Sunday, January 8, 2012

One Day...

I just finished watching a movie called “One Day” and I absolutely hated it. I was in love with the movie right until near the end… then there was a twist that just made me angry. However, it also made me think… Life is too short to take anything or anyone for granted. We must count our blessings and be grateful for every day that we share with our loved ones because one day it will end for all of us here on earth, and one day we will join our loved ones who have already passed. However, when that happens, we will also leave behind many holes in the hearts of our loved ones who are here on earth… I would think that although we will be grateful to be reunited with our loved ones up in heaven, we would still have holes in our hearts too, for those we have left behind, and those holes will not be filled until they arrive in heaven as well.

In the mean time, I think it is important that while we are here on earth, we must be grateful for the blessings God has bestowed upon us. Even though our loved ones tend to get on our nerves, or make us angry sometimes, it is those same actions that get on our nerves and make us angry that we wish we still had once they are gone.

My grandma Ruby used to lose her teeth all the time. We would always try to help her find them… then she would realize that if she could find her glasses then maybe she would have better luck finding her teeth! I sure wish I could help her find her teeth one more time.

My precious dog, Bear Bear, used to freak out during storms and on loud holidays like Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. She would break out of the back yard, and we would have to go out and canvas several neighborhoods to find her… my heart sunk every time I realized that she had broken out because I feared she would get hit by a car or something. This last year on the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve, I wished I could search for her again.

I used to think that my Grandpa Jack was an old pervert, and that my Grandma Ruth was a prude because my grandpa used to smack my grandma’s butt, and she would yell at him every time. Now, I understand that he loved her so much that even as an old man she still made him as happy as when he was a young lad. I hope that my husband still loves me that much when we are old and gray.

Those are just a few of the blessings I have had in my life. The current blessings in my life that I never want to take for granted are my family and friends.

My mom… although she is flighty, my mom is the smartest, calmest, and most patient individual I know. It is from her that I have learned to be such a good mom.

My dad… I thought I was going to lose my dad a few years ago. Thank God, he beat his cancer and is still alive. Although my dad may not think that his existence is important, it means the world to me.

My brother, Scotty, who we all know is crazy and unpredictable and we have had more than our fair share of fights and blowups. But he has been my lifelong brother and friend who has been there for me through thick and thin, has stood up for me when nobody else would, and has put his foot down when I needed him to.

My husband, Brycen, is the best man alive and my very best friend in the whole world. He is a prankster and he is loud, but without his humor and presence, I would be lost. This man took me from being a broken woman who trusted no man, to being a woman who is full of passion and life again. I am so grateful for him and I never want to take him for granted.

My son Tommy, he always has to have the last word, and he always has to be right, but he is such a loving and caring young man, and he does so much to help the family and everyone around him.

My son Bryan irritates me because I cannot make him do anything that he does not want to do and he is so smart but refuses to do his schoolwork, but I am so proud of the young gentleman that he has become. He is so sweet with his sisters and his smile just lights up my life.

My son Robert frustrates me because he follows the lead of his friends and his brothers and it often takes him a while to realize what is going on, but Robert is such an amazing child. Robert has already dealt with so many hardships at his age, that he has developed a sense of determination that you do not often see in children his age.

My beautiful daughter Janie frustrates me because she is just like me, but that is also what makes me love her so much. She is a loving, caring, nurturing child even at the young age of seven. She has so much emotion and passion in everything she does.

My amazing daughter Dixie requires so much attention, and she is very needy, but she is the sweetest girl, and she sure can make you laugh! She is so independent, yet so dependent. However, she can always make you smile and laugh, even when you are angry or sad.

