Wednesday, September 24, 2014


I'll be on my way to Florida soon...I am so happy to see my family. It'll be the original 5 for a few days, and I'm so thankful we'll be together to support Dad tomorrow. 

Reality is setting in, and I am scared. I know he's in the Lord's hands. 

And I made some nurse treat bags to ensure he gets treated well. It never hurts to butter up your nurses with chocolate and sugar! 

I also made him this book filled with scriptures about the heart and endurance. It started out as a project to encourage my dad, but it really helped me too. 

I am gonna miss these two like crazy. And of course, my sweet Terry. What in the world would I do without him? Thank the Lord for a husband like him! 

Surgery is supposed to start at 7:30 tomorrow and I think it lasts a few hours. I'm hoping by lunch time tomorrow we'll have some really good news! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


My first glimpse of Christ's love was from you. 

You taught me how to love others. 

You taught me how to ride a bike, throw a softball, and drive a car. 

You taught me God's word. 

You lived it every single day in front of me. 

You taught me what it means to work hard. 

You taught me how a man should treat his wife. 

You taught me the importance of serving others. 

You taught me to watch my tongue, and to apologize when I'm wrong. 

You taught me that nothing on this earth matters apart from Christ. 

You baptized me. 

You loved Terry like you love us. 
You saw me through the worst days of my life. 

You prayed fervently for my sweet miracle baby when I never thought she would happen.

You are my hero, and I can't believe God thought enough of me to choose you to be my dad. 

It's no wonder your heart needs a little re-vamping. You've used it to the fullest the last 56 years.

Happy Birthday to the best Dad. 

I love you with all my heart. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

In The Clear

Our land is finally cleared!!! They should be starting the foundation Wednesday and hopefully framing next week! 

The above picture is the side view of the lot facing our next door neighbors. And below is facing our street and across-the-street neighbors. It's moving slow but at least there's some visible progress! :) Terry's dad says he loves my orange bathroom they already installed (the port-a-potty), and he'd paint it any color I wanted! 

In even better news, Terry went to the dermatologist today for a suspicious mole, and is cancer free. His primary doc was worried about it, but he got the all clear today! Thank the Lord! 

Happy Monday! 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sneak Peek

I knew the day would come when I would have no say in Madeline's Halloween costume. We saw some Disney princess costumes last week in Sam's and she hasn't stopped talking about how much she wants "long, yellow hair". So we went tonight and bought the costume. I think its safe to say, she likes it. She told me she looks like Brynn! haha 

She's asleep right now in her princess dress and wig. My sweet girl! 

This guy...

This guy had a birthday last week. He's totally faking his smile in this picture! 

I had big plans for a football birthday theme, but Madeline went shopping with me so it was all mismatched. My party ocd struggled with her choices, but gosh, she was so excited about picking everything out. I know that's what really matters. 

Madeline picked out some shorts for Terry, and we worked together on this letter. My favorite thing is what Daddy does for work...haha Unicorn = uniform. She gets them confused, and it always makes me laugh. I was pretty shocked at how close she was when I asked her how old he was. Impressive. 

Anyway, I tried to put a lot of thought into his gifts this year, and he hated them. haha So we returned them that night, and he got what he wanted instead. That's what 14 years together will do for ya! 

After we got home, he got a round of family birthday calls. I snapped this picture while he was talking to my Dad, and it's one of my all time favorite pictures. 

There he is...belly laugh, holding one of his birthday balloons, with a pup in his lap. This guy makes me happier than anything else on this earth, and I am so grateful for his life. 

Happy 33rd Birthday, Terry! 

I've never loved you more...

The Plan...

Terry and I talked after I got robbed about Madeline and me going ahead and leaving San Angelo. If I am really honest, it shook me up pretty bad. Not that I was hurt or anything like that, but I've just never lived anywhere that I feel unsafe. I barely sleep, and don't sleep at all during the night. Granted, part of that is work, but part of it, is that I feel like if I fall asleep something bad will happen. 

We've been kinda thinking and praying about it, and were thinking about just all leaving together on November 1st. But there have been a few more crimes so close to our apartment, and then aside from all of that my Dad had a heart cath last week. We didn't really sweat it because he's pretty young and healthy, but they found 3 major blockages and one partial blockage. So he has to have open heart surgery - triple bypass.  I'll never love anyone like I love my Dad. He's always been my rock and one of my best friends. He's the Godliest person I know, and I was just heartbroken for him. After that news, I felt like it was just God kicking me out the door. I need to be there for him and for my mom too. We decided that I'll leave here in 3 weeks and hopefully I'll be there in time for his surgery. He'll find out Tuesday more about when, where, and what exactly he has to have done. I've applied for a transfer, and am just waiting on my background check before my Florida license will be issued. Hopefully, it will all work out. 

