Blessing After Blessing

I have come to Ohio. It is January. And it is snowing! Ron has gone out of town a for a week+. I was supposed to go with him but he forgot to get me a ticket till the last minute when it would cost too much. So I decided I would just come to Ohio. Of course since I’m coming it decided it was time to snow and get cold because I love it SOOOOOOO much!!! Brrrrrrrrrrrrrr

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As soon as I got here Faith jumped up with dad and they took a nap. She loves it here. She loves me and everything but she loves papaw’s lap for napping and she loves following mamaw around wherever she goes. She does still sleep with me at night. When it comes time to leave she knows it’s time to leave but till then she knows where the treats come from, I have to admit that.

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Monday was my weigh in/measure day (Day 11) of my 24 Day Challenge. I couldn’t wait to get here to use Mom’s scale. I mistakenly stepped on my scale one day last week and the dumb thing said 200 pounds. I was convinced it was broken because I had already stepped on the scale at my doctor last Monday and knew I had passed the 200 mark. So I told Ron and he stood right up, got the scale, took it in the garage and threw it away. I was thrilled!!! Of course now that meant that I didn’t have a scale. But who wants a broken one anyway. He said I could use the one at the doctor once a month when I go to the doctor once a month anyway – which is a good idea actually. Now I don’t feel the draw of the dumb thing when I walk past the bathroom anymore. So this one time I needed it on a day when I happened to be at Mom’s house. I grabbed her tape measure – took my measurements and stepped on those scales. So my day 11 results show that I was down 7 pounds and 13 inches. I was so proud!!

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So now I’m on days 11-24. Those days are easier compared to the first 10 days. I brought my food with me up here. I haven’t exercised yet. I was using the 24 Day Challenge Exercise DVD at home. But I knew I couldn’t use that here. Mom/Dad don’t have a DVD player here. Well, they do but it’s not in a place where I could exercise as well. I started doing some floor exercises that I did before when I was working on losing weight in 2009.

So things are going well actually. Ron and I went to Chattanooga over the weekend to see Lauren and her friends. We haven’t been there to see her any this year. We’ve been wanting to go for so long. I’ve been wanting to go there for so long. She has made so many amazing personal changes. I wish I could share them all here. I’m not even sure I could get them all together to list. She has matured emotionally, personally, physically…she is no longer the innocent little girl in the teenage girl’s body. I have spent the entire school year praying and worrying and praying and worrying some more. I haven’t been the perfect Christian mother – because of the worrying – but I have begged God  100 different ways to help me let her go. I’ve begged Him to help her see His light in her life. Moving from high school to college is never easy. Months ago I told her that the feelings she was having in high school would be totally different to how she would feel for the rest of her life. It’s hard to get a teenage girl to understand that the four years of high school are a simple drop in the bucket of the rest of her life. She is changing now. She’s starting to see that all those feeling she had in high school are long gone. She’s struggling with understanding where they went. It’s just so hard for her. I keep praying. But I do understand how it all plays into her makeup. She is moving forward – thankfully. I can see it’s a hard lesson to learn. She can see that she is moving on and that all of her high school friends are back here in the same situation. But God is good and He has her moving ahead from where she was. It’s beautiful to see. She has a lot more changes to make but she is making them and she is making progress. And is such an incredible blessing to me every day.

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What’s In There Anyway?

One day last week I found a blog post somewhere that I wanted to do here. I took my pictures. I loaded the pictures here. I was just waiting for the right day to sit down and put it together. However, I forgot to mark the blog to tag. Finding one particular blog on that millions and millions and millions of blogs online is quite nearly impossible. So I’ll be posting mine today UNtagged to anyone else’s blog. Sorry strange lady on the strange blog somewhere in cyberland. I liked the idea. So, thanks for the idea. For your reading pleasure – don’t pretend you aren’t gonna love this – here is my purse in all it’s loveliness!

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There is my Michael Kors purse from Christmas 2012. Thank you, Ron. And of course the open pantry. So lovely! Smack! I’ve discussed my love for a new designer bag each Christmas already. So I won’t go through that again. But at any rate, this bag is from this year’s Christmas.

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This is the inside. As you can tell, it’s a big bag (which I love) but I keep every thing in Vera Bradley bags. So everything is organized and easy to find.

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The green Vera Bradley bag holds my lip sticks and powder. Who knew I need so much lip stick?

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This is my wallet. Well, till last night it was my wallet. I stopped at Vera Bradley last night and bought a new one. But I didn’t want to take a new picture. On the top of this one is a zipper pouch for the money. It was pretty simple to grab it and take off with my phone and keys.

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This was my wallet originally. It was also easiest to grab and run. It now holds notecards, store cards, discount cards – that kind of thing. It holds all those things you don’t want to clutter up your wallet with.

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This is my Vera Bradley bag that holds all that stuff that gets lost on the bottom of your purse that you might need once in a lifetime. This is medicine, hand cleaner, nail file, advil, eye drops…this is where I go look if someone says “does someone have a band aid?”

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And these things fit in the little pockets inside pockets on the inside! And those are the products on the inside of my purse! See – wasn’t that fun? If only I could remember who that woman was so I could tag her and thank her for the tons of fun we all just had exploring the inside of my purse!

 

Lunch Lunch Lunch…

Lunch! Lunch! Lunch! Lunch! Lunch! Can you tell where my mind is? This week’s You Capture theme is a familiar theme with me – LUNCH! While I’m always fairly common with taking pictures of my food these pictures come from this laptop. So here are a few pictures from this laptop. Leave me a link so I can come visit yours as well. These pictures were taken while on our most recent cruise. Enjoy!

