Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Empty Nest - Full Heart ~ 2

Two of my handsome boys!

My son, Cameron, came in to have lunch with me last week! He was soooo sweet! We had called each other to make the arrangements and the plan was that he was going to meet me at the hospital and I was going to buy his lunch. Well, he shows up all smiley and kind of secretive and then he showed me he had a bag of Taco Time tacos and burritos and two Diet Pepsi's. It just warmed my heart because Taco Time has always been one of my favorite places to eat since I was a little girl (my parents bought Taco Time every Saturday night since I was a tiny thing!). I passed on the tradition that Taco Time is kind of a treat and a fun place to eat to my boys; we all LOVE it!!! I was just so surprized and touched that he wanted to surprise me with this neat lunch. He was grinning from ear to ear. We had a wonderful lunch together. Boy, that sure made my day! Two days later I had a day off and was out on a walk and when I came back to the house Mackenzie was there! He was stopping by to pick up his mail and he came inside and we had a great conversation. I just love visiting with my sons and it means so much to me to stay in touch with them.

For those of you that don't know, both of these boys moved out just four months ago and we are all still adjusting. They are doing fine, but I seem to be teetering! I am missing them so much, I was doing really well until just last week. I actually cried. I know I should have blogged about it, and cried out for help from my blogger friends, but I get weird about it and I don't want to talk about it until I am through it and on the other side. Empty nest syndrome is kind of mysterious. You go along in life skipping along and your heart is singing and then BAM....it hits you, this big wave of sadness that you don't know where it comes from just hits you so hard and you cry and mope around. Then just like it came on so suddenly, it can leave so suddenly. When I am not experiencing a wave of sadness in regards to my children growing up, I am just fine. I am happy and I feel strong, but when it hits me, I am a blubbering mess.


Webster's dictionary states the definition for empty nest syndrome:

emp·ty–nest syndrome: an emotional letdown often experienced by an empty nester
empty nest·er : a parent whose children have grown and moved away from home

Answers.Com gives the following information:

Empty nest syndrome is a general feeling of loneliness that parents/other guardian relatives may feel when one or more of their children leave home. While more common in women, it can happen to both sexes. The marriage of a child can lead to similar feelings, with the role and influence of the parents often becoming less important compared to the new spouse.

A strong maternal or paternal bond between the parent and child can make the condition worse. The role of the parent while the child is still living with them is more hands-on and immediate than is possible when they have moved out, particularly if the distance means that visits are difficult.

Social and cultural factors:Empty nest syndrome has become more prevalent in modern times, as the extended family is becoming less common than in past generations, and the elderly are left living by themselves.

In many cultures, such as those in Africa, India, Middle Easter and East Asia, one's elderly parents were held in very high esteem and it was considered almost a duty to care for and respect them. In contrast to most Western societies, extended families were common in those places. However, nowadays, even in these countries, as cities become more Westernized and industrialized, values are gradually changing. It is sometimes rather inconvenient or impractical to live with or care extensively for one's parents in a modern setting. This is also true if these relatives were abusive or otherwise repressive. Empty Nest Syndrome is starting to surface in some of those nations as well, where traditional values come in conflict with Westernization. This has been especially the case for Hong Kong.

Treatment: It is usual for time to be freed up when a child moves out, especially if there are no siblings left in the house. It is usually advised that the parent or parents should find new activities and distractions to take up some of this time. However, some depressions can become very severe and the person should seek professional help.
Well......I sure hope I do not go into a full blown depression or need professional help and it seems funny that there is a TREATMENT header! But I do know that it is something that is hard to deal with, especially because you don't know when it might hit. Everytime I have gone through the sadness I think, "oh good, that will be the last time, no more sadness", but then it will happen again.

I know that this is a time I need to be leaning on the Lord. He knows what He is doing! He has a plan for my life! He is not finished with me. He has made more of a purpose for me than just bearing and raising my children! I want to have the right attitude and be postive and excited about the new things coming my way, but honestly, sometimes it is hard.

