Legacy
Jan27

Legacy

Today we got the news that Papa B’s battle with cancer is over.  Even though it’s hard to say goodbye there is hope because we all know he is in heaven.  I feel so lucky to have known him and been a part of his family and legacy of faith but even more so I’m glad my daughter, Jaiden, got to have a special bond with him.  Anyone who knew Bob Burt would agree that he lived one of those amazing lives that impacted countless people.  I could write a never ending list of all the remarkable qualities he had but the one that comes to my mind over all of the others is… generous. I got to experience a glimpse of that generosity years ago when Richie and I were just dating.  I lost my keys and left my car overnight parked at the Kitsap Mall and found out the next day that there’s a HUGE fine for leaving a vehicle and they tow you immediately.  I went to the towing place to find out that I now owed hundreds of dollars to get my car back.  I was crushed… it might as well have been thousands of dollars because I didn’t have it and I knew I couldn’t pay it.  To make matters worse I had left my college books in the back seat of my car and I had a HUGE test the next day and needed to study.  I left the tow place and headed to church to do media that night trying to put on a smile.  I ran into Grandma and Papa B while at church and they had heard the whole story from Richie.  They told me they were sorry and offered a much needed hug but then unexpectedly handed me a check for the amount I owed to get my car back.  Tears flooded my eyes.  Here I was just a girl dating their grandson not related or tied to them in any way but that didn’t stop them.   They saw a need and knew they could meet it.  I was so overwhelmed by their gracious and generous act!  They made me feel like family which was exactly what I needed in that moment. Their generosity in my life didn’t just stop there with the car story it continued.  Over the years Richie and I have gone through dating, engagement, marriage and now parenting and every single step of the way Grandma and Papa B have been big supporters to us.   From doing our pre marriage counseling to offering to watch Jaid any time we needed we have been...

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Not even the king
Jan10

Not even the king

There are certain times in life when a song with only a few lyrics can capture a thousand moments all wrapped up in one.  Richie took me on an awesome date after Jaiden was born to an Alicia Keys concert and I found that song for me.  After all the lights and dancers left the stage Alicia sat by her grand piano and as she played her voice filled the room.  She sang a touching song that was written for her and her son and of course being a new mom listening to the words I had to wipe tears from my eyes.  The song talks about not needing any money or material things in life because her family is all she needs.   My favorite line “They can’t afford what we got, not even the king.” Richie and I were listening to songs on his phone last night and I asked him to pull up this one.  We laid there taking in all the words and again my heart felt convicted.  Do I live that concept out in my own life?  Right now… not so much!  Richie and I are going through some finically hard times and all I can think about lately is how our house is too small, our savings account is empty and how I can do more to provide for my family.  I confessed to Richie in a moment of weakness the other day that I’m having a hard time being happy right now with all that’s going on.  What if I changed my perspective and saw just how blessed I really am? I’m not just saying this to get brownie points but I seriously married the most amazing guy.  Sure we are going through some money stuff right now but he is still my best friend and a fantastic daddy to our little girl.  My house, yes it is a one bedroom and very small but I have a HOUSE!  I am fortunate to live in my favorite little town of Poulsbo sitting on several acres of property that we would like to build on someday.  Money… money will always be something we are working hard to earn and hard to save, but should I let it stress me out so much that I miss out on moments? NO! You see my life is FULL to the brim of things to be thankful for and one of the biggest things happens to be tickling my toes right now.  Our little Jaiden brings more meaning and joy into my life than I ever thought imaginable.  Motherhood is something I never saw as a priceless...

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Thankful Board
Jan04

Thankful Board

Happy new year! 2014… you’re looking good 🙂   It a new year which means new goals, new dreams and new chances to start fresh! I had a little rough start to my year in 2013 and Richie and I had a lot of hardships we went through.  I can honestly say last year was the hardest year of my life but it also grew my marriage and new little family closer than ever.  This year is going to be different!  My baby turns ONE, Richie and I will celebrate 6 years of being together and our 3rd anniversary of being married, we are taking steps to get Rich into his dream career and I’m wanting to take some classes at an art college.  Will everything happen flawlessly?  Maybe not but at lest we are dreaming. 2014 is going to be a year of thankfulness for me and to kick it off right I’m starting a “thankful board.”  I’ve heard of mood boards before where you gather things that inspire you to help create an idea of what direction you are headed in.  Well why not use that same idea to help remind me of all the things I’m thankful for.  Here is my start (in no particular order): I am thankful for.. my family, Jaiden & her soon to be first birthday, our home, good health, grandparents, Molly, Poulsbo, newlife.nk, our faith, great friends, good food& of course the Seahawks    ...

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Baby’s turning 1
Jan02

Baby’s turning 1

My little Jaiden baby is turning one next month! I can’t believe how fast this first year has flown by.  Well the beginning of it sure didn’t… we had a really rough start but those hard times have been replaced with fun little memories of Jaid laughing for the first time, taking her first steps and smiling while she slept.   Richie and I have been so blessed by this tiny girl in our lives its hard to even imagine what it was like before her.  So February 8th this babe turns ONE.  I want to celebrate.. like really celebrate!! I started a pinterest board to get some ideas and here are my top...

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