Friday, September 11, 2009


The long awaited wedding pictures have finally arrived! There are so many, I thought I would post a couple to share with my friends and family!

Labor day is not a day of rest,,,

Jason and I are determined to get this living room done! We decided the week before Labor day that we would work the entire weekend! Luckily my parents came into town on Sunday, so we got a little break!

The living room is looking great....just a little bit left. A few weeks back, Jason worked on the ceiling, finishing up the recessed lighting and inserting screws to make everything more secure, so Joel and I had the luxury of putting mud in all of the holes. I am now what you could say, and expert mudder...(not really)! I did try very hard. Jason filled in holes with sheet rock from some of the remodel! I can't help but be excited about what this room is going to look like! Maybe if we work on Saturday, we can paint on Sunday! Just a thought...and it's good to be hopeful! Until next time!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Charley's bad day!

Well I wish I had more time to devote to this blog, but it seems like life runs together sometimes. I did feel like I should give everyone an update on Charley. He is still a wonderful "little" addition. Charley is weighing 6 pounds and it is all bones and fur.

Wednesday, Charley had a really bad day, and hopefully you can find as much humor in his bad day as I do now....not when it was happening.

So J and I were up at 6:00 getting ready for work and preparing Charley for his day when Charley decided he needed to go POTTY. Well in puppy terms that means he decided he would go on my new comforter...not a good choice Charley. So J took Charley outside while I cleaned up all of his mess. (Cleaning is not in my morning schedule)

When I arrived at the house for lunch, Charley was so happy to see me! We went outside and he played a lot. When we went back into the house, he and I sat down in the chair...Maybe it was the day or the temperature in the room, but Charley decided to go POTTY on the chair...not a good choice Charley.

When I got home from work, Charley appeared to be in a better frame of mind. He and I played outside and then continued to play inside. He had a great afternoon with mommy. It was only after church when he spent time with daddy that his bad day continued. J took Charley for a walk which Charley loves. When they got back home, Charley drank a gallon of water...well maybe not a gallon, but very close. I told J that was a bad idea!

Charley went upstairs to J's studio with him while J finished some recordings. As soon as J entered the recording booth, Charley stood up and went POTTY...not a good choice! J cleaned it up and then went back into the booth. Yep you guessed it, Charley stood up and went POTTY. At this point, J is not very happy. So he brought him back down stairs and took him outside. J decided to give him one more chance upstairs, and this time he would change the scenario. J took Charley into the sound booth...Yep you guessed it, Charley went POTTY in the sound booth. At this point, Charley was exhausted from his busy day. Charley curled up with me on the bed and fell fast asleep. Thankfully, Charley had not had any days like this since, but in the world of puppy, I know they are going to come. Hope you all got a giggle...I can smile about it now!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Does it get any easier

Everyday, I think about her, and everyday, I have the same tear in my eye! I think about how my mother is crying daily missing her mother, and I think about all the things I wish I could have learned from her. I wish I could have learned to quilt, to cook with her, to be like she was. She was kind beyond measure and generous to all who were breathing. If the world had more like her, the problems of this world would be less. I wish I could talk to her just one more time.

In May at one of my wedding showers, I told my mom that the one person who would enjoy this party more than me would be my grandmother. She loved people...she loved talking. I wonder who I could have gotten that trait from. As I stated in a previous blog, she was the matriarch of the family. She lived, ate, and breathed family. From supporting her family while they were young and till they were older. She held each of us so dear to her heart. I am so thankful that I have the memories that I have. She was and is one of the most amazing women I have ever known. I hope that I will be half the woman that she was! I love you Grandma Lorene!

Monday, August 3, 2009

A sight for sore eyes!

