Monday, November 20, 2017


My baby is eight! Eight years ago today our family was blessed with our precious Flynn Grace. We celebrated her with an afternoon party filled with family, food, and fun. And although she still has a tremendous love for all things Cinderella, Flynn chose a new theme for her party this year...Spongebob. Yep. And you know what? She loved it. : )

Sunday morning we had a special Birthday Breakfast for our girl!
Peyton made Pumpkin Bread...her favorite.
And we sang and opened presents.

Then we decorated her party table, and Peyton made delicious chocolate cupcakes with her homemade peanut butter frosting!

Madison and Peyton helped Flynn get ready and then we took pictures with our birthday girl.

Then her guests arrived!
Grandma and Margie and Chris came.
And so did Uncle Greg, Aunt Sally, and Uncle Todd and Aunt Beth.
Aunt Beth even surprised Flynn with a plate of her delicious, soft sugar cookies!

We had Subway sandwiches and Cheese Broccoli Soup.
Flynn's Choice!

There were more presents and more singing and more smiles from our Flynn...

We played one of her new games...Shark Bite...and it was so fun!

And then, in her new pajamas, she and Nicolas put her Cinderella Lego set together.
After she said goodbye to all her guests, ate one more cupcake, and gave hugs and kisses, my baby girl went to bed for the first time as an eight year old.
And she was happy.

This morning, she snuggled in bed with me and held my hand.
She asked me to tell her what was going on in the minutes leading up to 8:24 A.M. And so I did.
I told her about Daddy standing beside me, and all the doctors and nurses helping to bring her into the world. I told her how Daddy was the first one to see her, and was the one to say, "It's a girl!!!".
I told her how I cried because I was so happy, and how I told Daddy to go over and see our girl. And how happy and thankful I was when the nurse and Daddy brought her, all bundled up, over so I could kiss her cheek. 

Eight years. 
Eight years I have had this girl beside me.
Thank you, Lord, for the gift of this baby girl. : )

Friday, November 17, 2017

Random Photo Friday

Happy Friday, friends. I hope today finds you happy, healthy, and ready for a cozy weekend with the ones you love. We have some fun things planned, including a birthday party for a certain little lady. : )

Meanwhile, we have enjoyed a fun and cozy week here at home with our Madison.

We took selfies on our way to Mass...

And a quick photo of my girls before we went in.
 After we dropped Rhett off because he was serving. : )

Madison whipped up the most delicious cranberry orange muffins!
If you would like the recipe, visit her here!

They were perfect for our afternoon tea.
Life is wonderful isn't it?
I remember making muffins years ago, and sitting at our kitchen table with a three year old Madison, pretending we were having tea. I miss that little spunky, ponytailed girl. But I am enjoying this lovely, independent woman drinking tea with me now so very much. 

Look who flew across the ocean to spend his first Thanksgiving with us!!!
Flynn was very happy to see him.

We all were.
And we were also happy to see the delicious chocolates he brought us from Hotel Chocolat in Copenhagen.
Nicolas works there, and was kind enough to bring us some of their amazingly decadent chocolates!

Nicolas' sweet mother Kirsten surprised me by sending over the cutest little Danish elf!
He is absolutely precious!

And lastly, I snapped this photo last week and found it to be beautifully symbolic.
A perfect leaf, fallen to the ground, its job complete.
Right nearby, some helicopter seeds...
A reminder that life will begin again in the spring.
And a dusting of snow...nature's gift signifying the end of one season and the beginning of another.

Have a blessed and cozy weekend, my friends.
Thank you for visiting. : )

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

How Does Santa Do It?

Do you ever wonder how Santa Claus does it? How in the world he is able to prepare all those gifts for all those children and deliver them on Christmas Eve? I do. And sometimes I imagine a possible scenario of how it actually could happen.

I think that perhaps Santa and his elves listen all year long to each child in a family, and when they hear something that a child may like or want, they get busy making it in the workshop. I think that somewhere around the North Pole, the elves store gifts that are finished. Maybe they have individual boxes or shelves for each child, and all year long, they add to each child's pile.

I think that perhaps one of the elves must have a special, secret notebook in which she keeps track of each item for each child. She may even keep track of how much it cost for the elves to build each gift. I'm sure the elves try to keep things equal, don't you think?

Of course, as Christmas gets closer, things get much more hectic at The North Pole. I imagine the elves work very hard during October and November so that by December, all the major work is completed. Once all the gifts are made, the wrapping elves takeover and most likely spend an evening wrapping and storing each child's gifts in a box or bag. They probably put the boxes in a safe place so that on Christmas Eve, they are all ready to load in Santa's sleigh! The elves only need to tie up loose ends during the month of December, and therefore they have more time for enjoying their favorite time of year! I think the elves and Santa probably watch Christmas movies, listen to Christmas music, bake lots of Christmas cookies, and maybe even simply sit by the tree relaxing, knowing that they are all ready for Christmas Day. I am sure they also spend time thinking about the true meaning of Christmas too, don't you think?

When the big night finally arrives, the elves only have to load up the sleigh, and watch as Santa does his magic, placing presents, filling stockings, and eating cookies. Then, I imagine, when he is all finished, Santa takes some time to sit in front of his own tree with Mrs. Clause, and enjoys the quiet, calm night that is the holiest night of the year. And then...he goes to sleep, safe in the knowledge that he and his elves have made each and every child very happy on Christmas Day.

Of course, these are only my thoughts on how Santa and his elves prepare for Christmas. No-one really knows for sure. : )

Pinterest for the precious image. : )

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Day In The Life...Bitmoji Style

My day begins anywhere between 7:30 and 8:30...

No explanation needed...

Meditation. Yep. Everyday. (But I don't really sit like that.) Just sayin'...


Then the kids and I watch one program together.
Ok...sometimes two...

The school bell rings, and we work together until...


After lunch, we all take the puppies for a walk...

Then we go back to finish our school day!

After we finish, I tackle some laundry/cleaning/phone calls...

Before my afternoon nap.
Total disclosure here.

Afternoon coffee...

Then Peyton and I start dinner.

After dinner, we tidy up the family room, light a candle, and get ready to enjoy our evening together.


And evening tea.

I always unplug and read a little too long...

Before I say my prayers...

And fall into dreamland.

P.S. If you want to make your own Bitmoji to text with...just download the Bitmoji app!
And in case you are thinking I might be a little too old for this are probably right! : )
But it is kinda fun!!!!