Sunday, May 31, 2015

.family sunday.

B - I love doing the mundane with you; just cleaning the house side by side, or grocery shopping is made fun when you are next to me.
J - Helping me make pancakes has been on your mind this week. I think you and I have made pancakes at least 3 different times. I love how interested in cooking you are and can't wait to cultivate that interest as time goes on.
W - This week you heard the phrase "finders keepers, losers weepers" for the first time. You immediately came to me to talk about how you thought it wasn't very nice. I love seeing glimpses of your sweet heart, baby boy.

A - You learned to shake your head "no" this week. You know you're so cute, cheeky little thing.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

.family sunday.

B - I've been frustrated, tired, and angry this week; thank you for just listening to me vent, for being my sounding board, and for being my calm in the storm.

J - You and I had a hard week, buddy, which is unusual for us. But I am so grateful for you every day and so happy to be your mom.

W - You have been making up songs everywhere this week; I love to hear them! The Ladybug Picnic" song is your favorite, for now.

A - You are very much the "little princess" around here; and this week, both Dad and I separately agreed you are looking (and acting) more and more like Princess Grace Kelly.



Friday, May 22, 2015


We know you as more than a statistic. More than a name on the newsreel.
We know you as our brothers, our sisters, and our friends.
We get to remember you in our daily lives.
To pick up where you left off in the line of duty.
To uphold the traditions and freedoms for which you gave your all.
To lift up your families in prayer and walk beside them in their grief.
We miss you.
The distinct privilege and honor of serving alongside my husband as an active duty military family brings grief as well. We mourn alongside our Marine Corps community as we pause to honor those lost not only during conflicts, but also those Marines lost in the multiple aircraft crashes at home and abroad, especially in the past few weeks. Their families are forever on our minds, and their sacrifice is forever in our hearts.
The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.
It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln

Remembering especially:
Lance Corporal Dustin L. Canham
Specialist Joseph V. White
The Marines killed in Nepal

Picture by Captus Photography

Sunday, May 10, 2015

.family sunday.

B - Thank you for going over-the-top to make me feel special this week for my birthday and Mother's Day.

J - You gave me my first handmade card as a mama with your hand print - so special!!

W - You are fierce, little boy. And you may have gone mud-sliding in a friend's backyard this week.

A - You took your first independent steps today! And, of course, loved the applause from everyone!



Sunday, May 3, 2015

.family sunday.

I know it has been weeks and months since I have blogged. A new city, a new home, we are still working on new routines here. I have so much to share, but I am still trying to find the words.

B - Your first week of ground school for the 53 is done. I still can't believe that you are winged naval aviator...and a licensed pilot!

J - Every week you become more and more a boy and less and less a toddler. The Avengers and Transformers have become your current obsession, and you named the new fish "Bumblebee" and "Octopus Brine".

W - You got your guest pets this week: 2 fish and 2 snails. You spent the day before carefully collecting and sorting shells and rocks to put in the tank, and Daddy has been helping you learn how to feed them.

A - You had your first "big-girl" trip to the beach this loved it! Well, you hated the surf (it was cold!) and loved the sand (you thought it was delicious!)!