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A Vintage Christmas


In an attempt to get ALL my Christmas decorations up this year, I decided to start early.

Last year my health got in the way, but since I’m feeling so much better this year and I’ve learned to pace myself, I know I can accomplish what was my ‘normal’ Christmas celebrating.

This year I want to get back to…

Lots of decorations (my oldest daughter once said ‘it looks like the North Pole threw up at my house’…to which I just laughed).

Lots of Christmas cookies…to give away to neighbors and friends. Read more

Words of Affirmation


One of the blogs I read for it’s entertainment value, faith, and good advice through stories is called ‘Morning Story & Dilbert’.  Here is one that I thought I would share with my readers…because we all need to word on our Words of Affirmation.

Have a wonderful weekend friends…

Now go find a mirror and give yourself a compliment!

Patty O

Father and Daughter, Off to School


This is my favorite ‘First Day of School’ picture.

I actually didn’t plan this shot at all.  I said my ‘Have a good day(s)!!!’, they left via the back of the house, and I headed out the front to put a card in the mailbox.  I looked up as I turned to go back in and there they were.

{Sigh}

Doesn’t this tug at your heart?

It’s especially sweet when you consider the fact that Gabi is 13.  I love the fact that she still likes walking to school with her Dad.  Well…most days.  Once winter comes, she’s not as inclined to head out as early as Tim does (when it’s -20).  I think she holds out hope that either we’ll have a heatwave in that 1/2 an hour that she waits, or that Mom will feel sorry for her and give her a ride.

Right.

We only live 3 blocks from the school.

Not happening.

There are moments that I do give her a ride.  The days that are colder than -20.  Like -30…-40, or if it’s pouring rain outside.

I know…I’m up for Mother-of-the-Year.

Hmmm…

Maybe that’s part of the reason she likes walking with her Dad.  Well…that and I’m sure they talk math and athletics on the way to school.  She is his Mini-Me after all.

{Sigh}

I sure love those two.

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I had planned on ending my blog there, however, Gabi just sent me a text from her CC Running practice…here’s the conversation:

Gabi…Mum?

Me…Yessssss?

Gabi…Can you pick me up when we’re done?

Me…Why?   (I know, I’m such a loving mother aren’t I?)

Gabi…Cause I don’t want to walk home in the rain and cause you are an amazing mother.

Me…Hahahahaha!  (That was for the buttering up.)  It’s not raining now!

Gabi…Yeah, but I will call you when we are done and then we can decide

Me…Ok

…..guess who’ll be walking home if it’s not raining! 😉

Patty O

ps…for those of you who are new to my blog…my husband is an advanced math teacher and athletic director at our high school.

 

When Something Touches Your Soul


Have you ever had a smell, a touch, a sight, a sound, or even a taste touch your soul?  Such a poignant touch that tears start to fall, or you revel in a sweet memory this sense brings back to your mind?  I’ve experienced this before, and I had it happen again on Saturday.

Let me explain and share my moment…

I was sitting with my morning cup of coffee, listening to Sirius XM – The Message and the song ‘You Raise Me Up‘ by Selah came on.  My husband and I were in the middle of a conversation and tears just started to flow down my cheeks.  He looked at me with a questioning look on his face, as we weren’t having any kind of earth shattering conversation, and all I could do was shrug my shoulders.  “It’s the song”, was all I could say.  Why?  I have no idea.  I don’t remember when I last heard it or why it was so poignant to me.  But sometimes we don’t have all the answers, do we?

In His hands…we’re all in His hands.  And what a comfort that is.

Good times or bad, He’s with us.  Whether we feel Him there or not…He’s there.

May God bless all of you on this Sunday.

He sure has blessed me.

Patty O

 

 

Playing Favorites


Happy Valentine’s Day to my wonderful, loving, blanket stealing husband!  LOL!

Of course you know me, there’s a story behind everything…

Tim and I have an ongoing joke that he steals all the blankets, while he says “Noooooo – you push them over!”

And then we both smile with a twinkle in our eyes!

OK, in full disclosure, I do push them over…when my feet are burning hot!

Uh – oh!

 He’s going to read this and then I’ll be in for some gloating…I’ve admitted guilt!

Happy Valentine’s Day to my amazing gift from God!

Signed, Just Me 🙂

And now for my daughters…

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You are all my favorites!

My favorite Alex…

My favorite Sam…

My favorite Gabi…

{This will drive them crazy}

At some point or another, they’ve each asked told me ‘Come on, just admit it Mom…I’m your favorite…just say it once!’

There’s one in particular that continues to push – not naming names…

but it’s the artistic middle child o’ mine! 🙂

I LOVE YOU ALL EQUALLY – for all the incredibleness that you are!

I love you to the moon and back…

and the Milky Way and back…

and the entire Universe and back!

{Yes, we used to argue about who loved who more}

{sigh}

Happy Valentine’s Day girls!

Mom

(aka Patty O)

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