For all of us mother's who are teary eyed, we need to recognize that the past is gone and there is no getting it back. We need to create a new life and realize that this is our new normal and we need to find good in the stage that we are in. Once we start accepting this then we can start moving forward. We need to rediscover ourselves and perhaps try to acheive some of long forgotten goals (oil painting, piano lessons, karate, etc.). We need to rekindle our old friendships and create new friends. We should volunteer. There are lots of great things out there to fill our lives and enjoy some of the quiet and tranquility.

I would love to hear any advice from those of you have gone through this (or are still going through it). I'm not saying my life is over, I know that my kids still need me, of course they do! Hayden is only 14! I know that my husband needs me and loves me, all my boys will always need us and love us, and I have my great friends and my job and my church etc... it is just a painful journey of this big adjustment in my life.

Above all, we know that God is at the healm and He is leading our lives. He has a purpose for us!

"Show me Your ways, o Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are God my Saviour, and my hope is in You all day long." Psalm 25:4,5

Blessings ~ Sharon

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

I'm a carnation

You Are a Carnation


You are down to earth and grounded.
You tend to be more traditional than trendy.
Your confidence gets you through anything.
People trust you and are very loyal to you.
I am a Carnation!
I got this from Jan at Bold and Free,
just click on it to find out what kind of flower you are!
~ Sharon

Beautiful moon


The other night I was driving home from work and the moon was so big and beautiful, it was breathtaking.

Look how tired I look! Actually, I have good reason to look tired, I worked all day, then went to Hayden's basketball game and then to the grocery store. I kept thinking that the moon was so pretty and I should take a picture, so I was a bad driver and I tried to take a picture of it from the van. Just to make you feel better, it was a very quiet street with virtually no traffic and I did slow way down to snap the shots.
I tried a few times and had some blurry results like the one above.

But finally I got a perfect shot (except I wish I was closer). Isn't God's work amazing! When I got home and loaded the pictures onto the computer, look what I found.............



Isn't this a cool picture! I just had to share it with you! How did this happen? It is a perfectly shaped heart! Just in time for Valentines Day! Do you think it is a Valentine from God? I think it is so pretty! I couldn't have done this if I was trying!

If any of you would like to use this picture, please feel free to copy and paste it.

"For Your love is ever before me, and I walk continually in Your truth." Psalm 26:3

~ Sharon

Monday, January 28, 2008

Typing Test/Fish tank cracked

78 words

I found this fun test on Sondra's blog, Mom of Four Teenage Boys. Try it and see how you do! I am a little disappointed in my score. I used to be a medical transcriptionist and typed somewhere in the 90s. Maybe I should challenge myself with my typing when I blog!

~~o~0~o~~

We're having a lazy snow day. I'm not working, the kids are home from school, my husband didn't work and my nephew, Harrison, was here for two nights, but just left. The boys have been having fun playing in the snow, watching movies, playing on the computer and playing guitar hero. But this morning I heard something no mother should ever hear. Harrison came running down the stairs saying, "we need a bucket.....quick!" I guided him out to the garage so Eric could help him and I flew up the stairs. Well, it turns out that Hayden threw something at Harrison and it missed and hit the fish tank and the fish tank cracked. Well, that is their story and they are sticking to it!


Any way, Eric helped Harrison find a bucket and when I ran up stairs I found Hayden holding a towel against the side of the tank trying to hold the water in (visualize the little Dutch boy who stuck his finger in the hole of the wall to keep the water out). I grabbed towel and found a small bucket and we hurriedly tried to get the water out of the tank before she blew! By the time the whole ordeal was over we had minimal damage to the carpet and the fish were saved.


This is not the first time we have experienced such an event, several years ago my son Cameron tried to carry his 25 gallon fish tank full of fish and water across the hall and it exploded EVERYWHERE! It was a horrible mess and the worst part was the smell that started emanating from the carpet a few days later........peeee-ueeew! It took weeks of scrubbing and vacuuming to get that odor out. I kept thinking, oh, please no, not another major carpet catastrophe.

