Tuesday, February 21, 2012

catching up on pics

Valentines Day treats

Reading Valentines Day books
It has rained so much, so the dogs have had a bath EVERY DAY!

We saw Journey 2- Great family movie! No cussing at all.
Red Velvet Cream Cheese cupcakes!! Thanks to my friend Eva :)

The great closet clean out! All clothes fit and are in one place :) 

Lady the Great takes Jesse Ava for a walk!

More pictures to come. We were blessed beyond words a few weeks ago by a friend, Linda. She sent a box of fun crafts, computer games galore, and a fun multiplication fact learning CD. The kids LOVE getting mail, and it was such an amazing lesson for them in giving. I do not know Linda very well at all...and the kids were amazed that she sent them stuff and cared about them without knowing them. We are so very thankful!!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

My weakness. My biggest fear.

February 19th 1997. That is my biggest weakness. Also known as death. On this day, 15 years ago I became terrified of death or loss. This day started a mud slide of fear and horrible emotion for me. Being 14 years old and living through the loss of 7 people that I cared about in only 3 months time. At the age of 14, that is a lot to comprehend...and who really comprehends death anyway?
Babysitting was my life at that age. To be honest, my dad (at the time...and I am proud to say he is a very changed man. I am very VERY proud of who he is now. I do not talk about it very often on this blog, out of respect for my parents...) But, my dad was an alcoholic. I covered my pain and fear of that situation by babysitting. A lot. I could take responsibility for a child, protect them and control a safe environment for them, without worrying about my current situation. The Raburn and Parks families became my "safe place." Austin, Justin- twins, & Caroline and Annie made me light up. I would beam with joy when I heard the boys call me "Jekka" :)
On February 19th, I found myself in the hospital waiting room. I could hear the screams of Janet as they pronounced Justin dead. ---Truth- I broke down just typing that word.
Let's see if I can finish this. Janet's car washed off the road in the heavy rain and high water. She was able to get Austin out of the car, but Justin washed away.

I am thankful for my time with the Raburn family. I have wonderful memories with them. Today, I celebrate sweet Justin Aaron. What a precious, happy little boy. Can't wait to see him again. God, please cover this family in your loving peace. I know that they hate this day. I do too. God bless you, John, Janet, Austin & Shaela.  

Friday, February 3, 2012

Happy Birthday Jonah!!

Happy Birthday to my sweet 6 year old boy, Jonah!! 
We love you!

Chipmunk cheek baby boy!

       Funny little guy picking Sam Houston's nose...
Sweet boy giving Grandma Henderson a kiss at Grandpa's funeral.
Arrrrgggg Matey! Birthday 2010

Love this boy, to the moon!!!