Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Every Mother needs to read this!

I loved this article by Jason on the battle of PORNOGRAPHY! I truly believe we need to do all we can to help our children and families from the effects of it in our homes and lives! If we won't protect our homes and families...who will?
 Nothing good comes from it!

Good night dear friends!

Why my kids’ computer is in the living room

Living Room ComputerWhile visiting our home for the first time, a friend noticed the iMac sitting on a small desk in the corner of our very open living room. “That’s an interesting spot for a computer. Is that temporary?”
I laughed. “If by temporary you mean until all of my kids move out of the house, then yes.”
“But it’s so out of place.”
“Maybe,” I answered, “but you know what’s even more about of place? Pornography.”
As he nodded and the gears seemed to turn, I explained the painful lesson of another friend. Several years ago he discovered that his son’s first exposure to online pornography hadn’t come in a locker room, school bus or behind the backyard shed, but in his child’s own bedroom on the other side of a leaky web filter.
Think it can’t happen to you?
According to the 2014 Annual Report produced by Covenant Eyes, nine out of 10 boys and six out of 10 girls were exposed to pornography before the age of 18. Even the unintentional exposure is shocking: 28 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds have accidentally stumbled upon it. Perhaps most tragically, 15 percent of boys and 9 percent of girls have seen child pornography.
Yes, it can happen in your home.
Increasingly, parents equip children with desktop computers or laptops and don’t hesitate to give them privacy by setting them up behind closed doors in their bedrooms. Even with the best Internet filtering systems money can buy, that’s like placing pornographic magazines or movies on their bedroom bookshelf and hoping they don’t become curious.
Crossing our fingers isn’t enough.
Just do the research; no filter is flawless or fool proof. There is no greater barrier than the transparency that comes from computers being used in the high traffic areas of your home. As the axiom goes, often attributed to former Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard Thad Allen, “Transparency breeds self-correcting behavior.”
Every home should set it own rules, but in our house, my children ask permission before using any piece of technology. Even my 15-year-old daughter asks permission for every single song or app download to her iPod.
Is it a bottleneck? Absolutely. Isn’t a little inconvenience a small price to pay for the safety of a child? And it isn’t just about inappropriate content – it’s about time. Parents should see what kids are doing on the computer and for how long.
Given that virtually every device in your home but your toaster has Wi-Fi capability, it’s good to have boundaries for things like smart phones and tablets. Carefully consider in your own family whether it makes sense to ban the laptop from your child’s room, but permit the tablet. In our home, none of my children are permitted to use smart phones or iPads in their bedrooms.
If you’re longing to be featured on the cover of Interior Design Monthly or participate in your local Parade of Homes, the ugly computer in the living room might be a deal breaker.
On the other hand, life is priorities. I doubt many have developed pornography addictions at a computer in the living room with the kids watching the Disney Channel a few feet away or playing Legos on the floor.
Let’s be blunt: Your computer in a public place is not the perfect solution. Unless you’re ready to unplug from the world entirely and move to the mountains, there isn’t one. We must remain vigilant and never let down our guard, no matter where the technology is placed. But this is a start worth the sacrifice.
Some may read this and think to themselves, “We can’t protect our kids forever.”
They’re right. But while we can, we should.
No, we must.
I read the article Here:
Gandhi... If you believe that's true, how do you feel about men who watch pornography now.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Try to always remember who you really are.

The last few days have been tough with some things that I have been struggling with.  I was so grateful to start a new week. One of the  best part of the weekend though, was that the girls came over and helped us working in the yard, we even got Miss Audrey helping!

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Who said a 17 month old can't help clean up the yard? :)
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And I also got to do some Face Time with my boy... no matter how tough things are going, getting  time with these sweet kids make things better! 
I tried to take a selfie one day before the wedding with my new ipad and because I am technically challenged, poor Lauren had to come in and help...after she stopped laughing. 

I almost forgot I took or tried to take this photo, just found it today when I was looking for something else. It made me remember, that no matter what... I need to stop worrying and just SMILE more often. There will always been tough times, there will be times when we make mistakes, there will be times when others judge you wrongfully and yet, it is important to remember what you believe and feel in your heart. If you heart is right, that is all you can do any way. You can't change people's minds or their opinion about you. But you can SMILE knowing that life is all about lessons, and some of them are much tougher than the others...but still there is ALWAYS a lesson to be learned!
So even though it was a cold and rainy day today, I was grateful to start a new week, I got to spend some time with a dear friend, I got to get some much needed groceries and I got to start putting up my Halloween decorations. Yes, small things but... so grateful for those small enjoyable things today!
Good night dear friends!
P.S. We all probably should remember this quote more often!