Well Jason and I traveled to Trumann for the weekend. It was great to spend time with the family and to fellowship with oneanother. On Saturday morning, we all went to the Nursing Home to visit my grandmother. Of course Charley went too! Charley was a good asset to our travels. For the first time in a long time my grandmother responded by raising her arm and touching him. There were even suspicions of smiles when he would try and get he coke off of her face. I can honestly say that although it was so hard to see her in that condition, it was great to see her. Just a short update. Keep us all in your prayers!

Friday, July 31, 2009


You never know how you are going to react until it happens to you. My Grandma Lorene has been sick since January. Stroke after stroke she continually worsened, until now she is just a shell of who she used to be. Just yesterday the doctor told my mom that she would not be around much longer. The nurse even asked if she had considered Hospice...How am I going to react?

My dad called last night and I had a breakdown when what I heard him say was completely fictional. Completely made up in my head. Of course once I heard what I heard, the phone went blank. When I called him back, he was asking about his car. Not telling me of other news that I didn't want to hear.

Although inevitable, I think that I am being selfish. I don't want her to go...If she is gone then she will never get better. My grandmother has always been the matriarch of the family. She stood tall and was the shoulder to lean on, the dumplings to feast on, & the joke to listen to. Now although she cannot speak, and although she hardly knows us, I don't want to let her go! I have even put off going to see her for reasons that are selfish, but it has simply been due to the difficulty of seeing her that way.

So I pray...

God, in my uncertainty and pain, give me understanding and strength to carry on. Give me the comforting words to help my mother during this rough time of transition. Help us to remember the woman my grandmother was and rejoice in all that she has made us. Help us to know that you are in control no matter how many doctors attend to her, help us to remember that we all have an appointed time. God I praise you this day for the life that she has lived. I thank you for allowing her to brighten our teach us your word...TO BE AN EXAMPLE TO LIVE BY! In this time, God I pray that you will unite our family together. God do not allow our chains to be broken. And all praise is given for all that you do! AMEN

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Our Baby

So it's a little soon to be talking about an actual baby, but we have recently gotten Charley and he is a wonderful little addition. Charley is 20 weeks old and weighs 5 pounds. He is a little shrimp, but we love him just the same. For those of you who haven't seen him, he is a miniature Yorkie, with a lot of spunk!

Since we got him about a week and a half ago, Charley has learned to Sit, Shake hands, lay down, and's the potty training that is a little bit of a challenge for him. We have had to discipline ourselves to be good parents for this dog. I think in all of this, we are learning a small bit about what it will take to be a parent. In all of the craziness, you have to organize when Charley will eat and how long you need to wait before you take him out, and how much exercise does he need? I am thankful for the responsibility that Charley is teaching us.

Just last night, Jason thought there might be something wrong because he was yawning a lot. Jason jumped into daddy mode and was trying to figure out if he had gotten hold of something while we were away from home. All this to say that Jason and I are truly blessed and are thankful for all that is going on in our lives.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Life since the wedding!

It's definately been a roller coaster. Jason and I are learning a lot about one another, and growing to love one another even more everyday. It's all about give and take...Hard pill to swallow when you've been independent for so long. With independence each of us have learned to take care of ourselves...So wouldn't that help us to take care of each other better?

I find myself sometimes looking at him for unbelievably long amounts of time, wondering what is going through his head! I know for the females reading this blog, I probably don't want to know. I wonder sometimes if he does the same thing? If you can read men's minds, and see Jason around, let me know how it goes...LOL!

As for what has been going on in our lives, we purchased a house at the end of March in North Little Rock. It is a great house with a lot of potential. So far, we have given the kitchen/breakfast nook and master bedroom a facelift. I love these rooms and can't wait to finish some more. My Jason is quite the hard worker, and without him, our house would still look like the 70's flashback. I should also thank our families for their extensive assistance in the house! They have been wonderful! I'll try to post some before and after pics soon! You won't believe the change!

I know that on this roller coaster there will be times when we hit a sharp curve or a deep dive, but as long as we stay strapped in, we'll arrive safely! Keep us in your prayers!