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March 7, 2014

from:SouleMama

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see._MG_2411

{this moment}

February 21, 2014

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see._MG_2309

{this moment}

January 17, 2014

from:SouleMama

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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So far so good

January 15, 2014

Many of you may remember the post how I learned about love, I felt it was time for an update on this story. On December 31st, 2013 R got his kidney! We spent New Years Eve celebrating a successful transfer and the fact that my Dad and Auntie were both doing wonderful. I am still amazed at the love and devotion that my family has for one another. I was lucky enough to be part of a surprise for my Mom, Dad and her sister. My Aunt who introduced them was able to fly to SD and ride with us to this big event. Everyone was so happy to see her and glad that she was able to make it for her sisters and R. We are so blessed to have such wonderful role models of what it means to truly care for someone other than yourself!

My Auntie got out of the hospital 2 days after her surgery and seems to being doing very well. She is back in SD and healing up before she returns to work.  My Dad got out on day 5 and is like a new man. It is amazing how quickly this type of surgery can improve ones health. Within the first day my Dad had his color back and looked like nothing even happened. He is still in Rochester doing testing and should be returning home next week sometime. So far so good with the kidney function 🙂 so please continue to keep them in your prayers!

Donation is the best give anyone can give and I know that if I was not at risk for this stupid disease I would be signing up to help someone have a life again! Click here for more information on being a living donor!

“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.”
― Kahlil Gibran

Sporadic

January 14, 2014

My involvement with this blog had been very sporadic since I started it in 2010. What can I say, life happens and usually that takes priority over tapping out a blog post. In the past 3 months, my family has gotten strep (that was me), stomach bugs, colds/croup and possible influenza so I have been busy doctoring, cleaning, healing and hoping that soon this sickly season will disappear forever!

The twins have really been taking the brunt of all the sickness and seem to just get over something and then move on to the next strain of whatever happens to be going around at the time. They were sick 2 times before they were a year old and neither was a time that required antibiotics…in fact they have never had any antibiotics before!  I guess they are building their immune system up, but still so hard to have two little ones not feeling good. The only person in our family who has not gotten anything at all is Hayden. He has been exposed to way more than any of us, yet remains to stay healthy. I am thankful for this, because he is a great help when I am under the weather!

I guess what I am getting at is that I fear that this blog will continue to be a sporadic, who knows when I’ll get to see it again, kind of deal…at least until life slows down anyways. So to all of those, who have stuck with me and continue to read my blog thank you, I will try to be better about giving you something to occupy your precious time 🙂 but no promises on how often this will occur!

_MG_1564FC_MG_1903_MG_1926_MG_2045“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.” – Unknown

{this moment}

January 10, 2014

from:SouleMama

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see._MG_1894e

Thankful Part 2

November 28, 2013

Today is Thanksgiving, there is so much to be thankful for! It is amazing that even when times are tough all you have to do is look around and you can always find something to be grateful for. Here is my next 15, enjoy this with a little pecan pie…Things are always better with pie 🙂

16.) South Dakota; I am so thankful to have grown up in a state that is conservative, has changing seasons and that has people who are kind and considerate of others. Don’t get me wrong we have the bad too, but over all I think this is such a wonderful place to grow up and now I am raising my family here too.

17.) My parent’s house; The place that no matter where we are in life always feels like home to me. Nick often gets confused because I refer to my hometown as home, my parent’s house as home and our house at home…what can I say, these three places are comforting to me and feel like HOME!

18.) Freedom; I often see on the news places with very little rights and freedoms. It breaks my heart that even now, in these modern times, that people are still repressed and not thought of equally. I am thankful for my soldier husband and all the people to help keep us free!

19.) Technology; although sometimes it malfunctions and does not work properly is had made keeping in touch and life in general so much more easy! I was just thinking about when we were in high school and needed to meet a friend we would pick a spot and pray that they were going to be on time or else you wandered around looking for them (which usually meant you would miss them) or just waited not know if they were coming or not! My cell phone keeps these things from happening.

20.) Knowledge; who isn’t thankful for this?! I am so grateful that I have come to love learning and do so everyday!

21.) Books; they help me learn, entertain me, prepare my mind for sleep, let me live lives that I would never have, and teach me to mourn (since my book always ends and my characters are gone forever).

22.) Modern medicine; in about one weeks time R will be getting his kidney from P’s sister. I am so thankful that this is even and option or we would have had to say goodbye way before any of us were ready too. They can do just about anything these days and I am so grateful that doctors continue to learn and advance!

23.) Dave Ramsey; this man has taught me so much about money and even life! I am thankful that my husband and I work together to figure out our finances. “We live like no one else, so later we can live like no one else.”

24.) Blue; my favorite color! For so reason I am drawn to it and it makes me feel good…so yes I am thankful for blue 🙂

25.) Facebook; although I can sometimes find myself wasting so much time checking out Facebook, I am still thankful for it. I love being able to keep up with old and new friends. Sometimes our lives get so busy that these friendships fizzle out and disappear, Facebook helps us all stay connected!

26.) Pinterest; again something that I waste way to much time on, but that makes being creative so much fun! One thing that I don’t like is that sometimes I don’t know if something is my idea or something I saw on Pinterest!

27.) Coffee; a day just does not begin until I have a nice steamy cup of joe!

28.) Horses; such beautiful animals and something I have loved since I was a little girl

29.) God; anything and everything is possible because of Him. I am thankful that our heavenly Father is kind and forgiving for I am human and sin. His kingdom is where I will be someday and I am so blessed to know Him and his teachings.

30.) Pie; life is so much sweeter with pie!

Hope your thanksgiving is full of family, friends and food! Have a Blessed day!!

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“Thanksgiving is the holiday that encompasses all others. All of them, from Martin Luther King Day to Arbor Day to Christmas to Valentine’s Day, are in one way or another about being thankful.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals