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Summer Time Fun –

I love Summer Time.  Not really the heat so much, but all the time we get to spend together as a family.  Growing up, it seems my sister and I had a friend over nearly every day of the summer.  If they were not at our house, we were at theirs.  We even had a friend that came on family vacations with us.  She became a part of our family.

My kids too have friends that they are always with.  Each of them have become so much a part of our family, that it seems there is something missing when they are gone.  It can get pretty hectic around the house to say the least, but I enjoy every moment of the madness.

I treasure this time with ALL my children…… the “adopted” ones too.  Before long, they will not be spending their time with us.  My oldest is 15, and I know that my days left with him are numbered before he will be working, and driving, and won’t want to be with mom and dad any longer.

Here are a few more photos of our time together so far this summer. These memories will last a lifetime.

!! And don’t forget to click on “Summer Time Fun” below to watch the short video my husband put together of the girls swimming……!!

Summer time Fun! from Greg snell on Vimeo.


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Clutter Me Crazy –

I hate clutter.  I really do.  My house can be spotless, but if I have a lot of knick knacks out, or appliances on my counter, for me….. the house feels dirty.

We recently downsized and moved from our 2 story house to a small one.  Until we can get a shed for storage, we are having to store everything inside the house, which means boxes and storage bins stacked against the wall.  It is driving me crazy!

I can spend all day dusting, vacuuming, and picking up the living room, but at the end of the day, all I can see are the things in the living room which do not belong.  The box which houses my Christmas tree, a storage bin of mine and my husbands things from childhood, a storage bin of my children’s baby things, a storage bin of blankets… My closet is already packed with other stuff from the old house, and my porch is stacked with things which used to be in our garage.

Don’t get me wrong…… I’m not a neat freak by any means.  With four children plus their friends over all the time, I gave up on perfect a long time ago.  The house gets destroyed quite often.  But it would be nice, once I get the house all cleaned, that it actually felt clean.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say I am a minimalist, but I do like clean straight lines.  I don’t have a lot of collectibles lining my shelves, I am drawn to furniture with straight lines, and I am not partial to furniture with a lot of scroll work, or embellishments…. at least not for me.   I keep my toaster, waffle maker, blender, and all other appliances put away in the kitchen cabinets.  The only things I keep out on my counter, are decorative items.  At night I check the coffee table and end tables and remove any clutter that has gathered (my husband and children are notorious for leaving mail, keys, dishes, toys, etc. on them) and put the items where they belong.

So this whole, stacking boxes against the wall crap, is annoying.  Very annoying.  But, for now, I have no choice.

I miss my other house.  I feel as though I have been living in Limbo for the past few months.  Next month I’ll have school supplies and school clothes to buy, but after that I am hoping we can get a storage shed so I can de-clutter my home……and my life.

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Growing Up Twin

I have never been alone.  From the moment of conception, as a tiny embryo, my sister was right at my side.  Growing up we did everything together, even being born.

Keri was always the leader, sometimes at great cost.  She was the first out of the womb, making the way easier for me, but the process took its toll on her.  In December of ’74, just two months old, we both caught pneumonia.  Being the first born, Keri’s immune system was weaker than mine, and her case was more serious.  We were both admitted into the hospital.  As my mom rocked Keri to sleep, she noticed her skin had become tinged blue, as well as her lips.  Keri was rushed to Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. On the way to Children’s, Keri stopped breathing 2 more times.

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Wayback Wednesday, Post #2 – Grandma and Grandad Bailey –

I can remember spending many nights at my Grandma and Grandad Bailey’s house.  During the summers we stayed for weeks at a time.  We loved it.  Looking back, I don’t know how she managed to keep her sanity.  It wasn’t just me and my siblings there, it was ALL the cousins.  At any given time she would have 7 to 8 kids running in and out of the house, sometimes more when we brought a friend.

Grandma never minded though.  She loved us being there.  I can not remember a single time that she lost her patience and yelled at us.  That’s not to say she didn’t get on to us.  I remember her chasing the older cousins around with a switch from the tree or more often, her fly swatter.  I don’t remember ever getting a whipping myself, though I am sure I must have.  Grandma had a paddle hanging on her wall that someone had decorated and given her.  “Grandma’s Paddle” was written across it.  I don’t remember the paddle ever leaving her wall.  Grandma and Grandad both were easy-going, never yelling or screaming at any of us.  Their patience seemed limitless…….or maybe that is why Grandad spent so much time out in the shed.

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WAYBACK WEDNESDAY: BECOMING A MOTHER

This is the first post in a new series I will be doing every Wednesday.  ln celebration of “Wayback Wednesday”  I will post about a special memory in my lifetime.  For my first post, I wanted to post about something very special.  My memories on first becoming a mother……

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I was fairly young when I first became a mom, only 19.  I had been married for just a little over six months.

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Learning To Let Go –

Last night I went into the local grocery store to pick up a few items, and was met by the strangest sight. Two boys that my son played Baseball with back in Elementary School were working as Sackers….. My oldest has talked about starting work next year, and I know that day is coming.  But seeing those boys with their light fuzzy facial hair, WORKING, came as quite a shock.  I suddenly felt so OLD! My baby boy is becoming a man.

I can still remember the day he was born. Looking into his eyes for the first time, holding him, awed and humbled to be given such a precious gift.  I still remember his smile, and that sweet baby smell as I held him close to me when he was an infant.  Now he is 15, will be driving soon, and working….. Where did the time go?

As he enters this next stage in life, he introduces us to all new worries…. car crashes, teen pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, smoking, staying out late, not knowing where he is, if he is O.K.  I’d like to think that none of these common “teen problems” will touch us, but reality says at least some of them will.  I can only hope that we have taught him well enough, made him strong enough, to make the right choices in life. But letting go is so hard.

As I look at each of my four children, I know the day will come when they will be on their own.  I will always be here to support, encourage, and catch them should they ever fall.  As parents we spend our lives preparing them for when that day comes.

But I wonder……… have I prepared myself?

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Wylie’s Angel

credit: Wylie Police Department

My heart absolutely breaks when I think about this little boy, his lifeless body abandoned near Lake Lavon in Wylie, TX.  His parents are yet to be found.

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