Friday, May 16, 2014

Anniversaries... it must be May

Celebrating 27 years of marriage today with this guy, who has always carried me through life.  


THEN:  May 16, 1987
Marina del Rey Hotel

NOW:  May 8, 2014
Bouchon Restaurant

And, it's hard to believe, but these two will be celebrating their one year anniversary on Sunday.  It seems like yesterday. 
Congrats Drew & Stephanie!

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Santa Clarita

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Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mother's Day

I always dreamed of having four children. 
But, after my 3rd pregnancy, it seemed like that would be it for me.

However, God has blessed me with these four:


People often ask me if I like the people my kids married. 
The answer is always a resounding "YES!"
I truly love and adore them like my own.

Even if I had been given free choice in the whole world, I couldn't have found anyone better to be my son and daughter in law than Nick and Stephanie.

I am really proud of all of them.

I could say much about them, but here are just a few words.

Drew is fun and funny, and super even-keeled.  So much like Rich, really. This past year I have proudly watched him graduate college, get a good job, and become a great husband.  It's been a true joy.

Stephanie is sweet, fun, creative, and thoughtful, and I love her personality.  I love to see how much she enjoys and loves my son.  She is so good-natured, and has fit in perfectly with our family since day one!  

Emma is hard-working, adventurous, & people-oriented. She really endears herself to all. It is so wonderful to watch her in her new role as a wife and homemaker. She has a very busy life with nannying and photography but she has put a lot of effort into making a lovely new home for her and Nick.

Nick is kind, hardworking, and patient.  He's also very fun to be with.  Even though he has had a lot of physical trials in the past couple years, but you don't hear him complain.  He has strong character, and I trust him completely to take care of my daughter.

The best part about these four is that they all love the Lord.
I am richly blessed by this common bond.
It brings me great joy that they have found the one "whom their soul loves."  
I love to see them so happy.

And today, May 11th, also happens to be my son Brady's birthday.  He would have been 25 years old today.  I marvel that He is in the presence of God and I look forward to our reunion someday.

 My heart is full this Mother's Day.

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Thursday, May 1, 2014

Our new little love (warning: cuteness overload ahead!)

In a little over a week, we'll be adding a new member to our family.
We've been wanting a Labrador puppy for some time...
I finally found a good local breeder with this litter of yellow labs-- the white color ones... and I almost died!!
We are naming her Buttercup. She is only 5 weeks old here, the day we picked her out. 
 Just look at this little LOVE!!


Empty nesters in need of a new baby. :-)


Seriously in love!!




Emma's cell phone that she picked up in her little mouth --  next to her shows how tiny she is!


That face... those eyes... that chubby pink belly!!!


Oh, and that lab profile! It kills me.



The three girls we had to choose from -- not an easy decision!
 We finally decided on the biggest most playful one.
Is there anything cuter than a lab puppy??

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