01 September 2014

Choices

I've been thinking about choices for quite some time.

Because of my own life and choices I make or do not make.

Because of other people's lives...and the choices they make...or do not make...

The complaints people have about things being done to them.  And they mean it.  And they are valid complaints.  

Yet, they do nothing to change things.

(i am not excluded from that category)

The complaints people have about things that have happened because of choices they made.  And try to blame it on other people...instead of owning their decisions.

(i try hard to not belong to that category...)

So I went and googled...

And found a quote from Mr. Covey:


Which may or may not have come from something President Benson said:

EmilysQuotes.Com - Ezra Taft Benson, consequences, decision, wisdom, intelligence

However...keeping that in mind, I found one that portrays what I think of when I hear the above statements:


Because, quite often, I make decisions based on consequences.  And I don't think that's a bad thing.  I keep those things in mind because there are a lot of consequences I do NOT want.  No need to go out and actively make life more difficult, right?

Bottom line.  We live in a country where we have many many freedoms.  We are free to choose most details about our lives.  Even when things are bad, we still have choices.  We still have options.

Well.  Most of us.


Even if it's scary, we have choices.

The final one here...it's for my daughters.  Because, I admire their ability to live their truth.  Each one of them have made me cringe at least once with something they say....and, at the same time, feel incredible pride in them.  For living their truth.  For not hiding behind a wall and pretending.

Not to say that I approve of rudeness...that's not what I'm talking about.  I'm talking about when they live an honest and real moment instead of pretending.  They are a great example for me in that way.

(although...part of my head says that since all three of them can do this, perhaps i did something in their lives that enabled them to do that...maybe i do it here and there in my life and they took the ball and ran with it...)


Just a tiny bit of what I've been thinking.

31 August 2014

Half My Age

My youngest baby is 22 today.

She is half my age.

And this is the last time that I'll be twice as old as one of my children.

Medically, I ought not to have been able to have her...but she gave us a big clue as to the type of person she is when I found out I was pregnant...and I'm grateful that I got her...


Happy Birthday to Jaycey...you're rockin' this thing called life!


30 August 2014

What to Do...

I've been doing some researching lately...

How to go gray...

Don't know why I'm feeling the way I've been feeling but I'm just tired of going and paying to cover my roots...and then watching them come back...and then being annoyed...and then it's time for my next appointment.

So how does one just let it go and revert to their natural hair color without hating the process?

Most places say to go short to help out the timeline...

Ummm...I am not my daughters...I do not think I can pull off the short haircut...

But...I'm still mulling this over...

Am I too young?  Does it matter?  Will I stick with it?

Hmmm.....dunno....

29 August 2014

Flashback Friday


December 2010

Leanna

28 August 2014

Quarter of a Century!!!

25 years ago...I officially became a mom.

I say officially because as soon as I knew I was pregnant, I was a mom.

It's Brittany's 25th birthday!!!

Here's her birthday selfie...although...she did not take it at the time of her birth...so...she's in minor trouble for that...


And here, well...I'm not quite sure what's going on...but she was doing something fun with her sister...so...there's that...


And then...her favorite marketing team EVER made a special birthday photo for her...


Happy Birthday Britt!

Sure glad you are mine!!!








27 August 2014

Let's Get This Started...

K.  Here we go.  Time to empty the "Blog" folder on the desktop...so we'll start with a bunch of pictures and then we'll get into blogging about stuff from my trip...and some other thoughts along the way...  Baby step my way back into blogging regularly...thanks for hanging in...and if I've blogged any of these pictures...oh well.  I know some of them are new.

Back in the beginning of July, Doug went to Texas for three weeks for work.  I had all these plans about what to do while he was gone (you know, cuz i didn't learn that that doesn't work when he went to alaska in may...)...  I did do some of them.  I went to State College...didn't find all the things I was shopping for, but I also did manage to get a theatre all to myself... I mean, a matinee price for an entire theatre?

Went and watched 'America...Imagine a World Without Her'.  It was long...interesting...but long.  Parts made me uncomfortable.  That is fine.  It made me think.  I'll take that.  It's worth watching.


This is where Doug stayed for his three weeks in the heat.  It's a company house.


This thing...I love.  I mean, I love.  It makes me laugh.  Over and over and over.


This was a sad moment...because I turned on the garbage disposal and heard a bad sound...hurry and turn it off..thinking...dang it...that's a piece of silverware...  But it was not!!!  It was my little 1/4 cup measuring cup.  I used this little guy more than any other measuring device I own.  And, in the weeks since, I have opened that drawer to get it out a few times...and then I remember...it is gone.  *sigh*


Here is my nephew John, and his family...on that "Dress like a cow" day at Chick-fil-a...they got free food.  And they are cool.


Here's LaNae with our nephew Taylor...


I follow this perfectsayings thing on instagram...there will be a few from them that I post...because they humor me...


Here's my niece's family...my great-nieces and great-nephews...and the dog...which another niece absolutely LOVED when he came to a family picnic...  She thought for sure it was Scooby-Doo and she LOVES LOVES LOVES Scooby-Doo...


An conversation that Kim and I have had...and someone made a picture of it...


Took this one after eating lunch with a friend...she looked at the sign and said, "What is we i.d.?"  Then realized what she said and laughed because then she got it...  I laughed because you can tell when the mormon ladies are in there...


Some cookies I made for delivery...


Some awesome treats a lady at church made for a dance...that is a bunch of m&m's in the bottom of the plastic goblet and then a cupcake on top... Smart!


A perfect explanation of the parts of a popsicle....

Here was the trip I was about to drive...by myself...


Yeah...a struggle of mine...


I like a good hotel room...but when it's just me, I have difficulty justifying spending a lot on a room...so I do my best to find a good bed for the lowest price I can...and this was my favorite "cheap" hotel room.  It had a padded window seat!  And couch area...and the bed was awesome.


And this little girl could be my exercise buddy...


Nebraska...the never-ending state...


The gas station that saved me from being stranded on the side of the road because I was busy talking on the phone and not watching my 'miles to empty' gauge and keeping my NE/WY exits in mind...


My little great-niece and great-nephew... I love the expressions...


Aidan... 12th man!!!


There's my former home...  I really love all the trees out here...


That's it for now...


26 August 2014

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Sometimes, life smacks you right across the face and heart with bad things.

That would be today.

And then, your big brother posts a video of himself and his neighbor doing the ice water challenge together.

And it made me smile.

And I'm grateful for that smile because...there's just sad horrible stuff in the world.  And when it touches people you love...it makes for a heavy heart.  So.  I asked for the video so I could blog it and he sent it to me.  Thanks Dan...

video


And...because...I want to...  Remember my Kim's personal water challenge...$5...Click HERE....