Monday, April 21, 2014


He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. —Matthew 28:6

We had a great, special, meaningful Easter 2014. Hinting at what the kids might want in their Easter baskets, Sage said, "All I want this year is a purity ring" Wow for a 14 year old to request that, of course John and I jumped. We went to a beautiful Italian dinner, then shopped for the kids Easter baskets, and Sages ring. John typed up something off the computer, and he presented her a ring. There were a few tears shed. And we made sure the little girls got to witness something very special. Sage has made a promise to God, her parents, to stay pure until her wedding day. I want to make it clear this is something she came to on her very own. Of course that is my desire for all my girls, but she has her own strong desire to stay a virgin, pure until God brings her the "one". The little girls were so giddy, it's something they will hopefully get to experience one day. 
Bubba and his little sisters opening their baskets. 
 Fritz wishing he was in on it as well!
 Then as a family we made doughnuts. 
 Sadie and Bubba received birthday presents from Grandma Cindy, thanks you. Today is Sadie's 8th birthday!!!! She is so excited, we will be taking the little girls to Disney Land Thursday!! Prayers…..

 Then a egg hunt

WE heard about Belmont Park in San Diego, and decided to take kids there for the day. Chloe and I sat out the big roller coaster, as Chloe was to short. Love my family so much
 Oh where do I begin, life is changing, these two are growing up into beautiful young adults. I cried this morning watching Bubba drive the little girls to school, knowing that in a year he'll be at college, not here. One less pile of laundry to fold, one less month to feed, BUT one less child to love, delight in, daily. Every morning, night he gives me the biggest smile, hug. Sage and I went on a walk yesterday, I can't imagine her gone as well, she's my best friend, confidant, ugh life is short. All my kids are so special to me.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Biancas visit

You He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins. —Ephesians 2:1

Bianca and her two little ones came for a quick one night trip. It's always as if time stands still, and no time is lost with friends. Thanks Bianca for making the trip to see us. The kids and I love seeing your beautiful self, inside and out. 
These four are hilarious 

We took them to the flower fields, beautiful place to visit
John, Sage and Bionca
They lead we followed
I apologise to all my friends I rarely call, but I love you all so much and daily your all on my mind. Friendship means so much, and I'm often consumed with my four, husband, and dog, can't forget the house, there's never enough time in a day! Just know how special you all are to me. And it means so much when you do call, or visit. Bianca, your sweet spirit, and non judgmental self are so appreciated and admired by me.
My grown son, thanks for still coming with your momma on my crazy field trips, award assemblies, girls school functions. I know one day you are going to make an amazing husband 

Sagey and her brother. Sage you are so special, kind, you have so much to offer…

At the flower fields they have a stamp treasure hunt the kids were determined to get all 8 stamps.
Tractor ride
Bianca and kiddies

Bianca, Sage and I escaped for some pampering, while little John held down the fort, Literally, we returned to a huge Mess, Fort! 
Baby sitting Luke today, so much fun, he's aunties little partner, we have to go shopping having a dinner here tonight, celebrating the day Christ was crucified, and then rising on Easter, so much to be thankful for. Love Shirley

Friday, April 11, 2014

Loom Beading/Bracelets

Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name. —Psalm 29:2
My sister Rachel makes thee most beautiful Indian Baby Baskets, and lately she's been beading on a loom, she inspired the girls and I to give it a go, we are all hooked I've made around 5 so far, she bought us a loom in amazon, for 6.00, and took us to the local Indian store, where we bought beads. I'm obsessed it looks so great, but takes a few tries to get it down, I'm not 100% yet, still having a hard time taking it off the loom and attaching it to leather 
 Some supplies you'll need

 I printed a few design graphs off if Pintrist,

 My four with their cousin Luke, the little light of our lives, he brings so much joy!
A shot of the big kids homeschooling, we've been on Spring Break for a while, enjoying every second! 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Another mini Vaca

For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” —Galatians 5:14
We met up with my parents in San Diego at a resort. Spent two days that felt like a wonderful long vacation! It was so hot, thank God for the lazy river, the girls went around and around all day long.
We haven't taken a big, vacation this year just mini, quick stays here and there. It's fun to getaway, and makes coming home that much better.
 We needed to restock the house badly when we got home, so off to Costco Sage and I went. She's so into health, and takes excellent care of herself, she's learning a lot about the health benefits of food. Sage  is such a beauty, inside and out
Not a whole lot of house remodel going on the guy we hired to do the city plans is dragging his feet, were lighting a fire under him, anxious to get started. Time to put the house back together again, take fritz on a walk, take girls to the park. Hope all is well, Love Shirley

Monday, April 7, 2014

A few of my favorite things/LegoLand

Choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love theLord your God, that you may obey His voice. —Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Soooo ladies, my good friend Kim has been telling me about something called a Diva Cup, for ever! It's an alternative to using tampons! Tampons can be very unhealthy, we've all been using them forever, never really thinking much about them. But once I did a little research about them, I didn't like what I found! 
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Tampons have been bleached with harsh chemicals
Damage to the environment
Sage and I started using them, and let me tell you at first it was scary, messy, we both were ready to give up. BUT…we gave it a go, and now we are completely hooked! There are two models, one is for women over 30 who have given birth, and the other for women under 30. 

 Also another one of my discoveries is magnesium, I take a teaspoon in the morning, and one in the night.

Some people use magnesium for diseases of the heart and blood vessels including chest pain, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure
attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),
anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, leg cramps during pregnancy, diabetes, kidney stones, migraine headaches, weak bones (osteoporosis), premenstrual syndrome (PMS), altitude sickness, urinary incontinence, restless leg syndrome, asthma, hayfever, multiple sclerosis, and for preventing hearing loss. So as you can see it's just about good for many, many things!!! Give it a try I love it

Sadie's class had a field trip to Lego Land, I volunteered to take a group, so blessed that I'm able to be there for the kids. 
 Mini land
 Luke doing the caveman pose
 The kids and I have been trying to get out more, hiking is our way to get exercise, while enjoying nature. Fritz loves these hikes as well
Sage and her friend Erin
 Love having my brother and sis-in-law so close we get-together for dinners, play dates, often, Look at Rachels cute belly, only a few more weeks!!