The funny thing about it is, as I was standing there holding the towel against the fish tank in my bathrobe and slippers, I thought to myself....."where's my camera?? I should blog about this!" Now that is the sign of a true blogger addict! Isn't that funny! Now admit it, wouldn't you see that as a blogging opportunity!

Never a dull momement! I'll keep you posted if we start getting a mysterious odor coming from Hayden's room! I sure hope not.

Have a blessed day!

~ Sharon

Sunday, January 27, 2008

It snowed last night!!!!

We woke up this morning to two inches of snow!!!

It is so beautiful, a soft blanket of white snow on everything!

This was Bailey's first experience in the snow. At first she was scared and then she started playing in it and loved it!

My sister's son, Harrison, spent the night last night and the boys had fun playing in the snow. Here they made huge snow balls!


Harrison taking a little taste of the fresh snow.


Hayden and I out in the beautiful (but cold) snow!


Grayson pulled out his lawn mower go-kart and had fun messing around, but it didn't do too well, it was too slippery.

Hayden sledding down the mountain.......hold on tight!!!


Grayson and Harrison enjoying the snow. By afternoon we had 3 inches!!!


I'm glad we can come back inside to get warm and cozy again!


Eric made breakfast burritos for all of us! We didn't go to church this morning because our church had no power, so they cancelled it.


The boys are checking out funny videos on You Tube and having fun cousin time.

I say, light some candles, give me a good hot cup of coffee and lets watch an old Annette Funicello movie! The Pajama Party was on TCM this afternoon.......perfect!

Yummy!!! It's snack time!

Aren't these cookies cute! I bought them at Safeway and they are very delicious!



One more picture.........I took this a few days ago. Our temperatures got down to 15 degrees Fahrenheit...........brrrr! We went out to check our pool and it was frozen almost solid! We were very careful and, inch by inch, Hayden tested the pool and was able to stand on it! Isn't that something!



I hope you all stay warm and cozy in your homes during this very cold winter!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy, and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13


~ Sharon

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Pray for Deena

Please lift Deena up in prayer. You can read her about her journey of battling breast cancer on her blog Can I be Pretty In Pink? She received devastating news yesterday and needs prayer and could use some encouragement and inspiration. She writes in her blog that yesterday she found out "The cancer is in stage 4..in more lymphs thru my body, my adrenal glands, another 1 cm node to the left of my aorta,in my 9th rib..rib is breaking down..in my spine and numerous areas of my skeleton (bones)."


"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? he should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with the oil in the name of the Lord." James 5:13


"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6

Deena was just like you and I, just living her life, enjoying everything in this life that God has blessed her with. She was just moving a long living in her gorgeous home with her sweet hubby and enjoying her kids and grandchildren, having ups and downs like all of us, until one day in October 24, 2007 learned that she had breast cancer. That was only three months ago! She could be any of us, it could be me or it could be you. Three and a half months ago she was just going along living her life and she had no idea what battled was waiting, lying there in the road ahead of her.

"When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze." Isaiah 43:2


I only know Deena through blogging, yet I feel like she is such a close friend. Deena is a wonderful Christian woman with such strong faith. She is trusting in God through her journey. She is inspirational and encouraging to me and I am sure all of her friends and people who read her blog. In the Bible, Jesus says "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matthew 18:19-20. Let's all gather and lift Deena up in prayer.

Deena, the picture and scripture below is for you. I hope it gives you encouragement. It is a picture of you in our loving Father in Heaven's hands. He is with you.



"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and protection." Psalm 91:1-4


Sincerely ~ Sharon

P.S. I am switching my default song to Casting Crowns "I will praise You in this storm" for Deena.


"Praise You In This Storm"

I was sure by now
God You would have reached down
And wiped our tears away
Stepped in and saved the day
But once again, I say "Amen", and it's still raining

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear Your whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

And I'll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I've cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm

I remember when
I stumbled in the wind
You heard my cry
You raised me up again
My strength is almost gone
How can I carry on
If I can't find You

As the thunder rolls
I barely hear You whisper through the rain
"I'm with you"
And as Your mercy falls
I raise my hands and praise the God who gives
And takes away

I lift my eyes unto the hills
Where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord
The Maker of Heaven and Earth


Friday, January 25, 2008

HELP!!!!