Although it may sound risky, the strongest type of love is the love that makes you the most vulnerable. It’s about daring to reveal yourself honestly, and daring to be open and fully disclosed over the long-term. - via: http://www.marcandangel.com/2014/02/12/9-good-signs-youre-in-the-right-relationship/

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Found this cute video about REDHEADS....
That explains a lot! :)

We sure love our REDHEADS!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Brad and Krystal's book is for Sale!

I cant' adequately tell you in words ...what a neat experience it was to read Brad and Krystal's book to their son, my grandson Kai while he was here. There have been a few of my friends who asked me to tell them when the book was ready to be sold. So it is, so here is the information below!

.The Brave Shop
Image of Tatay's Gift

Image of Tatay's Gift

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Just looking at this photo makes me miss my Grandma Johnny and Aunt Ina, both were incredible women in my life, and ones that taught me how to create things with my hands. I can hardly remember a time that they didn't have an apron on, well except when they went to church. So when I ran across this again, it brought a sweet memory to my heart. I hope my Grandchildren have some special memories of their Nana and Poppa and of our home as they grow up.
Good night dear friends!

The History of 'APRONS' 

I don't think our kids know what an apron is. The principle use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath because she only had a few. It was also because it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and aprons used less material. But along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears.

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids..

And when the weather was cold, Grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables. After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Night before Fall!

Its the little things! Now we have been looking at a lot of stamps with all of the stuff for Lauren's Bridal Shower and Wedding but ...it wasn't until Angie noticed the seasons on the stamps the other day, that I realized that I have been going soooo fast pace for the last couple of months! Maybe I have missed some of the little things!
I had the girls for a 3 night / 4 day sleep over this weekend and once again I am reminded about the little things that count!
Like Beautiful Stamps...
 Girls with amazing IMAGINATIONS...
CREATIVITY from just about anything...

Enjoying a Night Before Fall mean! With homemade Apple Crumble we made all by ourselves! And even for Pumpkin Fairies that brought the girls little cute pumpkins, because she felt bad that out of their whole pumpkin patch this year...they didn't get ANY pumpkins!
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The girls worked for sand animals ( reptiles) that Brad found when cleaning out the garage. So the girls now have inherited them and we found homes and blankets for each of them! See that is creativity at it's best isn't it?
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Well, it was a fun filled weekend to say the least!

Saturday, September 20, 2014


I heard this song the other day when I dropped off Brad, Krystal and my Kai boy at the airport. I couldn't help but cry, I miss them already and especially Kai! He is my blode hair, dark eyes, sweet and funny little boy. This trip we probably got closer to him than we ever had. I am sure it is because we had 2 weeks here with him, but nevertheless ...it was a Memory that I am so grateful for!

                                                  "Hourglass" Mindy Gledhill

Little boy, when you speak
I can’t help but kiss your cheeks
I love the way you grab my hands
And tell me all about your plans

Rocket high, comets fly
You and I could take a ride
And fly away to Neverland
And give our best to Peter Pan

When you reach for the stars
Don’t forget who you are
And please don’t turn around and grow up way too fast
See the sand in my grasp
From the first to the last
Every grain becomes a memory of the past
Oh, life’s an hourglass
Life’s an hourglass

Story’s read, prayer is said
Close your eyes sleepyhead
While angels linger in your dreams
And hold you in their feathered wings
Just like you, I was small
Not that long ago at all
I wish you all the happiness
That God gives freely if you ask


Then I couldn't help but remember another sweet blonde hair but blue eyes, fun and happy boy of ours... Bradley. We just celebrated his birthday when he was here. How grateful we are for him in our lives.
Where did the time go? Now he is a Dad and we are watching the next generation grow up. How blessed I feel to be able to watch my grandchildren grow up, and teach me more and more about LIFE!

What is it exactly, that STAY HOME MOMS do?

