Friday, October 17, 2014

The One Where I Say Goodbye.


"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."  
- Eskimo Proverb
- See more at: http://www.psychic-readings-guide.com/heaven-quotes.html#sthash.Y2E6VoQ9.dp
This week I've had to say goodbye and struggle with the death of THE most influential woman in my life besides my own Mother. That is my Gram. Her name is Edith Lorene Smith. I got my middle name, my compassion, and my love for all things in the kitchen from her. She taught me how to cook, bake and clean up after myself in the kitchen. She taught me basic sewing. She showed me what having a family was all about, and she would have done anything for all of us grands. She is an amazing woman and I hate that tomorrow I have to say goodbye for good. But not forever. She will live on in my heart, on my face (I think I have her eyes), and in how I live my life. She will be there in how I raise my kids; and also on my hands, neck, and ears - she left me some jewelry behind that I will cherish all of my life.


Gram and I at my house, last Christmas.


For the past two years (give or take some time), I've watched Gram struggle through chemo, radiation and all of the other hardships that come with a cancer diagnosis. She was diagnosed with lung cancer, and lost her battle this week. Thankfully, she passed away in her sleep. She's now among the angels and with the love of her life once again. I can take solace in the fact that I know she is a Christian, and that one day we will see each other again. I pray that she's up there now, watching over us and that she's no longer suffering.

The one bright spot this week has been all of the loving support from my friends and family. I don't know what I would do without these particular people. They know who they are - near and far, they are the ones that rally around me at the best and worst times of life. While some of them are new and some of them have literally been around since (or before) my birth, they all have been a huge part in my being able to survive this week.

I pray that one day my kids will know her through me, because she has been such an influence on my life. I hope to share stories, pictures and many memories about her with my boys.

I love you, Gram. I miss you.

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."  
- Eskimo Proverb
- See more at: http://www.psychic-readings-guide.com/heaven-quotes.html#sthash.Y2E6VoQ9.dpuf


Gram, with Ryan, at dinner back in May.

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."  
- Eskimo Proverb
- See more at: http://www.psychic-readings-guide.com/heaven-quotes.html#sthash.Y2E6VoQ9.dpuf
"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."  
- Eskimo Proverb
- See more at: http://www.psychic-readings-guide.com/heaven-quotes.html#sthash.Y2E6VoQ9.dpuf


"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."   - See more at: http://www.psychic-readings-guide.com/heaven-quotes.html#sthash.Y2E6VoQ9.dpuf

"Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."  
- Eskimo Proverb
- See more at: http://www.psychic-readings-guide.com/heaven-quotes.html#sthash.Y2E6VoQ9.dpuf

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sweet Ryan!

It's so hard to believe that my baby boy, my first baby, is going to be three years old today! So crazy!! I love being a Mom, but it's also the single most hard thing I've ever done in my life as well! Read Ryan's birth story here.



Ryan Wesley Addison   Born May 20, 2011


Ryan is my OCD child. He likes things exactly how they should be and nothing else can happen. He cries "mess" whenever he gets something on his hands. Although, just like his Momma, the kids thrives for sweets. He was doomed from the beginning! We, of course, limit the sweets, trying to get him to try to eat anything and everything under the sun... but yet he remains a super picky eater. For most meals he will only eat chicken nuggets or a peanut butter and jelly (or honey) sandwich. For breakfast he's always willing to brach out more - to waffles, pancakes, yogurt, oatmeal, nutri-grain bars, muffins, donuts, and much more. He loves most fresh fruit, and hates most vegetables. So we let him eat the toddler squeeze packets that have veggies in them. That's our compromise and for now it works.

We are trying to potty train, but that seems to be a never-ending things for him. He wears pull-ups and will go pee-pee in the potty... but refuses to go #2 in it or even tell me he has to go #2. He just runs off and makes a mess in his pants in a corner.

We're working on communication... and it's going well. His vocabulary is fantastic now for three and he already can run through some picture flash cards and know every word. He can count to ten. He knows most of the regular shapes already but refuses to learn his colors. He loves his class at church and had learned and repeated many things... his favorite being the 'clean up' song.

He's learning to be a great big brother; his nickname for Kyle is "brudder".  He gets concerned about where brother is, and he always wants to have him around when playing... although Ryan doesn't like it when Ky gets a hold of one of "his" toys. But that's pretty normal, right? His favorite question to ask me is "where brudder?"