Well, we worked hard into the night last night and we got up early to take apart our old bed and we completely emptied our room. I vacuumed and washed the windows and waited anxiously for the furniture to arrive. In case you are wondering about the white square in the middle of the wallpaper, we needed to do a quick patch job on the wallpaper, so I stole a small piece off the wall where it will not be noticeable once the bed is there. Not the best solution, but it works for now!


Well, the furniture arrived just fine and it is gorgeous. Everything was accounted for except my dresser mirror, which is on back order. Unfortunately, I do have a couple of problems.

First.......the furniture is way bigger than we realized when we were in the show room! It does fit, except for Eric's chest of drawers. We are trying all kinds of ways to see what looks best and nothing looks super good. :0( The only thing that gives me hope is that we really want to move and I am hoping at the new house it will look better! Also, it is probably one of those things that kind of grows on you as you get used to it.

Secondly, we got a king size mattress that is very thick with a pillow top on it, so it is almost two feet thick! The sheets I bought are too small and they are king size deep pocket, so what do I do now? I am really bummed that the bed skirt is not working as well. It is so frustrating. I was hoping it would all come together and I would have this glorious master suite by evening and it is not happening! I am going to call the furniture store and ask them what size sheets I need to buy and I think Eric and I might go to the mall tonight to get new ones.

Other than those two problems, the furniture is beautiful! And the bed looks and feels pretty comfortable, I can't wait to sleep on it tonight! Once we get it all together, I will show pictures. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Hugs ~ Sharon

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Show and Tell - Primative Doll

Today is Kelli's Show and Tell Friday!
Just click on the icon below and it will take you to her blog
to go and view all the pretty things being shown!!!

Show and Tell
Today I would like to share my fun primitive doll.
I found her at Goodwill for $1.99! I thought that was such a bargain!
I couldn't resist her, she just called to me!!!
I like her kitty cat, although he looks a little bit under the weather!

She is handmade and the handiwork is very nice.

They used an old tea towel for her apron, isn't this cute!

Even her back side has so much detail.


I love the old lace that is sewn all around the hem of her dress.

A face only a mother could love! Actually I love it too!

Have a wonderful day!

~ Sharon

Listening to our Children - Worth repeating!

Note ~ because I am so busy today preparing my house for the new furniture to arrive tomorrow I thought I would post something that I wrote back in September when I first started blogging. I did not have many readers then and don't think anyone ever saw it. I really feel that this is a good message, especially for the young mothers out there. I hope you don't mind this rerun! Remember, it is from September, so I start out talking about coming home from a football game.

Eric and I drove 2-1/2 hours one way to go to Grayson's football game last night. We went to a cute little town on the coast. It was a beautiful drive there, but boy what a long and winding road! The exciting thing is the Bulldog's won again! That is two in a row! Our town's high school football team does not have a long history of winning, so this is pretty exciting for everyone. Grayson had a great game and was so happy afterwards. I picked him up at the high school at 1:30 a.m., crazy!

I don't resent picking up my kids late at night, in fact I have learned that it is an opportunity to get some of those golden nuggets a mother so desires. For some reason that is when we have some of our best talks and my kids feel like having deep conversations. I have realized this has happened a lot over the years, it is not just when I pick them up late at night, it often happens right when I am turning off the lights saying goodnight or early in the morning when I need to get ready for work.


When your teenage son wants to talk............ stop everything and listen! Even if you lose a couple of hours of sleep, it is so important to be available and to LISTEN and to give wise, sound, GODLY advice!

This is one of the best pieces of advice that my mother gave me. Listen to your kids and it starts when they are tiny. When they wake up when they are 3 years old and they want to tell you their really long and involved dream (even if it is not very interesting!), listen to every word, make eye contact and ask questions. Never belittle them or laugh at what they say. Validate what they are saying. What you are doing is establishing a strong bond of communication with that child. The rewards you receive from this will be tenfold. Over the years they come home from school and tell you every detail of what happened at recess etc. and again, you listen to every detail and slowly start giving them advice and your opinion of the situation (of course you need to use your good judgement and not encourage them to be long, boring, self-centered talkers; this is a very fine, delicate line to cross, so pray for God's wisdom and guidance). You are building a wonderful trusting open relationship between the two of you. When they are in their teens, they trust you and they know that they can share their deep secrets with you and they trust your advice and value your opinion.

