Tuesday, March 29, 2016


This picture was taken at an ugly sweater party at Rebecca's house.
Who is Rebecca you may be thinking... well she is the one person on this earth that has many similarities to my Mother, besides me of course. haha
That alone made me love her from the minute she told me about herself. (Also she is the one on the floor in a penguin shirt.)

See I met Rebecca when I went to Nicaragua last May. (Nicaragua needs an entire blog post if it's own, it was an amazing, life changing trip!!) 

The picture above has my heart, I asked for all my kids to get in the picture and this was the result!!
How blessed to have so many extra kids think of me like a mom. 

The 7 kids that jumped in the picture that don't live at my house, all have so many wonderful things that they add to our family. 

Having a large family is always an adventure, not always a fun adventure but an adventure non the less.

We are able to go places and get the group discount, we always have someone to take a selfie with, we share almost everything, everyone always has options of who they want to hang with, people have lists of questions about how we do things, cleaning up is a breeze with so many helpers, parties are always so fun..etc.

Some not fun adventures... we don't get invited much because we are too many, outings that average size families frequent (such as laser tag, museums, amusement parks, movie theater, ice skating etc..) are budget busters for us, many different ages makes it difficult to entertain all..etc,

Anyway I got off the topic...
The gorgeous Rebecca...

Becca accepts our family and all of its ups and downs. She comes over, she helps plan parties we have, she attends outings and helps with the kids, she blesses the girls with the clothes she no longer wears. Her heart, her sense of humor her ability to listen, all add so much to my family.

She has so many friends!! I love a bunch of her close friends! One of her best friends my family spends a lot of time with also...

This is Jim. Becca's best friend, well one of them.
He needs a post of his own also, He's pretty amazing an a wonderful addition to our family dynamic.

She is so great with my kids and super sweet to me.

I believe God sent her to me to remind me of my mom and bring me closer to Him!

I have had a lot of people that have come into my life and left a print on my heart, I can honestly say that Becca owns a piece of my heart. 

I am so happy to be a part of her life and I look forward to attending her wedding. 
This is her and her Fiancé Matt.

"It's amazing how a person who was once just a stranger, can suddenly mean the world to you."

Have you ever met someone that touched your life and heart in an incredible way?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Cherished Friendships

Today I was blessed with 2 friends coming over for morning coffee. We chatted eagerly non-stop for hours. I once read that you know its a true friendship when you always have something to talk about. I believe it is a great friendship when you can go weeks, months, or even years without talking and can pick up as though no time has passed. This type of friendship is rare and should be cherished.

As I think about all the different friends I have and have had in my lifetime, I realize most of my friendships last years!!!

Heads up
~~~~~ I do not have pictures of everyone of my friends so please do not be offended if you are not highlighted in this blog. You are important to me. 

I am blessed so many different kinds of friends, lifetime friends are among my favorites, they know me. all the good and the bad and they have stuck by my side year after year. We may not speak every day or even every month, but once we get together it's like no time has ever passed!
I have friends that have been a part of my life story for over 27 years! Maid of honor at my wedding, friends since 7th grade. so many great stories and memories!!

NOW, on to my very best friend for the past 20+ years.... my good looking, sweet, hard working, kind hearted, smart, and let's highlight patient husband!!!

I cherish this man. He has my heart like no one ever has!

This man encourages me and pushes me to become a better person.

He makes me smile, laugh, crazy, and mad. But he loves me and shows it!!

I thank God for blessing my life with such a wonderful friend, husband, and baby's daddy (haha).

Do you have a friend that is honest, even if it means hurting your feelings?
I do, it is so nice to be able to call that friend for any and all things and know there will be no sugar coating. Also knowing the truth told to me is all covered in love!

Do you have a friend that you became friends through someone else, but it lasted forever?
Thank you friend for sticking with me.

 I love having a friend that no matter how messy our houses are, or how crazy our kids get, our friendship is strong!

Friendships that last a lifetime, no matter the distance, family drama, or differences in our lives we remain friends.

Friends that encourage you to pursue yours dreams, let you know that you aren't the only parent struggling through misbehavior, and always welcome you when you wan to come over.

I cherish my friends that always pencil you in when you want to see them, friends that trust you with sensitive information and that you can also trust with secrets.

 I adore this friendship a lot because he puts up with me... have I talked about my amazing husband?

 Making friends in another country and keeping them, loving them, and laughing with them is pretty amazing. I love having friends that encourage me on my fit mom journey. Even if its baby steps to get me there.

Being friends with family members is a double blessing... I have so many friends that are my family members... I mean there they are kinda stuck with me, but they don't HAVE to talk to me. I appreciate my family friendships.

  Isn't it cool when you meet a friend through your kids and even if the kids lose touch you remain friends. Laughter and love that last for years!

Friends that have you over and adore your kids is such blessing. Love all the fun times and laughter with great friends!

I have many friends that are younger than me, actually young enough to be my kids, but I like them to fill me with thoughts of when I was younger to remind me how far I have come. Also they are wise to things I wouldn't have a clue about if they weren't my friends. Keeping me up to date and young.

What a blessed Gal I am. 
I have a handsome best friend. 
And every kind of friend a girl would want in her life!!

Do you cherish your friends? 
Maybe you should reach out and tell them!!!