Sunday, March 3, 2019

Long time no speak!

Hello there blogging land!

It has been forever since my last post.  SO much has happened to us since that last post. Our family has gone through so many changes. I have gone through many changes. 

Where to start?

Earlier this year my ambulance agency closed due to money issues.  This state has made it almost impossible for EMS agencies to continue.  I am very sad to not be doing EMS any longer.  But all good things must come to an end.

I have joined my local Volunteer Fire Department, but have not had much time to dedicated to it.  Hopefully that will change now that the dust here at home has settled. We have a wonderful group of men and women who serve in the fire service here. I cannot wait to get started again.

This leads me to the biggest change that has happened to me personally.  Over the past few years I had let my health take the back burner.  I really got serious about it after having to do CPR on a friends dad.  I did not want any of my fellow first responders to have to do this to me.  I was going to do everything in my power to become healthier.  I am happy to report that I have lost 100 pounds. 

I have never felt better!  The journey is not over.  This is a daily thing i have to work on.  I have to be careful of what I put in my mouth.  I also have to workout everyday. 

More changes have come about this year for us....

In January my son moved into his own place.  He got a job on a local farm and they had housing.  He is doing very well and absolutely loves his job!  He is learning so much about farming and crops.  This is what he was born to do.  He also just last weekend bought his dream truck.  A big dodge one. 

Also, just this weekend my oldest moved into her own place!  UGH why do they have to grow up and be so darn independent??? I am so proud of Katrina.  She has worked so very hard to get where she is.  All the while there were many who kept knocking her down.  She has proved them all wrong. 

We still have one at home.  She has been struggling with her siblings moving out.  So we are trying to love on her as much as she will let us.  She has school full time so I am happy about that. 

Now that our kids are grown we struggled with finding things for them for Christmas.  So this year we decided to make memories instead of gifts.  We took a trip to NYC.  We had the best time and the weather was great.  This is a trip we will take again.  There was so many people but each of us had a good time.  Saw all kinds of sights and ate all kinds of great food.

We have been in a deep freeze here this winter.  It has been cold and snowy for the last month.  I believe the news said we have about 85 inches so far this year.  It was all pretty until I starting working full time again and have a 30 minute commute each day.  Speaking of that, I am now working full time again in the city for a real estate abstract company. Ironically, it is the same one I worked for before my sister got sick. I decided to give my old boss a call one day to see if he was hiring.  He indeed was hiring, so I went in and he hired me!  I absolutely love my job.  Next to being a wife and mom this rates at the top of my list.

I really hope I can get back to blogging more and more now that I have time to myself. 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

I Certainly Miss Blogging!!

Good Afternoon!

It has been ages since I have updated all of you.  SO much has happened this past year it is crazy.  My head is still spinning.  We have officially completed our homeschooling.  Our son graduated at the top of the class in Abeka Academy.  We could not be more proud of him.  We are not certain what is next for him.  He has decided not to pursue the military at this time.  I am ok with that.  He is working full time for a local company and likes it ok.  He is actually exploring different colleges.  YES that surprised us as well.  HAHA!  He really loves agriculture so is leaning towards a degree in Agriculture Engineering.  I didn't even know that was a degree.

My daughter Katrina has started her 3rd year at a local university.  The program she is in is for those with Developmental Disabilities.  She likes it "ok".  She goes but honestly is not really into learning.  This program is great because it will give her job skills.  I just pray she will put forth the effort so she can gain employment at the end.  We shall see.  On another note she is engaged to Kyle.  This was the night he treated us to supper.  Little did I know that he was going to purpose to her!  YIKES how did we get to this season of life??  No date set has been set.

Hannah has been accepted into the same program as Katrina.  She is a freshman and is loving everything about going to college.  She is embracing everything and loves to tell us everything she learned at school.  Warms my heart.  She has made many new friends, and sees friends she has not seen in a long while.

My husband has been diagnosed with a neurological disease that affects the arms and legs.  He now has braces he must wear at work and other times.  Mainly work.  He is taking it all in stride and has not let it get him down.  He just keeps plugging along.  We are learning to not take things for granted because it will change in an instant.  He is currently working towards becoming a personal trainer so he can help others in a similar situation.

Lastly, many changes have been happening to me.  I have been working on myself and my health a lot this year.  I am VERY happy to say that I have lost 70 pounds.  I have gone from a size 24 to a 16!!  I feel amazing!  Better than I have in years.  I am at a lower weight than when I had my kids.  I have always been overweight.  At my physical last year I was told I was headed towards diabetes.  Something that scared the heck out of me.  It was that statement that really made me start working hard on getting my health under control.  I still have a ways to go, but am so happy!  Now that the kids are all doing their own thing, I am starting a new job Monday as a medical records specialist.  I am really looking forward to it.

So that is our last year in a nutshell.  We are living life and enjoying every moment! It has been a lot of struggles but none that God has not brought us through.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

It has been a long time!

It has been such a long time since I posted anything here.  Our lives had become so busy I had neglected the things that really bring me joy!  All of my photography, blogging, cooking had taken a back burner to life.  Life is way too short to spend all of your time trying to make a living you neglect your hobbies.  I have been working so much I had forgotten what it was like to just sit down at the computer and post on my blog.  So if I have any readers left, please leave me a comment or message letting me know.

I have returned to my love of being in the kitchen.  I have put social media on a drastic diet.  I was so interested in what others were doing that I was neglecting the people right in front of me.  I am trying to return to my love of everything home.  Just because I work outside of the home does not mean I cannot continue sharing my home with you.

So much has happened in our family since I last wrote here.  My eldest daughter has been going to college not far from here.  She is doing a program for those with developmental disabilities.  We are so proud of her!!  Life has not been easy for her, but when she is knocked down she gets right back up and continues on her way.  She has had a photograph published in a campus magazine, and will have a poem published as well!

Our middle daughter will start the same program in August.  She is so excited about it!  She has already started the countdown and planning what she will wear to school. Haha!

Our son has finished up his schooling for the most part.  We are truly never done with our education are we?  He has continued with his dream of being a fire fighter.  He has decided not to join the military at this time, I can't say I am sad about that.  He has started the state training for fire fighting and is doing very well with it!

It feels good to get back to things I enjoy.  It seems like when I am happy, the rest of the house is happy as well.  We are anxiously awaiting our favorite museum to open up for the season.  There is nothing like the smell of a hearth and the meals that await the families that "live" in the homes.  I love the sounds of the birds singing away as we stroll through the village.

 It is the simple tasks in life I seem to always return to.  The ones I spent so much time complaining about doing.  We recently said goodbye to my grandmother.  She is the one who really gave me the love of everything home.  So perhaps it was all of the memories I have that really has brought me back.  Life is really too short to put off today what we want to do.

So if you have read this far into my post thank you!  I am looking forward to sharing more with you.  Might not be very interesting, but I will always share my heart with you.