I have had so many evenings when it is just myself and one of my sons watching a TV show and the show gets over, it's late, we turn off the TV, pray and start turning off the lights. All the sudden they will say something like so and so is going out with so and so, or so and so cheated on a test, or even so and so told the kids at school that he smoked a cigarette, got drunk etc. (it gets worse as they get older). A foolish woman would say, "oh really, well, lets go to bed" and totally miss the opportunity. Another foolish woman might say "I don't want you talking to those kids" and end it at that and go to bed. A foolish woman might say "what is that boy's name, I'm going to call his mother or call the school" and by doing so totally putting up a wall that her child can never trust her with a secret.

A wise woman first thinks in her mind, my child has just revealed something deep and secretive, not all kids tell their mother things like this, I am going to sit down and listen and ask questions. The wise woman stops and says a quick prayer, "Lord, thank you that my child just opened up to me like this, help me to have wisdom, guide and direct me with what I should say. Help me to be responsive to the Holy Spirit to disciple my child through this conversation." Then the wise woman sacrifices her sleep and sits down to talk and listen to her child. These moments are teachable moments. A time to build that trust but also to weave things of the Lord into the conversation, a time to talk to your child about right and wrong, that the kids they are talking about are sadly making foolish choices and give them advice on waiting on God, trusting God and doing things God's way. I always encourage my kids to pray for the kids they are talking about too, because they usually need prayer!

Without revealing too much of his private life, last night's conversation was exactly what I had prayed for in the morning, Grayson opened up and reaffirmed with me that he is walking the straight and narrow path and is making wonderful, wise, Godly choices and is using discernment. We talked about waiting for God to bring him the special girl that God has chosen for him and to trust God as he is waiting. He actually said he got excited thinking about that God has a girl out there who is preparing to meet him some day and it is going to be awesome! We talked about walking the straight and narrow path and learning what God wants him to learn right now. I have got a son who is really showing that he is growing into a strong man of God and I am so proud and so thankful!

Young mothers, I really encourage you to listen to your children. If you want your teenage child to trust you and open up to you with what is going on in their lives, listen to them and build that relationship with them. Pray, pray, pray over them and ask God constantly for his wisdom for you as you are raising your kids!

"Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance - for understanding proverbs and parables, the sayings and riddles of the wise. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching." Proverbs 1:5-8


~ Sharon

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

My Bible Study


I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had started a new Bible study and a few of you asked what it was. It is a Beth Moore study called Beloved Disciple. It is an intense study about John. I am taking it through my church and we are meeting on Tuesday nights to watch the one hour video and to discuss the lesson from the week before. Unfortunately I will be missing at least half of the classes because my boys have basketball games on many Tuesday nights.

It takes about 45 minutes a day to do the study and I am barely keeping up with it. I have only been doing it for two weeks and already have gleaned so much from it! I have never taken a Beth Moore class and I am really excited about it. I keep hearing from everyone that Beth Moore is such a wonderful Godly woman and a great teacher. I am really looking forward to what God wants to reveal to me through this study!

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

Have a great day!

In Him ~ Sharon

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Answer to Prayer!

Oh, what a day at work! I work two days a week in the cardiac surgeon's office scheduling surgeries and one day a week I cover for the administrative assistant to the Executive Director. I have only been doing the admin assist position for a couple of months and on the days I work she usually just has me do small things like file, make labels, pay bills, add info to spread sheets etc. Well yesterday I had to go to an Executive Meeting and take minutes, which I have never done in my life! I was so nervous because the CEO of the hospital was supposed to be there and several executives below him and several doctors and other VIPs! This is a big meeting too, it is a quarterly meeting and is two hours long! I was so nervous! The meeting started at 7:00 am and I got there at 6:15 am! I had to make sure the food order was correct and put the 1/2 thick agendas at each place setting. I prepared over the weekend and was I was getting kind of worked up about it. All the way to work I prayed that God would help me and that everything would work out fine.