I guess what I am saying is that I cannot imagine life without these wonderful people in my life.
There are so many more people who I never want to take for granted… too many to mention them all, but I would hope that each and every one of them know that I love them and that I am grateful to God for putting them all in my life. Anyhow, the message here is so simple, yet so often forgotten. Be grateful every day for every blessing in your life because nobody lives forever. Everyone has their quirks, but that is what makes them who they are. Just be grateful you have been blessed with those quirky people and their crazy traits!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Hall of Flame

Today was a very good day. Janie and I went on her very first field trip to the Hall of Flame Museum. It was so much fun! Tonight, when I told Janie to tell daddy what she learned at the museum, she started to "teach" him about Fire Safety... from stop, drop, and roll all the way to having a plan just in case of a fire. She showed him how to check a door before opening it to see if it is hot, what number to call in case of an emergency, and how to crawl like a baby to get out of a smokey building or house. It was sooooooo cute! I just cannot believe how much information she not only sucks in, but retains and can turn around and explain to others. She is so smart!

Oh, and Angie and Susie got to enjoy Dixie while we were at the field trip. They were so happy! :)

Conferences are tomorrow and Friday... I am excited and scared all at the same time! I hope to hear mostly good things about all the kids from their teachers.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What a crazy life!

Okay, so I have been up since 6am when my adorable baby girl, Dixie, woke me up. Then I woke up my children, got them to start getting ready for school, took them all to school, then went to a parent meeting for my other adorable daughter's (Janie) class.

After that, I drove around with Brycen and Tony trying to help Tony find a job. Then, we picked Janie up from school, went to an appointment, and then came home. We got home at around 3pm. Brycen went to pick up the other children from school while I fed and changed Dixie. Then, I started to work on my homework (for about 30 minutes).

Joey and Stef came over, we BBQ'd, and ate dinner. Then, the boys & men played Basketball while Stef and I both did homework and looked after the girls. After about 45 minutes of Bball, the guys all came inside. Janie went to bed, then the adults played a game of dominoes. Joey and Stef left shortly after that (around 10:30pm).

I fed Dixie and put her to bed, and then I had to finish my homework by midnight. I got it done right in the nick of time and I figured I would mess around online for a bit since I didn't get any time to myself today. Then I found myself here.

When I sat down and thought about everything that has happened today, I thought to myself "How in the world do you do this?"

Oh, what a crazy life! But I love every minute of it!

Friday, July 18, 2008

I thank God every day...

Sometimes, I get so down and out being at home all the time. It seems like all I ever do is homework, mom work, house work, and wife work. However, when I start to feel down and out, I try to reflect on everything and I always find plenty to thank God for. Today, this is what I thought of...

Brycen is the best man I could ever ask for. He is the sweetest, funniest, craziest, most hard working, loving, and playful man I have ever met in my life. He is an awesome dad and a good role model too. I am truly grateful that he is in my life. He makes my life so enjoyable.

Tommy is growing up to be such a good guy. He got man hair (armpit), and I realized that he is going to be a man soon. He acts so grown up that sometimes I forget he is still just a boy. But most of the time, I still see him as my little baby boy and then it hits me that he is almost grown. He has shown a great deal of respect towards women, and that makes me proud. I am definately grateful that he is such a great person.

Bryan and Robert are in Kansas. I miss them dearly and I cannot wait for them to come home, but at the same time, I am grateful that they have family they get to go visit during the summer. (I get a small break) lol

Janie is getting so smart. It cracks me up because she figures things out now... like jokes and stuff. She is fascinated with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles now, but the cool thing is that she gets the humor in it. I am so grateful for her, she can usually always make me smile (unless she is throwing a fit).

Dixie is growing so fast! And boy is she learning fast too! She has learned to drink out of a sippy cup, she will stand up (without holding on), and she plays musical instruments with her sister and brother (I think they are going to start a band). She has such a happy disposition and she is really forming a funny little personality. I am also very grateful that I have been blessed with her.

Then, I get on my computer, and there are always messages in my inbox from the Ribordy's (or Holt's, or McRobert's, or Fasci's, or Cole's... you get the point) I just love this family that I am going to marry into. Even if Brycen weren't as wonderful as he is, I think I would still marry him just for his family :) I am very grateful for all of them as well.

Then I remember when I was younger... and I am sooooo grateful for my mom, who has been my best friend and my life guide (especially since my grandma died). She is the best.

Every day I find more and more to be thankful for, and I thank God for the many blessings he has put into my life.