Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Memories of Grammy


                   Grammy & I 1997 


    Anthony, Me, Grammy & Andrew 1999


                  Grammy & Adalia Kay 
     Grammy Last Birthday~ May1, 2012 

 
            Andrew & Missy's Wedding
                      May 19,2012


  One of our last family visits ~ Aug 2012 

 
Until we meet again... We loved you & can't wait until our sweet reunion!! 

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Love Letter


Dear Grammy, 

     It's been 2 years since you've left this earth. Not a day has gone by since September 10, 2012 that I haven't thought of you. The other day I caught a sniff of Red Door and it made me miss smelling it on you. I wear a silver rose bud necklace that was yours. I feel as if you are closer to my heart. Adalia recognizes it & mentions that it was your necklace. I often think what would Grammy have done? What advice would she have given? I wish I could dial 248-3729 & hear your voice. I know your not sad, suffering or in pain & for that I'm oh so thankful!!! I'm so happy you are with Jesus & Pappy!!! I'm glad I had 31 years enjoy you as my Grammy. You met my love Alden, grew to love my son Jude & daughters Piper & Adalia.  They loved you oh so much! Thank you for being patient, kind & loving.  Thank you for spending time with all your grandchildren.  Thank you for being you!  You were our rock & an awesome support!! We love you & can't wait to squeeze & kiss you someday.  Until we meet again I'm so glad I was your granddaughter!  

                                 Love, 
                               Denelle  

Ps.  We had another little bundle in 2013. Stella Marie is her name & she looks a lot like me.  She has a fine covering of blonde hair, sparking blue eyes & a sweet little smile.  She is super sweet & turned a year old June 12th.


Thursday, June 26, 2014

Sweet Summer

Wow it seems like yesterday it was spring and then poof it became summer. On June1st I woke up & was totally determined to make a new and different way for our summer.


I then decided the crazy or to most the unthinkable.  Why not get disconnected?  You ask yourself?  What does she mean by disconnect?  Isn't it better to get connected & stay connected? Why yes of course it's nice but how often is it stealing wasted valuable time from each of us everyday.


So, on my own decision I decided to get disconnected.  Facebook apt was deleted off my phone & status posted. I had decided to stay off  Facebook for the month of June. At first this was a strange concept because it became the Goggle for anything in life.



After a few days it wasn't missed.  I still don't miss the time taken away.  In fact I kinda like not knowing anything! I still use Pinterest, Instagram, email  & receive any messages.  Life has been adventurous & fun! We have been enjoying our summer lives to the fullest. 



I highly recommend taking a break from the social media frenzy!! It's truly has been a breath of fresh air! It has been a nice adventure!  Of course we will love connecting again with you all come July!  Either way we might be on a little less these next summer months.  Enjoy your summer and feel free to message!




Live life, Be Free, Embrace Joy, & Encourage Others. Happy Thursday!




Friday, May 9, 2014

Spring Forward


   

                       April 5th 


                 April 6th sunset walk 


                    April 8th sunrise 
               ~view from our window 


                         April 12th  
       fluffy clouds, sunshine, blue skies 


                          April 13th
                Spring Fever in action 


                 April 18th ~sunrise


         April 20th ~beauty of the night


       Later in the evening ~ Full moon 


          April 22nd Spring Sunrise 


                 April 23rd Sunrise 


                      April 24th 


                April 24th Sunset 


              Easter Sunday & Bunny 


                  April 26th Sunrise 


           April 27th lush PA farmland 



                 April 28th sunrise


              One of my favorite trees 


                   May1st Sunset 


                   Spring Blooms 


               May 3rd Beautiful Day 


                   May 6th sunrise 



                    Spring Blooms 


               Pastel Spring Sunset 

  
                   May 9th Sunrise 


                Misty farm PA land 

That's our April into May in a flash.  Happy Mother's Day to all the Mamas!  
Be happy, Be blessed & Show Love!! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

A Love Rare, Passionate, & Sweet

For the past 15 years we have known & grown to love the sweetest couple.  They happened to live across from us.  They were our wonderful neighbors.


   They married young & lived to celebrate 70 years of marriage.  The lady of the house "Sue" as he called her. She was a farm girl, one of 8.  Her future hubby was one of her brother's friends.  She saw a dashing man and instantly had to meet him.  Not long after they dated and then wed shortly there after.  He went off to war & she stayed home.