When I watched this video, it made me remember a lot of the feelings I had as a Stay At Home Mom. Even that many years ago, still it was different from what most Mom's were doing. Staying Home as a Mom, is a bit tougher than it looks. It seems like before you wake up, your to do list is miles long. It is planning one thing, but having something else take its place. It was a lot of impromptu experiences, especially with kids.
Some days I felt like I had accomplished a lot, but there were many days that I hardly ever got to scratch off something from my To Do List; and even days that I wasn't even a very good Mom. I was impatient and frustrated more than I should have been. My priorities were mixed up usually on those days.
Like this video, it was usually something that one of my children did or said...that changed my perspective. Which gave me hope so that I could get up the next day and be a Better Mom!
Motherhood is hard, there is not two ways about it. Motherhood is a gift and one that we need to be thankful each day. Finding balance is the key, appreciating the little things is very helpful and forgiving yourself and trying harder the next day... is truly what a Stay Home Mom is all about. I know, because I was one for almost 30 years!

Be sure to watch it here:

So true....I couldn't have said this any better.  It's also about letting go as your children grow and letting them make there own lives and choices even though you may not agree.  You have to stand back and be supportive despite how you feel.  Being a mother is one of the greatest joys in life but at the same time one of the most difficult.  I wouldn't want it any other way!! <3

Friday, September 19, 2014


Loved this quote, oh how true that is. Happiness can not bought or borrowed! It really is a choice, and an inside job.
May we all stop for a moment and see if we are truly happy in our lives ...and if not, may we have the courage to change that!
Fall is coming, what is there NOT to be Happy about ?

Great fall pic! Jax will def be making a Jersey trip next fall with me!! Every kid should experience playing in leaves, picking pumpkins and hay rides!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Give me your eyes!

Heard this song today while I was putting some stuff away.
My house is silent again, that is hard on my heart. Lauren and Nik are still here...but had a lot of errands to do today. So I have been by myself most of the day.
I miss my kids already!
I loved the words to this song today...Give me your eyes!
Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight
Touched down on the cold black tar
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared?

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the one's forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide whats underneath
There's a man just to our right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He's out of work, he's buying time
All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared?

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach?
Give me Your heart for the one's forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

I've been there a million times
A couple of million eyes just moving past me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong
Well, I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way You see the people all alone
Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity
Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach?

Give me Your heart for the one's forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
That I keep missing

Give me Your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach?
Give me Your heart for the one's forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
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Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Peermusic Publishing

 Talking about how some times we get so busy and wrapped up in our own problems, that we forget to see others and their struggles. Some times if life gets too busy and fast pace, then there is a chance that we might not even care any more. Sure see a lot of that in the world today.
This song was a great reminder for me to simplify my life and try to see myself, my family and OTHERS as the Savior sees them!
Good night dear friends!
And this photo of this hero. |  Pictures That Prove The World Isn’t Such A Bad Place

found this story Here:

Last day with my boy!

Yesterday we took Kai on the ferry to Port Townsend, so that we could meet up with his Mom and Dad ( who took a 2 day Anniversary trip ).

 He was such a great boy for the past 2 days that we had him. We felt so blessed to have him by himself for a couple of days. We only get to see him a couple of times a year, this was our first SLEEP OVER and it was so fun.
I am so sorry I haven' t written, but we have been going and going all day ...and we just come home to crash each night.

We were able to stop in Port Gamble for potty breaks and a ton of other places for potty breaks.
Jeff and I had forgotten what it was like to travel with a child who is potty training. Actually he has done great.. and he is only 2 1/2 years old!

We of course had to visit one of our favorite places in Port Townsend the Nifty Fifty's Diner. He loved sitting on the stools!
His favorite part was putting quarters in the juke machine and watching it play records!
 He also had fun during lunch playing straw blowing games with Uncle Lee and Poppa! 
On the way back home, we pulled out the Glow Sticks and put them together on the ferry. That made for tons of fun on the car ride home! What a wonderful day. 
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I have tons more to tell you about the wedding, and a ton of other family stuff! What a blessing to have all been together. I am going to cry tomorrow telling them all good bye...I can already tell!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The night before the wedding... we are almost ready!