I've been so blessed with a great toddler and even though his temper can drive me crazy (because he's exactly like me), I love him with all my heart can give. I can't wait to watch him grow up and turn into the Godly man I hope to raise him as.

 I asked Ryan some questions for his birthday. Here were his answers.


How old are you? "I'm Ryden." (Of course, this is his answer for most things!)

What's your favorite color? "Not pink. Dark"

What's your favorite toy? "Ironman."

What's your favorite Food? "Chocolate."

What's your favorite drink? "Juice."

What's your favorite tv show? "Octonauts."

What's you favorite animal? "A pig on the farm."

Who's your best friend? "Daddy."

What do you like to take to bed? "My watch."

What do you want to be when you grow up? "Mommy."

What do you like to do outside? "Bubbles." 

If you could meed someone famous, who would it be? "A big guy." (This one made me laugh!)



Happy Birthday my sweet Ryan. I love you!









 





Thursday, January 2, 2014

Instagram Photo Challenge, December



1. Red.
2. Where I stood.

3. Silver.

4. Tiny.

5. In the Cupboard.

6. Shadow.

7. 6'oclock.

8. I shop here.

9. The Weather Today.

10. R is for... my firstborn, Ryan.

11. Green.

12. Joy is... Knowing I have a husband who loves me for exactly who I am and never trying to change me!   
13. Composition.

14. Drink.

15. Lights.
16. What makes you merry...

17. Tree.

18. my BIG boy!

19. Tis' the season, to be grateful for life's blessings.
20. I'm listening to...
21. On the door.

22. Sparkly.

23. Tradition, we broke our dinner tradition this year and had steak and potatoes instead!

24. Wrapped; in a blanket with my infant!
25. Best bit of my day; dinner.

26. Where I slept.
27. What I'm doing right now.

28. Something awesome.

29. Best bit of 2013; Adding Kyle to my life!

30. Me.

31. Celebrate.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Goodbye 2013.

It's the last day of 2013 and while it was mostly a good year for me, I'm still learning and growing and I hope to make 2014 even better! Thanks to everyone who's a part of my life; you've all made an impact on me!

My goals this year are to: grow closer in my relationship with God; continue to face my insecurities; love those I care about (as well as those that don't care about me) with all my heart; be kinder on a daily basis; live a healthier lifestyle; and to be the best wife and mother I can possibly be.


Thank you to those who follow and read this blog even though I'm not very good at keeping  up with it myself. I hope to do better in the new year but let's face it, life gets in the way! 

Monday, December 30, 2013

My complete reading list for 2013.


Matched by Ally Condie
Immortal City by Scott Speer
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Dream Dark by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
When Breaks the Dawn by Jeannette Oke
When Hope Springs New by Jeannette Oke
The Marriage of Your Dreams by Rick Johnson
365 Days of Thanking God by Daniella Whyte
Frazzled Mom's Devotions to Go by Rochelle Valasek
Take Four by Karen Kingsbury
Altar Ego by Craig Groeschel
Leaving by Karen Kingsbury
Learning by Karen Kingsbury
Longing by Karen Kingsbury
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare
City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare
The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Loving by Karen Kingsbury
Love like Jesus by Judah Smith
The Line that Binds by JM Miller
Coming Home by Karen Kingsbury
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Need by Carrie Jones
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Hawke's Harbor by SE Hinton
11th Hour by James Patterson
The Fault in our Stars by John Green
So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Instagram Photo Challenge, November






1. Selfie

2. Throwback: Our First Date at Agatha's Mystery Theater.

3. Breakfast.
4. Sweater: My UGA sweatshirt blanket.

5. Something Orange.

6. Something You Miss.
7. Best Friend.

8. Family.

9. Drink.
10. Warmth (cappuccino).

11. Lock Screen.

12. OOTD

13. Handwriting.
14. Pets.

15. Something you Love: Reading & Mexican.

16. Phone Case.

17. Sport.
18. Homework.

19. Fun Event: ABTF12.

20. No Makeup.

21. My Favorite Place: Anywhere these three are!

22. Addiction: Coffee.

23. Favorite Book: Divergent.

24. Cuddle Buddy.

25. Snack.

26. Sky.

27. Selfie Outside.

28. Thanksgiving.

29. Leftovers.

30. Upside Down, about to turn this house upside down for Christmas!


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