrived… I wouldn’t trade her in for anything in the world.  Love this little girl.  She is my Snuggle Bear.


And here they are… playing in the rain.  Seriously, it was so warm, Emma could sit in the “Pooh Stick Stream” and not freeze.  Olivia quickly learned that there wasn’t enough water for the floater.


So… there you have it.  A bit of fun and no major ‘life lessons’ or reasons for the post.  Just me sharing my kids with you.

As I type, Little Miss Sophia has decided to wake up at 4:30AM and said she wants to come ‘snuggle’ with me.

Gotta go.  No way I am saying no to that request.

Take Care of You!


Reasons… |June 11, 2014|

Reasons vs. Excuses

This post is a collection of thoughts that have come to me lately and I wanted to share them to see what others think on the topic of

Reasons vs. Excuses

First of all, are they the same thing?  I am going to argue absolutely… NOT.

I have come up against a few people in my life who feel every answer you give them when  asked how or why something was completed in a certain way (generally in unsatisfactory ways)… that the answer is an excuse.

Truth be told there are sometimes reasons and sometimes excuses.  Reasons I can handle… Excuses (and sometimes blaming) makes me wonder or something.  I am not sure what it does… but I am learning that I use both and it is my intention to use excuses less and hopefully reasons less as well.

Let me give you some examples of MY ideas when it comes to reasons vs. excuses.

Why didn’t you work out this morning?
Reason: My daughter was throwing up and had a fever of 102 degrees.
Excuse: I only had two hours of sleep and couldn’t make myself get up to go.

Why is your homework not done?
Reason: I came home from school and threw up.
Excuse: I didn’t have time.

Why didn’t you call your Mom on her birthday?
Reason: I was in the middle of the Indian Ocean with no cell service.
Excuse: My cell phone was not charged.

As I make my way through many changes in my life over the coming year (or two) I am hoping to deal with fewer reasons and make fewer excuses because I just want to do and be the best I can.  I want to get it right as often as I can.  Will I falter?  Of course, but when asked, why didn’t you succeed at making your home a better place to live and take better care of your heart, mind, body and soul… the answer won’t be a reason or an excuse… but will rather be I’m still working on it.  Rome wasn’t built in a day and change takes time.

And because I try not to leave you without a visual stimulus of some sort…

A picture of me (age 40) and my soul daughter (age 25) at our joint birthday celebration last fall.



When a Break Lasts too Long… |June 9 – 2014|

When a Break Lasts too Long…

People don’t continue to follow you.  I am sure there are a few people who may wonder what I am upto and that’s great.  Blogging today for me so I can get back on track.  I enjoy sharing my story.  Why… who the hell knows.  I just do.

(Uffda… this computer is frustrating me.)  My PC is needing a trip to the hospital so it is in the back of my van.  I think I will give it a ride to Dickinson tomorrow and hope they can take a look at it.  Using my Mom’s laptop and some functions are super slow.  I may take this in for a visit to the computer fixers as well.

Anyway, my last post was FOREVER and a day ago.  It was about this girl who was signed up to run a half-marathon and why she wanted to do it.  She wrote an amazing list and she almost believed the story herself… then she didn’t and things went to hell in her plan and she didn’t fight to stay with it… she let it go… again.

That was me… in case you didn’t know.  Two years in a row I signed up for the half-marathon in Fargo.  Two years in a row I completed the 10K.  Today I am not going to write about the Fargo 10K but will post just one pic from the day.  I did finish it.  And here I am with my “participation” medal as my brother, son, and husband like to call it.

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Fargo was fun and I will blog about it, but I just wanted to let everyone… ha ha.  Let my three fans who read this blog know I am still here and I am still thinking about the blog and the writing and all of it.  Just lots going on and I don’t make myself sit down and put the words down.  I was watching Flicka with my girls and the girl, Katy, is supposed to write an essay during finals for 2 hours.  She didn’t write one word in the Blue Book.  She told her dad, “I wrote it in my head.  I just didn’t put it on the paper.”  That’s how many of my posts are these days.  I write them in my head, but don’t get much further.

Which leads me to a topic for a post on another day… Reasons… that is the title.  And I am excited to write it.

The list of things I dream of writing or want to write and tell everyone is long.

1. Reasons
2. Making Changes
3. Finding that Special Someone
4. I Still Use My Real Camera (but don’t print a darn thing)

There are four just to get your curiousity peaked.  This post has taken me three attempts at the computer and is so disjointed I am not even sure on posting it.  It is 24 hours (at least) since I started this post.  Things are chaotic in my head and in my words that are here…

But what I want to get posted and let you know I will be back again this week with more.  Likely some pics of my girls and maybe Trevor too…

Thanks for sticking with me… I appreciate it.