Last night we had a Girls Night Out with the Bride to Be!
Here Aunt and Cousin came in from out of town, and Krystal ( sister in law ) came in last week.
Amy came too and we had a blast!
We started out at Charming Charlies  (a to die for jewelry and accessories store, in Redmond Town Center ). Bethany and Shirley presented her with a cute poem and Bride to be gift...too cute! Then we headed of the the Movies there at Redmond Town Center too! We saw the movie ...The Hundred Foot Journey...it was incredible and clean, that's rare now a days!
I had to laugh, as we were

 leaving Charming Charlies, the  Manager asked us if we were going to have any more cocktails, could we please do a online survey about how much fun we had at the store tonight first?
 I just laughed and said that we would be glad to do the survey, then I said "believe it or not, we haven't had cocktails before we came in here, we were just having a lot of fun. We don't even drink, and never had!
I think she was quite surprised that we could be having that much fun without drinking! Obviously she has never met our family! The look on her face when I said that...PRICELESS!

So here we are now... the day before. Had a wonderful luncheon with Nik's family, it was so much fun having our dear friends...now become part of our family. We are truly blessed. 
Then tonight another family dinner and wedding preparations. Clothes are pressed, altered and all the corsages and other flowers are done and ready and package, Shirley finally helped me do my dress andz we are almost all finished taking showers and getting the last of the essentials ready to go in the morning. I hope I can sleep! This is sooooooooooo exciting!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Moments, Memories and My Mom

It feels sorta a lot like Christmas in our home right now. All the hustle and bustle with  family and friends gathering in. How grateful I am for these Moments in our lives, that will forever become great Memories for our family.
I am not sure how I missed having Cooking as one of my talents ...but I did!
I eat to live and never have lived to eat. Doesn't mean I don't appreciate good food... because I do, but cooking has become less and less appealing to me, especially since Jeff and I are Empty Nesters now.
But my Mother truly had that Cooking Talent and it was a GIFT to many! She was Famous for her Lemon Jello Cake! Everyone hoped that she would make it if they were coming to our house to eat. If someone was really sick and needed a meal, she always made a Lemon Jello Cake to go with it. She also brought it to families who had just lost a loved one. Many jokingly called it Ludy's Funeral Cake, they said it was simply to die for! :)
So Amy made a Lemon Jello Cake for Lauren's wedding shower. Lauren was quite young when she passed away, but it still brought great memories of my Mom ( Grandma Lou ) to all of us. Oh how she would have loved to been here to celebrate the wedding with all of us. She loved her Grandchildren and her Great Grandchildren so much. I wish she could have met my 4 sweet grand-babies, and seen all my kids as they were growing up.
Yes, I miss her every day! How blessed I am to know that we someday will be together again! I am grateful that Families Can Be Forever!

Good night dear friends!

Find something you are passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it. Julia Child

Sunday, September 7, 2014

A perfect evening!

Well, you can tell that I have been unbelievably busy, because I haven't even stopped to write in my blog for a couple of days. Our daughter in law Krystal and my grandson Kai, flew in on Weds and we have been running, decorating, and playing every since. When Kai saw me, he said "Hi Nana" and gave me a great big hug!!!!
Oh how I have missed my boy! We went shopping Friday for a bit and so this is a photo of he and I at Famous Footwear, as we wait for his Mommy to look for some shoes for the wedding! Yes, we are having a lot of fun!

The day before on Thursday was Lauren's Bridal Shower. That was the gift that Krystal wanted to give  her. She has been planning it for months and it did come out quite spectacular, but I will let you judge for yourself ( photos are below).

Fresh flowers, favors, pumpkin spice muffins and the door/shelve that Lauren and her Dad built together ( this was just an old door we bought and then they added and built everything else on it, then antiqued it to look like it all belonged together.It turned out to be quite the addition to the decorations! Since it was a Jane Austen theme, Amy did some quotes from the book and of course used her new Calligraphy talent...beautiful!
Of course Lauren made a beautiful Bride to Be!

Old books, vintage look with pearls and lace!

Mason jars, one of our family favorites...for drinking glasses!

We could not have ordered a more beautiful day, we set up out on our deck and it was simply beautiful, that evening the only problem that we had was...it got dark so quick. Which made it hard to see what Lauren got, plus the bugs were out in full force, other that ...it was a perfect evening!
Here we are, with all our effort, talents and sheer craziness, we made the shower a great success! I know Lauren felt loved and supported by so many friends ...that was what it was all about!
Thank you dear friends, and good night!

"My heart is, and always will be, yours"  ~ Jane Austen