One of our waiters bringing us our Wednesday night dinner we special order – all because Lauren special ordered it!

All about the cheesecake!!

Just one of our daily menus for Michael one night

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Just in case you didn’t know where to find lunch

That’s all of my pictures for this week. Can’t wait to see next week’s theme. What could it possibly be next week? SHOPPING???? Could it get any better than this? Holy Moly This week was incredible!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nineteen of The Happiest Years of My Life

Nineteen years ago today God blessed us with our first child, Michael Devon Hunter. This is the first birthday that we are not together. It’s also his first birthday at college. We celebrated it this past weekend. He has been wanting a bike to use on campus. So we bought him a bike. It’s just so hard to think of how many birthdays have come and gone. I remember the cakes, the candles, the parties, the sleepovers, the presents….and now he isn’t big on cake so I made him a pumpkin pie. And he tells us what he wants and goes with us to pick it out and we pay for it.

Michael was actually born at 11:00 a.m. on November 14, 1993. It fell on a Sunday. However my labor began when my water started leaking at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday November 13, 1993. Yes, that is 27 hours of labor. I am proud to say it was all natural! No drugs. No epidural. I remind him of that on a regular basis when it benefits me as I’m sure all of you mothers do. It’s especially useful to my benefit that I pushed for two hours. As it turned out his umbilical cord was too short so every time I would push him down he would move down but when I would stop to take a breath he would bounce right back up again. After two hours the vacuum was my best friend – even if it did give my baby a misshapen head for a few days. It all became clear when the doctor was barely able to get him out enough to cut the cord. I do remember my doctor saying at one point “if you want him out you’re gonna have to push harder”. Thinking back on it now I’m thinking I should have kicked her in the teeth with my foot – the proximity was so close. But looking at Ron and telling him to “make her get him out” was sufficient enough. (I really wish I had thought of kicking her though!)

At any rate, 27 hours later I had a beautiful baby boy. In looking for the right picture of him I decided to spare you the freshly born pictures. Here is a picture taken when he was about 3 weeks old. Considering my actual due date was December 4th and he was born November 14th this picture is a little closer to his actual due date anyway.

Can you stand the cuteness?! I realize that everyone thinks that their baby is the cutest baby in the world. But look at those chubby cheeks, that perfect little nose and those big brown eyes. PERFECTION!

Just to show you how much he has grown the following picture was taken in church this morning in church while Pastor Rob was preaching. I don’t know who the man is sitting further down the row. If I knew anything about editing photos I could probably edit this. But I love this picture of Michael. He’s grown into quite the man of God that his dad and I have prayed for him to be. We couldn’t be prouder of him if we tried.

Happy Birthday Michael! You’ve given me 19 of the happiest years of my life. I couldn’t ask for a better son. You are exactly what Daddy and I prayed for you to be. We continue to pray that you follow God’s leading for your life and follow his will for your life whatever that is and wherever that will lead you.

Capturing The Animal in My Life

This week’s theme for You Capture over at I Should Be Folding Laundry is an easy one for me. I can hardly wait to get it posted and linked up. The theme is “An Animal”. There have been a lot of animals in my life. But in 2002 Lauren fell in love with one of Ron’s aunt’s dogs. She said if this dog ever had puppies Lauren could have one. In October 2002 that happened. She contacted us and told us about the puppies. Without seeing any of the puppies I chose a female and told her we would name her Faith. We agreed that when we went to Florida for Christmas we would pick her up. This is the precious baby we picked up that day in December.

Is that not the cutest little thing you have ever seen? She was just a little fur ball with ears! She was a big hit from first sight. She stole all of our hearts right away – even Ron’s who had no idea we were even getting a dog until Lauren and I walked in his dad’s house carrying her after picking her up. Bless his heart! He never knows when we are going to get a pet until them are already here. He’s happy though. She’s his little angel. They are both in love with each other. Actually she’s stolen everyone’s heart around here.

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I’m off to link up at Beth’s blog. I’m looking forward to checking out the linked blogs this week since it’s animal week. I love me some animal pictures. Thanks for stopping by to see Faith’s pictures. She’s a doll!

Capturing Things I Love

Today I’m getting back into the swing of things by linking up to You Capture over at I Should Be Folding Laundry. This week’s theme is  Things You Love. That’s super easy! So jump on over to check out the weekly challenge. She always posts the next week’s challenge so you can start getting your pictures this week.

This pictures shows two things that I love – my honey, Ron, and my FSU Seminoles!!!

With Mamaw and Papaw (my parents)

And this one also has two of my faves – my kids and my parents!

This is my Mamaw with what she loved, flowers! I’m pretty sure my Mamaw hung the moon and lit the sun every morning.

My gorgeous children having fun during their senior pictures! I love all of their senior pictures and could fill up pages and pages and pages of this blog full of them. But these shots are just in my top 3 favorites.

And last but not least I love this little Shih-Tzu named Faith! She puts a smile on our faces every day.

That’s just a quick collection of things I love. Next week’s theme for You Capture is Shapes. That will be fun! I’ll start snapping pictures today!

Puppy Love

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You know how it is when you are in middle school or high school and you have a crush a someone? You spend class after class writing your names together all over your notebook and drawing little hearts everywhere? Well I love Ron….I love Ronald Edward Hunter Jr…..Pamela Ann Hunter……Pam Loves Ron Forever and Ever…..

You get the idea! Heeheehee