Sunday, September 14, 2014

Busy Busy

We are still alive.  Busy, busy  Ashley is in 1st grade at a new school.  International Prep Academy.  50/50 Dual Two-Way Immersion program.  It is adjustment except I think it the long run its going to be great.
  Little D is still with us.  He just got a new case worker this week.  He has been with us for over a year.  Pray that a loving family adopts him in the upcoming months.  Its going to be really hard when he goes.  Little D is going to Chesterbrook in the morning and Pre-K in the afternoon.  He is loving it!!!

Raphael is in high school.  I can't believe it!!!!  He is maturing everyday.  I hope I have him next summer in behind the wheel.  Raphael is in the band at the high school.  We love going to his performances.


Sebastian is now 6 years old.  We celebrated his birthday today.  It was a great time Ileana's family came from Chicago.  He is loving kindergarten.  He played fall ball and seems to enjoy that.  He is so sweet.  He loves for Ashley to come over and they take over Raphael game system.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Happy Birthday Grandpa

 Ah today would of been Grandpa's Birthday...........  Most of you know Grandpa passed away on June 25th.  It's been the longest month of my life.  I thought I was ready but I guess you can never really be ready for something like this. I just feel like there is an emptiness in my heart.  My head hurts all the time now.

This was in the March - he sure did love Kyle's dog.  The poor dog has moped around for the last month.

Happy Birthday Grandpa!!!!  We love you!!!!!!!


Wednesday, June 18, 2014


We our having a wonderful summer so far.  I am teaching safety and btw in the mornings.  In the afternoons I play :).........

 The 1st week Ashley went to the Y camp and loved it.  They went off to a local zoo and swam 3 days of the week.  Ashley took the swimming test in the deep end and passed.  So now she can go down the slide at the Y.

 We have spent a few afternoon and Saturdays at the pool. The park district was having  a kick off to Summer on Saturday.  We spent from 12:00 to 6:00 at the pool, they had a band, face painting, duck races, lazy river bingo.

Sebastian loved having his face painted.  He was so proud.  Little D and Sebastian waited so patiently.  Did you see Little D got a haircut :).

 Summer is so much fun with these 3. Can they stay this age forever......
 Our duck did not win :(.  The ducks raced down the slide.

Also this month we went to Patrick's graduation party.  We were able to meet baby Easton.

On the same day we went from a graduation party to a baby shower.  Olivia our neighbor and is also Ashley and Sebastian preschool teacher and Ms. Olivia was also my go to baby sitter is having a baby in July.  We were so excited to celebrate her day with her.

This was a train that somebody made - I thought it was really cute. It was filled with presents.
 Someone made a dipper cake.  I have made those in the past - I always think they our pretty cute.

 Grandma made the stork on the table..  Olivia got some really nice gifts.

I have seen this on pinterest the motorcycle out of diapers.  I had never seen it is person till the shower.
 Ms. Olivia with her cake it was so thick.
It was the best day with Grandma and Ashley.  We just laughed and had a great time together.  Thanks to Tracey for keeping Little D.

Please pray for my dad he just sleeps all the time.  We our pretty sure his heart has  been shocked 4 times in the last month.  He was never up long enough on fathers day to get a picture with him.

Hope everyone is having a great summer!!!  The weather is awesome this week.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

What I am Loving Wednesday

What I'm Loving Wednesday -  this last Saturday Dr. O'Brien a professor I had at Murray State was traveling threw Champaign and called me to have lunch.  I worked for her at Murray in the Physical Education office.


I am Loving - that I had a wonderful mother's day - with  my mom and Ashley and little Dee.

I am Loving - that this weekend is Sectionals for Track.  It has been a great season.

I am Loving - that Jenna and Chad from our small group were baptised this last Saturday after we set chairs up for Sunday services.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Loving Wednesday

I'm Loving - that yesterday I got a email from Ashley reading teacher telling me how much she enjoys her in her reading class.  That she makes her smile and laugh everyday.

I'm Loving - that I went to FCA banquet tonight. It is future Christian Athletes.  It was awesome John Groce spoke.  Michael Finke lead in prayer he is going to be speaking at our 8th grade graduation.

This is Tony Jones with Coach Groce he teaches in Mahomet but use to work at Franklin.

I am Loving - our boys at our local high schools did this video .  Allen that babysat for us this summer and many Franklin alumni our in the video.  Justin Bieber even tweeted about it because it to his song.  It also was mentioned on MTV.

I am Loving - The Nesting place Myquillyn Smith - your home it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful. Have you visited her blog at

I am Loving - that I was on two interview teams this week one for art teacher and the other was for a new stem teacher.  It makes me excited for the upcoming year and excited that I am teacher.  It makes me want to be a better teacher.  I am excited to welcome these new teachers to Franklin and Champaign.  They our both new to the community.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter


 The Easter bunny came to visit last night.

The Easter bunny also came to my parents.  Ashley was in heaven I don't think she ate any real food all day.  She loves candy.
We were excited to celebrate Easter today at my parents.  We were also excited to go to church with my mom.

 We also had lunch at my parents.  My dad is not doing well so he slept the entire day.  It is really hard to watch him suffer.  I am not sure how my mom does it every day.  It was to be very exhausting on her.
Easter Sunday is one of the most popular church days of the year. And the challenge is how to use the opportunity to spread the message to those in the community who don’t normally walk through a church’s front doors and spread it in such a way that it keeps them coming back.  The challenge also is about presenting a story and a message that people will understand once the service is over.  “It’s a powerful message of hope in a day when people need to hear the ... reality that defines the world — it is not one of death but of resurrection,”

This is Ashley and Little D last weekend when we went to an Easter egg hunt.  They were post to drop 30,000 eggs from an helicopter except it rained so that did not happen.  Look what a week does.  Today was gorgeous and last week was freezing.


This is Ashley 2012 Easter - ah Love this girl!!!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter.  Remember tomorrow is a new day - you can be anything you want to be and do anything you want to do - recharge. 



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

What I'm Loving Wednesday

What I'm Loving - I am loving that we our in our 2nd week of Track.  Our first meet is next Tuesday.

What I'm Loving - my girls that I have this qt in health class.  They our so sweet.

What I'm Loving - Allen is the Athlete of the week - in the News Gazette.  That is our local paper.  He is in track and runs the hurdles.  He is such a sweet kid.   He and Brittani babysat for Ashley and Little D last night while I had open house.


What I'm Loving - Easter is approaching.  What a wonderful time to reflect what is important in life.