Thursday, November 13, 2014


Just a few funny stories I want to get recorded somewhere...

Ace was leaning on me during dinner, which is sort of sweet, and sort of stinking annoying.

I said to him, "You're so sweet. Some people wouldn't believe me if I told them that."

He said, "It's our secret." Haha Yes, indeed it is.


Abby brought me a coin she found in her trick-or-treat bucket. She asked me to read it to her. On one side, it had John 3:16. On the other I read aloud, "Where will you spend eternity?"

"Where ever I want."


After a long day of cake decorating, I was lamenting my lack of energy. I said, "That's okay, I'll get a second wind."

Jacob added, "Or a second mocha."


I recently got my hair colored bright red, as most of you know. When I went to wake the kids up the next morning, Abby said, "Did you sleep in that hair??"

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


At what point have you overshot "instilling confidence" and arrived at "cocky little sh*ts"?

We might be there.

How do I know? Here are a couple of examples:

-As I dropped Jack off at school this morning, after our typical morning mayhem, I said, "Hey." And I waited for him to look at me. "You are awesome." Without missing a beat, he said, "I know." He hopped out, slammed the door and off he went.

-Josh and I were talking about his upcoming audition for the Crossmen. I was trying to prepare him for the fact that he most likely won't make it through this first year.

I said, "You know, most people don't make it the first time they audition." His response? "Most people aren't the best baritonist in Oklahoma."

-Abby has recently decided the song "Jolene" as covered by Straight No Chaser is one of her favorites.

One line in the song is something like "her beauty is beyond compare." Abby pipes up from the back seat, "They said booty!" I corrected her, "No. Beauty. Like, she's beautiful." Abby said matter of factly, "NO. She is cute, IIIII am beautiful."

Well, if confidence counts for anything, my work here is done.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Because of You

Because of you, I go to sleep at night wondering if kids need another blanket.

Because of you, my kids cry when we don't have time to go to the park.

Because of you, I worry that the guest bathroom toilet is still leaking.

Because of you, I work hard for a paycheck.

Because of you, I worry that I need to get the kids to the dentist.

Because of you, my kids eat too much junk food.

Who are you? The veteran. The soldier. The warrior.

Your sacrifice makes all of this happen.

Because I have a home with walls and a roof where my family is safe. I don't worry about bombs blasting holes in our sanctuary.

Because my kids are able to play outside under the open skies and I don't have to wonder if they will be ripped from my arms and taken off to be soldiers carrying automatic weapons and committing atrocities of their own.

Because you support a way of life where electricity, running water, and even internet are readily available.

Because our society and way of life allows me to work outside the home as a woman, and earn a pay check and support my family.

Because we have ample medical care to keep my children healthy and thriving.

Because I can go to the store and buy good food to feed my family without having to worry about food shortages, lines for rations, or fire fights in our streets.

These simple things that we take for granted every single day. Not a single one would be possible without men and women like you fighting for our way of life and to keep enemies at bay.

I don't say it enough, but you should know I do think about how blessed I am. I think about it all the time. I think about your families who have to send you into harms way to protect me and mine. I appreciate it more than you can ever know.

I know it's not enough, but it's all I have...thank you.