Aug 26, 2016

One year ago today we got the awesome news that after 7+ years of multiple EUA(exams under anesthesia) and procedures Jake's eye disease was finally to a point where his surgeon felt comfortable moving him to yearly office visits(AWAKE). This was a big moment for us. As we quickly approach his yearly exam we pray for continued success and happy news.

If you would like to read about the start of Jake's journey click here and to read about Jake's first eye surgery click here

Aug 25, 2016

My Family!

After much thought, prayer and therapy my little family is back together. We haven't had a picture as a family in quite sometime. The decision to separate from my husband was a very difficult one but the decision to recommit to our marriage was even harder. I didn't want to do this until I was 100% committed to making our marriage work and the issues that drove us to separate were worked through. We are taking it one day at a time and the only thing I know with 100% certainty is my family is worth it! Stay tuned!

 Pictures from our day trip to one of my favorite places. Taylors Falls, MN 

Aug 12, 2016

1. Taking steps towards a new beginning with the love of my life
2. Spending time with my little family
3. Cooking dinner every night this week (it's been a long time)
4. Learning to cherish the hard lessons in life because it has brought me to this point
5. Air conditioning
6. Coffee
7. I finally got a new battery for my phone. YEAH! It works finally!!
8. Ice Cream
9. Big Brother
10. Positive Attitudes

Friday Link Up Hosts: Lindsay @ The Flynnigans, Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird and Charlotte @ My Pixie 

Jul 22, 2016


It's been a crazy summer so far but I'm finally getting around to posting some of our summer activities. We took Jake on his first trip to Duluth. Duluth is one of my favorite cities in Minnesota and it's only 30 minutes from my cabin so it makes for a great day trip.

Jul 21, 2016

5 Boy Cousins!

7 years ago we took a picture of all 5 boy cousins who were all born within a year of each other. 7 years later we finally got them all to sit still to get another one. We didn't do a good job at getting all the boys in the same order but this is how it goes.

All cousins 1 year apart in age.. Top Tony, Jake , Gavin , Sawyer . Luke . Bottom Luke 7, Gavin 7, Sawyer 7, Jake 7, Tony 8 

4th of July!

This post from the 4th of July is a little late. I haven't had a free minute to post. Jake and I headed to the cabin to celebrate the 4th of July with the family. It was not only a therapeutic weekend for me but Jake had a blast playing with all his cousins. Life has been rather hard for me lately and it's times with family that puts life into perspective. Picture from the weekend.

19th Annual Dart Tournament 

Jake and Cousin Danny!

Morning Coffee with Mom

Thanks for the ride Danny!

Family Volleyball Tourney

Playing school with his favorite cousin

May 20, 2016

Happy Friday Week 7!

I spent the week sicker than a dog so finding things that made me happy turned out to be quite the task. I was hit hard with strep and an ear infection and now a FULL BLOW cold. I'm going on day 6 and I can't see the light yet. Instead of 10 things I am going to shorten it to 4 (just for this week).

1. Jake- I am not sure what I did to be blessed with such an amazing little boy. He went above and beyond what a 7 year old should do to help his Mama this week. He stepped up and took the lead as the man of the house this week. He checked on me often and made sure he was on his best behavior. 

2. Having an understanding boss and co-workers that genuinely care about me and were more concerned about how I was feeling then work that I was unable to do. 

3. The Mindy Project- for making me laugh even when it hurts to. 

4. Long soaks in my tub. I need to take more time to do that and not just when I'm sick. 

So there you have it. 4 things that made me happy this week. That wasn't easy. I'm linking up with The Flynnigans , Why Girls are Weird and My Pixie Blog. Check them out!!

May 13, 2016

Happy Friday week 6!!

1. Green Grass and blooming flowers
2. Pizza
3.Lots of much needed sleep
4. Watching Jake's love of music grow
5. The Big Bang Theory
6. Finally getting security deposit back from the landlord from hell
7. Pinterest (I think I'm obsessed)
8. Watching a friend hit a huge milestone in her life
9. Making my last car payment. Finally!!
Only 9

May 12, 2016

To The Best Friend Who Didn't Make It To The Next Chapter In My Life!

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I came across this article  written by Rachel Digman titled To The Best Friend Who Didn't Make It To The Next Chapter In My Life! and it got me to thinking about a couple of friends that I once called my best friends that either I never talk to or rarely talk to these days. These were people that I once called family and at the time I would never have imagined my life without them. I have spent a lot of time mourning these loses. Over the years I have learned to appreciate these friendships and not mourn them.

I know that if they were this important to mark an ever lasting place in my heart that I must too also mark a place in their heart and for that I will forever cherish. If you have a time to click on the link above and read Rachel's post do so. To me she says it so perfectly.