Some random facts about me; I hate to write. I can't spell. I never journal. So, why blog? Well, as many of you know or will soon come to know, my life has taken quite the turn in the past months. My heart is on the mends, although, will never be completely whole again. Therefore, I am constantly looking for ways to comfort this ache. Over these past months, reading other blogs exclaiming stories about life, death, random facts, daily encounters and simple pleasures, have somehow tended to my aching heart and have allowed me to experience small moments of joy. Blogging has allowed our world to capture a small (although sometimes quite large) glimpse into another ones life, creating a thrill that is addictive and slightly contagious! My blog will hopefully nurture that thrill in hopes to offer you a 'front row seat' into my journey through this crazy experience called, life. Life, in the essence of what gives, breaths and sustains. Maybe my blogging will one day attribute to caring for another ones aching heart.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Fun in the sun

Last week we enjoyed a week long stay in Brigantine, NJ with the Benders.  They were gracious to invite us down to spend a week with them.  It was wonderful. Sydney spent some time at the beach last summer, although she was only a few months old, so this trip really felt like her first official time to sink her toes in the sand... she loved it.

Here are some pictures from our week away...

She loved licking the salt off all her toys

the 'set up'

She surprisingly loved the ocean in spite of the frigid water temperature

Happy Fathers Day Dada!

Our day at Cape May Zoo

Playing in her crab pool

This guy :)

Eric and I enjoyed a date night out in Atlantic City to celebrate our anniversary (thank you DiDi and Poppy for babysitting).

We had to make a trip to Ocean City since we were soooo close...

That face

For the most party she stayed on the blanket (sand seemed to bother this little princess), but every once in a while, she dared to escape the blanket.

A great week together

So thankful for family.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Daisy's Doilies and Doves...

I realize I have not posted since January, this blog has seriously taken a back seat.  In my defense, during the 5 months I have not written, we managed to purchase a home, demo the home, renovate, and make one final move into our new home.  Things have been hectic, to say the least.  But more on the new house later...

What really was occupying more my thoughts then time were the details that went in to planning my daughters 1st birthday celebration.  Let me preface by saying, birthdays are a big deal around here.  It is not necessarily the day, we focus on, but more so the LIFE of that individual, and the GIFT they are to our family... the fact that we were given another year with them as part of our family on this earth, when we aren't promised the next day. You may say, don't you celebrate that everyday, and the answer is yes, of course we do.  But, there is something special about taking one particular day a year, to single out that one individual and celebrate God creating THEM and for placing them in our family here on earth.

But in my daughters case, her actual birth day strikes a cord.  At 4:15am on May 20th, 2012, the amazing realization that my daughter will forever share the same birthday as her namesake, my sister, her, Aunt Katelynn, officially set in.  Hence, why I have been thinking, dreaming and imagining just how I could incorporate celebrating both amazing gifts born on the same day.  

Daisy's, Doilies, and Doves is what came to mind.

Daisy's: Katelynn's favorite flower

Doilies: Because they are dainty and darling and well, I just think they make fun into fancy :)

Doves: Because the dove has remained a constant reminder of hope for my family and as Sydney will one day see when she questions the dove etched on my left foot.

It was okay that not many caught on to the ties to my sister, those that needed to, did.  


Happy 1st birthday to our sweet Sydney.  
You are treasured for the gift that you are.