    Over the years they then welcomed 4 children.  They had 3 girls and 1 boy.  All of whom were dearly adored along with their grandchildren.  Sue was so loving, kind, and sweet to us.  She welcomed us with warming embraces.  You know the kind that swallows you up & won't let go.  She always giggled when she knew we were having a baby!  She was always eager to see our bundles and give them her love.  She truly loved with all her heart! They did everything together including:  dinner dates, scenic drives, groceries, or the beauty & barber shop.   He was a great guy!  He loved his wife so much & was always caring for their house.  He still insisted at 93 to mow his grass.  He also loved our dog.  He always greeted her with lots of love & snuggles! He always said, "He lives for snow & then he'll be extra happy."



They didn't have a fancy wedding, live in a fancy house, or have tons of riches.  They were richly blessed in a passionate, long life of love.  They had a love so rare, sweet & passionate!  They were true soul mates!  



She left this world early this past December.  She was almost 91. Her true love met her only 4 months later to the day.  Their love shows that when one is taken another can't be left.  They were amazing! Not perfect but always trying to do their best and stretch themselves for each other. 



As spring unfolds we will miss the sound of his mower, the smell of fresh laundry & her cooking in the little yellow house. We do rejoice though that they are together again.  The memories will last forever!  We are so thankful & blessed to have known them!



    What a legacy, an honor & a blessing to watch them grow old together.  Until we meet again our hearts will always be knitted together.  May we all aspire to adore & cherish our loved ones just as they did?  I pray to be blessed with a long, happy, and healthy life with my love & family!  Today and everyday may we be happy, be blessed & show the love!  Happy April! 


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Oh tired Mama

    Do you ever feel like it will never end?  



   The list of a mother well it truly doesn't!  


   Life was very different for me a meir 8 years ago.  I was used to working long hours & usually 5/6 days a week.  The hubby & I traveled a lot and thoroughly enjoyed taking off on any whimsical adventure.  We began our family & were blessed with our 1st child at the end of 2006.  Well only then had our life slowed down well just a little.  We still traveled just not as often. We took him along out west.  Then number 2 came along.  She's a lovely bundle of energy & keeps us on our toes.  Life kept getting busier & soon we had #3.  We found it best for me to be home with the kiddos. 


   So, in June it will be 2 years since I've been a full time stay at home mama. June of last year we added #4.  Being home It has been the best & most trying decision I've ever made.  I love my time home & being with my children.  I won't lie I do miss going to work.  Dressing up, seeing my clients &  the everyday feeling of being rewarded after a long day at work.  Knowing your client feels better after you spent all your time making them look & feel better.  It's the quick reward.  Now at times work feels like endless hours.  Little to no makeup, ponytails, sweatpants & hoodies, prep, cook & clean up, wipe bums & wash that never ends.  All this and with little or no appreciation.  How can we do it all? When does it not feel like Groundhog Day and the questions keep going?  


  Well, for me I had to make a change I can't stand to be stagnet. I made a change in our calendar.  I started making it fun!  I started scheduling days like the following:  a dress up day, go get coffee day, movie in the afternoon, dance party hour, creative drawing & writing & so the list goes on.. 

  Incorporating this routine into our lives last summer & even more this year has been the best move ever.  It has given me a better feeling about being home & a joy in not out working outside the home.  I strive to have a hot meal for myself weekly.  Enjoy 2 hrs of me time a day & get 4/5 dates a month.  Whether with my hubby,  a girlfriend or even a kiddo or 2.  It's the best feeling to get a little release.  


    I thoroughly have been enjoying my time!  I'm so glad I was able to pick Jude up from school in kindergarten & welcome him home everyday.  All while enjoying my girl days at home with the little ladies. These precious 4 mean the world to me & us.  Their little hugs, kind words, special notes & a picture are awesome!  They are the best compliment a mama could ask for.  I don't say these things to brag!  I feel truly blessed!   I'm not always happy but I strive to make the best of all things. I'm not a perfect wife or mom nor would I want to be!  I don't always know the right answer but I'm always trying new, reading, learning and growing.  I want to be a blessing always & to give others a reason to smile.  


Monday, March 10, 2014

Fresh & Clean


Do you ever feel like you've started tasks and never fully got the time to finish them?  Like so many I'm sure the list is long & time is short.  Our days are filled with numerous obligations but we want desperately to cross off these goals we'd like to finish.  The baby book we started, photos added to the albumn, books we want to read and the list goes on.  I encourage you to look at your goal list, circle one you feel you can finish first, now start it, make sure you take 1/2 hr to 1hr a day to work on it.  Slowly but surly you will be crossing them off & adding more.  

    Here are a few of mine:


            Our bedroom Reading Nook 


                     Stella's Letters 


                 Basement Bathroom
             Fresh Paint / Mini FaceLift 


     New Mirror, Recycled Mirror & Towel   
                  Rack & Light Fixture 


                    Recycled Decor


               Spring Shower Curtain

                  
    Cheers to goals!!! 

 
    Step Up & Reach Out