Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Friday Night Football is Back!

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Friday Night Football is back! And that also means Fall is right around the corner! We are officially one month away! My favorite time of year! But I digress. This is about football.

This past Friday was Elijah's and the Holly Springs High first game of the season. All summer Elijah has been attending football workouts and camps at universities, and now it was time to shine. He's a Jr this year and we are striving for a scholarship!

During football season, I call Friday nights our date night. Fonzy and I go out to dinner, then head to the game. Fonzy said all day at work he was excited for the game, walking around the middle school campus like he was getting ready to play. We both were excited.

We arrived at the stadium early to moody skies. There was some sunshine, but one dark cloud rolled in right over the field. While the teams were on the field warming up, it started to sprinkle and rainbows appeared. What a start to the season! Then the heavens opened up and the rain came! We figured it would pass over, but ended up raining for nearly 30 minutes. The field, players and everyone in the stands were soaked. But luckily no thunder or lightening so the game went on.

Spirits were high as we got the first touchdown, but unfortunately didn't last. We had 4 fumbles, with 2 being Elijah. The final score of the game was 21-6.

My heart went out to Elijah. He has worked so hard all summer! I blame it on the rain. Of course, the coaches could care less about the rain or anything else for that matter. "Hold on to the ball!" I'm sure was yelled at him. No excuses! And nobody I'm sure was harder on him then himself.

Being Mom, I wanted to make it all better. To let him feel a little less down. I told him it was okay. It was only the first game and in the next games he will be awesome! This is his year!

He WILL shine this year! I'm speaking it into existence!

Here's to Friday Night Lights and the start of an awesome season!

Elijah #4

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Japan And Letting Go

Japan Zeke and syd
Japan Bound!

japanbound2 Fonzy and boys zeke and titus2 Ezekiel, Sydney and their little dog Cinnamon have landed in Japan! I'm so excited for them and this new adventure/chapter of their lives, but must admit my Momma heart is aching just a bit. Japan seems so far away! And three years seems such a long time. But these two are ready to tackle the world and all it holds for them.

As parents it's so hard to let go. But letting go is part of the deal. We get them for such a short time, and it's so easy when you're in thick of it, to want them to be older. Be more independent. Not need you every minute of every day. But then it happens and you wish to go back in time, do it all over again. But this time around, you'll cherish all the moments and pray time to slow the heck down! I wish this with all my boys.

For Samuel, who we only had for 19 years. I often wonder what he would be like now at 28. Manuel 27, with a family of his own in Texas. How I wish they were closer. Ezekiel 19, married and half way around the world now. To Elijah, the baby at 16, still at home. We have 2 more years with him home, then who knows where life will take him. Soon, so very soon all of them will be living their lives away from us and all we'll have are the memories of the precious few years they were ours.

For those of you with little ones still at home. CHERISH this time. All too soon, it will be gone and you will be wishing for it back.
I sure do.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018


IMG_3357 Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; 
they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul. 
~Luther Burbank~

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Sunflower Field!

DSC_0260_2 DSC_0426 Nyla and Titus DSC_0245_2 DSC_0236_2 DSC_0364 DSC_0268_2 DSC_0230_2 DSC_0360 Advice from a sunflower: Be sunny and bright! Rise, shine and hold your head high! Spread seeds of happiness!

A sunflower field in the evening is sure to bring a smile to your face! If you are in the Raleigh area, you must head out to Dorothea Dix Park and check out the field of sunflowers. I promise it will brighten your day.

My sister and I headed out Monday evening after work and was there until the sun set. Nyla enjoyed running among the flowers and Titus wanted to play with all the dogs and give all the kids kisses. It was kind of hard to get pictures without other people in them since the field is a hot spot for pictures, but we ended up getting some cute pictures.

Best way to end a Monday.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Boneyard Shawl

The makings of my Boneyard Shawl
 shawl_beginning shawl7 shawl8 shawl6 shawl4 simple_knitting_2 mothers day ring_shawl shawl2 DSC_0043_2 shawl3 shawl DSC_0062_2 I've never been a fan of shawls, but since making this one, I now have a long list of shawl patterns I want to knit! I'm a little obsessed!

For my first shawl, I wanted something fairly easy to knit and the Boneyard Shawl by Stephen West was perfect. The pattern was easy to memorize, and the knitting was comforting. It felt good to sit down after a long day and just knit to my hearts content without a lot of thought to the knitting.

Since finishing the shawl it has gotten lots of use, even though its the middle of summer. When it gets a little chilly in the house with the AC on, I just grab it and wrap up. When we took our trip to the mountains I brought it with me and was so glad I did! It was cool and rainy as Fonzy and I sat in the bleachers at the college watching the football camp. Some days at the office when its so chilly with the AC pumping I wish I have it with me! Restaurants too! I just need to start carrying it with me everywhere. I see it getting plenty of use when the weather cools. Or one of  the 100's I have saved to knit. Need more knitting time!