Well, I got there early, set everything up and the meeting started without a hitch. I took the minutes and it worked out just fine, I was a bit nervous, but God gave me the strength and I got through it! When I got back to the office I typed up the minutes and emailed them to my boss. I am so thankful to have that behind me! I also am very thankful for the experience! Learning new things is so good for us and having this experience will do nothing but help in future job opportunities.

I feel like God cares about all these little things in our lives that seem so big to us. It's funny, now that I have gone through this, it doesn't seem big at all! :0)

P.S. Do you like the little fly away hair I have in the picture LOL!

"Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you." Psalm 55:22

Fondly ~ Sharon

Monday, January 21, 2008

In Remembrance

"An individual has not started living
until he can rise above the
narrow confines of his individualistic
concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Lunch with sweet Brittany



Last Wednesday I had a fun girl's day out with my son Mackenzie's girlfriend, Brittany. We had such a fun time! We went shopping and out to lunch. We went to the mall and she helped me pick out the new bedding for my new bed. She was a big help! We also stopped and looked at housewares and jewelry and we bought Mackenzie some new leather driving gloves. JC Penny's was having a HUGE sale and the Lord blessed me with such bargains on our new bedding (unfortunately when I got it home, it was too busy with the wallpaper, so now I am back to square one).

Any way, this is a very big treat for me and an unexpected surprise for me in this time of my life. You see, I have four SONS, I do not have ANY daughters and I am a real girly girl, I love all things of the prissy kind such as perfume, make-up, jewelry, clothes, shoes, purses, decorating, etc... (I am an interesting mix though because I love to catch frogs, build forts, camp, go boating, and play outside sports and games with them too). My sons have been real troopers and have shopped with me, but basically we go in the store, get the job done and get out, no lingering and wishing and imagining how absolutely darling something might look on us. I have always gone to thrift stores and that is one place they loved going with me and we could spend hours because they each had a spending allowance and they would find all kinds of their own treasures. And, of course, I have gone shopping lots of times with my girlfriends, but this was different and so special!

Mackenzie and Brittany have been together for a year and they are going strong, they are not engaged, but they do talk about about their future! Brittany comes to all of our family gatherings and really is becoming like a daughter to Eric and I and it is absolutely wonderful! God is amazing the way He surprised me with this! It is no secret that I have had the blues off and on regarding empty nest syndrome and I never imagined that there would be little gifts of diamonds from the Lord like this in the midst of my sadness. I was focusing on "oh boo-who, poor me, my nest is emptying and I am so sad.......whaaaa whaaa whaaaa" and God was saying, "stop your crying my child, there are wonderful things ahead that you don't even know about".

I always had hoped that someday we would have four wonderful daughter-in-laws and grand-babies, but I didn't stop to think about the little treasures along the way such as my lunch and shopping day with Brittany!!! My nest isn't getting emptier, my life is getting fuller!

"You make known to me the path of life;in your presence there is fullness of joy;at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:11

In Him ~ Sharon

Friday, January 18, 2008

Is my blog hard to open???


One of my blogger friends mentioned that she has had trouble with my blog being slow to open. I just wanted to ask if there is anyone else out there that has trouble opening my blog. I think I might have too many posts showing on the first page and perhaps I can switch that. I just don't want my blog to be hard for anyone to open, so I will work on it if I need to! :0)

Your feed back would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. I just got back from my 4 mile morning walk and feel great, but I am freezing! We went a different route today that is a bit longer and is out in the country and boy was it beautiful! I have lots to do today on my day off. The furniture store called and they are delivering our new bedroom set next Friday. I am so excited, but I have so much to do to get ready for it! I will keep you posted! Hayden just called and he forgot his lunch so I am running that down to the school (I am going to sneak a little love note in his lunch bag!). Life as a wife and mother is never dull!

Hugs ~ Sharon
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