Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Diesel Dog

We lost our Dog suddenly last week.  It was heart -wrenching and many tears lingered through the week.  Diesel was 10 years old with life still left in him in my opinion.  What happened is unknown, maybe a snake bite but what remains is the JOY he brought to our family.

Diesel was such a great dog.  
He was super smart, energetic, loved balls and always protected our family.  
I loved his beautiful black and white coat, brown eyes, and the way he was always walked me to the front door when I would get home after dark.  He was the first one I would see when I got out of bed and the last one I checked on before turning off the lights and locking the door at night.
We will never forget our Diesel Dog.

With heavy hearts we will miss him terribly.

Life is sure a precious thing.  
Losing him really made me realize how quickly and
unexpectedly things can happen.  

Dogs come into our lives to teach us about loyalty.
They depart to teach us about loss.
A new dog never replaces an old dog;
it merely explains the heart.
If you have loved many dogs your heart is big.
                                    -Erica Long

Monday, November 27, 2017

Family Pictures 2017

It was time to update our family photos and get a portrait on the wall that included Maverick in it.  My first plan was to have the photoshoot at our new home but after pushing the photoshoot back twice due to everything not being complete on the remodel I decided to go ahead with a different plan.  The photoshoot was taken in a field with the most dreamy light and I just love how they turned out.  The kids sure do grow fast, I can't believe how big Ryden and Violet look.


Photo credit to the talented Jodi Mockabee. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Birthday Party for sister!

      Violet requested a trolls dance party with her gal pals this year.  I must confess she has never had a "friends" party.  I typically just organize a family party with all her cousins and grandparents and call it good.  For her 7th Birthday she begged for a party with her girlfriends so I decided to make that happen for her.  Since we are still displaced and don't really have a home we decided to have it at a local warehouse called Port.  This place is ideal for a party or event if you don't want to deal with the mess and everything that comes with hosting at your house.  Another super convenient part about throwing it at Port is that Sierra Party Rental is literally right next door for all your party rental needs.  I definitely took advantage of that. 

      All and all the party was a success and the girls had a blast.  I loved watching Violet with all her sweet friends celebrating.

Happy 7th Birthday Violet!

Friday, May 19, 2017


"How do we become the kind of women who have the character and wisdom to shepherd those outside our home?  By first being faithful inside our home."  
~Jeanne Harrison

To me Motherhood is full of mess, happiness, joy, tears, worry, prayer, and so much Love.  My heart bursts with thankfulness that I have been given these treasures to raise.  

Oh Ryden, you were the one who first made me a Mama.  I had no idea what the gift of motherhood was really about until you came along.  I feel so blessed and honored to be given the privilege to raise up such a fine young boy.  You love Jesus with your whole heart, you are a hard worker, love to be goofy and laugh, have a gift of music, a natural leader, and constantly teach your father and I what it means to be slow to anger.  Love you Red!  Thanks for making me a Mama.

Violet, my wildflower.  You are a true gift from God, the daughter I always dreamed of having.  I refer to you as my tom-princess, always keeping up with the boys but never neglecting your girly side.  You are our little prayer warrior, twirling and dancing where ever you go, and you love to write songs about Jesus.  From a young age your love language has been very evident (touch and words of affirmation).  I pray you stay confident and brave in everything you do and find your worth in the Lord.  Love you sweet Violet!  I'm honored to be your Mama. 

Maverick, "Bubbers" as Violet calls you. You are truly a bundle of JOY.  Your smile is contagious and everywhere we go you draw people to you.  Our nights still may be sleepless but I wouldn't trade you for the world.  I am so happy we decided to have another baby.  This past Mother's Day we dedicated you to the Lord and wrote the following vows to you.  

Maverick as we dedicate you to the Lord we commit to guide and model Christ like character daily.  We will strive to be parents and siblings that point you towards Jesus so when you are grown you will have Him close to your heart. We pray you always find your worth and help in the Lord.  Maverick, we are honored the Lord has entrusted us to be your parents and commit to do our best to raise you in His will. 

I know they say the days are long and the years are short.  So with that in mind my prayer is in these short years I can do my best to raise you three to be extraordinary adults who love Jesus with your whole heart.

Cheers to Motherhood!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Documenting spring.

I love spring time.  
All the wildflowers bring my heart such joy and entering a new season is always so refreshing.  We recently spent a Sunday afternoon hiking and admiring all the flowers, the weather couldn't have been more perfect that day.  

Hope you are enjoying this season with your loved ones.