So we are really gearing up to move. I can't even believe it's here already. I feel like we've kinda taken one blow after another lately, but if I look at things on the bright side, I am going home! We'll be with our families on holidays, birthdays, and the every day ups and downs. I am leaving a group of girlfriends, and a church that is irreplaceable. But home really is where my heart is right now, and I could never really thank the Lord enough for His timing in all of this. So that's the plan...2 weeks and 6 days left before Madeline and I leave. We plan to make the most of our time left here, and leave with good memories! 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Saturday Madeline and I went to a bridal shower for a friend of mine from work. My friend Sasha, who was my preceptor in nursing school, threw the shower. It was so fun and relaxed! We stayed well past our welcome and had so much fun! I didn't really take any pictures until it was pretty much over because I just carried these two cuties around the whole time I was there!

 While I was getting baby fever, Madeline was getting puppy fever. She carried poor Bruno around until we left. She told me she was pretty sure he didn't want to live at Mrs. Sasha's house, but he wanted to come to our house instead. It was a good try...he is pretty cute.
 While Bruno is adorable, he's not really my type of dog. I was way more into Mac...aka the cutest bulldog ever! He was so stinking cute!!!
 It was so fun to get together with my friends from work and talk about girly things! But I definitely left with puppy and baby fever!!! A puppy is for sure out of the question, but the baby thing...we'll see. Maybe once we get to Florida!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Pirates and Princesses

I saw on facebook that Disney Jr was coming to town, and decided we HAD to go! Terry really wasn't interested in going so I thought it would be fun to take Madeline and Lexi Friday afternoon. We went to the 2:30 show and it really wasn't crowded. We had great seats, and Madeline and Lexi were SO well behaved. I think they were in awe, and it was the cutest thing ever! 

The show started with Doc McStuffins...yall know how Madeline feels about the doctor. Doc is pretty much her hero! 

 Ring pops and Sprite because you need a little sugar when you're that cute!

 Minnie and Mickey came out next and Madeline may have freaked out. She was so pumped!

This was Madeline's face the majority of the show. She said, "I can't believe they're real, Momma." So sweet! She said it was the best day of her life. 
 During the Sophia show, Cinderella came out. Madeline and Lexi both were just shocked. It was adorable.
 Madeline's face when Cinderella came out.
 Then they blew bubbles everywhere...I mean it just kept getting better and better.
 My girl and me at intermission. Excuse my black eyes...I was a little tired! haha
 Sweet friends, and a $12 bag of popcorn in the background. These poor girls had to hold out for McDonald's after the show! I mean, $12 is a little ridiculous even for Disney.
 Jake and his crew were cute too! At the end, the treasure volcano erupted gold confetti everywhere. It was great!

 After the show we got happy meals, and headed to the park. Lexi was so good and ate all her food, but not my kid. She was too busy chasing those ground squirrels and birds with her french fries.

 Friday night, it was just Madeline and me while Terry hung out with his guy friends. We ordered a pizza, watched Frozen, and of course, dressed up! It was a pretty perfect day!

Thursday, September 4, 2014


Well, I haven't been blogging because honestly, it would just be depressing to read! But in the past couple of weeks we survived a scary night in Oklahoma, a nasty wasp sting, Madeline being sick with two rounds of antibiotics, steroids, breathing treatments, etc, Terry and I both losing our voices, a robbery, a small flood in the hallway at the apartment, a blown tire, and I think that's about it. It's just been one of those times where I've felt pretty kicked when I was already down. Although I think Terry enjoyed me not being able to talk so much! haha

But on the up side, I am starting to get stuff together after the robbery. I got my driver's license this morning, and all our banking stuff was cancelled before they ever could use it. I should have my phone back today or tomorrow, and hopefully next week I can get the rest of my identity back! The thing I just can't shake is that they were watching me, waiting for me, and then just came after my purse with me right freaking there. I'm a little paranoid now, and  I cannot wait to say goodbye to this apartment. I don't really feel safe in San Angelo anymore. Thank the Lord Madeline was at school. I know it could have been so much worse than it was.

Anyway, we got our official orders, I gave my notice at work, and we're really winding down our time here. Hoping to make some good memories the next month or two to end on a high note! My next blog post will be happy and hopefully with some new pics of my sweet girl and maybe even some progress on the new house!!!