Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!!

The morning was just perfect for the annual Memorial Day parade. Seth got to walk again this year representing his baseball team. Some from our church set a table up down at the parade and got to hand out beads, candy, and water to folks along the strip. It's one way we like to show God's love in practical ways with no strings attached.

The older I get the more I love and respect our veterans and those who serve(d) our country. A special "THANK YOU" to all who have and continue to serve on behalf of all of us. Sadly, I find myself seeing more Americans turning against each other because of different belief systems, whether religious, political, etc. etc., yet that is one of the freedoms that many have fought for. We let our differences divide us instead of unite us. I love the quote from a movie we saw this week which stated, "If I can't change when circumstances demand it, how can I expect others to change." How profound! We love to bash, gossip, put down, and compare human beings expecting to see the change we expect, but how often do we initiate that change in our own lives. As Americans, we have a responsibility to be that change. The change will come from the bottom up! Basically, change starts with ourselves and is done with respect and integrity. God Bless America!


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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Senior Awards

Last night and this morning we had the privilege of seeing Jacob receive several awards for his outstanding academic performance throughout his freshman-senior year. To name a few, he received his 4th Rotary Scholar Award, National Honor Society, Award of Merit for meeting requirements for college preparatory related criteria, attendance, achievement, citizenship, and participation, as well as community-related activities. At the senior recognition service they had them wear their cap and gown and sadly the room was dark and my pics didn't come out too great, but we still have graduation coming up in 2 weeks so I'll definitely get some good ones then:) My kids have continued to amaze me in so many ways. I feel so privileged to be their mother and am thankful to God for blessing me with such wonderful boys. Jacob, we love you and are so very proud of YOU!

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

~Jacob's Senior Prom

Here Jacob and Amanda are all dressed and ready for Jacob's senior prom. Yes, his last one! He has one week of school left and a couple weeks until graduation. I honestly can't believe this time has come...and all too fast! We are so proud of him and all he has accomplished thus far. I know this can be a strange, yet exciting time in a young person's life. Our prayer is that Jacob will take one day at a time knowing God has his best interest at heart. As for me, time to break out the tissues and old videos, pictures, etc. and reflect upon all the memories that have led up to this moment in time...

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Monday, May 10, 2010

A Special Day...

We had the privilege of visiting with Ken's parents over Mother's Day weekend. They are on their way to Arizona for good this time. We will miss their frequent trips to our home, but wish them all the best.

The boys got together and bought this beautiful hanging basket for me. They know I love this time of year as I get to garden and plant flowers around our home. If you're wondering what those little yellow things are in the bag, they are banana runts:) Any time we have movie night at our house I have to get a box of runts to nibble on. They pick on me because I'm always digging out the banana runts (my favorites:)...I thought it was sweet of my boys to pick up on those little things about me. They know me well:)

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Tea Time:)

I officially went to my first "tea" over my birthday weekend with some friends. It was so girly and fun:) I realized that I haven't done anything girly in a long time so it was definitely a treat. To my surprise they pampered me with flowers and gifts. It was a very sweet and unexpected surprise. I look forward to doing it again!