Tuesday, January 27, 2009

We're Legal...21years and still drunk on love...

So yesterday was Paul's and my 21st wedding anniversary... Time is going by so fast! We kind of celebrated all weekend- a dinner out and movie Friday night, Dinner and dancing with friends on Saturday night and a family get together at mom's last night. Just a "do what ya feel like weekend/ day of celebration."

Paul and I have known each other since we were 16 & 17 and it's crazy to reminisce of all our time together. We were cracking up yesterday recalling some of the stupid, immature, innocent crazy and young love things we have done over the years. How he used to think "this" was cool and I thought "that" was cool... it made me think and cherish my one constant... Our love for each other. How blessed I am to have that. I cannot even imagine my life or myself without him. Not to sound corny or steal a line from a movie but he truly does complete me. It's strange because we both have changed in a lot of ways over the years yet the love stays the same. Constant...Sure we have our fights, we bug each other, he does things that annoy me, but the constant love never stops. It over powers the less important or irritating things.

I thank Paul for that, his always loving me. I can honestly say that not one day has gone by that I haven't known he loves me. That's a great thing- he is a good man- he is loyal and faithful and fun. (Sexy too- but Aubrey's going to kill me for writing that... she'll understand someday that is important also.)

So as I sit here looking over the buffet table of my life- I am thankful. I did pick the best main course. Maybe by desserts, appetizers, table settings or drink choices haven't always been the best, but the core of my life and the person I chose to share it with are awesome!

Click below to hear my song to Paul...My Best Friend!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Choice Is A Down Payment On Tomorrow

Ever been in a funk? Well it's not fun so I don't wish it on anyone... Life is throwing us some crazy stuff right now and I'm doing my best to handle it. We're to the point that all we can do is laugh and pretend it's one of those annoying movies that your just waiting to conclude so that all will come together. "Money Pit" comes to mind, "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" is another..."Fun With Dick & Jane" is just an extreme exageration but not sooo far out of the question...

Sunday at church our pastor said the reasons for the places you are in your life right now are because of THE CHOICES you've made. And I do agree with this...

He then went on to give us advise on how to make choices:

Ask yourself these (4) questions before making-

1.) Would God Bless It?

2.) Is It Redemptive?

3.) Is It Defined By Your Love for God?

4.) Does It Demonstrate God's Lordship?

I believe if these are answered affirmatively that "good" should come from our choices- I truly do.

Gosh I know I haven't asked myself these questions in all my decisions and sure wish I would have.

Yet I'm having some difficulty understanding or seeing the good in some of our situations due to our choices at this time- and did I add... I believe they were all "yes's" to these questions... I am confused- I know sometimes we can't see the great plans God has for us, but the blocks aren't stacking well in our favor right now and I need to see some "Light" and soon....

So I'm posting this so that maybe you'll keep us in your prayers...

I'm posting to publically pledge my need for God's grace...

-and I'm posting to let all my friends and family know that I love them and I apologize for not being the normal "me" for quite awhile. I was delt a lot of crap in my younger life and feel I've handled it all pretty well and kept the faith or found the faith- I feel I've always known that even though my moments have been rough there has and always will be someone going through much worse.

I am Thankful for all I've been blessed with-

My children and husband are my greatest gifts- and I would never trade them for anything- they are my "Gold Rock." They keep me sain! They bring me complete happiness...

Anyways it is my hope for myself, my family and all mankind that life gets a little easier and God shows his mercy- I'm not sure that I am as strong as I thought I was... well, maybe I'm just tired!

It's friday- and I've always loved friday's so it will be a good day...TGIF!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

I Believe...

A Birth Certificate shows
that we were born.
A Death Certificate shows that we died.
Pictures show that we lived!
Have a seat . . . Relax . . . And read this slowly.
I Believe...
That just because two people argue,
doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, doesn't mean they do love each other.
I Believe...That we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.
I Believe...That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
I Believe...That true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance.
Same goes for true love.
I Believe... That you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.
I Believe...That it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.
I Believe...That you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
I Believe... That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
I Believe....That we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.
I Believe...That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
I Believe...That heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
I Believe...That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
I Believe...That my best friend and I can do anything, or nothing, and have the best time.

I Believe...That sometimes the people you expect to kick you When you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.

I Believe...That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I Believe...That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had,
and what you've learned from them......and less to do with how many
birthdays you've celebrated.

I Believe...That it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others.
Sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I Believe...That no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.

I Believe...That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I Believe...That you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life Forever.
I Believe...Two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.
I Believe...That your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.
I Believe...That even when you think you have no more to give, if a friend cries out to you........you will find the strength to help.
I Believe...That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
I Believe...That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; They just make the most of everything.
Thanks to all the wonderful people who help us throughout the journey of life.. All the best to you in 2009 & God Bless You!! Happy New Year!!

Monday, January 5, 2009

Making Memories!

Niagara Falls- Brrr. December 31, 2008
Skiiing at "Holiday Valley"

Surprise! Santa bropught us a trip to N.Y./ Canada- skiiing and sight seeing at Niagara Falls! It worked out perfect Christmas morning. I had each event wrapped individually in different size boxes. Aubrey and Hayden were very surprised! We left/ flew out on Sunday the 29th and returned on the 1st! We had a blast...the trip was perfect. Everything fell into place better than we could have anticipated. It was warmer on the days we went skiing, it snowed 7 or 8 inches while we were in Canada. We were blessed with an awesome stay (at the bottom of the chair lift) at the ski resort for one night, we had a great view of the falls from our hotel in Niagara. The weather was sunny most of the time... We got our "cold" fix and then returned to sunny warm Florida. It was just what we needed.

My children are great skiers, surprised the heck out of Paul & I...even after 7 years of not skiiing. We skiied so much we could barely walk, it was hilarious- We skiied "Holiday Valley" in Ellicotville, N.Y. It was better than I had remembered. Had been 25 years since I had been there-

On the trip Aubrey realized she's a "southern girl" and has barried her thoughts of going to a northern college... She was freezing the entire trip! Hayden on-the -other -hand wants to move to the north when he goes to college.

If anyone is car shopping: We rented a Toyota Rave 4 and to our surprise found it to be very comfortable and great on gas. We drove a total of 650 miles and never had to add gas until we returned it, and then it only cost $25.00 to fill it up! I'm tellin ya everyting was surreal and fell into place perfectly. We were blessed...

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Fun at the beach

St. Anthony's

St. Anthony's
Brooke, Aubrey & Cricket

I'm Tryin!

I'm Tryin!
You've Come Along Way Baby.

St Anthony's

St Anthony's
Go Paulser!